Lebanon closer to forming government as banks remain shuttered

The quest for a new Prime Minister could soon be completed after Lebanon's main political parties came to a preliminary agreement on the former finance minister to head the next government. by Georgi Azar -Source:...

Ankara restores 18th-century madrasah in Bosnia

An 18th-century historical madrasah in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be restored to its original appearance by a project launched by Turkey's state-run aid agency. The Ottoman-era Vizier İbrahim Paşa Madrasah began operation as a center for learning in...

Turkey’s Fathomless Lake wiped off map in treasure hunting

A glacier lake which emerged in Turkey’s northeastern Gümüşhane province in the course of at least 12,000 years has been wiped off the map by an excavation triggered by an urban myth. The Fathomless Lake’s water was drained after...

Moody’s rises Turkey’s growth rate forecast

International credit ratings agency Moody's on Nov. 14 upgraded Turkey's economic growth forecast owing to the country's growth-friendly fiscal policy. "Turkey's recovery is stronger than previously expected, but aggressive stimulus and the U.S. sanctions threat pose risk,"...

Trust remains low for Cyprus resolution: UN chief

The UN secretary-general said that desire for a settlement on Cyprus continued to prevail among both nations on the divided island, but that trust remains low. "People are skeptical about the prospects for successful talks," said Antonio...

Erdoğan marks 36th foundation anniversary of Turkish Cyprus

Turkey's president said on Nov. 14 his nation will never allow anyone to usurp the Turkish Cypriots' rights on hydrocarbon resources. The statement was part of a message Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered to mark the 36th anniversary...

US envoy says Turkey correct on Kurds who fled NE Syria

Turkey "correctly" notes a significant number of Kurds fled northeastern Syria fearing ISIL and the YPG/PYD, the U.S. special envoy to the ISIL coalition said on Nov. 14. "The Turks also point out correctly that there is a...

Turkey expects allies to disengage from PYD/YPG: FM

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu asked anti-ISIL coalition partners on Nov. 14 to refrain from partnering with the PYD/YPG, calling it a terrorist entity that must be treated as such. Çavuşoğlu told the gathering of coalition foreign ministers...

Turkey, US have friendly talks but differences remain

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had wonderful talks, according to Trump, yet the bilateral meetings did not yield any concrete result between the two NATO allies. Erdoğan arrived at the White House for...

Turkey deports American citizen to US after 3 days in Turkish-Greek border zone

An American man suspected of being a member of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group is being repatriated to the United States after spending three days in a no man’s...

Police detain 52 suspects including HDP politicians in Turkey’s Southeast

The Gaziantep Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday said police have detained 52 suspects, including a co-chair of the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Gaziantep branch, on allegations of terrorism, the Diken news website...

US senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution after Turkish president’s visit

Following a visit by the Turkish president to the White House, US Senator Lindsey Graham blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire’s genocide against the Armenian people, The...

Turkey’s industrial production increase indicates signs of recovery: report

Turkish industrial production expanded 3.4 percent year-on-year in September after contracting for 12 months, government data indicated on Thursday, as the economy shows signs of recovery following last year’s currency crisis, according to Reuters. In...

Court imposes travel ban on widow of White Helmets founder found dead in İstanbul

A Turkish court has imposed a travel ban on the widow of James Gustaf Edward Le Mesurier, the founder of a Syrian civil defense agency who was found dead in İstanbul earlier this week,...

Turkey arrested 2,782 ISIL members this year, state-run media claims

Turkey’s security forces have killed a total of 289 terrorists and arrested 2,782 others in operations conducted against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since the beginning of 2019, according to...

Turkey’s Erdoğan calls Macron’s NATO comments ‘unacceptable’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday slammed as “unacceptable” recent remarks on NATO by French President Emmanuel Macron, who claimed the alliance was experiencing “brain death” and deplored Turkey’s actions in Syria, the...

Court rejects journalist Altan’s objection to his re-arrest

A high criminal court in İstanbul has rejected an objection filed by the lawyer of prominent Turkish journalist and writer Ahmet Altan to his re-arrest one week after Altan’s release from prison, Turkish media...

German gov’t: Family of Erdoğan’s son-in-law finances controversial think tank

The family of Berat Albayrak, the son-in-law of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Turkey’s finance minister, finances the pro-government Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) think tank, which recently...

Pro-government Turkish journalist’s credentials questioned by Trump at news conference

US President Donald Trump could not help but question the credentials of a pro-government Turkish journalist who asked him a question at a press conference with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at the White...

Germany: Don’t panic over ‘Islamic State’ returnees’ arrival

Berlin has tried to reassure the public that suspected German Islamic State supporters being deported from Turkey do not pose a security threat. Critics say the government should have brought them back sooner. A family...