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Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power

Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power

Turkey’s government on Sunday issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups. The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. Their passports will be cancelled. Turkey has been […]

Police use rubber bullets as gay groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

Police use rubber bullets as gay groups defy ban to march in Istanbul pride

Gay rights groups and activists pressed ahead with the Istanbul Pride parade on Sunday despite Turkish authorities banning the event for the fourth year in a row. Around 1,000 people gathered near the city’s famous Istiklal Avenue and Taksim Square where organisers had wanted to originally hold the parade, an AFP photographer at the scene […]

Erdogan on track to secure 2nd term as president – preliminary results

Erdogan on track to secure 2nd term as president – preliminary results

As of 16:10 GMT, Erdogan is leading in the polls with nearly 58 percent of the vote after 32 percent of the ballot boxes were opened. In the parliamentary election, the AK Party leads with 50 percent of the vote, with 15 percent of the ballot boxes opened. The turnout was at 87 percent for […]

Valuable lesson about studying on the Island of North Cyprus

Valuable lesson about studying on the Island of North Cyprus

As a graduate of a university in North Cyprus, I would like to point out that prospective students should not consider going to study in North Cyprus with the intention of earning a lot of money but rather only for education purposes because the probability of earning a fortune in North Cyprus is close to […]

Turkish cabin crew help woman gives birth at 42,000ft

Turkish cabin crew help woman gives birth at 42,000ft

Cabin crew on a Turkish Airlines flight celebrated the arrival of an extra passenger at 42,000ft (12,800 metres) when a woman gave birth to a baby girl. Passengers also assisted at the birth, which took place soon after take-off on a flight from Guinea’s capital Conakry to Istanbul via Ouagadougou. The mother and baby, named […]

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

Arab airlines using Trump’s electronics ban for clever marketing ads, garnering thousands of clicks and reactions online

The UAE’s flagship carrier, Emirates Airline, posted a video on social media with the slogan ‘Let us entertain you’ Arab airlines are using witty marketing and satire to respond to the recent US and UK ban on carry-on electronic goods on inbound flights from Arab countries. The decision, introduced on Tuesday, bars passengers on flights […]

Turkey Will Open Its Military Base in Somalia

Turkey Will Open Its Military Base in Somalia

According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, the Turkish Army will train Somalia troops and troops from other African countries at the base, which has been under construction near Somalia’s airport in Mogadishu since March 2015. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and General Staff’s Chief Gen. Hulusi Akar are expected to take part in the official […]

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls Dutch leaders ‘Nazi remnants’

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls Dutch leaders ‘Nazi remnants’

After an unprecedented diplomatic fight between the Netherlands and Turkey, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday he would seek to control the damage caused by the weekend incidents when he prevented two Turkish ministers from campaigning in the Netherlands. Rutte’s actions, which came two days after several German municipalities canceled rallies that Turkish Cabinet […]

Top generals discuss developments in Syria and Iraq amid rising tensions in northern Syria

Top generals discuss developments in Syria and Iraq amid rising tensions in northern Syria

The top generals from Turkey, US and Russia have met to discuss developments in Syria and Iraq to prevent ” the risk of a conflict” during their fight against ISIL. Hulusi Akar, Turkish chief of staff; Joseph Dunford, US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff; and Valery Gerasimov, Russian chief of general staff, met […]

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government

A ban on female army officers in Turkey wearing the Muslim headscarf has been lifted by the government. The military is the last Turkish institution to see the ban removed. It has long been seen as the guardian of Turkey’s secular constitution. Wearing headscarves in public institutions was banned in the 1980s. But Turkey’s Islamist-leaning […]

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