Tag: Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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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 […]

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President Erdoğan confirms discussing direct flights to Ercan with Putin and “economic leap” for TRNC economy from Russian tourism

Turkiye’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told reporters in New York that he has discussed the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus with his Russian counterpart, including direct flights. “If direct flights start from Russia to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, we will of course be pleased,” President Erdoğan said. His statement on direct flights […]

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Israel appoints new ambassador to Ankara, as Turkish and Israeli leaders meet for first time since 2008

The rapprochement between Turkiye and Israel continues with two significant political developments in a single day. First came the news that Israel has appointed a new ambassador to its embassy in Ankara – the first in four years. The Israeli Foreign Ministry made the announcement about Ambassador Irit Lillian’s new role on Tuesday. The senior diplomat […]

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Turkish Cypriot leader praises President Erdoğan after “historic call” for TRNC recognition at the UN

Ersin Tatar, the President of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus, has expressed his “gratitude” to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after the Turkish President called on countries to formally recognise the Turkish Cypriot state. “I invite the international community to formally recognise the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus as soon possible,” the Turkish president told the […]

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Presidents of Turkiye, Azerbaijan and TRNC pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, extend condolences to Britain

The Turkish, Azerbaijani, and Turkish Cypriot presidents have joined leaders from around the world in paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday afternoon aged 96. Tweeting in Turkish from his personal account on Thursday evening, Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said: “It is with sadness that I learned of Queen Elizabeth II’s […]

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To “live freely in eternal homeland”: Turks celebrate centenary of Victory Day / Zafer Bayramı

On Tuesday, Turks around the world celebrated the hundredth anniversary of the end of the War of Independence, when Anatolians successfully liberated their country from multiple invading forces. From military parades to music concerts, and fashion shows to tennis tournaments, there were joyful scenes in the capital Ankara, and across Turkiye, as well as in […]