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Financial problems force AtlasGlobal to suspend all flights

One of Turkey’s main airlines announced on Tuesday that it has suspended all its flights and stopped selling tickets with immediate effect. AtlasGlobal sent notices to staff during the day that they were all on ‘extended leave’, while passengers were informed by email that their flights had been ‘cancelled’. The airline also issued a statement […]

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Germany pledges more aid for refugees in Turkey

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Wednesday that Germany will provide more financial aid to Turkey to help with the hosting of 3.5 million refugees in the country. Addressing media together with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic (pictured above) at a sideline event during the European People’s Party Congress held in the Croatian capital Zagreb, […]

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Turkey qualifies for Euro 2020

Turkey guaranteed its place at next year’s European Championship finals with a draw against Iceland. Topping their group before kick-off, the Turks needed just a point to qualify, and there was jubilation on and off the pitch when the final whistle went. A goalless draw, played at Galatasaray’s Turk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul, took Turkey […]

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Backlash after Hürriyet fires journalists due to their ‘union membership’

A leading Turkish daily national has come under fire after it sacked 45 of its journalists last week. Hürriyet, one of Turkey’s biggest and oldest newspapers, controversially terminated the contracts of journalists without any prior notice, many only learning of their dismissal when they tried to log on to their work emails. Turkey already suffers […]

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Tragedy as family of four commit suicide in Istanbul due to poverty

Four siblings aged between 48 and 60 have been found dead in a flat in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Police believe they died through chemical poisoning. A note left on their front door, possibly written by one of the siblings, said ‘Caution cyanide. Call the police, do not enter’. The police were alerted on […]

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Ankara: ‘Turkey is not a hotel’, Daesh prisoners to be repatriated

DAESH prisoners will be sent back to their countries of origin, Turkey announced on Sunday. The response follows a refusal by several European states to take back their terror suspects. Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said the country would not be a “hotel” for foreign militants, who will be returned even if they have been stripped […]

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Greece preventing Turkey from restoring Ottoman architecture, expert claims

The Greek government is preventing Turkey from restoring some 20,000 monuments in Greece dating back to the days of the Ottoman Empire, it has been claimed. Neval Konuk Halaçoğlu, a lecturer at Marmara University in Istanbul and an expert on Ottoman architecture in the Balkans, said Greece has “never allowed” Turkey to restore any of […]

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Turkey’s Constitutional Court rules government news bans ‘unlawful’

Court orders banning the reporting of four sensitive news stories in Turkey were a violation of the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press, the country’s Constitutional Court (Anayasa Mahkemesi, AYM) has ruled. The AYM published the judgment in relation to four separate cases on Friday, 25 October, including one which resulted […]

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Calls for restraint as tensions simmer in Germany over Turkey’s Syria operation

Officials in Germany have called for restraint between the country’s Turkish and Kurdish communities after five people were reportedly injured during a protest against Turkey’s military operation in north-eastern Syria. Violence broke out on Monday, 14 October, when a group of around 350 demonstrators marching through the western city of Herne were “provoked” by a […]