Latest News from Turkey

Turkey widens travel warning list to 15 Iraq provinces

Turkey has updated its travel warning for Iraq, increasing the number of Iraqi provinces where Turkish citizens may face security problems, from seven to 15.

Anbar, Baghdad, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Kirkuk and Salahaddin were already listed by the Foreign Ministry as provinces that Turkish citizens should avoid travelling through.

Turkey Sentences 1980 Coup Architects to Life in Prison

A Turkish court has issued a life sentence for former President Kenan Evren and former air force commander Tahsin Sahinkaya.

Evren, 96, and 89-year-old Sahinkaya were found guilty of crimes against the state, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Employers Struggle with Shortage of Engineers, IT Specialists - Survey

Some 44% of Bulgarian employers admit they struggle finding qualified engineers, managers and skilled workers, according to the annual survey of Manpower Group.

The top 5 professions employers are having difficulty finding candidates for include engineers, skilled workers, managers, IT specialists and accounting and financial personnel.

President Gül says situation in Egypt ‘temporary’

Turkey and Egypt are “two of a kind,” President Abdullah Gül said, as he likened the current political environment in Egypt to post-coup eras in Turkey, indicating it was only a temporary situation.

Turkey updates terror list, shifts al-Nusra Front’s place

The Turkish government has updated its official terrorist organization list, removing the al-Nusra Front from the group listed under the title “al-Qaeda in Iraq.” However, the changes published in the Official Gazette on June 18 kept al-Nusra listed as a “terrorist organization.” 

Iraqi Turkmens warn Kirkuk may fall soon

The ethnically volatile northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk may soon fall, as militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have been gaining ground, a leading representative of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC) has warned.

Bulgaria-Turkey Border Checkpoint Temporarily Closed for Trucks

Bulgaria's Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint with Turkey will be closed for incoming trucks from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesday.

Due to road maintenance, freight trucks will not be allowed to pass into Bulgaria during these hours, the border authorities informed.

The other two checkpoints, at Malko Tarnovo and Lesovo will be opened for traffic.

Russia says Syria agrees to aid access from Iraq, Turkey, Jordan

Russia said on June 17 it has gained Syrian approval to open four border crossings from Iraq, Jordan and Turkey to deliver aid to millions of people under a "far-reaching formula" proposed to U.N. Security Council members.

Scenes of humanity from the Syrian border

Kızıltepe / Mardin: I had never seen a child suffering from meningitis before. He was lying motionless on a bed made up on the floor at the corner of the room. His eyes were fixed at the ceiling; there was no movement in his eyes. I could not understand during the 10 minutes I was in the room whether he noticed me or not.

An exercise in democracy

The selection of Ekmelettin İhsanoğlu as the joint candidate – not the alleged roof candidate as other parties immediately declared their disapproval – of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) is a new phenomenon in Turkey.