Latest News from Turkey

Istanbul Re-Vote Tests Turkish President’s Grip on Power

Voters in Istanbul on Sunday go to the polls to elect a new mayor for a second time after the results of the first round of mayoral elections on March 31 were cancelled when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's coalition complained of irregularities following its major defeat in them.

Greece rejects Turkish claims over Muftis in Thrace

Greece on Saturday rejected Turkish accusations that Muslim religious leaders will be under the control of a newly established government body, saying there are no such plans and called for an end to interventions in the country's domestic affairs.

History, tourism mingled in Parion

Witnessing almost 3,000 years ago, an ancient coastal town in Turkey's Aegean harbors a huge tourism potential with visitors in large numbers.         

Conjoined Turkish twins celebrate first birthday

The Evrensel family celebrated on June 21 the first birthday of their conjoined twins, Derman and Yiğit, in the Mediterranean province of Antalya, Turkey.     

Turkey slams Greece for violating Lausanne Peace Treaty

Turkey on June 21 decried a decision by Greece that local religious leaders, known as muftis, among the Turkish minority living in the Western Thrace would henceforth be appointed by the state instead of being elected by the local people.         

US urge 'immediate reopening' of Halki seminary

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has urged the "immediate reopening" of the Theological School of Halki, off the coast of Istanbul, which Turkey shut down in 1971.

"We urge the immediate reopening of the Halki seminary," Pompeo said during introductory remarks at the presentation of the 2018 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom in Washington, DC, late on Friday.

Top 10 sites for camping in Turkey

From the Black Sea region to the serene beauty of the Aegean and the Mediterranean, Turkey offers picturesque camping sites for those seeking a budget-friendly holiday in the wilderness. Click through for our list, prepared by İnci Hazal Özcan, including the best ten camping sites in Turkey that you should know about:

Istanbul residents to head to polls again on June 23 to choose mayor

Millions of voters in Istanbul will go to ballot boxes again on June 23 to elect a mayor after Turkey's top election authority controversially annulled the results of the March 31 local election in the country's biggest province.

PM lauds EU stance on Turkey

In the wake of what Athens has hailed as a successful European Union summit for Greece and Cyprus, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras warned Friday that Turkey could face consequences from the bloc if it did not desist from its provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean island's exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Tsipras: Deal with ExxonMobil to be signed, EU sanctions on Turkey key

Amidst mounting Turkish threats around Cyprus and in the Aegean, Prime Minister Alexis has announced that that the government will sign a gas exploration deal with ExxonMobil for blocks of Greece's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) south and west of the island of Crete during the week of 24 June.

EU leaders blast Turkey over Cyprus’ EEZ, order list of sanctions

The EU at its June 20-21 summit called on the European Commission and the competent EEAS service to table "without delay" proposed sanctions against Turkey over its illegal drilling for hydrocarbons in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of member-state Cyprus.

It also issued re-issued a warning about Ankara's illegal activity in the Aegean.