Latest News from Turkey

Turkey in talks with Israel, Egypt over Gaza

Yes, although it accuses Israel of committing "genocide" on Palestinians and Egypt of "tyranny," as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with CNN International, Turkey is in talks with both countries as part of efforts to secure an immediate and lasting truce between Hamas and Israel.

Political leaders continue campaigns during Eid al-Fitr

With Eid al-Fitr, or "Ramazan Bayramı" in Turkish, fast approaching, the leaders and representatives of all the major political parties in Turkey are still campaigning hard for the upcoming presidential elections on Aug. 10.

Cohabitation alla Turca

Turkey is about to set sail in uncharted waters. Starting from Aug. 29, we are going to have a directly elected president. That is the date for the transfer of office, right after the second round of elections on Aug. 24. We will have to learn how to deal with a constitutionally strong prime minister and a directly elected president.

Turkish presidential voting begins at customs

Voting at customs gates for Turkey’s first-ever presidential election by popular vote is set to be begun on July 26 and will continue until Aug. 10.

Stefanovic: Record drug seizure, police continue fight

BELGRADE - Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Friday, referring to the seizure of over 80kg of heroin at the Batrovci border crossing, that he expects the police to keep up the good work and raise the drug seizure rates in Serbia.

Erdoğan to be 'active' Turkish president: Deputy PM

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be an "active" head of state if he wins the presidential election in August and will play a particularly strong role in foreign policy, one of his government's most senior ministers has said.

Water reserves drained, streams dried out for Istanbul’s third airport

The Union of Chambers of Engineers and Architects (TMMOB) has said that 70 water reserves will be drained and eight streams dried out for the construction of Istanbul’s third airport, warning of a “serious water crisis.”

TMMOB Environment Engineers branch head Baran Bozoğlu warned that the city is on the verge of a serious water crisis.

Turkey may even lag behind China in mining safety, productivity

Turkey is set to fall behind even China in working conditions at coal mines and will become the world’s worst, according to a fresh report by the Economy Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV), months after the tragic May 13 Soma disaster.

Cause of the stench of Istanbul's water finally discovered

Turkish authorities have announced that the smell recently coming from Istanbul’s water network is caused by hot weather and seaweed, while some experts have claimed the change in the quality of water is carcinogenic.

Montenegrin Consulate to open in Sremski Karlovci

PODGORICA - The government of Montenegro made a decision to open consulates in Sremski Karlovci, northern Serbia, and Istanbul, Turkey.

According to the government, the Vojvodina city of Sremski Karlovci offered the best financial and logistic conditions for the consulate's location, Montenegrin internet portal CDM reports.

Turkish FM to meet Hamas leader in bid to secure week-long humanitarian cease-fire

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is visiting Qatar to meet Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Muhammad al-Atiyah, in a bid to push forward a truce plan outlining a week-long humanitarian cease-fire and seek terms for a durable truce.

First UN aid convoy enters Syria from Turkey

A first convoy of humanitarian aid crossed into Syria from Turkey on July 24, under a new U.N.-authorized plan to send relief without Damascus' approval.
"Nine trucks crossed at Bab al-Salam into Syria this morning," said Amanda Pitt of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).