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Beşiktaş goalscorer Ryan Babel celebrates after his team beat Olympiacos 4.1 in Istanbul, 16 March 2017. Photo Facebook/Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş draw Lyon in UEFA Europa League quarter-finals

  Today’s draw paired Beşiktaş against French runners-up Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon) in the last eight of the UEFA Europa League Cup. Turkey’s Süper Lig champions went through after a pulsating game against Greek champions Olympiacos in Istanbul last night. After drawing 1:1 in Athens last Thursday, the Turkish side were in the driving seat for […]

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AK Party trolls target the wrong people in anti-Dutch protests

  A diplomatic spat between the Netherlands and Turkey has expanded in unexpected ways to unfairly target people unrelated to the dispute. Over the weekend, Dutch officials refused permission for Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu’s plane to land. Dutch police then deported Families and Social Affairs Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya from Rotterdam. The two […]

New Erdoğan biopic ‘Reis’ flops at the box office

  A biographical film charting the meteoric rise of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has bombed at the box office. Directed by Hüdaverdi Yavuz, Reis opened at over 300 screens on Friday 3rd March, but sold just 67,850 tickets to make 817,158 TL on its first weekend, leaving the film trailing in fourth place at […]

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Pegasus crowned ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ at World Tourism Awards

  Pegasus Airlines was named ‘Best Low-Cost Airline’ at this year’s World Tourism Awards. Onur Dedeköylü, the airline’s marketing director, received the award at a ceremony held at Istanbul’s Çırağan Palace.  Now in their third year, the awards are part of the World Tourism Forum (WTF), a relatively new international body aiming to boost tourism globally. […]

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Turkish Airlines drops new advert featuring Morgan Freeman during American Super Bowl

Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman supped on Turkish tea before appearing in a comfy aircraft armchair atop stunning scenery in a new 45-second advert for Turkish Airlines. The clip, directed by Matthias Zentner, received its debut airing during yesterday’s Super Bowl. The advert appeared in commercial breaks during the match between the New England Patriots and the […]

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Theresa May secures multi-million defence deal after Turkey visit

Theresa May and her Turkish counterpart have announced new trade talks between Britain and Turkey that could generate billions more pounds for their economies. Mrs May is the first major Western leader to visit the Turkish capital following the coup attempt last summer. During her one day visit to Ankara on Saturday 28 Jan, the […]

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Is pop star Adele’s dad Turkish?

A musician living in Bodrum claims to be the father of British pop star Adele. Mehmet Asar, 52, told reporters for Doğan Haber Ajans that he had a fling with the superstar’s mother when she was holidaying in Turkey, nine months before the singer was born. According to Mr Asar, he met Penny Adkins in the […]