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Turkish, US firms to meet virtually under virus's shadow 

The 38th American-Turkish Conference will address bilateral economic, trade and strategic ties when attendees meet virtually Sept. 21- 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The event was organized by Turkey's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK) Turkey-US Business Council (TAİK) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Disgraced Harvey Weinstein loses top royal honor

Queen Elizabeth II has stripped Harvey Weinstein of the royal honor he was awarded before his predatory sex crimes came to light, an official government statement said on Sept. 18. 

The disgraced Hollywood movie mogul, who is currently serving a 23-year jail term for rape, received the honor in 2004 in recognition of his contribution to the British film industry.

Floods, wind damage as rare ’medicane’ storm hits Greece

A rare hurricane-like storm hit western Greece on Sept. 18, disrupting travel and causing floods and power outages on several Ionian Sea islands.

The storm was expected to head south after hitting the Peleponnese late Friday, hitting the Athens area, in a degraded state, overnight.

US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg dies at 87

U.S. Supreme Court Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, opening a crucial vacancy on the high court expected to set off a pitched political battle at the peak of the presidential campaign.

Trump expects enough Covid-19 vaccines for every American by April

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sept. 18 he expects enough Covid-19 vaccines "for every American" will be produced by next April, and that the first doses will be distributed immediately after approval later this year.

Five things to watch for on Emmys night

Hollywood will honor the best in television at the Emmys on Sept. 20, but the awards show - like most things in the pandemic-era world - will look totally different.

And maybe that's a good thing.

Turkey rescues 32 asylum seekers in Aegean

Turkey rescued 32 asylum seekers who were pushed back by the Greek Coast Guard into Turkish territorial waters in the Aegean Sea, said security sources on Sept. 18. 

The asylum seekers were rescued from a rubber boat off the coast of Ayvalık in Turkey's western Balikesir province, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

COVID-19 vaccine may be available in November: Dean

A coronavirus vaccine could become available at the end of this year, according to a leading Turkish medic.

Tufan Tükek, the dean of Istanbul University's Medical School, told Anadolu Agency that he expects "the vaccine will be released in November or December."

Senior ISIL terrorist jailed for over 12 years

A Turkish court on Sept. 18 sentenced a senior member of the ISIL terrorist group to over 12 years in prison.

The 2nd High Criminal Court in Turkey's northwestern Sakarya province ordered 12-years-and-six-months jail term for the so-called high-ranking Daesh militant Halis Bayancuk, also known by his codename Abu Hanzala.

First lady to roll out new book on Turkish cuisine

The world will have a different reference for centuries-old Turkish cuisine with a new "centennial" cookbook, Turkey's first lady announced on Sept. 18. 

Emine Erdoğan introduced the gastronomy book on Twitter after hosting a meeting with academics in the culinary science and chefs.

Turkey summons Greek envoy on despicable news headline, says FM

Turkey summoned Greece's envoy on Sept. 18 for a despicable headline in a Greek newspaper about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, according to Ankara's foreign minister.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the Foreign Ministry had a harsh response to Greek Ambassador Michael-Christos Diamessis for a vulgar headline in Greek newspaper, Demokratia, about Erdogan. 

Turkish firm Abdi İbrahim buys OM Pharma stakes

Turkey's leading pharmaceutical company Abdi İbrahim on Sept. 18 said it has acquired 28.5 percent of the shares of Switzerland-based biotech company OM Pharma for 500 million Swiss francs ($530 million).

Istanbul Music Festival kicked off virtually

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 48th Istanbul Music Festival kicked off on Sept. 18 with an opening concert streamed online.
The event opened with the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Aziz Shokhakimov with violinist Emre Engin as the soloist, featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, and Bartok.