Latest News from Turkey

Samaras to meet Erdogan on Friday

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is expected to meet newly elected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday morning in Cardiff, Wales. The meeting is being organized on the sidelines of a two-day NATO summit which ends on the same day.

Turkey beats Denmark with young gun Ozan Tufan

Young Ozan Tufan scored a long-range shot in stoppage time to give Turkey a 2-1 win over Denmark in an international friendly game in Odense on Sept. 3.

Bursaspor’s 19-year-old midfielder scored from about 30 meters in the second minute of additional time, giving Turkey victory in only his fourth international appearance.

Greenpeace members on trial in France for daring nuclear break-in

Fifty-five Greenpeace activists from some 20 countries go on trial in France on Sept. 4 for an audacious break-in at the country's oldest nuclear power plant to highlight weaknesses at atomic installations.        

Top Libyan envoy in Turkey denies he is recalled

Libyan Ambassador to Turkey Abdul Razzaq Mukhtar denied claims on Sept. 3 that he had been recalled over a diplomatic spat about the location of his country’s Parliament.

Jennifer Brush appointed to UNMIK

PRISTINA - Jennifer Brush, former Director of the Office of South Central European Affairs at the US Department of State, has been appointed as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Kosovo.

The decision to appoint Brush was announced by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday, UNMIK said in a statement.

DIY or not, that is the question

As a foreigner, one of the first things you have probably noticed about Turkish people is that we don’t do much ourselves. We like to work with handymen instead of using our own hands to build and fix stuff. This is partly because of the culture and partly because of the fact that labor is very cheap in our country.

Erdoğan’s ‘New Turkey’ strives to curb judiciary

Attention in Turkey will now focus on the Sept. 12 elections for members of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), which oversees appointments and dismissals and conducts investigations in the judiciary.

Women’s income one third of men in Turkey

Turkey’s failure in narrowing the gender pay gap has been highlighted by a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) index, which shows how the gross national income (GNI) is three times higher for men.

Mr. Erdoğan, don’t leave Çankaya Mansion

During my academic career, I used to live in a basement a few meters away from the Çankaya Presidential Mansion. Gülümsün, our daughter, had not started school yet. While taking her for walks, we would come across the flag ceremony of the Presidential Guard Regiment. I would explain to her Çankaya’s importance.

The unbearable easiness of getting killed in Turkey

Turkey is geographically situated in the middle of a circle of fire. Violent clashes are going on in our Middle Eastern neighbors in the name of religion and politics; our northeastern neighbor Armenia is in a war with Azerbaijan; Ukraine across the Black Sea is partly under occupation and has lost a significant portion of its land to Russia.

Libya calls back ambassador from Turkey

Libya’s Parliament has called back its ambassador from Turkey.

Quoting an unnamed source, the Dubai-based broadcaster Al Arabiya reported Sept. 2 that the Libyan Foreign Ministry accused President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of interfering with Libya’s internal affairs after saying the relocation of Libya’s Parliament to Tobruk was “unacceptable.”

Aqua school with 34 academics gets no students for another year

Some 34 academics and a handful of teaching assistants at the Aquacultural Products Faculty at Sinop University will not be tutoring for a second year running, as not a single student decided to study at the faculty.