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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.
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.
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."
Erman IlÄ±cak, 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."
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.
âSweden had a female minister of Turkish origin. Can you imagine Turkey having a Russian blonde Orthodox woman in the Turkish Cabinet in 20 yearsâ time? I really canât imagine Turkey changing toward this mentality. But perhaps realities on the ground are going to force a change in the mindset,â Professor Ahmet Ä°Ã§duygu fron Istanbulâs KoÃ§ University told me.
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 âinto its lapâ: Corruption.
According to World Bank data, Turkeyâs 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 âI used Facebook last weekâ is 60 percent.