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Istanbul Authorities Ban LGBT Pride Week Events

Global Pride event in Istanbul, June 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA

"We have obtained information that between 21.06.2022 (Tuesday) and 23.06.2022 (Thursday) gatherings, press releases, marches, distribution of leaflets, etc. are planned to be held within the scope of the 30th Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week," the governors' offices said in a statement.

Turkey is tired, and if it leaves NATO...

According to the author of the article, Mehmet Ali Guler, Ankara should close the Black Sea, the Caucasus and the western gates of Central Asia to the United States and become part of the great Eurasian partnership.
"Turkey should sever ties with NATO," the author is convinced, as reported by Sputnik.

Direct message from Europe: Serbia must decide

"We want Serbia with us, but for that we need clear evidence that the country shares our values, such as the rule of law and democracy, and that it rejects the Russian invasion," Von der Leyen said in an interview with the Austrian daily Wiener Zeitung and Kleine Zeitung.
She underlined that the foreign policy commitment of the candidates is very important.

Erdogan ‘Milking’ Block on Nordic NATO Membership

Since Finland and Sweden announced that they intended to apply for NATO membership, Turkey has opposed their plans, accusing both Nordic countries of supporting Kurdish "terrorist" groups.

The courtship of officials from NATO, Sweden, Finland and other European countries has not even dented Turkey's stubbornness.

eBay to close GittiGidiyor operations

eBay Inc. has announced it will be taking steps to close its marketplace business in Türkiye, GittiGidiyor.

eBay acquired the majority stake in GittiGidiyor in 2011 and has operated the business as an independent platform.

Precipitation to hit northern provinces through week

A new precipitation wave will impact the northern provinces along the Black Sea shores through the week, said the meteorologists, warning many provinces of thunder-boomers and floodings.

According to the State Meteorological Service, there will be rainfalls in the Marmara region, some Aegean provinces, the provinces near the Georgian border.

Israeli FM to visit Türkiye next week

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will visit Türkiye next week, his office said on June, days after he urged Israelis to leave that country over threats of attacks by Iranian operatives.

Central Bank to review interest rates this week

The Central Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) will meet on June 23 to review its key interest rate.

This will be the MPC's sixth rate-decision meeting this year.

Economists expect the monetary authority to keep the policy rate (one-week repo auction rate) unchanged at
14 percent.

Results of university exams to be announced on July 20

Türkiye has held two-phase university exams over the weekend, with officials saying that the results will be announced on July 20.

Over 3 million students attended the first one on June 18 and some 2 million on June 19.

Local officials across the country took high security measures around the schools where the exams were sat.