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Erdoğan to make three foreign visits in September

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to visit Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and New York in September. 

Erdoğan will meet Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana between Sept. 8 and 10. He will then travel to Azerbaijan on Sept. 10-11 where he will meet Azerbaijani President İlham Aliyev. 

INTERVIEW: Douglas Howard on his history of the Ottoman Empire

Recently published by Cambridge University Press, "A History of the Ottoman Empire" by Douglas Howard, Professor of History at Calvin College in Michigan, is the first single-volume history of the Ottomans to appear in a number of years. 

Internet usage rises to 66.8 percent in Turkey

Internet usage among Turks aged between 16 and 74 rose to 66.8 percent in 2017 from 61.2 percent the previous year, according to a recent Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) survey on information and communication technology usage in households in 2017.

Ancient ornamentations being restored in Van

Pieces that have fallen from ornaments carved on big stones 2,700 years ago in the Ayanis Castle, built by the Urartian King Rusa II on a hill overlooking the Lake Van, are being attached to their original places with special materials. 

Bozüyük locals wait for filmmakers again

The locals of the Bozüyük neighborhood, which has hosted many TV dramas and cinema films, are upset that there have not been any film or TV shoots in the area this summer.

The talk with US officer on the morning of the coup attempt

"At around 8:00 a.m., we got on a vehicle with the commander and arrived in front of a building belonging to the Americans. The commander went inside and I stayed in the vehicle," an eyewitness said. 

2017 model bigotry: Turkey not Charlottesville

Since last week's horrific scenes of white supremacists and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, which resulted in deadly violence, American friends familiar with polarization in Turkish society in recent years keep telling me now they understand our despair.

The presidential jet's most popular journalist on Turkey's Syria policy U-turn

A very interesting development took place the other day: A prominent pro-government journalist, who has until recently been an unconditional supporter of Turkey's Syria policy, suddenly switched sides.

Indeed, this individual is among the cadre of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's A330 jet.