Turkey commemorates 66 years of NATO membership

18 February 2018 0

NATO’s Turkey parliamentary assembly head on Sunday marked 66 years of being part of the military alliance. Ahmet Berat Conkar said it was important to develop “dialogue and co-operation in order to eliminate threats and turn challenges into opportunities”. “We need to work harder than ever to equip NATO with the right perspective and adequate capability that its global duties require,” he added in a statement. Conkar called on NATO and its allies to support Read More

48 Daesh-linked suspects arrested across Turkey

10 February 2018 0

Suspects are accused of planning terrorist attacks Security forces on Saturday arrested 48 foreigners in Istanbul and capital Ankara over their suspected links to the Daesh terrorist organization. Istanbul Police Department’s Anti-Terrorism Branch launched an operation to nab the suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks. Thirty-one suspects were arrested in three districts of Istanbul, while separately in Ankara, 17 Daesh terrorists were also detained during simultaneous operations, a security source, who Read More

Istanbul to host Jerusalem awareness run

13 January 2018 0

A public run will be held on Sunday in Istanbul to raise awareness about the Jerusalem issue. The Palestinian territories have remained tense since early last month, when U.S. President Donald Trump recognized the contested city as Israel’s capital, drawing widespread condemnation from across the Arab and Muslim world. A number of protests have been held since then around the world against the decision on the status of Jerusalem. The head of the Istanbul-based Oncu Read More

Turkey supports 170 countries with development aid

16 December 2017 0

Turkey’s official development assistance to dozens of countries from 2010 to 2016 totals $21B Turkey provided official development assistance (ODA) worth $21 billion to 170 countries from 2010 to 2016, according to data from Turkey’s state development aid agency. The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) said 62 percent of Turkey’s ODA was provided to Syria, while Africa, the central Asian Turkic republics, and Balkan countries received 9.54 percent, 5.44 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively. Read More

1.1M refugees in Turkey hold charity debit cards

29 November 2017 0

Around 1.1 million refugees in Turkey are benefiting from debit cards issued by The Turkish Red Crescent, said a UN official. “So far, we have received applications from 1.8 million Syrians and other refugees,” Nils Grede, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) country director and representative, told Anadolu Agency in a recent interview in the Turkish capital. “Close to 1.1 million are receiving assistance. 700,000 people have been found not eligible,” he said. As Read More

8 PKK terrorists killed in SE Turkey

24 October 2017 0

Turkish security forces used drones to locate terrorists in Sirnak province Eight PKK terrorists were killed by air-backed operations targeting the terror group PKK in the southeastern province of Sirnak, security sources said on Tuesday. Turkish security forces on Tuesday launched operations against two targets, killing eight terrorists, according to a source, who asked not be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media. The operations took place in the Beytussebab district after the Read More

Turkish products hit Qatar shelves as blockade remains

11 June 2017 0

Turkey sent stockpiles of food and water supplies aboard cargo planes to Qatar amid row with Arab states. Turkish products are meeting high demand in stores across Qatar, which is facing an economic blockade from fellow Arab countries. On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism. Saudi Arabia has also closed its land borders with Qatar, geographically isolating the tiny Gulf Read More

Turkey sends aid to cholera victims in Somalia

6 June 2017 0

A ship carrying 24 tons of medical supplies set off from Mersin province on Sunday Turkey has sent 24 tons of medical supplies to Somalia following a severe cholera outbreak, health ministry officials said Tuesday. A ship carrying medical supplies set off from Mersin on Sunday, and is expected to arrive in the Somali capital Mogadishu in 15 days. Equipment provided by the Turkish Public Health Association was also dispatched to establish a community laboratory Read More

Turkish premier cancels meeting with German minister

5 June 2017 0

Turkish Prime Ministry blames busy schedule A scheduled meeting between Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel was cancelled Monday, according to the Turkish Prime Ministry. The cancellation came amid worsening ties between Berlin and Ankara over a row about granting access to German lawmakers who want to visit troops stationed at a NATO air base in Incirlik, southern Turkey. Monday’s meeting was cancelled due to Yildirim’s busy schedule, the ministry said. Read More

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