Turkey says German MPs’ Incirlik visit ‘not possible’

31 May 2017 0

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has made it clear that Turkey will not open its Incirlik airbase to German lawmakers who want to meet German soldiers stationed there unless Germany takes some “positive steps”. German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday threatened Turkey that Germany would withdraw soldiers from the airbase if their MPs were not allowed the visit. Speaking at a news conference with his Gabonese counterpart Pacome Moubelet Boubeya on Tuesday, Cavusoglu said the visit Read More

UN: Turkey sets an example for hosting refugees

30 May 2017 0

Turkey sets a good example for the rest of world by the way it manages refugees’ challenges, the United Nations Population Fund’s Turkey representative has said. Speaking to Anadolu Agency during the recent opening of a women’s health center in the central province of Eskisehir, Karl Kulessa praised Turkey’s hosting over 3 millions of refugees. “These people suddenly came very quickly, and Turkey had to respond. If you look at how it was done, it Read More

Turkey to send 15,000 tons of aid to Somalia in Ramadan

27 May 2017 0

Turkey is set to deliver 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan. Speaking to Anadolu Agency in southern Mersin province, Kerem Kinik, the president of the Turkish Red Crescent aid organization, or Kizilay, said the humanitarian ship will depart from Mersin port within two days. “This aid will be sent to all the regions in Somalia. There is 1,000 trucks-loaded humanitarian aid in this ship,” Kinik said. Somalia is Read More

Game of Thrones inquiry linked to Turkey’s coup attempt

17 May 2017 0

U.S. fantasy-drama Games of Thrones has been named in an indictment against a group of military officers allegedly tied to the group that planned last July’s attempted coup in Turkey, a judicial official said Wednesday. The hit HBO show was singled out in an indictment against 136 military lawyers accused of ties to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), which Ankara has said plotted the failed putsch. The suspects are said to have been assigned to Read More

Report documents evidence of attacks on Rohingya

16 May 2017 0

A Rohingya advocacy group urged the government of Myanmar on Tuesday to cooperate with a UN fact-finding mission as it presents new evidence of attacks against Muslim civilians in western Rakhine state. The London-based Burmese Rohingya Organization U.K. (BROUK) published a new report that contains evidence Rohingya have been targeted in an organized manner by state forces in northern Rakhine state during military operations since last October. “What is new about the material contained in Read More

Turkey wins 59 medals at Islamic Solidarity Games

15 May 2017 0

Turkey accumulated 59 medals on the second day of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Azerbaijani capital of Baku on Sunday. The Turkish participants won 20 gold, 24 silver and 15 bronze medals in the categories of shooting, weightlifting, swimming, karate, judo and blind judo, artistic gymnastics, and handball. On Saturday, the Turkish participants garnered 10 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze medals. Turkey again ranked second on the list. Azerbaijan topped the list with Read More

Turkey’s Diyanet forms strategy to tackle Islamophobia

13 May 2017 0

New strategy to gather Muslim pioneers in Europe, arrange meetings with non-Muslim communities: Diyanet head Mehmet Gormez Turkey’s top religious affairs body has formed a two-pronged common strategy to fight against Islamophobia in Europe, head of the body said on Saturday. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Diyanet head Mehmet Gormez said the new strategy would gather Muslim pioneers in Europe and arrange meetings with non-Muslim communities. He said Diyanet would organize the first meeting Read More

Turkish Airlines offers laptops on UK flights

13 May 2017 0

Turkish Airlines began on Friday to offer laptop computers to business-class passengers on U.K.-bound flights from Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The service was made available to passengers on a Manchester-bound flight early on Friday. Business-class passengers will hand over their laptops to a Turkish Airlines employee and request a computer from the cabin crew to use in-flight. The move is an attempt to deal with a U.S. and British ban on in-cabin laptop use on flights Read More

China agrees to discuss Turkey joining Shanghai group

13 May 2017 0

China is ready to discuss Turkey’s membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Chinese ambassador to Turkey said Friday. Yu Hongyang told Anadolu Agency that Beijing would be willing to discuss Turkey joining the six-nation bloc with other member states. Speaking ahead of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to China, Yu said: “Turkey has reached the position of being a dialogue partner of the organization by attending the activities of the SCO in recent Read More

Istanbul festival spotlights Turkic sports and culture

11 May 2017 0

Over 800 athletes ready to ride, shoot, and wrestle their way to legendary glory A festival spotlighting Turkic sports and cultures from legendary ages past began in Istanbul on Thursday. The second annual Ethnosports Culture Festival, sponsored by Anadolu Agency, aims to promote and revive sports and cultures unique to ancient Turkic life. Hakan Kazanci, deputy chairman of the World Ethnosports Federation, told Anadolu Agency, “We aim to bring to light sports which are in Read More

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