Turkey’s TV watchdog bans popular music video for encouraging smoking

Turkey’s Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has banned the broadcasting of a music video by a leading pop singer for encouraging smoking, Birgün newspaper reported on Sunday. The ban against singer Sıla’s music video "Karanfil’’ (“Carnation”...

Turkish fireworks factory explosion death toll rises to six – gov’t officials

The death toll for a series of explosions at Turkey's largest fireworks factory in Turkey’s northwestern Sakarya province has risen to six, the province’s governor said in a statement on Sunday. “The number of people...

Turkey arrests 34 in largest narcotics operation in country’s history – state agency

Turkey on Sunday arrested 34 suspects accused of belonging to an international crime ring in the country’s largest anti-narcotics operation to date, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Conducted in collaboration with nine countries, the operation led...

Turkey’s major provinces see sharpest hike in COVID-19 cases in 72 hours

Several of Turkey’s major provinces have registered the fastest increase in the daily COVID-19 infections in the last three days, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday. “The provinces where the average number of cases...

WHO underplaying risk of airborne spread of Covid-19, say scientists

Open letter says there is emerging evidence of potential for aerosol transmission Hannah Devlin Science correspondent -  The  Guardian Wearing masks indoors could help protect against airborne transmission. Photograph: Kent Nishimura/Rex/Shutterstock The potential for Covid-19 to spread...

Court convicts former Amnesty Turkey leaders on terror charges: report

Amnesty International Turkey said two of its former leaders were convicted on terrorism charges by an İstanbul court on Friday in a case reflecting mounting official pressure on civil society, AFP reported. The trial of...

Turkey’s Erdoğan rejects criticism over status of Hagia Sophia: report

Criticism of Turkey over the possible conversion of İstanbul’s landmark Hagia Sophia monument from a museum to a mosque “is an attack on Turkey’s sovereignty,” President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday, according to...

Blast at Turkish fireworks factory kills 4, injures 97: report

An explosion at a fireworks factory in northwestern Turkey on Friday killed four people and injured 97 others, officials said. At least three people were reported missing, according to The Associated Press. There were 186 workers...

Turkey’s defense minister, military chief visit Libya for cooperation talks: report

Turkey’s defense minister and military chief visited war-torn Libya’s capital on Friday, the country’s UN-recognized government said, the second visit in weeks by a minister from its main international backer, AFP reported. Defense Minister Hulusi...

New ‘research center’ a dead end for purged diplomats reinstated by the courts

Career diplomats who were purged from the Foreign Ministry by the Turkish government and subsequently reinstated by the courts will be employed in a research center if the foreign minister declines to reappoint them...

Erdoğan appoints AKP mayor’s brother as ambassador to Qatar

Turkish President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has appointed as Turkish ambassador to Qatar the brother of an AKP district mayor in İstanbul, according to Turkish media reports. Mehmet Mustafa...

Poll shows support for Erdoğan’s party slipping to 30 percent

A public survey conducted by the Ankara-based Metropoll polling company has shown that the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in power as a single-party government since 2002, would have received 30.3...

34 suspects remanded in largest Turkish narcotics op

Turkey remanded into custody 34 of 67 suspects early on July 5 from a crime group in the largest anti-narcotics operation in Turkish history. The remaining 33 suspects were released under judicial control. The suspects were arrested and millions...

Turkish Airlines resumes flights to Indonesia

Turkey’s flag carrier resumed flights to Indonesia that were suspended March 20 due to the novel coronavirus. Turkish Airlines will resume routes to Indonesia with two flights per week. The airlines conducted its first scheduled flight between Jakarta and Istanbul...

Main opposition CHP leader criticizes gov’t over economy, says ‘middle class collapsed’

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the Turkish government over the economic policies it has been following, saying the country’s middle class has “collapsed.” “The late Özal would describe the tradesmen...

Greece ‘longing for Turkish tourists who spend more than Europeans’

Greece is longing for Turkish tourists, who spend more than European tourists, as the country reopened its doors to the nationals of 14 countries, excluding Turkey, amid its normalization phase. “The travel ban should end immediately, and...

Coronavirus death toll reaches 5,225 as daily cases increase by 1,148

Turkey's confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 1,148 in the past 24 hours, and 19 more people have died, taking the death toll to 5,225, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on July 5. Turkey's total confirmed cases stood at 205,758, according...

Latest virus numbers are worrying, says Turkey’s health minister

The latest indicators regarding the coronavirus cases in Turkey are causing worries, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, urging once again the public to follow hygiene rules during the normalization phase. “In the face of the threat, we must remain vigilant....

Turkey’s first maritime missile successfully passes test

Turkey's first indigenously produced maritime missile passed its latest long-distance test launch with flying colors, the nation’s top defense industry official said on July 4. The Atmaca missile “performed its functions perfectly, it successfully hit a target over 200...

Local worker told to light oven after Khashoggi entered consulate

A Saudi consulate worker in Istanbul has told an Istanbul court that he was asked to light an oven less than an hour after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the building where he was killed in...