Latest News from Turkey

82 refugees rescued after two days stranded at sea

Eighty-two illegal refugees who human traffickers had promised to transport to Romania have been rescued after being marooned on a small boat 24 miles off the coast of Istanbul.

Energy bourse shares collect 114 firm application

A total of 114 companies have made bids to acquire shares in the company that will be founded to manage Turkey’s new energy bourse, the head of the country’s energy watchdog has announced.

Kurdish oil exports mark 10 million barrels despite Baghdad’s woes

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yıldız has said the total exports of Kurdish Iraqi oil through Turkey since May has reached 10 million barrels, amid ongoing tension with the Iraqi government over the legitimacy of the sales.

Turkish business group warns of lagging behind in transatlantic trade talks

All projections indicate that Turkey’s economy would eventually be harmed due to the eventual integration of the world’s two largest economies through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the head of Turkey’s leading business club has warned.

TÜSİAD urges gov’t to make judicial reforms

Turkey’s leading business club has drawn attention to the urgent need to write a brand-new civilian Constitution and make significant reforms in the judicial system. The group has also regretted the absence of fair representation in Parliament, which it says is vital for preserving stability in the country.

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.