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Turkey’s ‘Giants’ to meet Lithuania after Aussie miracle

Turkey will face Lithuania in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup quarterfinals Sept. 9, after a dramatic victory over Australia.

Fenerbahçe Ülker forward Emir Preldzic nailed two late three-pointers, including one that he landed five seconds left in the play, to cap a stunning 65-64 comeback victory over Australia in the round of 16 game on Sept. 7.

US, Ukraine to Hold Naval Drills in Black Sea

Twelve warships from NATO and other countries are to stage naval exercises, known as Sea Breeze, in the Black Sea.

Hosted by Ukraine, the drills are led by the US.

The maneuvers are held on an annual basis (and have been since 1997) and are not related to the developments in Ukraine and its standoff with Russia.

Erdoğan discusses wiretapping, Islamic State threat with Obama

The presidents of NATO allies Turkey and the United States have agreed on a joint roadmap concerning “the parallel structure” which is subject to a widening inquiry into the alleged wiretapping of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, while discussing the threat posed by ISIL militants during NATO talks in Wales.

Free speech a must for joining EU family: Kroes

Turkey should prioritize expanding freedom of speech to achieve improvement in its bid to join the European Union, according to Neelie Kroes, the vice president of the EU Commission.

Low foreign trade, low growth

Foreign trade indicators from the first seven months show us that the 2014 growth target of 4 percent will be difficult to achieve. 

Griffins and grapes

Courage, chivalry and determination. These are the characteristics of the students sorted out to be a member of the Gryffindor House, one of the four houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter and his pals are the foremost Gryffindors, fiercely competing with the rival house Slytherins.

Muslims, Turkey and ISIL

Muslims all over the world rightly hate to be held responsible for the atrocities committed by some groups or organizations (like ISIL recently) in the name of Islam. Yet, they (in fact, “we”) have the responsibility to engage in an open debate on those issues without seeking refuge in arguments about Islamophobia.

Turks resorting to TV as an anti-depressant

The medium is increasingly the message for Turks as television simultaneously reflects and attempts to inculcate conservatism in the country, according to sociologist Tayfun Acar.

World music to echo in Side

The Side International Culture and Arts Festival, which has been organized for 13 years in Side in the southern province of Antalya’s Manavgat district, will be organized this year with a new name concept.

The event, organized by the Manavgat Municipality, will host national and international artists as the Side World Music Culture and Arts Festival.

Differences between Washington and Ankara

Turks are saying, “There are hostages; my hands are tied.”

Americans are saying, “These manslayers are massacring a citizen of mine every week but we do not stop the operations.”

30,000 Syrian babies born in Turkey's border provinces

A whole new generation of Syrian refugees is being born in Turkey, as the number of Syrians in the country heads toward 1.4 million Some 30,000 Syrian children have been born in Turkish cities where there are refugee camps since the beginning of the war more than three years ago. Another 30,000 Syrian babies are believed to have been born in various other provinces of Turkey.

Turkish PM vows not to permit any coup attempt against any elected leader

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has pledged to confront any attempt by any group aiming to topple any elected leader or government in the country -- a reference to the movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, who allegedly attempted to bring down the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) through legal charges.

Armenian church on Akdamar Island hosts fifth service

The fifth annual Divine Liturgy on the Akdamar Island’s famous 10th-century church was held on Sept. 7, with the participation of Christians from Turkey and around the world.

The church was reopened to occasional prayers in 2010 after a hiatus of nearly 100 years.

Police fire tear gas at Istanbul protests over workers' death

Turkish riot police on Sept. 7 fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Istanbul, a day after 10 workers were killed when a lift crashed to the ground from the 32nd storey of a building.