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Turkey's manufacturing capacity continues to rise in September

The Turkish manufacturing industry's capacity utilization rate (CUR) increased month-on-month in September, marking the fourth straight monthly rise, fresh data showed on Sept. 24. 

The local manufacturing industry units operated at 78.1% of their capacity this month, up one point from August, according to a Turkish Central Bank survey released on Friday.

Turkish football club Kayserispor's Emre Demir joins Barcelona

Barcelona purchased Emre Demir from Turkey's Yukatel Kayserispor for €2 million ($2.34 million) plus bonuses, the Catalan club said in a statement on Sept. 23. 

The 17-year-old will stay at the club until 2027, and his release fee has been set at €400 million ($470 million), according to the press release.

Turkish envoy meets Taliban leader in Doha

The Turkish ambassador to Qatar met on on Sept. 23 the acting deputy foreign minister of Taliban administration in Afghanistan, the Turkish Embassy in Doha said.

Turkey’s 7 largest banks have enough foreign currency: Fitch

Turkey's seven largest banks have sufficient short-term foreign currency (FC) liquidity to service FC debt during the event of a brief market closure, Fitch Ratings said on Sept. 23 in a report. 

EU must work with Turkey for international, regional stability: Turkish FM

The European Union must work with Turkey for the stability of the region and beyond, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Sept. 23 after meeting a senior EU official.

The top diplomat met with Josep Borrell, the EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, on the sidelines of the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

Erdoğan says course of US-Turkey ties ’does not bode well’

The current course of U.S.-Turkey relations "does not bode well," President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 24, noting that he didn't have a good start with U.S. President Joe Biden, who took power earlier this year.

Turkey, Germany have special bonds: SPD nominee for German chancellor

Turkey and Germany have special relations due to the millions of Turks who immigrated 60 years ago, German social democrat politician Olaf Scholz told daily Hürriyet in an interview days before the Bundestag elections that will end the 16-year rule of Christian Democrat Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Turkey to fight climate change with nine-point action plan

Turkey, which announced the presentation of the Paris Climate Deal to parliament next month, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 21 percent as of 2030 by implementing an action plan with nine major points.

"The country prepared an action plan consisting of some 32 targets and some 81 acts collected under nine major points," daily Milliyet reported on Sept. 23.

Watermelon weighing 45.5 kg ranks first in festival

A farmer who grew a watermelon weighing 45.5 kilograms has won the 11th Watermelon Festival organized in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, famous for its big and juicy watermelons.

"Due to drought, unfortunately, this year farmers could not grow bigger watermelons," Münir Karaloğlu, the governor of the province, said at the prize-giving ceremony on Sept. 22.

Bozlu Art Project presents ‘Fahrelnissa Zeid: Towards a Storm’ exhibition

Bozlu Art Project Mongeri Building is presenting an exhibition prepared in tandem with the publication of "Fahrelnissa Zeid: Toward a Storm," which is one of the most comprehensive monographs on the life and works of Fahrelnissa Zeid (1901 - 1991), who is considered one of the most significant woman artists of 20th century.

Heavy downpour badly disrupts traffic in Istanbul

Heavy downpour created a ruckus in Istanbul, Turkey's largest metropolis with 16 million population, causing heavy congestion on roads as traffic density in the city reached 71 percent in the early hours of Sept. 23.

Rejecting name change request of transgender abuse of rights: Supreme Court

Turkey's Supreme Court has reversed a decision of a local court that rejected a transgender person's name change request for not having a sex-change operation, calling it a "violation of rights."

A man, identified by initials H.K., wanted to change his name to "D," as per the lawsuit

Works underway to unearth ancient city in southern Turkey

Excavations around a Christian cave church in southern Turkey are underway in a bid to demystify a long period going back to 300 B.C., when the ancient city of Antioch was founded.

Hot air balloons hover over Phrygian Valley

Tourists visiting Turkey's Afyonkarahisar province had the chance to fly over the ancient Phrygian Valley with hot air balloons. (AA Photo)