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Russian airstrikes kill 12 civilians in Idlib

Russian warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes in the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria, killing at least 12 civilians, a Syrian civil defense group said on Jan. 21.

The victims included nine members of a single-family, six of whom were children, in Kafr Taal in Aleppo province, according to White Helmets.

Turkish Cypriot leader calls for dialogue in eastern Mediterranean

Turkish Cypriot leader on Jan. 21 said diplomatic methods should be used extensively in a bid to counter growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mustafa Akıncı's remarks came at the International Science Diplomacy Forum held in the capital Lefkoşa where he commented on the discovery of natural gas in the region and diplomatic ties with neighbors.

Turkish exporters eye over $190 bln in revenue

Turkey aims to exceed $190 billion in exports in 2020, the head of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TİM) said on Jan. 21.

The country's exports, which were around $30 billion in 2000, were $180.5 billion last year, İsmail Gülle noted during the opening ceremony of the 16th International Istanbul Furniture Fair (CNR IMOB).

Ankara agenda dominated with FETÖ’s political establishment dispute

Turkey's domestic agenda has recently been occupied with a debate on investigating the political establishment of FETÖ, the group behind the defeated coup attempt of 2016 that has also been accused of infiltrating state institutions.

Trump aide urges restraint in East Med

Robert O'Brien is the White House national security adviser and one of US President Donald Trump's closest aides. He and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are considered the two officials that shape the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

Main opposition CHP welcomes summit on Libya

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Jan. 20 welcomed the recently held Berlin summit on Libya, saying the number of countries Turkey cooperates with on regional issues should increase.

Police arrests 3 for alleged drone shipment to Syria

Turkish police on Jan. 21 arrested three suspects for allegedly sending a shipment of four unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to terrorist groups in Syria, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Jan. 21.

Iranian-Turkish gold trader Zarrab’s former champion racehorse hung in limbo

A racehorse belonging to Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian businessman who was arrested in the U.S. in 2016 over evading sanctions on Iran, had to leave his champion-style life in a hippodrome to live a more modest life on a simple ranch on the outskirts of Istanbul.

Varvitsiotis: Erdogan anxiety uncommon for a country leader

The intense anxiety of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not usual for a country leader, argued Greece's Alternate Foreign Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis on Tuesday. He also said there is no information on any cooperation between Ankara and Rome on hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean.

Hayrettin Karaca: Turkey's 'forest hero'

The co-founder and honorary president of one of Turkey's foremost non-profit environmental organizations, Hayrettin Karaca -- or as he was known, Grandpa Earth -- died on Jan. 20 at the age of 97.

Teknofest 2020 publicized in southeastern Turkey

Turkey's largest technology and aerospace fair Teknofest 2020 was publicized in a meeting held in the southeastern Gaziantep province on Jan. 20.

Gaziantep boasts significant industrial production and academic achievements, said Selçuk Bayraktar, chairman of the Turkish Technology Team (T3) Foundation.

Central government gross debt stock hits $223 bln

Turkey's central government's gross debt stock became 1.33 trillion Turkish liras (around $223 billion) as of end-2019, according to Treasury and Finance Ministry on Jan. 20.

The figure was up 24.3 percent year-on-year, the ministry data showed.