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Turkey bans ads on Twitter, Periscope, Pinterest

Turkey banned social media sites that have failed to hire local representatives from advertising on Jan. 19, according to the Official Gazette. 

Last October, a new social media law came into effect in the country which obligates social media sites that are accessed over a million times per day in Turkey to hire a local representative.

Rain, snow disrupts life across country

Heavy rains and snow have battered Turkey's east, the Mediterranean and west coasts, disrupting daily life, particularly in Istanbul, Ankara and Bursa.

The Turkish State Meteorological Service has warned the residents of Black Sea and Mediterranean coasts, eastern provinces, Istanbul and the capital Ankara for rainy weather conditions.

Tourism Ministry picks 10 popular Turkish street food

Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry has prepared a list of the country's most popular street food anyone can find in all 81 provinces across the nation, with "simit," which is Turkish bagel, fish sandwiches and chestnuts taking the lead.

Winter in Turkey's Çanakkale

Turkey's northwestern province of Çanakkale offers enchanting views during the winter season. (AA Photo)

Second half of 2020 witnessed 117 violent incidents against healthcare workers, says report

Around 361 people attacked 231 healthcare workers in 117 incidents that came to light in the last six months of 2020, Health Care and Social Services Workers' Union (Sağlık-Sen) has said.

Of the 117 incidents recorded, 94 were incidents of physical violence, 19 were cases of verbal abuse, and four were cases of harassment against healthcare workers, according to the report.

Snowfall in Istanbul

Snowfall begins in the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul. (AA Photo)

‘Future is Short’ online at Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern Cinema starts the first program of New Year with brand new shorts. Free of market conditions, a short film is a format that allows more exploration, and one that can exist as an independent field of research.

Turkey's Muğla region tourism hotspot for Brits

Muğla, a Turkish summer resort region on the Mediterranean, remained a hotspot for British tourists despite the pandemic.

The region contains some of Turkey's best-known resorts such as Marmaris, Bodrum, Dalaman, Köyceğiz, and Datça, which British tourists prefer.

Mitsotakis explains upcoming Greek-Turkish talks, pace of vaccination rollout to his MPs

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in an address to his New Democracy MPs stressed the need  to bolster «national self confidence» which he said has characterised the country's response to severe challenges from the COVID-19 epidemic to foreign affairs.

Mitsotakis offered his views on  Greek-Turkish relations and stressed the need for the exploratory talks.

Editorial: The terms of good neighbourly relations with Turkey

In the past year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the political-military leadershisp of his country did everything in their power to highlight their geopolitical aims in a vast expanse of territory: The Southeastern Mediterranean, the Middle East, the Balkans, the Black Sea, and the Caucasus.

CHP condemns attack on Future Party official

The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Spokesperson Faik Öztrak condemned last week's separate attacks at Future Party Vice-Chair Selçuk Özdağ, journalist Orhan Ugüroğlu and lawyer Afşin Hatipoğlu on Jan. 18.

Facebook says starts process of appointing Turkey representative

Facebook Inc said on Jan. 18 it had started the process of appointing a legal entity as a local representative in Turkey in compliance with a new social media law.

Last year, Turkey imposed a fine of 40 million Turkish liras ($5.43 million) on multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, for not complying with the law.

2023 polls will take place at historic milestone: Erdoğan

Turkey will hold the next presidential and parliamentary elections in 2023 as the country will observe a "historic milestone" on its centennial anniversary, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, vowing to stand strong against those who are dreaming about "the old Turkey."