State of emergency helps Turkey fight terror: Erdogan

29 September 2016 0

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that the country’s ongoing state of emergency was only aimed to ease Turkey’s fight against terrorist groups such as FETO and the PKK. “Three-month state of emergency is only for an effective counter-terrorism,” Erdogan said while addressing mukhtars, local town government heads, at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. After the deadly coup attempt, which martyred more than 240 people and injured nearly 2,200 others, Turkey declared a Read More

Putin may visit Turkey in October: Business leader

28 September 2016 0

Russian President Vladimir Putin may pay an official visit to Turkey in October, a senior Turkish business leader said Wednesday in Moscow. “We expect that the restrictions on Turkish businessmen as well as the Turkish Stream [pipeline project] will be discussed during the visit,” Rifat Hisarciklioglu, head of the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, told journalists, referring to hurdles remaining from a bilateral crisis last fall, recently resolved through top-level exchanges. Hisarciklioglu and Read More

Turkey to educate up to 450,000 Syrian refugee children

28 September 2016 0

Turkey plans to provide education for up to 450,000 Syrian children in the academic year 2016-2017, according to the deputy minister of education Wednesday. Orhan Erdem told Anadolu Agency that there are currently 814,000 school-age Syrian children in Turkey and that 340,000 received education last year. “This year our goal is to educate them all. However, we can only provide education for 400 to 450 thousand of them.” Erdem said that the European Union had Read More

Lindsay Lohan visits Syrian refugees in Istanbul

26 September 2016 0

American actress Lindsay Lohan reportedly burst in tears when visiting Syrian refugees at a hospital in Istanbul on Monday. Accompanied by Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Abdurrahim Boynukalin, Lohan greeted a Syrian man from Aleppo with both of his legs paralyzed. “Lohan listened to the man’s life story and began to sob,” Boynukalin told Anadolu Agency, adding that Hollywood’s awareness of the Syrian crisis is crucial. Lohan is one of many other celebrities Read More

Brussels cancels PKK sympathizers event

19 September 2016 0

Brussels municipality has cancelled an event organized by sympathizers of the terrorist PKK group in the Belgian capital and EU headquarters. Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur on Sept. 15 said the event, the so-called “Kurdish Culture Week”, was cancelled, without giving any further details, although the event organizers had previously received permission. The third edition of the event was scheduled to be held on Sept. 23. It was organized by Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Read More

Putin tells Erdogan glad to see normalization in Turkey

3 September 2016 0

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, who expressed gladness over the normalization process experienced in Turkey after the July 15 coup attempt. Ahead of the G20 summit in China, the two leaders held a two-hour closed meeting at the Shangri-La Hotel in the coastal Chinese city of Hangzhou — their first since ties between Moscow and Ankara entered a new phase following an Aug. 9 meeting in St. Read More