Latest News from Turkey

Academic features challenging lives of women in book

A new book by a Turkish academic features the hopeful stories of three women, respectively from Turkey, Canada and India.

Lotus Çiçekleri (Lotus Flowers) by Hatice Altunkaya includes details from her own story of the academic who grew up as an orphan, was forced into marriage at the age of 14, and is now working as an associate professor.

Historic caves on way to become tourism hub

Historic caves in Turkey's southeastern province of Diyarbakır's Lice are on the way to becoming a tourism attraction hub after living under the shadow of terrorism activities for decades.

Local authorities took the first concrete step to increase the awareness of the Birkleyn Caves, a hidden natural beauty that is believed to have 8,000 years of history.

Turkey’s last dancing bear dies in animal shelter

Turkey's last dancing bear died in an animal shelter in the country's northwestern province, marking the end of a cruel tradition that was made illegal years ago.

Brütüs, a 37-year-old grizzly who was the last surviving member of the 64 dancing bears brought to a shelter in Bursa's Karacabey district decades ago, died of multiple organ failure due to old age.

Dinçel wins gold in seniors’ taekwondo

Turkish athlete Merve Dinçel has won a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Women's Open Championships held in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh.

The Turkish Taekwondo Federation tweeted that Dinçel beat Alma Perez Parrado from Spain in the women's 53 kg final to become the world champion.

Afghan economy needs to be revived to prevent refugee crisis: Erdoğan

Afghanistan's economy should be revived to prevent a refugee crisis that will affect our entire region, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Nov. 28, speaking at the 15th Leaders' Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization held in Turkmenistan.

FM Çavuşoğlu attends Council of Ministers meeting, ECO summit

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu is in Turkmenistan to attend the 25th Meeting of the Council of Ministers and 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and to hold bilaterals on Nov. 26-28.

Çavuşoğlu on Nov. 26 met with Turkmenistan's Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov. The minister discussed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit and the ECO summit.

86-yeard old makes living by collecting scrap with his donkey, dog

İlyas Kıvırcık, 86, makes a living by collecting scrap with his donkey "Gülşah" and dog "Çomar" on the streets.

"I earn an average of 10 to 30 per day from the scraps I collect. I also receive an old-age pension from the state. That money is enough for my donkey and my dog," he said.

Greece opens two more 'closed' migrant camps

Greece on Nov. 27 opened two more of its new "closed" migrant camps that have been criticized by rights groups for their restrictive measures.

"A new era is beginning," Minister of Migration Notis Mitarachi said announcing the opening of the camps on the islands of Leros and Kos.

Experts urge calm but caution over new COVID strain

Turkish experts have urged the public to remain calm and not panic amid threats from the new COVID-19 strain, Omicron, but also called on people to get vaccinated and stick to anti-virus rules.

Turkey on Nov. 26 banned travel from five African nations, including South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, as a precaution against the new variant.

Woman turns hayloft into local cultural center

A mother of one in the eastern province of Kars has converted the hayloft of her house into a cultural center, exhibiting traditional objects of the region.

The 39-year-old Ebru Akbaba Demir is waiting for all the local tourists who come to the province after a train ride with the Orient Express to visit the "cultural hayloft."

Blanket of fog covers eastern Muş

A blanket of fog has covered the high parts of Turkey's eastern Muş province, offering picturesque scenery. (İHA Photo)

President Erdoğan visits Turkmenistan to attend ECO summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Ashgabat on Nov. 27 to pay an official visit and attend the 15th Summit of Heads of Member States of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) at the invitation of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.