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

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

The Netherlands should apologize to Turkey: CHP leader

19 March 2017 0

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party said Sunday that the Netherlands should apologize to Turkey for its recent mistreatment of Turkish government ministers. “If a minister of Turkey was refused, the Netherlands should apologize to us,” Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu told a rally in Istanbul. “It’s that simple.” He also said the Turkish people need to “come together” on Turkey’s foreign policy interests, saying, “There is no right, left, or middle. Read More

Turkish Minister tells UN of ‘inhumane treatment’ by Dutch

15 March 2017 0

Turkish Family Minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya told a UN session Wednesday she recently endured “inhumane treatment” from the Netherlands government, in contravention of diplomatic protocols. “The Netherlands violated several European and UN conventions by restricting the freedom of speech and movement of a woman minister who has diplomatic immunity,” Kaya told the session on the status of women. Kaya was barred Saturday from meeting the Turkish community in Rotterdam, and was barred entry to Read More

Turkish opposition party chief slams Greece over islets

28 February 2017 0

The leader of Turkey’s opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) has called on the Greek people to teach “tactless” politicians — who he accused of ignoring neighborly values — “their place”. Devlet Bahceli, speaking at his party’s group meeting on Tuesday, harshly criticized recent remarks by Greece’s defense minister on the Kardak islets in the Aegean Sea. “The Greek people should warn their administration and teach the tactless, who ignore neighborly values and are waiting to Read More

Turkish Cypriot president remains positive about talks

17 February 2017 0

Even if Cyprus reunification talks went off track Thursday, the Turkish Cypriot president said they support a bi-zonal and bi-community federal state and have never given up on the reunification talks. “We have a week until [next] Thursday,” when talks are due to resume, said President Mustafa Akinci after receiving a delegation from the Bi-communal Peace Platform on Friday. “We will wait to see the next steps,” Akinci said. “We want a resolution and peace Read More

France ‘sees drop’ in Islamophobic attacks

21 October 2016 0

French-Muslim group says recorded Islamophobic attacks, threats fell by around 50 percent There was a decline in Islamophobic attacks on Muslims in France since January, the country’s National Observatory Against Islamophobia claimed on Thursday. However, the group warned that growing “cyber hate” against Muslims remained a serious issue. Some 149 anti-Muslim acts were recorded between January and September 2016 compared to 323 incidents in the same period last year, according to Abdallah Zekri, head of Read More

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

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

Turkish court appoints trustees for Zaman newspaper

4 March 2016 0

Trustees have been appointed for Zaman newspaper, a daily linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish court said on Friday.  In a related story, earlier today four Turkish businessmen were detained as part of an investigation into the “parallel state”, local police said.  Boydak Holding Executive Board Chairman Haci Boydak and his younger brother, CEO Memduh Boydak, are accused of being members of and providing financial support to the “parallel state”, while two other Read More

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