Latest News from Turkey

Tender for Canal Istanbul to be held next year: Erdoğan

Turkey will hold a tender for the construction of a 45-kilometer shipping canal running parallel to the Bosphorus Strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 6, despite a government freeze on new investments as it reins in spending.

Erdoğan says AKP will run eco-friendly election campaign

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) will run an eco-friendly election campaign, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 6, as he revealed mayor candidates for 14 more cities across Turkey.

Turkey opens new health center in Syria's Afrin

Turkish Health Ministry opened a new health center in northwestern Syrian city of Afrin, which was purged of YPG militants in Turkey's Operation Olive Branch.

Astana process key to Syria peace: Turkey

Any progress in efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis was achieved thanks to the Astana and Sochi processes while the Geneva process was in a stalemate, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Dec. 5, noting that remarks made by a U.S. envoy undermining the Astana process was "unfortunate." 

Gold traders seek release

Eight suspected members of a gold trading ring who were remanded in custody over the weekend on Wednesday lodged appeals for their release after an investigating magistrate accepted their lawyers' claims that there is no basis for smuggling charges.

Turkish Journalist Risks Extradition From Romania

Romanian police detained a Turkish journalist, Kamil Demirkaya, on Wednesday and brought him before the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, where he faces extradition to Turkey on the basis of a warrant issued by Ankara authorities.