Thousands of Palestinians gather in in Netherlands

16 April 2017 0

Rotterdam conference aims to bring together all Palestinians living in Europe, says organizer Thousands of Palestinians living in Europe gathered in the Dutch city of Rotterdam for a now-annual conference on Palestinian issues. Around 5,000 people from across Europe attended the one-day event which discussed Palestinian affairs under the key theme of the Balfour Declaration — the 1917 letter confirming support from the then British government for the establishment in Palestine of what it termed Read More

Dozens of Daesh suspects arrested in Istanbul

15 April 2017 0

Detainees accused of planning ‘sensational’ attack ahead of Sunday’s referendum Police on Saturday arrested 49 Daesh suspects allegedly planning a “sensational” act of terror ahead of Turkey’s constitutional referendum on Sunday. The suspects, including 41 foreign nationals, were taken into custody during simultaneous raids in seven districts across Istanbul including Basaksehir, Beylikduzu, Fatih, Esenyurt, Kartal, Kucukcekmece and Pendik, a security source said. During the operation, police also seized three handguns — two for firing blanks Read More

More than 55M Turks to vote in historic referendum

15 April 2017 0

Turkey could adopt new constitution to replace the current one, adopted after 1980 military coup More than 55 million Turkish citizens will vote Sunday on the April 16 referendum proposing constitutional changes, including giving wide-ranging executive powers to the president. Citizens will go to over 167,000 polling stations nationwide. Over 1 million of them are first-time voters who recently turned 18. Inmates — except for the criminals who are convicted for intentional crime — will Read More

New Istanbul airport ‘will help aviation industry’

14 April 2017 0

Third airport will provide new opportunities for airlines, Lufthansa chief says Istanbul’s third airport will provide a boost to the global aviation sector, Lufthansa’s Turkey chief said Friday. “The airport will provide an important gain for the aviation industry,” Kemal Gecer said. “Its geographical advantage for passengers and its comfort are significant. This airport will be an advantage for air carriers.” The first stage of construction will finish next year, when the airport on the Read More

No plans for a federal Turkey: President Erdogan

14 April 2017 0

President again rebuffs claims Turkey would move towards federalism after referendum Ahead of Sunday’s historic referendum, the nation’s president again ruled out any plans for a federal system in Turkey. A federal system “is not on our agenda, it will not be,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday. “We are the greatest advocate of the unitary structure of Turkey,” Erdogan told in a rally in the central province of Konya. Turkey is a Read More

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