Some 1,200 cyclists compete in 1st Ankara Gran Fondo

The Turkish capital Ankara has hosted its first Gran Fondo, a long-distance road bike race for amateur cyclists with or without a license, in which some 1,200 cyclists from 25 countries competed on two different tracks.

The races, conducted with the support of the country's Youth and Sports Ministry and Ankara Governor's Office, started in Anıttepe and ended at Lake Mogan.

US dangles threat of sanctions against Turkey over planned delivery of more S-400s

US State Department spokesman Ned Price yesterday warned Turkey of the prospect of sanctions if Ankara goes ahead with receiving a second batch of Russian S-400 missile systems - a move which was announced by Russia's state-run Tass news agency and confirmed by the Turkish defence ministry - which were included in the initial procurement deal, but he did not say if Washington's intends to go fo

Sweden to live up to terms of NATO deal with Türkiye: PM

Sweden will live up to the conditions of a memorandum of understanding agreed with Ankara to overcome Türkiye's objections to Swedish membership of NATO, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Aug. 16.

Andersson held a press conference at the The Almedalen Week, also known as "Politician's Week in Almedalen," an annual event on Park Almedalen in the city of Visby.

Outgoing Dutch diplomat’s farewell video attracts attention

A video of Deputy Head of Mission in the Dutch Embassy to Ankara Erik Weststrate prepared for his farewell to Türkiye attracted great attention on social media.

Weststrate shared the video on social media on Aug. 9 and described the places he visited in front of the map of Türkiye expressing his admiration.

Istanbul Opera Festival kicks off

The 13th International Istanbul Opera Festival will start with the "7 Tenor" concert at Haliç Congress Center Open Air Stage on July 16. The event will feature four major opera works and a concert to be staged by the Ankara, Istanbul and Antalya State Opera and Ballet Directorates until July 30. All works within the scope of the festival will be staged at 9 p.m.

Turkish Cyprus deports Australian fugitive

Turkish Cyprus has deported Australian fugitive Mark Buddle to Türkiye, where he is being processed before his handover to Australia, officials in the self-declared republic said yesterday.

Buddle, 44, is wanted for questioning in Australia in connection with a fatal shooting in 2010 and alleged links to a drug cartel, according to Australian media reports.