Western Asia

Museum of Anatolian Civilizations turns 100


On a plate hanging on the entrance of a museum, located at the foot of the Ankara Castle in the Turkish capital Ankara, there is the seal of Hittite King IV Tuthalia (1250-1220 B.C). Along with it, "Anatolian Civilizations Museum 1921" is written.

But behind that plate is hidden an extraordinary history of civilization.

Ezidis unable to return to Sinjar due to PKK: Turkish envoy

The Ezidi community, which escaped from Iraq's Sinjar district and took refuge in Duhok province after ISIL took control of the region, is unable to return to their homes because of oppression by the PKK and the terror group's extensions in the region, Turkey's consul general in Erbil said on April 1. 

Turkey wants a Cyprus that stands on its own feet: VP Oktay

Turkey wants a "Cyprus that stands on its own feet and creates jobs for its youth," the Turkish vice president said on April 1. 

Fuat Oktay, who is on a working visit to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), was welcomed by locals at the Ercan International Airport in Lefkoşa.

He met with the residents of Köprülü village.

Turkish president meets Qatari foreign minister in Istanbul

Turkey's president met Qatar's foreign minister in Istanbul on March 27. 

The meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani at the Vahdettin Mansion lasted around an hour and 45 minutes.

Earlier this month, Turkey, Qatar, and Russia announced they plan to make joint efforts for a political solution to end the decade-long conflict in Syria.

Greece Leads Balkans in Welcoming Israeli ‘Green Pass’ Tourists

After the poor tourist season last year caused by the pandemic, some Balkan countries are hoping to lure tourists from Israel, which has vaccinated much of its population, by recognising its so called "Green Pass" for fully vaccinated people.

More than half of all Israelis have now received both COVID-19 jabs, making the country a world beater in vaccination.