Latest News from Turkey

Greek travel restrictions extended

Restrictions on domestic and international travel were extended on Monday in Greece, as the country struggles to contain the second wave of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Turkish exploration vessel returns to port ahead of EU summit

Turkey's research vessel Oruc Reis has returned to the port of the southern province of Antalya after finishing seismic studies in the eastern Mediterranean, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara.

Turkish banking watchdog continues normalization steps

In its most recent move to contribute to the well-functioning of markets, Turkey's banking watchdog on Nov. 30 raised the ceiling ratio of domestic banks' Turkish-lira transactions with foreign financial institutions to 2.5% of their equity.

Turkish exploration vessel back in port ahead of EU summit

Turkey's seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port on Monday from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara.

Turkey's exports up 5.6 pct to $17.3 bln in October

Turkey's exports rose by 5.6 percent to reach $17.33 billion in October, on a yearly basis, the country's statistical authority announced on Nov. 30.

The country's imports also posted an increase of 8.4 percent to reach $19.7 billion in the same month versus October 2019.

Meanwhile, the foreign trade deficit was at $2.37 billion, up 34.4 percent annually. 

Turkey posts 6.7% y-o-y economic growth in Q3

The Turkish economy registered growth of 6.7% in 2020's third quarter despite the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to data the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) released on Nov. 30. 

The country's gross domestic product (GDP) at current prices stood at 1.4 trillion Turkish liras ($197.4 billion) in July-September, TÜİK said.

Exploration moratorium the only way

As Turkey's Oruc Reis research vessel was scheduled to end its activities on Saturday in areas within the Greek continental shelf, Athens is determined not to accept any proposal from Ankara for exploratory contacts before the December 10-11 European Council, which will discuss the possibility of imposing tough sanctions on Turkey over its recent stance.

Diaspora in Tokyo commemorated Turkish figures in their graves

The graves of significant and historical figures buried in the Turkish cemetery in Tokyo, the capital of Japan, have been commemorated in an event conducted by Turkish embassy.

Turkish civil society representatives gathered at the Tama Cemetery in Tokyo's Fuçu district at an event hosted by Turkish embassy to pay their respects.

PKK terrorist surrenders to security forces

One more PKK/KCK terrorist surrendered to Turkish security forces, the country's Interior Ministry announced on Nov. 29. 

According to a statement by the ministry, the terrorist turned himself in as a result of persuasive efforts by police forces.

Turkey condemns terrorist attack in Afghanistan

Turkey on Nov. 29 condemned the terrorist attack in central Afghanistan that killed at least 30 people, including both soldiers and civilians.

Ukrainian premier praises relations with Turkey

Turkey is an important strategic partner for Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, the prime minister of the eastern European country, said on Nov. 29. 

He attended a roundtable session by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) in Istanbul as part of his first official visit to Turkey.

President Erdoğan hails Palestinian cause

Turkey is doing all it can to raise the Palestinian cause at all platforms to end "occupation, oppression and genocide policies", President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 29. 

Turkey closely monitoring COVID-19 vaccine volunteers

Volunteers for trials of the coronavirus vaccine in Turkey are being closely monitored at every stage, according to authorities.

The phase-3 trials of the Chinese COVID-19 vaccine which began on Sept. 15 are ongoing in two stages.

They include high-risk health care workers and medium-risk volunteers, according to information received by Anadolu Agency.

Young couple explores unknown gems of Turkey

For four years now a pair of enthusiastic young travelers has been exploring lesser-known sites in Turkey, a country they call "one of the historically and culturally richest lands in the world."

Ayesha Bilal and Argun Konuk's story is a unique one, as they like to seek out places that are far from the beaten path.