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Deputy PM Babacan presents journalism award for 'Erdoğan leak' story

The Economy Journalists Association’s (EGD) “Best News” award has gone to a report about a leaked phone conversation allegedly between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his son related to the graft investigation probe. Surprisingly, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan presented the award to a reporter of fiercely anti-government daily Sözcü, which published the winning piece. 

Tornado wreaks havoc in eastern Istanbul

A powerful, non-supercell tornado over water has caused damage after it hit the eastern shores of Istanbul on June 19.

The tornado, a rare occurrence for northwestern Turkey, was first seen over the Marmara Sea before passing through the Pendik and Tuzla neighborhoods in eastern Istanbul and reached the province of Kocaeli.

US Senate Majority Leader 'Applauds Turkey For Welcoming Kurdish Independence'

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid 'applauded Turkey's move to welcome an independent Kurdistan on its border' during an interview with The Huffington Post on June 19.

Reid reportedly said the U.S. online news outlet that whether the Kurds break away from Iraq and form their own country is a decision that will ultimately have to be made by actors in the region.

First results of the sectarian war in Iraq

With the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) taking over a very wide geography from the north of Iraq towards its center, we can say that not only within Iraq, but in the entire Middle East, power equilibriums are being disrupted; and as a consequence of this all the alliances in the region will re-shape. This creates several significant outcomes as summarized below:

Why Ekmel Bey matters

A person whose words will be respected in the East as much as in the West, embodying the tradition of the Ottoman Empire and the modernism of the Republic Since the moment his name dropped into the political sphere, the former secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Dr. Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu is the most searched and tweeted figure in Turkey.

Asking the right questions about the Turkish economy

I was supposed to give a short talk on the Turkish economy in the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) workshop, “Turkey: An Emerging Power in a Changing Middle East,” on June 18. Unfortunately, severe food poisoning kept me in bed the whole day. I would like to summarize my speech, which is based on two misplaced questions.

An exemplary verdict by the top court

The Constitutional Court has served government a lesson in law, as well as in justice by ordering “Sledgehammer” retrial.

Turkey ‘needs $700 billion for 2023 goals’

Turkey needs $700 billion worth of infrastructure investments by 2023 with the government planning to use around $200 billion through its public-private partnership (PPP) model, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said.

Well, did you stomach all of this?

Where should I start? For instance, no matter if it’s head or tails, we will have a religious president; whereas, those who are holding on to Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu had difficulty adapting to Turgut Özal, one of our former presidents. I guess it is an issue of being able to stomach the lesser of two evils.

Meireles sports his Blue Mosque tattoo during World Cup training

Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles has shown his newest tattoo, featuring the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, during a recent training for his team’s upcoming game at the World Cup in Brazil.

The former Chelsea and Liverpool player now calls Turkey his home, as he plays for Turkish football giants Fenerbahçe. 

54th cycling race through Serbia starts

POZAREVAC - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic announced the start of the 54th cycling race through Serbia in Pozarevac on Thursday, noting that the competition under the slogan "Along the paths of freedom of our ancestors" offers an opportunity to learn more about the tradition of the Serbian army, which made a significant contribution to the Allies' victory in World War One.

Number of Syrian refugees in Turkey exceeds one million

The number of Syrians taking refuge in Turkey has reached 1.05 million with no peaceful end in sight to the civil war-torn country, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay said on June 19.

Atalay said a total of 22 camps in Turkey were hosting 218,632 refugees, with some camps hosting as many as 35,000-40,000 individuals.

Balyoz release ruling issued by all-woman court

The panel of judges that made the decision paving the way for the release of 230 suspects in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) trial consisted of three women.