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Over 2,400 irregular migrants held in past week

A total of 2,402 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

As many as 1,038 migrants were held in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ provinces, bordering Greece and Bulgaria.

Man receives aggravated life sentence in femicide case

The murderer of 20-year-old ballerina Ceren Özdemir was sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment in the second hearing of Turkey's high-profile femicide case.

A psychiatric examination report of the suspect Özgür Arduç, 36, said that his abilities of mental abstraction and evaluating the reality were normal.

Serving three major objectives at once

"Minister for PPC": That's what many people thought I was, until December, which was when public interest focused on the international energy plans, mainly due to tension with Turkey.

Turkey's rating agency announces new management board

Turkey's national credit agency, Japan Credit Agency (JCR) Eurasia, has determined its board members, according to a statement released by the agency on Jan. 17.

Turkish hackers claim responsibility for mass attack on Greek state websites

The Greek National Intelligence service was among several top Greek state and government websites that went down on 17 January due to a wholesale cyber attack for which an ultra-nationalist Turkish hackers group with apparently strong neo-Ottoman sympathies named Anka Neferler Tim  has claimed responsibility.

Greece returns 11 failed asylum seekers to Turkey

Greece returned to Turkey eleven migrants who did not qualify for international protection, Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis announced on social media on Friday evening.

The group includes migrants from Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Pakistan, Somalia, and Tunisia.

"We are speeding up procedures, implementing the new law we voted recently," he said in his comment.

EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise

The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union's border agency said Friday.

Turkey to reach new heights in 2020, Erdoğan says

Turkey is all set to reach new heights in 2020 by protecting its rights, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Jan. 16.

Budget posts $21.8 bln deficit in 2019

Turkey's central government budget balance posted a deficit of 123.7 billion Turkish liras ($21.77 billion) in 2019, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Jan. 15.

Turkey's budget revenues rose 15.5 percent to hit 875.8 billion Turkish liras ($154.19 billion) year-on-year in the January-December period, according to the official data.

Main opposition CHP urges ‘peace-oriented’ foreign policy

Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu on Jan. 15 criticized the government's foreign policy and urged a more "peace-oriented foreign policy" based on Turkey's intermediator role in the Middle East.

Treasury borrows $1.58 bln from domestic markets

The Turkish Treasury borrowed 9.3 billion Turkish liras ($1.58 billion) from domestic markets on Jan. 14.

Some 5.84 billion Turkish liras ($993.16 million) in 15-month zero-coupon Treasury bills -- first issue -- were sold in the first auction, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced.

The Treasury bills will be settled on Jan. 15 and mature on April 14, 2021.

Cyprus Coastguard Detained a Boat with 101 Syrian Citizens

A boat carrying 101 Syrian nationals was detained by the Cyprus's coastguard, Kathimerini reported. This is the highest number of refugees detained in the last month.

The Syrians were transferred to a coastguard ship and taken to a port on the southeast part of the island.

A police spokesman said there were minors onboard and the refugees were likely traveling to Turkey.

Human Rights Progress Faltering in South and Central Europe: HRW

The latest report from Human Rights Watch, published on Tuesday evening, says that discrimination and violence against minorities, domestic violence, pressure on media and problems with dealing with the wartime past continued to be major issues for Balkan states and Central Europe last year.