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America takes the lead in tackling Uyghur repression in China

China’s policy of repression against the Uyghurs continues, and finally the problem is on the global agenda. On May 27, the US Congress overwhelmingly passed the Uighur Human Rights Act to counter Beijing’s brutal oppression of Uyghurs and other national and religious minorities in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and elsewhere. Ahead of the vote […]

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Diyarbakır grower breaks 70-year record to win watermelon competition

Adil Aydın won first prize in this year’s watermelon competition in Diyarbakır, eastern Turkey, with a massive watermelon weighing 56.2 kilograms. Judges for the event said it was the heaviest watermelon recorded in the region in seventy years. Mr Aydın was participating in the 10th Culture and Watermelon Promotion Activities [10. Kültür ve Karpuz Tanıtım […]

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Water from Turkey to North Cyprus set to flow again from 25 Sept.

Repairs to the water pipeline carrying freshwater from Turkey to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) is set to be completed by 25 September. The pipeline was damaged at the start of the year due to severe weather conditions. Experts identified a leak about 5 miles (8 km) from the Turkish coast, and found […]

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Turkey condemns “systematic oppression” of Crimean Tatar Turks as Russia carries out fresh raids

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned the latest abuse of Tatar Turks in Russian-occupied Crimea. On Monday morning, 31 August, the Crimean authorities raided the homes of Tatars, detaining an unspecified number of people. The action prompted the Turkish Foreign Ministry to issue a strongly-worded statement on the same day: “We are following with concern the […]

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EU announces €31 million aid programme for Turkish Cypriots

Turkish Cypriots are set to receive financial boost to the tune of €31.6 million to help towards the cost of key infrastructure projects and for environmental protection. The funding from the European Union is in addition to the €5 million that was approved earlier this year. The latest announcement, made by the EU Commission on […]

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Turkish lira hits record low against the dollar

The Turkish lira has continued its downward slide this week, reaching a record-low against the dollar today. One US dollar is now worth 7.23 Turkish lira, with the currency losing 18% of its value to the dollar this year. The lira also fell against the pound and the euro. Today’s currency market shows £1 is […]

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Turkey sends urgent aid to Lebanon after huge blast devastates Beirut

Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) is overseeing urgent medical and humanitarian aid to Lebanon following a deadly explosion at the Port of Beirut on Tuesday, which left at least 137 people dead, and an estimated 300,000 homeless. Details were announced by Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca after he spoke on the phone with […]

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Turkish pianist Ozan Çoban breaks world record with music project for schoolchildren

A Turkish pianist has broken the world record for ‘the greatest number of children reached by a project’. 34,558 children took part in Ozan Çoban’s educational classical music project called Müzikli Söyleşiler [Music Interviews]. Mr Çoban’s achievement was verified by the Geniuses Dünya Rekorları DerneğI (Geniuses World Record Association) and he was presented a certificate by […]

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Philanthropist Osman Kavala has spent over 1,000 days in detention in Turkey

Amnesty International, the US State Department, and Nacho Sánchez Amor, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur on Turkey, led the international calls for the immediate release of Osman Kavala. The Turkish businessman has been held in jail since November 2017 despite not being convicted of any crime. A crescendo of calls for Mr Kavala’s freedom came on […]