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

Dozens saved from rubble after disastrous earthquake in Turkey

A major rescue operation to pull survivors from collapsed buildings in eastern Turkey began winding down on Sunday, a day and a half after a powerful earthquake killed dozens. Teams had worked through the night to rescue 45 people from the rubble, Turkey’s disaster authority said, using drills, mechanical diggers, buckets and bare hands in … Continue reading Dozens saved from rubble after disastrous earthquake in Turkey

Trump threatens to ‘destroy’ Turkey and ISIS again

President Donald Trump has defended his sudden decision to pull back US troops from northern Syria in a series of tweets on Monday after facing criticism from some of his closest allies. He also threaten to destroy the Turkey economy if it acted in a way he considered - in what he said was his … Continue reading Trump threatens to ‘destroy’ Turkey and ISIS again

From Istanbul Airports to your Destination in Turkey

Getting stranded in previously unknown locations can be a very unpleasant experience. Visitors in Turkey—especially first-time travelers at the airports in Istanbul—need tips and guidelines on some efficient, reliable and cost-effective means of transportation notwithstanding their preference for road or rail travels. The three main airports in Istanbul are: Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (ISL): It … Continue reading From Istanbul Airports to your Destination in Turkey

What went wrong between Bashar al-Assad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

  TEN YEARS ago, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister of Turkey, hosted Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a family holiday in the Aegean resort of Bodrum as relations between Turkey and Syria soared to new heights. After decades of Cold War animosity, the Erdogan government that took power in 2002 had built new ties with its southern neighbor and trade and … Continue reading What went wrong between Bashar al-Assad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan?

The world in pictures (10 January, 2019)

  Trying DIY ice sculpture in Harbin, China Plus-size yoga instructor shows yoga is for everyone Poor sheep and donkey stuck in the mud rescued in Turkey Miniature city built out of 1.5 million Legos exhibited in NE China Floating sea ice appears in Laizhou Bay, East China Sea

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee demands access to his body

    Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul. Image shows Jamal Khashoggi and his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz Khashoggi was a Saudi writer, US resident, and Washington Post columnist. He entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he … Continue reading Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee demands access to his body

China presents Turkey with an economic lifeline

  China is coming to Turkey's aid during its economic crisis with $3.6 billion in funding for infrastructure projects, leveraging Ankara's conflict with Washington to expand its Belt and Road Initiative in the key country that links Asia with Europe. Image shows Erdogan and Xi Jinping Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Aug. 11 that his country was preparing to trade through national … Continue reading China presents Turkey with an economic lifeline