Category: News – Turkey

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New president for Turkey’s big business lobby group TÜSİAD

Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD), convened in Istanbul, ushered in a new era as the body elected Simone Kaslowski its new President. The Turkish businessman of Italian origin has been a board member of TÜSİAD since 2013, serving as its Vice-President since 2017. Kaslowski is the CEO of […]

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Germany’s first female imam Seyran Ateş slams influence of foreign-funded Muslim clerics

A Turkish Kurdish lawyer and imam has created waves by attacking European mosques and clerics that are funded by foreign governments, including Turkey. Feminist Seyran Ateş, who founded the liberal Ibn Rushd-Goethe Mosque in Berlin in 2017 where men and women pray together, claims foreign influence drives Islamic extremism in Europe, and prevents a tolerant […]

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Istanbul apartment collapse death toll reaches 21 as MP blames tragedy on illegal construction ‘amnesty’

Residents of an eight-storey apartment block that collapsed in Istanbul last week were “killed”after an amnesty on illegal constructions was pushed through Parliament ahead of next month’s local elections, an opposition MP has claimed. Garo Paylan, a Diyarbakır MP for the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), accused the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) and their […]

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Could your Valentine’s Day flowers be from Turkey?

Planning to purchase flowers this Valentine’s Day? Then there’s a chance your bouquet could have been grown and cut in Turkey, which has reportedly exported 50 million stems to 20 countries, including the UK, in preparation for the day. The figure was revealed by Ismail Yılmaz, chairman of the Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products […]

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Turkish Cypriots up the ante in offshore drilling rights row

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is close to commencing drilling operations in its quest to discover offshore hydrocarbon reserves – in an area that Greek Cypriots also claim they have exclusive rights to – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Kudret Özersay has announced. Dr Özersay said during an interview with Germany’s Deutsche […]

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Turkey’s inflation continues to rise, hitting 20.35% in January

Consumer prices continue to push inflation upwards in Turkey. According to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) earlier this week, year-on-year inflation rose by 1.06 to 20.35% in January. It marked a slight increase from December 2018, when inflation stood at 20.3%. There was an average annual increase of 17.16% in consumer prices. […]

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Ottoman-era photos go online
 

Thousands of photos documenting the final decades of the Ottoman Empire have been made available online. The photographs, spanning the 19th and early 20th centuries, can now be studied and downloaded for free following a painstaking digitisation process by the US-based Getty Research Institute. The originals are held at the institute’s Pierre de Gigord Collection, […]

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National treasure, actress Ayşen Gruda is laid to rest

On Wednesday, 23 January, Ayşen Gruda died in Istanbul aged 74 after fighting against pancreas cancer for one-and-a-half years. She had been in intensive care for the past month before she passed away. She was one of a handful of female comedians in Turkey and among the nation’s favourite actresses. A statement issued by Kağıthane […]

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Pegasus Airlines seeks new pilots for expanding fleet
 

Turkey’s leading low-cost airline has enjoyed rapid growth since launching in 1990. Acquired by ESAS Holding in 2005, Pegasus Airlines moved from chartered to scheduled services, and now flies to 105 domestic and international destinations, carrying passengers to Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. Later this year, Pegasus will be introducing new environmentally friendly […]