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Economists expect rise in Turkey's February inflation

Turkey's annual inflation rate is projected to rise to 15.45% in February, an Anadolu Agency survey found on Feb. 26. 

Turkey's annual inflation rate in January was 14.97%, up 0.37 percentage points from the previous month.

The Turkish Statistical Institute will announce February's consumer prices index on March 3 Wednesday.

Turkey pledges disaster support to Croatia

Turkey is ready to support Croatia on the issue of responding to disasters, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 26 and pledged to provide help in the reconstruction of earthquake-affected zones.

Turkey opposes all type of coups, Erdoğan says

Turkey opposes all types of coup attempts, said President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the attempted military takeover in Armenia against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian.

"We are against all types of coups. We simply cannot accept coup attempts," Erdoğan told reporters in a brief news conference following Friday prayers in Istanbul.

Turkey’s Anzer honey gets geographical indication

Anzer honey, a product of Turkey's northeastern Rize province, has earned a geographical indication from the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (TPTO), authorities announced on Feb. 26. 

US has not replied to Turkey’s letter on S-400s: Defense minister

The United States has not yet replied to a letter sent by Turkey for resolving the S-400 air defense system deadlock, the Turkish defense minister has said, reiterating that the Russian weaponry will be used only when the country is under threat.

Turkey's foreign trade gap narrows 32.8% in January

Turkey's foreign trade deficit dropped 32.8% year-on-year in January, the country's statistical authority said on Feb. 26. 

The figure fell to $3.34 billion from $4.51 billion in the same month last year, according to TurkStat.

Exports rose 2.3% on an annual basis to reach $15.45 billion last month, while imports slipped 5.9% to $18.79 billion, latest data showed.

Biden, Saudi king speak ahead of Khashoggi murder report

President Joe Biden held a long-delayed first phone call on Feb. 25 with Saudi King Salman ahead of an imminent U.S. intelligence report expected to link the Arab kingdom's powerful crown prince to the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Biden kept the king waiting in his long list of calls to U.S. allies after being sworn in five weeks ago.

Woman with ALS disease to donate book profits

Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a neuromuscular disease, Özlem Özalkan from northwestern Turkey plans to donate profits she earned from her book to homeless children and spend them for water wells in Africa.

Turkey slams Dutch government’s recognition of 1915 events

Turkey on Feb. 25 slammed a decision by the Dutch House of Representatives to recognize the 1915 events as "genocide" against Armenians.  

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy said the decision and calling on the government to recognize the events of 1915 as genocide is a null attempt to rewrite history with political motives.

No virus variant originated in Turkey: Health minister

There is no new coronavirus variant that originated in Turkey, while the rate of infections related to the U.K. strain is rising in the country, the country's health minister said on Feb. 25. 

Marriages, divorces down in Turkey in 2020: TÜİK

Fewer people in Turkey got married and divorced in 2020 compared to the previous year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said on Feb. 25.

"The number of people who got married was 542,314 in 2019. It was 487,270 in 2020, a 10.1 percent decrease [since the year before]," TÜİK said in its latest statistics on marriage and divorce rates.

Expert warns of dust clouds heading from Europe

Dust clouds blowing from Europe will cover Turkey's sky until the next week, a Turkish academic has said.

An Istanbul-based meteorologist, Hüseyin Toros, told state-run Anadolu Agency that desert dust storms that hit Europe and have been active throughout the week are now heading toward Turkey starting from today.

‘Thinking Through Making’ from Istanbul to London

Istanbul Modern is launching a new program in collaboration with the Royal College of Art in London, one of the most influential academic institutions worldwide in the sphere of art and design.

Diyarbakır’s unique tastes to be introduced to world

A historic building in eastern Turkey will be turned into a learning institution that will introduce the world to the rich food culture of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır.