Category: News – Turkey

News - Turkey
Independent election inspectors verify Erdogan’s landslide victory

Concerns raised about voting irregularities following AKP’s unexpected landslide victory in last Sunday’s Turkish general elections have been quashed by independent election monitoring group Oy ve Ötesi (Vote and Beyond). A report by the group, issued earlier this week, stated that any discrepancies were minor and had no bearing on the final results, where AKP […]

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ISIS behind Ankara bombing, confirms state prosecutor

Prosecutors in Turkey have confirmed what many have long suspected: that the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) was behind Turkey’s worst terrorist attack. The ISIS leadership in Syria is believed to have ordered a Turkish cell from Gaziantep to carry out the twin suicide bombings in Ankara on 10 October. In a written […]

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Turkey qualifies for Euro 2016 after nail-biting finish

An 89th minute goal and favourable results elsewhere propelled Turkey into the European Championships in France next summer. The team beat Iceland 1-0 at home, while nearest rivals Holland lost 2-3 at home to group leaders the Czech Republic, leaving Turkey in third place in Group A. Turkey had got off to a poor start […]

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PKK kills 30 in 48 hours as violence worsens in Turkey

A series of deadly attacks has rocked eastern Turkey, claiming the lives of sixteen soldiers and fourteen police officers in two days. On Sunday night, PKK militants set up an armed ambush by the village of Dağlıca in Hakkâri province, located near the border with Iraq. Bombs were remotely detonated just as two military vehicles […]

Entrepreneurs
Nevzat Aydın: ‘the best boss in the world’

A Turkish entrepreneur whose online business was recently sold in a multi-million pound deal has hit the headlines following his decision to share his newly-made fortune with his staff. Nevzat Aydın (pictured above) is the co-founder and CEO of Yemeksepeti, a food delivery company in Turkey that he started with three others 15 years ago. […]

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Turkish Airlines is Europe’s best airline for fifth year running

Turkish Airlines has again been chosen “Best Airline in Europe” in this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. Turkey’s leading airline came top among European airlines for the fifth year running, beating the likes of Lufthansa, Swiss Int’l Air Lines, Air France and British Airways. Launched in 1999, Skytrax’s World Airline Awards have become the ‘Oscars’ […]

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1915 remembered in Turkey

Turkey commemorated two devastating legacies of World War One in back-to-back events in April. On the 24th, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hosted Prince Charles and 21 heads of state in Çanakkale to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, which claimed 140,000 lives. It was a day of reconciliation between former foes, mixed with patriotic […]

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Legendary singer Müzeyyen Senar laid to rest

Müzeyyen Senar, the 96-year-old doyen of Turkish Classical music, was laid to rest on Tuesday 17 Feb. She had passed away at a hospital in İzmir last Sunday after contracting pneumonia, with her daughter Feraye and son Ömer by her side. Thousands turned out to pay their respects to the singer who was buried following […]

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Turkish confectionary giant Ülker buys British biscuit brands Jaffa Cake and Rich Tea

Some of the UK’s most popular biscuit brands have been bought byTurkey’s Yıldız Holding in a deal said to be worth £2 billion. Established nearly two centuries ago, United Biscuits is synonymous with Britain, producing many of the country’s best-loved sweet and savoury biscuits, including McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes, Jacob’s Crackers, Mini Cheddars, and Twiglets. The […]

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Turkey ranks third in global list of aid donors

Turkey has moved from being a recipient of aid to become one of the largest donors of humanitarian relief in recent years. According to a new report by Global Humanitarian Assistance (GHA), Turkey now ranks third behind only the US and the UK in the amount of aid it gives, accounting for 7.3 percent of […]