North Korea’s ‘socialist utopia’ needs mass labor. A growing market economy threatens that

Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - In January, thousands of North Korean students traveled to Mount Paektu, a sacred mountain where the ruling family claims its roots and where leader Kim Jong Un is building a...

Asylum applications filed by Turks to European countries rises nearly 50 pct in 2018

A preliminary report published by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) has revealed that asylum applications to European Union countries from Turkish citizens rose 48 percent in 2018 despite an otherwise declining trend. Euronews reported...

Turkey’s unemployment rate rose to 12.3 pct in November: TurkStat

Turkey’s unemployment rate rose to 12.3 percent in November 2018, the country’s statistics authority announced on Friday, the Hürriyet Daily News reported. “The number of unemployed persons aged 15 and over increased by 706,000 to...

German arms sales to Turkey declined in 2018 over previous years

A statement by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economy indicated a decreasing number of arms sales to Turkey in 2018, Deutsche Welle reported on Friday. Responding to a query from the Left Party, the German government...

Foreign direct investment in Turkey from EU decreased by 14 percent in 2018

The total amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Turkey from European Union countries declined by 14 percent in 2018 according to figures released by the Turkish Central Bank, the state-run Anadolu news agency...

State news agency runs story warning Turkish families of ‘dangers’ of K-Pop culture

Turkey’s state-owned Anadolu news agency on Friday ran a story warning parents about the “dangers” of South Korean-based K-Pop (Korean pop) music bands, which have recently become popular among Turkish teenagers. Experts speaking to Anadolu...

‘Don’t let those damn guys get elected in the Southeast’: AKP mayoral candidate

Mehmet Özhaseki, a mayoral candidate from the ruling party in Turkey’s upcoming local elections, said Kurdish politicians from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) should be prevented from winning municipalities in the southeastern provinces, calling...

Erdoğan says EU not taking Turkey into the bloc because it is Muslim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the European Union is not accepting Turkey into the bloc because Turkey is a Muslim country, Turkish media reported. “I am now revealing the reason why they ...

California tells Trump that lawsuit over border wall is ‘imminent’

David Morgan, David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - California will “imminently” challenge President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. “Definitely...

U.S. Senator Rubio warns Venezuela’s Maduro not to act against opposition

Steven Grattan CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visiting the Colombia-Venezuela border on Sunday, warned Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of severe consequences if he takes action against the country’s opposition leader and self-declared...

Polish officials may cancel trip to Israel over diplomatic spat

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish officials may cancel their planned trip to Israel, the head of the prime minister’s office, Michal Dworczyk, said on Monday after media reported remarks by Israel’s prime minister suggesting Polish...

Twitter suspends account of closed-down pro-Kurdish newspaper

Social media company Twitter has suspended the account of Özgür Gündem, a pro-Kurdish daily that was closed down by a Turkish court in 2016 on charges of disseminating terrorist propaganda. Amnesty International’s Milena Buyum announced...

Kurdish singer faces up to 20 years in prison on terrorism charges

Kurdish singer and activist Ferhat Tunçhas been indicted on terrorism charges and faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years, the Mesopotamia news agency reported on Friday. An investigation into Tunç conducted by the...

Turkey supports Syrian unity in anti-terror fight: Minister

Turkey supports the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria while conducting military operations against the YPG, the defense minister said on Feb. 17. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Hulusi Akar underlined that while the U.S. is planning to withdraw...

Over 3,500 detained in nationwide safety operation in Turkey

Turkish police, gendarmerie and coast guard units conducted a "safety and peace" operationacross Turkey, the Interior Ministry said in a written statement on Feb. 17. Security forces detained at least 3,673 people on Feb. 16, the statement read. Over 58,500 security...

More Turkish skiers flocking to Bulgaria after campaign

Turkish demand for Bulgaria’s ski resort Pamporovo has boosted upon Turkish Airlines’ campaign offering discounts and free-of-charge services on afternoon trips to the skiers’ haven. “Flight time from Istanbul to Sofia is one hour. The distance between...

CHP head: We are allying with all voters

The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) is allying with all voters for the upcoming elections regardless of their political parties, leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said on Feb. 17 in response to ruling Justice and Development Party...

Erdoğan: CHP, İYİ Party have been ‘handed over to FETÖ, PKK’

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and its ally in the March 31 local elections, İYİ (Good) Party, of “surrendering” to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and the illegal...

Öcalan’s capture ‘did not end foreign support to PKK’

The jailed leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Abdullah Öcalan, was captured and brought to Turkey on Feb. 15, 1999. Turkey had taken the risk of going to war if necessary when it called on Syria to...

Israel to withhold $138mn from Palestinian taxes it collects, citing support of prisoners

 Russia Today Tel Aviv has decided to deduct some $138 million from the amount of taxes it collected on behalf of Palestine. It comes in retaliation to stipends the Palestinian Authority pays to families jailed...