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

Gazprom keen on TAP as TurkStream link for EU: Expert

10 May 2017 0

Gazprom has expressed interest in using the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to link the second line of the TurkStream gas pipeline because TAP’s route is already established, John Roberts, a senior fellow at Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday. Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, Roberts hailed the TurkStream pipeline as a project that will improve Turkey’s energy security because it allows greater flexibility for gas transit to the country. The TurkStream Read More

Turkish wrestler bags gold in European championship

6 May 2017 0

Turkish wrestler Taha Akgul won the gold medal at the 2017 European Wrestling Championships in Serbia on Friday. Akgul, a 25-year-old athlete from central Turkey’s Sivas province, came first in the men’s 125-kilogram (276 pounds) freestyle category by beating Azerbaijan’s Jamaladdin Magomedov, 8-2. The national athlete had participated in the event despite a foot injury. This was his fifth European championship win of his career. The tournament has three categories: women’s and men’s freestyle, and Read More

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