Category: News – Turkey

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Popstar Tarkan becomes a father, introduces world to baby Liya

  Turkey’s megastar Tarkan proudly announced the arrival of his first child on social media last night. Posting a picture of his new baby daughter, the international pop star wrote “Our daughter ‘Liya’ has arrived in the world JLike the sun, she was born into our lives. It is impossible to say with words, we […]

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24 killed following train derailment in Turkey’s Tekirdağ

Turkey was plunged into mourning after a busy passenger train derailed in western Turkey on Sunday evening, killing 24 and injuring 318 people. The train was carrying 362 passengers and six crew at the time of the accident. The six-carriage train was over half-way into its journey from Edirne, near the border with Greece, to […]

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Analysing the results of Turkey’s snap 2018 elections
 

Turkey witnessed its first joint presidential and parliamentary elections a little over a week ago, marking a significant change in the country’s political history. The 24 June snap vote had a turnout of around 87% and ushered in a new system of government, bringing reforms to the Turkish constitution –narrowly approved in a controversial referendum […]

Film
Turkey’s Mr Gay Syria wins Best Documentary at Milan film festival

A film made in Turkey about the lives of gay Syrian refugees has picked up the Best Documentary Award at the Mix Milano Film Festival. It is the latest accolade in a string of awards and honourable mentions for Mr Gay Syria. Producer Ekin Çalışır posted the news on Facebook and wrote: “So proud to […]

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Turkey takes “giant leap” in becoming a gas transit hub with opening of TANAP

  Azerbaijan’s President İlham Aliyev and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan formally inaugurated the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) in Eskişehir, Turkey, on June 12, 2018. Joining them at the opening ceremony were Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, and Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akıncı, along with energy ministers, diplomats and executives of energy […]

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New Fenerbahçe chairman Ali Koç wins by a landslide
 

One of Turkey’s wealthiest businessmen has been elected the new chairman of footballing giant Fenerbahçe. Ali Koç, who is part of the Koç dynasty, beat incumbent Aziz Yıldırım convincingly in a ballot of members at the Istanbul club yesterday. Yıldırım, who had been the head of Fenerbahçe since 1998, received just 4,644 votes compared to 16,092 for […]

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Interest rate hike stabilises tumbling Turkish lira
 

  After weeks of depreciation, the Turkish lira appears to have rallied back, closing at 4.66 against the US dollar on Monday. It follows Turkey’s central bank raising interest rates to try and prop up the embattled currency, which hit a record low of 4.9290 last week. Leading government officials also met with investors in […]

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Could June elections spell the end of AKP dominance?

  Recep Tayyip Erdoğan broke a pledge he made to the electorate by calling snap elections. On 24 June 2018, the country will head to the polls to decide Turkey’s new President and Parliamentarians, more than a year earlier than scheduled. The Turkish leader claims the early elections are vital to dispel the political uncertainty. […]