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The first reactions upon the nomination of Ekmeleddin Ä°hsanoÄlu by opposition parties Republican Peopleâs Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) did not surprise me.
The ultranationalist wing of the CHP is reacting naturally. If you were to ask me if they would prefer a candidate who is bound to lose the election in advance, I guess they would.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoÄan and main opposition Republican Peopleâs Party (CHP) leader Kemal KÄ±lÄ±Ã§daroÄlu on June 17 engaged in war of words over the 80 Turkish citizen hostages taken by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Iraq.
EU Commissioner Stefan FÃ¼le has called on Turkey to be in closer dialogue with the European Commission to âprovide positive substance that will set the tone of the next progress reportâ The EU commissioner urged Ankara to consult further with the commission in making legislation more compatible with EUâs acquis.
As Turkey is spending efforts to become a more transparent state, a so-called parallel structure has attempted to topple the government, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala has said at a U.S. conference. Alaâs remarks were referring to the GÃ¼len movement under the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah GÃ¼len, who resides in Pennsylvania in self-exile.
The AydÄ±n DoÄan Cartoon Competition announces its winners. Turkish cartoonist KÃ¼rÅat Zaman, who was awarded with the third prize in the competition in 2010, won the first prize this year A Turkish cartoonist has come out on top at the 31st AydÄ±n DoÄan Cartoon Contest, which kicked off in Bodrum on June 17 with a day-long session where judges got together to select the winner.
German pianist and composer Davide Martello, who became known for his guerrilla concert in Istanbulâs Taksim Square at the height of last yearâs Gezi protests, has taken his piano back to the streets of Turkey, this time in memory of the 301 workers who were killed in the mining disaster in Soma last month.
A handful of Islamic preachers in Turkey will earn more than a million Turkish Liras with their special shows on Turkish TV screens throughout Ramadan this year, which will start on June 28.
Top of the list is Islamic scholar Nihat HatipoÄlu, who has clinched a contract worth 600,000 liras with ATV for 30 episodes of his trademark Ramadan program, according to daily Vatan.
China, Turkey and the Czech Republic have joined the list of the world's top exporters of small arms, which is led by the United States, according to the latest UN figures.
The UN statistics for 2011 from the United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database released Monday show that Italy joined the list of the top importers of small arms, which is also topped by the United States.
Bulgarian customs officers have seized undeclared EUR 57,080 or some BGN 111 thousand at checkpoint Lesovo from a truck with Turkish registration, the Customs agency informed.
The truck was traveling from Bulgaria to Turkey, the driver – a Turkish citizen claimed there was nothing to declare, however the customs inspection found over EUR 57 thousand hidden inside the vehicle.