Latest News from Turkey

Turkish pollster 'raided by inspectors' after poll angered AKP

A local research company has reportedly been raided by inspectors from the Finance Ministry, two days after releasing its latest public opinion poll showing support for Turkey?s ruling party below 40 percent.

Authoritarian practices against critics rise in Turkey, says Amnesty

Amnesty International's annual report has outlined the problematic areas in Turkey's human rights performance over the past year, noting the rise in authoritarian practices in the country despite progress in reducing detention periods.

Turkey's top cleric warns Austria over draft on Islam

Austria will turn the clock back a century if it approves a draft law on Islam scheduled to be voted on in Austria?s parliament on Feb. 25, Turkey?s top cleric has suggested.

Turkish university develops new Turkish keyboard

Istanbul-based Bo?aziçi University has developed a new keyboard with Turkish letters, the university announced on Feb. 24.

The new keyboard is called the "E keyboard," and will compete with the previous F and Q keyboards for Turkish writers.

Libyan flights from Turkey, Jordan to make security stop in east

Egypt is forcing Libyan airliners flying between Turkey and Jordan and the capital Tripoli to stop in eastern Libya to allow the country's internationally recognized government to screen out potential Islamist fighters, officials said.
   

Capello finds himself marooned in a sea of Turkish salesmen

Russia's National Football Team manager, Fabio Capello, has lashed out at Russian federation officials for placing him in a hotel in southern Turkey where hundreds of cosmetics salesmen had convened for an annual meeting, Russian media reported.

Islamic pilgrimage Umrah to include Al-Aqsa visit

Turkey's Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has included the al-Aqsa Mosque into the religious Umrah program that will be effective as of April 15.

One of the Muslim pilgrimages, the Umrah, which is not compulsory but is highly recommended for Muslims who can afford it, will also include the visiting of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel.

Jerusalem added to list of Turkey's umrah locations

Turkey?s Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has included the al-Aqsa Mosque into the religious Umrah program that will be effective as of April 15.

One of the Muslim pilgrimages, the Umrah, which is not compulsory but is highly recommended for Muslims who can afford it, will also include the visiting of the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, Israel.

The No-More-Mr-Nice-Guy law

Last weekend, public attention in Turkey was focused on the limited military operation in Syria. Some 100 Turkish armed vehicles and 570 soldiers crossed the border to relocate the tomb of Süleyman ?ah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) territory to a safer Kurdish zone.

Sure, let's talk operation instead of the security bill

If you are trying to criticize, all you can say is three sentences; if you want to defend it again, the total of what you can say is three sentences. Well, add to them the two or three bad jokes that have been made up.

What will Erdo?an do with 400 MPs?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an had promised to be a running, sweating president, unlike his predecessors, who mainly fulfilled their ceremonial duties. However, what we have found over the last seven months is rather a ?talking president,? unlike his predecessors and his colleagues across the world.

War or retreat?

Are there any Turks aware of what Süleyman ?ah's tomb on the bank of Euphrates, the sole Turkish territory cut off from the mainland, who could say right away that s/he was pleased with the "relocation" of the tomb?

Turkish foreign policy is heading to a crossroads

The ruling Justice and Development Party?s (AK Parti) ?zero problems with neighbors? policy was nothing but a derivative of the Turkish Republic?s strategic position formulated by its founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as ?peace at home, peace in the world.?

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