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US nixes proposal to let Turkish president's security guards buy guns

The Trump administration has withdrawn a proposal to let President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's security guards buy $1.2 million in U.S.-made weapons, a congressional official said on Sept. 18, following a brawl during the president's visit to Washington this spring.

Turkish president speaks with Iraqi PM on phone

Turkey's president and Iraq's prime minister late on Sept. 18 discussed the planned referendum in the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) slated for Sept. 25, according to Turkish presidential sources.      
The sources said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Haidar al-Abadi spoke on the phone just a week before the independence referendum. 

Turkey’s Academic Exodus is Destroying its Future

My phone rang in the middle of the night. My friend who currently lives in the US was calling me.

Still half-sleeping, I answered the phone and heard bad news. His father has passed away but he could not attend his father’s funeral because of his concerns about his security in Turkey.

Pains of change in the Middle East

The Middle East went through similarly painful times almost a century ago. That was the dawn of the oil age and a time when three dynasties (Ottoman, Romanov and Habsburg) of three land empires (Turkey, Russia and Austria-Hungary) were falling apart.

Ancient city of Palmyra in intensive care after destruction by ISIL

Historic artifacts have survived throughout Syria's rich history but have taken its place amongst an array of those damaged during the six-year war in the country. 

The ancient city of Palmyra, which was seized and destroyed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in 2015, had swung back under the Syrian government's control early March. 

Art manifestos from Turkey in new book

"Why Are We 'Artists'? - 100 World Art Manifestos," newly published by Penguin Books, is a collection of 100 artists' manifestos from across the world between 1909 and 2012, bringing together activists, post-colonialists, surrealists, socialists, nihilists and a host of other voices.

Erdoğan-Trump meeting promises little

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is scheduled to meet U.S. President Donald Trump in New York on Sept. 21, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Under normal circumstances the expectation would be that something concrete comes out of this meeting, given that we have the leaders of two supposedly strategic partners with common regional and global interests. 

Treasury sets eye on 2,200 tons of gold 'kept under mattresses'

The Turkish Treasury will issue two types of bonds to attract 2,200 tons of gold stashed under mattresses into the economy, which has a market value of around 300 billion Turkish Liras, Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek has said. 

President Erdoğan says UN needs structural reforms

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 18 that the U.N. must undergo "structural changes" to reflect today's world.

"It is a necessity that the U.N. is reformed. Once again reform is on the agenda at this year's [U.N. General Assembly], but it is not the reform that we understand. What really matters is a reform of the U.N. structure.

Four PKK militants killed in airstrikes in northern Iraq

Four outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants were killed in airstrikes by Turkish security forces in northern Iraq on Sept. 18, a local governor's office said in a statement.

The Turkish Air Forces carried out an operation after the militants were spotted by an unmanned aerial vehicle, killing four in the Mount Suki region in Iraq.

UN: Majority of Syrian Refugees Want to Return Home

Some 82 percent of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries would like to return to their homes if security and service are provided, the Middle East and North Africa Director of UNHCR, the U.N. Refugee Agency, Amin Awad said on Wednesday.

31 media workers on trial over failed Turkey coup

The trial of Turkish journalists and media employees accused of supporting Fethullah Gulen has started in Turkey.

The defendants, whose media outlets have been shut down in the meanwhile, deny the charges - and face life in prison if found guilty.

Turkey Summons German Ambassador as Tensions Mount

Turkey summoned Germany's ambassador to its foreign ministry on Monday, Berlin said, amid a mounting row between the two NATO powers.

Der Spiegel magazine said Ankara wanted to raise a German parliamentary motion last year that declared the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman forces a genocide - a description that Turkey has long fiercely rejected.

Turkish gov't to initiate removal of high school entrance exam: PM Yıldırım

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Sept. 18 the government will undertake in the necessary process to remove the Turkish high school entrance exam and replace it. He stated the current system was very "stressful" for students, while the main opposition criticized the government for acting too hastily on the issue.

Earthquake of 4 on the Richter Scale in Turkey

An earthquake of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale is registered today in Eastern Turkey, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center reported, quoted by bTV. 

According to local media quoted by the seismological Kandilli Observatory in Istanbul, the quake is 4.3 on the Richter scale.

It is registered at 12:41 am and its epicenter is in the Erdzhish Yancuttepe area.