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Hanged Erdoğan effigy in Stockholm further strains Turkiye-Sweden relations

Turkiye remains unimpressed with the response of Swedish officials after protesters hung an effigy of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from a lamppost in the capital Stockholm on Thursday. Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Tobias Billström branded the stunt as “abohorrent”, while Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson claimed the protesters were trying to sabotage Sweden’s application to join […]

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From the brutal murders of Koray Alpergin & Halil Falyalı, to the new Ercan Airport, and Leyla Kazim’s BBC debut, here are T-VINE’s top stories of 2022

As we reach the end of the 2022, we look back at some of our biggest stories of the year, reflecting the highs and the lows of the British Turkish community. For many mainstream media in Britain, the defining moments of 2022 will include the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the Ukraine War, the climate […]

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Turkish FM Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu says Taliban ban on women’s education is “neither Islamic nor humane”

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has slammed the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan for banning higher education for women. He said the decision was “neither Islamic nor humane” and stood contrary to Islam, which “encourages education and science”. The Turkish Foreign Minister’s comments came in response to a question asking him what he thought of the ban during a […]

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Introducing Turkiye’s new ambassadors to London and Lefkoşa, Osman Koray Ertaş and Metin Feyzioğlu

In October, Turkiye’s Foreign Ministry announced new appointments to a host of its embassies worldwide, including those in London and Lefkoşa. The outgoing Turkish ambassador to Britain, Ambassador Ümit Yalçın, is being replaced by Ambassador Osman Koray Ertaş, while Ambassador Ali Murat Başçeri’s replacement in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, Metin Feyzioğlu, has already […]

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Ugly scenes as Turkish police crackdown on women protesting against violence

Thousands of women across Turkiye took part in the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls on Friday, 25 November. Yet for some, their attempts at peaceful protest were met with a heavy-handed and violent response from police in several districts. In Istanbul, despite it being a tradition to assemble […]

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Chair of Turkish Medical Association remanded in custody for “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”

Şebnem Korur Fincancı, the chair of the Turkish Medical Association (TTB), is facing up to seven and a half years in jail if convicted of “making propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, local media reported on Friday. A court in Ankara ordered Fincancı to be detained at the Sincan Women’s Prison after she was first arrested on […]

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Terror strikes in Taksim, as blast kills at least six and injures dozens

At least six people have been killed and 81 wounded in an explosion in the heart of Istanbul. The blast happened at about 16:20 local time (13:20 GMT) on İstiklal Caddesi in Taksim – one of the city’s busiest shopping boulevards. The Turkish authorities believe the blast is a terrorist attack, with Vice President Fuat […]

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Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) asks President Erdoğan not to give up on peace in his “fatherland” of Cyprus

Last week, Turkiye welcomed one of music’s most iconic stars, singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam. The artist was performing a series of a fundraising concerts in Istanbul and Ankara, with President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his wife, First Lady Emine Erdoğan attending the event in the Turkish capital. During the Ankara concert, the 74-year-old British star, who […]