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Three-times Olympic champion Naim Süleymanoğlu dies aged 50  

Nicknamed ‘Pocket Hercules’, Turkish weightlifter Naim Süleymanoğlu was a unique, record-breaking athlete – the only man in history who snatch-lifted two-and-a-half times his body weight. The former World and Olympic Champion died yesterday, Saturday 18 November, at an Istanbul hospital where he was receiving treatment for cirrhosis of the liver. He was fifty years old. Süleymanoğlu […]

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Turkey worst in Europe for waste landfills
 

A report has found Turkey is Europe’s third largest producer of household and commercial waste, but the worst in recycling. It sends more than double to landfill sites compared to Spain – the next worst offender. Research by Expert Market revealed that Turkey has the worst waste management practices in Europe, chucking away a mammoth […]

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New Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway brings Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Georgia closer

Leaders from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia launched a new Eurasian railroad link at a ceremony in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku last week. The 826-km (513 miles) Baku–Tbilisi–Kars (BTK) railway, which includes 105-km of new track, links the three countries and establishes a new land connection between Europe and China for both passengers and freight. […]

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From artistic ancestors to clueless descendants: Ottoman-obsessed hallucinations in New Turkey

Two weeks ago, an angry mob attacked an art exhibition at Istanbul’s Abdülmecid Efendi Pavilion. The building used to belong to the last Ottoman Caliph Abdülmecid. The exhibition, called Doors Open to Those Who Knock, showcased artwork owned by Turkish businessperson Ömer Koç. It opened to public at the Pavilion during the 15th Istanbul Biennial, […]

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Clocks go back an hour in Cyprus and Britain, but not Turkey

On Sunday, 29 October, clocks will be going back in various parts of the world as part of Daylight Saving Time (DST). This includes Britain, North and South Cyprus. The decision by the Turkish Cypriot authorities to return DST means there will now be an hour’s difference with Turkey, which decided to end the practice […]

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Turkey’s big business group calls for end to state of emergency

  A decision by the Turkish government to again extend the state of emergency in Turkey last week has been met with dismay by the country’s leading business organisation. Erol Bilecik, head of the Turkish Business and Industry Association (TÜSİAD), urged the government to take urgent steps towards normalisation. On 17 October, the Turkish Parliament […]

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North Cyprus gears up to hosting 4th World Budo Martial Arts Championships

  This week, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus plays host to two major international Taekwondo championships.  On Thursday 26 October, the TRNC Taekwondo Federation holds its 29th National Championships. The following day, it will host the GTF 16th Eurasia Championships and over the weekend, the 4th World Budo Martial Arts Championships. Under the expert […]

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We don’t need the EU, says President Erdoğan
 

  Turkey doesn’t need the European Union, said the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday, echoing his comments about the US from the day before. “If you’re honest, make your statement and we will finish the job. We don’t need you,” said Erdoğan while addressing regional delegates representing his Justice and Development Party (AKP) […]

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Turkish amputees are crowned champions of European football

A last-minute goal by Turkish captain Osman Çakmak turned a dramatic game on its head and gave the hosts a 2.1 victory against England in the final of the European Amputee Football Championships. The performance of Turkey’s triumphant amputee footballers was described as “incredible” by UEFA, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan tweeted “Turkey is […]