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More than 2,800 Turkish miners were fired in disaster-hit town Soma

More than 2,800 miners have been laid off in the Aegean coal capital of Soma, hit by the deadliest mining accident of Turkey's history.

The Soma Coal Mining Company, which operates the Eynez mine where 301 workers were killed in May, stated that its contract with Turkish Coal Enterprises expired in May 2014 and the contracts of 2,831 miners had been canceled as of Nov. 30.

Bulgarian Energy Committee Deputy Chair: South Stream Termination Notice Is ‘Bluff’

Martin Dimitrov, Deputy Chair of Bulgaria's parliamentary energy committee, has dismissed the announcement of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the suspension of the South Stream gas pipeline project as a bluff.

"There is no way Russia is giving up on the South Stream gas pipeline project," Dimitrov declared Tuesday in an interview for the morning broadcast of Nova TV.

US plays down idea of safe zone along Syria-Turkey border

The United States on Dec. 1 played down the idea of creating a buffer zone along the Syria-Turkish border after a media report cited it as a possible concession to Turkey in return for use of bases to launch attacks on Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in Syria.

New Peshmerga group to replace troops in Kobane: Turkish army

The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has confirmed that 150 Kurdish Iraqi fighters combatting Islamist jihadists in Kobane will be replaced with a new group that will also use Turkish soil to travel to the northern Syrian town.

Syrian Kurds, not ISIL, hid in Turkish soil during Kobane clashes: Army sources

The Turkish military has ruled out Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party's claims that Islamist jihadists fired on Syrian Kurdish militants from the Turkish side of the border with Syria.

The sources instead claim that Syrian Kurds were using a Turkish depot for shelter while Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants stayed across the border for only "a few minutes."

Erdoğan’s palace will be a legacy, contractor says

Erman Ilıcak, the chairman of the holding company responsible for the construction of Ak Saray, the new presidential palace in Ankara, said the building that has triggered much debate will be a "legacy for future generations."

Builder not sure how many rooms Turkey's new presidential palace has

Erman Ilıcak, the chairman of the holding company responsible for the construction of Turkey's new presidential palace in Ankara, said the building that has triggered much debate will be a "legacy for future generations."

Legal steps on Kurdish peace bid 'a must' to disarm, PKK tells Turkish gov’t

Eyes are now on the Turkish government’s moves in the Kurdish issue, after a Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) team revealed remarks by the jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in which he said further steps in the peace process "must be subject to a legal framework."

Turkish-Israeli ties to revive with taste of nostalgia

With a shared culinary tradition and more, there is much that unites Israel and Turkey, according to Israeli journalist Arad Nir. ‘The potential is there within, waiting to burst out when the right time will come,' he says The Israeli young woman in the commercial can fix a car and let her boyfriend go on vacation to Thailand without her.

Turkey seeks hybrid solution in ‘new vs old weapons’

Turkey’s military and procurement planners are favoring a “hybrid” approach which they believe will optimize their logistical requirements and help them maintain a fine balance between new and old gear.

Getting used to seeing a Syrian origin minister in Turkish Cabinet

“Sweden had a female minister of Turkish origin. Can you imagine Turkey having a Russian blonde Orthodox woman in the Turkish Cabinet in 20 years’ time? I really can’t imagine Turkey changing toward this mentality. But perhaps realities on the ground are going to force a change in the mindset,” Professor Ahmet İçduygu fron Istanbul’s Koç University told me.

Turkey’s G20 presidency and corruption

As of Monday, Dec. 1, Turkey took over the presidency of the G20 from Australia. About 15 days ago, Turkey announced in Brisbane that its priorities would be investment, energy, trade, participatory development, climate change, SMEs and integrating developing countries into the world economy.
However, there is one more issue that was dropped “into its lap”: Corruption.

Is a different Turkey possible?

According to World Bank data, Turkey’s Internet usage rate is 46 percent, which is above the global average. In social media usage, Turkey is at the world average of 45 percent, while 86 percent of Turkish Internet users have a Facebook account. The rate of Turks who say “I used Facebook last week” is 60 percent.

Hoteliers warn against VAT hike

 Increase of tax on accommodation could wipe 3.8 bln euros off the country’s GDP and cause job losses

Tourism professionals vehemently oppose the government’s intention to raise the value-added tax on accommodation from the current 6.5 percent to 13 percent.