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Turkish police detain gang selling Patara beach sand

Turkish security forces detained 20 people that have illegally been selling the sand of the world-famous Patara Beach in the Mediterranean province of Antalya on Feb. 27.

The police said the "gang" had smuggled around 3,000 and 5,000 truckloads of beach sand since July last year, selling them to local construction firms.

412 smuggled artifacts returned to Turkey

Hungarian authorities have returned some 412 historical artifacts of Anatolian origin to Turkey, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Feb. 28.

In a statement, the ministry said the artifacts were seized by Hungarian customs officers and returned to Turkey.

Turkey’s most technologically advanced brands unveiled

Data analytics company NielsenIQ Turkey has identified Turkey's most technological brands in 26 categories by conducting online surveys.

Koç Holding's Arçelik received "Turkey's Most Technological Domestic Brand" and "the Most Technological Brand of the COVID-19 Era" awards, whereas Garanti BBVA was chosen as the most technological bank.

Turkey readying to move to normalization phase

Turkey's provinces are waiting for the cabinet's decision to decide how to move forward and what steps they will need to take as the country is readying to switch to the normalization phase.

Turkish officials recall ‘post-modern coup’

As agonizing memories of the "post-modern" coup of Feb. 28, 1997, still lingers and has its effect on the country's conscience 24 years later, Turkish officials have condemned the intervention of a democratic order that led to the resignation of the then prime minister, Necmettin Erbakan.

Proper political climate needed for brand-new constitution: CHP

A majority of the Turkish population believes that Turkey needs a new constitution, but it must be written within a suitable political climate, the head of the main opposition party has said, in reaction to the government's calls for the political parties to join their efforts to renew the charter.

Turkey commemorates master author Yaşar Kemal

It has been six years since Turkey lost legendary author Yaşar Kemal, an outspoken intellectual and prolific writer who became the country's first nominee for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

US says Saudi prince approved Khashoggi murder but spares him sanctions

The United States on Feb. 26 for the first time publicly accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of approving the gruesome murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but stopped short of targeting the powerful heir apparent.

Turkish Treasury to repay over $21.2 bln debt in March-May

Turkey's Treasury will repay debts worth 157 billion Turkish liras (around $21.2 billion) in March-May.

It will repay 40.6 billion Turkish liras ($5.5 billion) in external debts with 11.1 billion lira ($1.5 billion) in interest payments, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on Feb. 26. 

Turkish security units saved 3 Ezidis in last 18 months

With the latest rescue operation in the Turkish capital, the number of the Ezidis rescued from terror groups has increased to three within the last 18-month period.

According to the information obtained by Anadolu Agency, Turkish intelligence and police units conduct operations both within the country and abroad to rescue those in need.