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Iraq looking to import fuel from Turkey: Minister

Iraq has requested to fill its gasoline gap with fuel from Turkey after the shutdown of the country’s biggest oil refinery amid clashes with armed insurgents, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said.

Thousands rally for Turkish PM in France, hundreds protest

Thousands of Turk expatriates attended a political rally for Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdoğan in Chassieu, near the French city of Lyon, June 21, while hundreds protested against him.

Hollande asks Turkey to prevent French citizens from joining jihadist fighters

French President François Hollande has demanded  from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to tighten measures to prevent French youth from joining jihadist fighters.

French President François Hollande has demanded  from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to tighten measures to prevent French youth from joining jihadist fighters, according to French sources.

Government ruins justice, high court fixes

The Constitutional Court’s landmark verdict on the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup case came only a few days after officials from Turkey and the European Union met at a working group meeting to allow the former to fulfill benchmarks for the opening of Chapter 23: Judiciary and fundamental rights.

Ankara’s to do list

It has already become certain that ISIL’s (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) invasion of Mosul will pass into history as the “pre-Mosul and post-Mosul era.” The post-Mosul order turns the regional balance of power upside down. Hence, Turkey has to make a completely new reading of the region and adapt its policies accordingly.

Turkey, US in close touch over Iraq

Turkey and the United States are in close coordination over developments in Iraq, as security conditions have worsened since last week after jihadists seized control of a number of key cities, Turkish diplomatic sources have said.

Why the Arab Spring went wrong

When Egyptians were flooding to Tahrir Square, I was fascinated with the Arab Spring. Like many others, I too wrote in praise of the movement at the time. Then an experienced Turkish diplomat warned me.

UNDP and Turkey sign $15 million agreement

Turkey signed a five-year, $15 million agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on June 20 to support development in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS).

The moves are considered to be a signal of Turkey’s enhanced focus on sustainable and inclusive growth in the region.

First oil delivery from disputed Kurdish pipeline set for Israel

Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload its first cargo of disputed crude oil in Israel from its new pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq’s central government has threatened legal action against any buyer.

Released Balyoz convicts visit Anıtkabir

A day following their release from prison, convicts from the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot case have visited Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

The Balyoz convicts and their relatives stood in homage to Atatürk and sang the national anthem in Anıtkabir on June 20. 

'Girl with red foulard' joins PKK

A young woman in Antalya, who faces up to 98 years in prison for participating in last year’s Gezi Park protests, has joined the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), her mother confirmed in a statement to daily Hürriyet on June 20.

More than 50 million displaced worldwide, UN says

GENEVA - More than 50 million people were forcibly uprooted worldwide at the end of last year, the highest level since after World War Two, as people fled crises from Syria to South Sudan, the UN refugee agency said on Friday.