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Students told to carry boxes to school in Turkey’s Bodrum

Six children between the ages of seven and 10 have been told by school officials to carry textbook boxes to school in the resort town of Bodrum in western Turkey, raising claims of child labor.

Turkish PM seeks restitution of top religious body’s ‘honor’

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has said his government attributes an "international mission" to Turkey's Directorate for Religious Affairs (Diyanet), also indicating that the country needs to make “reforms in religion.”

His words echo President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's recent suggestion that the Diyanet’s “honor” as a key state body should be restituted

Turkey beats Dominican Republic, set to face Australia in last 16

Turkey took second in Group C at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup after a 77-64 win over third placed Dominican Republic with Oğuz Savaş leading the way with 15 points. 

The Turkish national team will face Australia in the last 16, who were beaten by Angola 91-83 but gave a rest to two of their top players, Joe Ingles and Aron Baynes.        

Turkey to meet Aussies in World Cup round of 16

Turkey has advanced to the Round of 16 at the FIBA Basketball World Cup after seeing off the Dominican Republic 77-64 on Sept. 4 to finish second in Group C behind the unbeaten United States and set up a date with Australia on Sept. 7.

Erdoğan calls on Obama to deport Gülen from US

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has signalled that he is set to ask U.S. President Barack Obama for the “deportation” of Pennsylvania-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, referring to coup and spying allegations against the Gülen movement.

CHP set to propose EU solution on Kurdish issue

Turkey’s main opposition will discuss ways to end over a decade of conservative rule in the country at an extraordinary congress to be held today and tomorrow, while also proposing the adoption of European norms of self-government in an effort to solve the Kurdish issue.

Food for thought

At 0.1 percent monthly, Turkey’s August inflation, which was published on Sept. 3, disappointed again by coming in slightly higher than expectations of 0 percent. Annual inflation rose from 9.3 to 9.5 percent.

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.