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Ekrem İmamoğlu finally confirmed as Istanbul Mayor

More than two weeks after the Local Elections, residents in Turkey’s biggest city finally know who their Mayor is. Earlier today, the Supreme Electoral Board (Yüksek Seçim Kurulu, YSK) invited Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition candidate, to come and receive his official certificate (‘mazbata’), which confirms his election victory in the Mayor of Istanbul contest. […]

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İmamoğlu vs. Yıldırım: who are the two main candidates running for Istanbul Mayor?

Turkey is gearing up for Local Elections taking place next Sunday, 31 March 2019. As the biggest metropolis in Turkey, Istanbul carries huge significance among the 30 metropolitan municipalities whose council members will be decided in next week’s vote. T-VINE compares the two main candidates running to become Istanbul Mayor: former Prime Minister and joint […]

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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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Last week to enrol on Yunus Emre Institute’s Istanbul Art Trip

Do you fancy exploring one of the most magical cities in the world? The Yunus Emre Institute (YEI) is organising a six-day Istanbul visit in October, combining art workshops with trips to important historic and religious sites and museums, such as the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Sultanahmet Mosque. YEI’s illumination (tezhip) course instructor Nagihan […]

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Nearly 1500 Daesh suspects arrested in Istanbul in 2017

Almost 1,500 people were apprehended in Istanbul last year on suspicion of links to the so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. Anadolu reported last week that counter terrorism units belonging to the Istanbul Police Department carried out 58 operations against Daesh in 2017. A total of 1,447 suspects have been […]

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Istanbul OIC Summit declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

   Yesterday’s emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul ended with a declaration signed by all 57 member states recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and inviting the rest of the world to do the same. The summit was called by Turkey’s President Erdoğan in response to US President […]

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TRNC Foreign Minister criticises Muslim states for failing Palestinians and Turkish Cypriots 

  Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu used today’s Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) in Istanbul to speak out about his frustration at Muslim states for their “insufficient” response to the plight of both Turkish Cypriots and the Palestinian people. The Summit, called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the OIC’s […]