Citizens warned of crashes as millions to flock to roads for 'bayram'

An estimated 7 million travelers will take to the roads and skies during the traditional 'bayram' holiday, but authorities have warned drivers to drive safely given the annual carnage on the roads Turkey will see staggering numbers of people traveling during this year's traditional "bayram" holiday, as an estimated 7 million travelers – equal to the population of Switzerland – are se

The ugly truth: Israel is so Middle East now

I can never forget that one sentence from Thomas Friedman’s legendary book on the Middle East, “From Beirut to Jerusalem.” It was something like this: “Jews would like to wake up in Israel but would like to live next to Switzerland and Belgium.” After 20 years of Likud governments and small immigrant parties holding politics hostage, unfortunately Israel is now no different from any s

Shining crescent

Turkey is a country in the first league of international diplomacy. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu was exuberantly boasting in comments to the media that “Turkey had become such an important and big player that even a fly could not fly in its region without Turkey being informed in the first place.”

Boutaris plans Islamic art museum for Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki Mayor Yannis Boutaris on Thursday announced plans to establish a museum of Islamic art in Greece’s northern port city.

Boutaris, who was re-elected in May, told Kathimerini he had already contacted the Benaki Museum in Athens to ask for help to turn either the Alaca Imaret or the Yeni Cami, both former mosques, into a museum.

HSBC cutting ties with small Turkish businesses to focus on bigger players

British lender HSBC has begun to close the accounts of small local businesses in Turkey with the aim of focusing on customers with overseas interests.

The bank has started to call small companies to tell them the bank has decided to close the accounts of customers to whom it believes it cannot provide enough service.

I am focused on my job, not the prime ministry: Turkish FM Davutoğlu

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has parried speculation about his possible assumption of the prime minister’s post, saying he was focusing on his current job, particularly Palestine and Libya.

“Nowadays, day and night, I try to do my job,” the minister said July 24 in a televised interview.