Latest News from Turkey

Turkey marks 87th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Women in Turkey, who got the right to vote and be elected in 1934 before many European countries, celebrated the 87th anniversary of getting full suffrage on Dec. 5.

Turkey aims to vaccinate over 80 percent of population, says expert

Turkey aims to vaccinate more than 80 percent of the population against COVID-19, Professor Alper Şen from the Health Ministry's Science Board has said.

The vaccine drive is not moving at the desired speed, but still the vaccination rate in Turkey is higher than many countries in Europe, according to Şen.

Ankara condemns terror attack in Iraq

Turkey on Dec. 4 "strongly condemned" the "heinous" terror attack near Iraq's Makhmour district that left at least 13 people dead, including civilians.

"We are saddened to receive the news that 3 civilians and 10 KRG security forces lost their lives in a terror attack that took place in a village near Iraq's Makhmour district," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

Explosive device found under police car assigned to Erdoğan's rally

Turkish police on Dec. 4 found an explosive device attached to the undercarriage of a private car belonging to a police officer, who was assigned to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's program in southeastern Siirt province.

Red moss covers shores in Istanbul’s Anatolian side

Several spots on the Marmara Sea have been fully covered with red moss following a fierce storm that has wreaked havoc in Turkey's northwestern region.

Municipal teams worked hard to clean up the red moss that hit with giant waves on the shores of Kadıköy and Maltepe, two districts on Istanbul's Anatolian side.

Erdoğan, Putin discuss bilateral relations over phone

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone call on Dec. 3 to discuss bilateral ties and regional issues, according to a statement by the Turkish Communications Directorate.

EU provides additional funds for refugees in Turkey

The EU has allocated an additional 325 million euros to extend the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN) program until early 2023, the European Commission has announced.

Turkish travelers denied entry to Italy due to virus restrictions

Italy has denied entry to three Turkish citizens due to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.

The Turkish nationals, who traveled from Istanbul to Rome, on Dec. 2 were briefly detained at the airport and eventually sent back to Turkey later in the day.

Fitch raises growth forecast to 10.5 percent

International credit rating agency Fitch has raised its Turkey growth forecast for 2021 from 9.2 percent to 10.5 percent, while it changed its outlook assessment from stable to negative.

Hike in pet food prices concerning animal lovers

A sudden hike in animal food and the high value-added tax put animal lovers in a challenging situation, forcing them to call on Turkish authorities to make discounts on the vital product.