Latest News from Turkey

Two earthquakes strike western, central Turkey

A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck Turkey's western Manisa province on Jan. 22, according to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD).       

Ahmet Deniz, the governor of the province, said there are reports that some buildings were damaged but no casualties have been reported so far.       

Only four people were reportedly injured.       

Turkish, Canadian leaders hold phone talk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a phone conversation on Jan. 22.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional issues.
During the Cold War, political relations between Turkey and Canada evolved mainly around military and security cooperation within NATO.

US ‘deeply concerned’ with Turkey drilling in Cyprus

The United States is "deeply concerned" by Turkey's drilling operations off Cyprus, including plans to dispatch its Yavuz drillship south of Limassol, a State Department spokesman has said, urging Turkish authorities to cancel such plans.

Environmentalists bid farewell to ‘Grandpa Earth’

The co-founder and honorary president of one of Turkey's foremost non-profit environmental organizations, Hayrettin Karaca was on Jan. 22 laid to rest in ceremonies held in Istanbul.

The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion (TEMA) founder, Karaca died on Jan. 20 at the age of 97.

Turkey at Davos with more positive outlook: Minister

Turkey is joining the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this year with a more positive outlook, the Turkish treasury and finance minister has said.

Turkey sees 2020 as an important year for foreign direct investment, Berat Albayrak said during the 50th WEF in Davos, on Jan. 22.

Greek islanders protest overcrowded refugee camps

Local residents, business owners and officials have launched a day of protest on the Greek islands hardest hit by migration, demanding that the Greek government ease the severe overcrowding at refugee camps.

Record number of tourists visit Turkish mosaic museum

The Zeugma Mosaic Museum, one of the world's largest mosaic museums, in Turkey's southeast attracted a record number of visitors with 340,569 people in 2019, according to official data.

The museum, located in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, drew 108,835 tourists in 2016, 169,773 in 2017, and 267,552 tourists in 2018, according to the Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry data.

45 countries imported Turkish honey in 2019

Turkey exported honey to 45 different countries in 2019, including Germany, the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

Turkey earned revenues of $24.8 million from its honey exports, which reached 5,548 tons last year according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Association (DKIB).

Turkish FM urges Russia to abide by Idlib ceasefire

Turkey's foreign minister on Jan. 22 said the Syrian regime's attacks in the last rebel-held enclave of Idlib are "unacceptable" and called on Russia to abide by a recent ceasefire brokered by Ankara and Moscow as a guarantor state.

Ankara condemns terrorist attack in Burkina Faso

Turkey on Jan. 22 condemned a terrorist attack which killed at least 36 civilians in Burkina Faso.

"We are saddened to receive the news that many people lost their lives and were injured in a terrorist attack on a market in a village in the central-northern province of Sanmatenga of Burkina Faso," Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

CHP leader accuses gov’t of ‘victimizing thousands to benefit contractors’

Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaorğlu on Jan. 21 criticized the government over the benefits they provided to the construction industry, saying thousands of people have "suffered so that three contractors in Istanbul do not go bankrupt."

Nicosia suspicious over Yavuz drilling spots

The government of the Republic of Cyprus believes Turkey has obtained privileged drilling information regarding an area off the southern coast of the island.

Unofficial historical registry of Turkish diplomacy on table shelf

An antique table at the Turkish embassy in London has shed light on a succession of diplomats for nearly 113 years, excluding a gap of six years in the 1960s, former and incumbent ambassadors have said.

The first signature on the table's shelf was put in 1907 by "First Secretary M." (Başkatip M.)