Hungary and Turkey are the last two roadblocks to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

In the corridors of power in Stockholm and Helsinki, the champagne is on ice.  After just three months, 28 out of 30 NATO states have ratified the treaty changes in their national parliaments that would approve membership for Finland and Sweden; while 24 nations have already deposited the new paperwork in Washington.  But there are … Continue reading Hungary and Turkey are the last two roadblocks to NATO membership for Finland and Sweden

Santa Claus’s tomb discovered in Turkey

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.com Experts in Turkey say they have uncovered the tomb of St Nicholas, who is the bishop believed to be the inspiration for Santa Claus. St Nicholas was a real person who lived between the years 270 and 343. He was a Christian bishop of Greek origin who was known … Continue reading Santa Claus’s tomb discovered in Turkey

Inflation to worsen in Turkey as Erdogan threatens more rate cuts

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during 28th Mukhtars (local administrators) meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on October 19, 2016. / AFP / ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images) Inflation in Turkey tops 83% as lira drops and Erdogan promises more interest rate cuts If you’re living in … Continue reading Inflation to worsen in Turkey as Erdogan threatens more rate cuts

Why US suspended drone technology export licenses to Turkey

Twenty-five U.S. Representatives have joined Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) in a bipartisan call upon the State Department to suspend export licenses for US drone technology to Turkey, pending an official investigation into the destabilizing role of Turkey’s drone programs in the Caucasus, South Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and around the … Continue reading Why US suspended drone technology export licenses to Turkey

Zelenskyy holding talks with Turkish president, UN chief

(From left to right) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres shake hands at the end of their press conference following the talks in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on August 18, 2022. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday discussed prospects for ending the Russia-Ukraine conflict with visiting … Continue reading Zelenskyy holding talks with Turkish president, UN chief

After Lavrov meeting, Turkey says Ukraine grain-export plan reasonable

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attend a news conference in Ankara, Turkey, June 8, 2022. /Reuters Turkey's foreign minister said on Wednesday that a United Nations plan to restart Ukrainian grain exports along a sea corridor was "reasonable" and requires more talks with Moscow and Kyiv to ensure … Continue reading After Lavrov meeting, Turkey says Ukraine grain-export plan reasonable

Protests increase as Turkish lira falls to a historic low

People in the streets of Istanbul have expressed concern over the Turkish lira plunging to record lows against the dollar on Wednesday, a day after Turkey's president said policymakers had no appetite to hike interest rates in response to the currency's fall. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during 28th Mukhtars (local administrators) … Continue reading Protests increase as Turkish lira falls to a historic low

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Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a surprise decree a week ago ending Turkey's participation in a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women … Continue reading Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey

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Why Erdogan wants France to impeach Macron

Turkey’s president has renewed his vitriolic attacks on French President Emmanuel Macron, saying he hopes France will get rid of him soon. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Macron “trouble” for France, which he said was experiencing a dangerous time under his leadership. “My wish is for France to get rid … Continue reading Why Erdogan wants France to impeach Macron

3 men jailed for the Syrian toddler and mom whose death made headlines

Turkey has thrown three human traffickers behind bars in the case of a Syrian toddler whose death made headlines around the world, CNN reports. The three organizers, caught by Turkish law enforcement after fleeing the trial, were each sentenced Friday to 125 years in prison. Their crime: "killing with eventual intent." The 3-year-old Syrian, Alan Kurdi, was … Continue reading 3 men jailed for the Syrian toddler and mom whose death made headlines

How to find your destination from ISL Airport, Turkey

Getting stranded at the airport can be a very unpleasant experience, especially for English-speaking travelers in Turkey. Notwithstanding your preference for road or rail travels, every traveller at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (ISL), which is about 50 kilometres or approximately 31 miles to the city centre—Sultanahmet (Istanbul’s old city)—have some efficient and reliable means of … Continue reading How to find your destination from ISL Airport, Turkey

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills 8 in Turkey

Eight people died and others were stuck under collapsed buildings in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, the Turkish government said as teams dug through rubble in nearby villages. Three of those killed were children and 21 people were injured, including eight critically, Turkey’s health ministry said. … Continue reading Magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills 8 in Turkey