Category: News – Turkey

News - Turkey
German media giant to pull out of Turkey citing “press freedom’ issues following latest arrests

Despite local and international concerns, the Turkish authorities continue to clampdown on opposition media. In the past fortnight, the police have arrested and charged the editor and journalists of respected broadsheet Cumhuriyet claiming they were linked with “terrorists”. It was the final straw for one major foreign media investor in the country. On Nov. 3, […]

News - Turkey
Diyarbakır co-mayors Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı charged with terror offences

A promise by the ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party) to clamp down on those suspected of supporting terrorism has extended to members of HDP (People’s Democratic Party) – Turkey’s third largest political party, known for its pro-Kurdish views. HDP’s Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı (pictured above), the co-mayors of Diyarbakır were arrested late on […]

News - Turkey
Turkey celebrates 93rd Republic Day
 

A series of official and public events across the country have marked the 93rd anniversary of the founding of the Republic of Turkey. The day started with the traditional laying of a wreath of red and white carnations displaying the Turkish flag at the Anıtkabir – Atatürk’s Mausoleum – in the capital Ankara. Led by […]

News - Turkey
Himmet Aktürk confesses to murdering toddler on ATV
 

A guest who was being quizzed about the disappearance of a neighbour’s 3.5 year-old daughter in Manisa, western Turkey, made a disturbing confession on television. Himmet Aktürk told presenter Müge Anlı that he had killed and buried little Irmak Kupal, who went missing . A resident in the same Alaşehir neighbourhood as the Kupal family, Aktürk agreed […]

News - TRNC
Turkey to supply electricity to North Cyprus from 2017

The Turkish and Turkish Cypriot Energy Ministers have signed an historic deal that will see Turkey provide electricity to North Cyprus by underwater cable. The agreement, made by Sunat Atun of the TRNC and Berat Albayrak for Turkey, was formalised in Istanbul on Tuesday, 11 Oct, during the World Energy Congress being hosted in the […]

News - Turkey
Boris Johnson dismisses his rude Erdoğan poem as “trivia” as he attempts to woo Turkey

Boris Johnson carefully side-stepped a question about the crude poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during an official visit to Turkey. The British foreign minister had travelled to Turkey to try and strengthen ties between Ankara and London following Britain’s decision to exit the EU. Johnson, whose paternal great-grandfather Ali Kemal was […]

Film
Turkish acting legend Tarık Akan loses cancer battle
 

Former heartthrob and leading man of Turkish cinema Tarık Akan has died today aged 66. His death was announced in a statement by the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation, where Akan served as a board member. He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital after recently being diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. Akan […]

News - Turkey
Bomb attack at Gaziantep wedding leaves 50 dead, scores injured

The death toll has risen to 50 following a suicide bombing of a wedding party in central Gaziantep, southeast Turkey. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan named Daesh as the prime suspect behind Saturday night’s terror attack, which also left 100 people wounded. Gaziantep Governor Ali Yerlikaya called the bombing an “abhorrent terror attack.” He told media that […]