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Britain’s Elfyn Evans wins Rally Turkey 2020 to regain lead in World Rally Championship

Toyota Gazoo driver Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin emerged victorious on Sunday after three days of gruelling racing in Marmaris, to win Rally Turkey 2020 in a time of 2.43.02.7. Belgium’s Thierry Neuville came second, 35.2 seconds behind Evans, and France’s Sébastien Loeb and 9-times world champion was third, a further 24.2sec adrift. Both […]

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Opposition MP İmam Taşçıer submits draft bill for Turkish Kurds to be educated in native tongue

A Kurdish politician from Diyarbakır is aiming to change the law so schoolchildren can be educated in their native tongue. İmam Taşçıer, an MP for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi, HDP), has submitted a draft bill to the Turkish Parliament for Kurmanji and Zazaki, the two languages commonly spoken by Turkey’s Kurdish population, […]

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Diyarbakır grower breaks 70-year record to win watermelon competition

Adil Aydın won first prize in this year’s watermelon competition in Diyarbakır, eastern Turkey, with a massive watermelon weighing 56.2 kilograms. Judges for the event said it was the heaviest watermelon recorded in the region in seventy years. Mr Aydın was participating in the 10th Culture and Watermelon Promotion Activities [10. Kültür ve Karpuz Tanıtım […]

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Water from Turkey to North Cyprus set to flow again from 25 Sept.

Repairs to the water pipeline carrying freshwater from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is set to be completed by 25 September. The pipeline was damaged at the start of the year due to severe weather conditions. Experts identified a leak about 5 miles (8 km) from the Turkish coast, and found […]

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Istanbul: man behind Reina New Year massacre given 40 life sentences

A Turkish court has sentenced a gunman to life in prison without parole for carrying out a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub in 2017 that left 39 people dead and dozens injured. Istanbul’s Heavy Penal Court No. 27 handed Abdulkadir Masharipov forty aggravated life sentences on Monday, 7 September. Masharipov, an Uzbek national, was […]

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Coronavirus: all commercial flights to North Cyprus to stop from tonight

All flights into Ercan Airport will stop from midnight tonight, Wednesday 9 September, as the authorities seek to contain the spread of coronavirus in North Cyprus. The suspension of flights will run until the end of this week. The sudden announcement was made by KKTC Sivil Havacılık Dairesi – the civil aviation authority for the […]

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Turkey’s first female F-16 pilot Berna Şen is promoted to Colonel

A pioneering female pilot has made history again after being promoted to the rank of Colonel. Berna Şen’s promotion was announced by the Turkish Air Force Command at the end of August. Şen joined the Turkish Air Force (TAF) 26 years ago. She entered into the Turkish history books in 2000 for flying the F-16 […]