Latest News from Turkey

Jail for Turkey-bound US teen who wanted to fight in Syria

A US court on Jan. 23 jailed a "radicalized" Colorado teenager intercepted by the FBI when she attempted to join her fiance in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group to fight in Syria.
  

World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to meet new King Salman

Dignitaries and leaders from around the world were to arrive in Saudi Arabia Jan. 24 to offer their condolences to its new King Salman, a day after the death of his half-brother King Abdullah.

Turkey's social security institution to share citizens' information with draft bill

A new regulation will pave the way for the sale to private companies of citizens' personal information gathered at Turkey?s Social Security Institution (SGK).

The regulation, which will be added to the labor safety draft bill, will allow the sharing of the information of 74 million Turkish citizens to other state institutions and selling this information to private companies.

Turkey's social security institution to sell citizens' information with draft bill

A new regulation will pave the way for the sale to private companies of citizens' personal information gathered at Turkey?s Social Security Institution (SGK).

The regulation, which will be added to the labor safety draft bill, will allow the sharing of the information of 74 million Turkish citizens to other state institutions and selling this information to private companies.

First Muslim-majority country to chair the G20

In 2012, Mexico was the first emerging economy to lead the G20. So Turkey is not the first. But those out there with unhealthy ?first time ever? obsessions can take solace in Turkey being the first Muslim-majority country to chair the G20. This is one more ?first time ever? for you. No one says it out loud, but I can see it in their eyes ?

Turkish people are afraid and want the West

The Turkish public does not feel safe and secure. This is what the results of the ?Survey of Social-Political Tendencies in Turkey? tell us indirectly. This annual survey has been conducted every year for four years by the Kadir Has University, in order to reflect the changes in public opinion in Turkey. The results of 2014 were presented last week by Rector Prof. Mustafa Ayd?n.

The ever-reinterpreted Hrant Dink murder

On Jan. 17, 2007, Hrant Dink, a Turkish Armenian intellectual and the editor-in-chief of the Istanbul-based Armenian daily newspaper, Agos, was assassinated right outside his office in one of the busiest streets in the country. The assassin, Ogün Samast, was a 17-year-old ultra-nationalist from Trabzon, a Black Sea town known for its tough guys and nationalist circles.

Turkey declares day of mourning for Saudi king

Turkey has declared Jan. 24 a day of national mourning for Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away early on Friday at the age of about 90.

"We declare Saturday, Jan. 24 a day of national mourning for Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz," the Turkish Prime Ministry said in a statement issued Jan. 23.

Turkish parliament's executive power should be strengthened: Ex-President Gül

Political sustainability is not limited to holding a majority at parliament, former President Abdullah Gül has said, highlighting the importance of ?justice and politics in economic growth.?

Gül also indirectly stressed that if Turkey is considering a change in the political system, then parliament should be strengthened.

Turkish PM sends high-level delegation to northern Iraq

A group from Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu's inner circle will pay a visit Arbil, the capital of Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in order to attend meetings to discuss the ongoing peace process, according to a report in pro-government daily Yeni ?afak.

Number of cruise tourists visiting Turkey decreases in 2014

Data compiled by the Transportation Ministry has shown that the number of cruise tourists who visited Turkey in 2014 decreased by 20 percent from the previous year. 

Black Sea ports doubled the number of cruise tourists in 2014 from 2013, although leading cruise ports attracted lower numbers of cruise tourists than they had done in 2013. 

Mining regulations changing in Turkey after deadly accidents

A new draft mining law has been passed by Turkey's Parliamentary Commission on Industry, Trade, Energy, Natural Resources and Information Technology, in response to a series of deadly accidents that hit headlines last year.

Saudi buries King Abdullah, Salman takes throne

Saudi Arabia buried King Abdullah Friday as foreign leaders gathered in the capital for the funeral of the ruler of the world's top oil exporter and the spiritual home of Islam.
      
Abdullah, a cautious reformer who led his kingdom through a turbulent decade in a region shaken by the Arab Spring uprisings and Islamic extremism, died early Friday aged about 90.
      

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