Tag: Turkey

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North Cyprus, Turkey, Azerbaijan part of new 8-state Turkish meteorology forum

An innovative new forum organised by Turkey’s Meteorology Department brought together representatives from eight Turkic states, so they can collaborate better to combat common problems, such as climate change. The inaugural Turkish World Meteorology Forum was hosted in Ankara on 19 Feb. 2021 by Bekir Pakdemirli, the Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister. The event was attended […]

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Turkey in mourning after terror group PKK executes 13 Turkish citizens in Gara

Thirteen Turkish citizens held in captivity by the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq were shot dead last week, the Turkish government announced on Sunday. The 13 included six soldiers, two police officers and intelligent officers who had been abducted from different parts of southeast Turkey by the PKK in separate incidents six years […]

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American and Turkish authorities are still failing murdered journalist Halla Barakat, says friend Ertan Karpazli

On 21 September 2017, Halla Barakat, a 23-year-old American journalist, and her 62-year-old mother Orouba Barakat, a Syrian national, were murdered in their own home in Istanbul. Their throats had been cut and their bodies covered with blankets. Nine days later, Turkish police arrested a suspect – Ahmed Barakat – in Bursa and he was […]

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Turkish broadcaster A Haber mocked for absurd Boğaziçi University protest claims

People have taken to Twitter to mock one of Turkey’s popular news channels for its headlines about the recent protests at Boğaziçi University. Hundreds of students and academics at the university have demonstrated against the new university rector, Melih Bulu, who was appointed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the start of the year. […]

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Turkey suspends UK entries after multiple cases of mutant coronavirus traced to new arrivals from Britain

Turkey has confirmed its first cases of the UK variant of coronavirus. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on New Year’s Day that fifteen people traveling from Britain had tested positive for the new more contagious strain. The discovery has prompted the Turkish authorities to temporarily bar new arrivals from Britain again. “Through the investigations made […]

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Christmas cheer for Uber in Turkey as Court of Appeals lifts nationwide ban

An appeals court in Turkey has ruled to lift the block on popular transportation application Uber. The news was confirmed on Uber’s Turkey Twitter account on Christmas Eve. In their first post since April 2020, Uber Türkiye wrote: “We are very pleased the block on Uber in Turkey has been cancelled following a decision by […]

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UK-Turkey flights resume for Turkish nationals and foreigners with residency permits, but with PCR tests and quarantine on arrival

Five days after suspending all flights from Britain due to coronavirus mutation fears, the Turkish authorities have announced a partial restoration of services for Turkish citizens and foreign nationals with Turkish residency permits only. After assessing the risks from the newly identified more contagious variant of coronavirus in the UK and elsewhere, the Turkish authorities […]

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Nine killed on Gaziantep coronavirus ward after oxygen machine explodes

Nine patients have died following an explosion and fire on an intensive care ward treating coronavirus patients in southeast Turkey. The fire was triggered by an oxygen ventilator exploding at the SANKO University Hospital in Gaziantep. Eight of the nine victims, whose ages were between 65-85 years old, have been named: Okkaş Akbulut, Elif Akgül, […]