Turkey told Iraq it would deal only with the Iraqi government on crude oil exports, the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sept. 28.
The residents of Istanbul are spending nine hours a week in traffic on average, according to data gathered by Ajans Press from the public transport and mapping application Moovit.
Turkey has extradited a French Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant, who is believed to have been a key figure in recruiting French nationals to the terror group, to France this week, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.
Comparing the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) ambitions in northern Iraq to the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said “new Lawrence of Arabias will not be successful this time”
Turkey has issued a new travel warning to Turkish nationals after Turkey’s consulate in Arbil announced that Turkish airline companies will halt flying to northern Iraq after 6:00 p.m. on Friday Sept. 29 until further notice at the request of Baghdad, following a referendum for independence held by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
Istanbul has been ranked as third worst city in the world for road rage, according to research carried out by German automobile company kfzteile2.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called on the United States to exchange Pennsylvania-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen with Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been in jail in Turkey since October 2016.
The long-awaited new political party set to be officially founded in October, led by former Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) lawmaker Meral Akşener, has held its first meeting in Istanbul with the participation of 1,500 supporters.
An update of the customs unions agreement with the European Union will be beneficial for ties between Turkey and the EU, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Sept. 27.
Turkey held a security meeting on Sept. 27 at the helm of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as tensions rise in the region over an Iraqi Kurdish referendum for independence.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım spoke on the phone with his Iraqi counterpart Haider al-Abadi to discuss the Sept. 25 independence referendum in the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), a Prime Ministry source said on Sept. 27.
U.S. President Donald Trump proposed on Sept. 27 the biggest U.S. tax overhaul in three decades, calling for tax cuts for most Americans, but prompting criticism that the plan favors business and the rich and could add trillions of dollars to the deficit.
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Turkey’s border with northern Iraq remains open, although that does not mean it will remain so, the Turkish customs minister said on Sept. 27, adding the number of trucks passing through had decreased.
ANKARA – Anadolu Agency
At least 16 outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants were killed in counter-terrorism operations in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey on Sept. 27, according to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff.
The Iraqi parliament on Sept. 27 asked Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to send troops to the Kurdish-held region of Kirkuk and take control of its oilfields
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Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau on Sept. 28 called for European Union mediation in the standoff over Catalonia’s planned independence referendum in an opinion piece in Britain’s Guardian daily.
TOKYO – Agence France-Presse
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved parliament on Sept. 28, effectively kicking off a national election campaign where he faces an unexpected and formidable challenge from the popular governor of Tokyo.
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Bavaria’s conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) wants talks on forming a new German government to focus on security and curbing immigration, a senior party official said, after sharp gains by a far-right party in Sept. 24’s federal election.
RIYADH – Reuters
A Saudi woman has been named to a senior government post for the first time, authorities said on Sept. 27 shortly after a ban on women drivers was lifted as the conservative kingdom takes steps to modernize its image.
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Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) will gear up its election campaign for local, parliamentary and presidential elections to take place in 2019 and will try to establish a wide civilian initiative to highlight Turkey’s fundamental problems throughout its election campaign.
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Trade ties between Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should not be affected by the recent independence referendum, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci has told the Hürriyet Daily News
The long-closed Atatürk Culture Center (AKM) on Istanbul’s Taksim Square will reopen after renovation in 2019, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has said.
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Many in the Turkish media are happy to slam Israel and the U.S. over support for the Kurdish independence referendum, which would divide Iraq and have the potential to do the same to Turkey, but very little is said on Russia’s stance.
“If the government changes, the system will change overnight,” one acquaintance of mine said recently, trying to convince his wife that they should wait a little longer before deciding to leave Turkey to settle abroad.
Tough and complex situations should be analyzed through the lens of experience and common sense. The recent article “The path that Turkey should take as the Kurdistan referendum takes place,” written by retired ambassadors Osman Korutürk and Selim Karaosmanoğlu for the OdaTV website, is a piece that we should all read carefully nowadays.
At the Sept. 26 opening ceremony for the 2017-18 academic year, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan admitted that the government had been “unsuccessful” in the areas of education and culture.
Users have been pushing for it and in the end the administration of Twitter could not stand their ground and declared that they are trying to increase the character limit of a tweet from 140 to 280.
In the past years a coalition of women’s rights groups was formed in Turkey.
A mutual understanding between Turkey’s national forces was immediately established in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
“We never thought Barzani would make such a grave mistake. It appears we were wrong,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan said on Sept. 26
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The 21st Istanbul Theater Festival will present 55 performances by 19 theater and dance ensembles from Turkey and abroad in 18 different venues between Nov 13 and 26
Many artifacts from the Hellenistic, archaic, Classical, Roman, Byzantine, Genoese, Seljuk and Ottoman periods that have been unearthed coincidentally are on display at the Amasra Museum
Fotoistanbul Beşiktaş International Photography Festival opens its doors for the fourth time on Sept 30
The four-and-a-half century-old Beylerbeyi Palace in the eastern province of Kars is being restored to open as a boutique hotel in 2018, Kars Governor Rahmi Doğan said.
On its 27th year, the Akbank Jazz Festival will be organized between Nov 3 and 19. The event will feature 53 concerts, three interviews and 15 workshops in 36 different venues
The Mosaic Road, a culture and tourism project aiming to raise awareness to the significance of mosaics in Turkey, was presented in the U.S.
A stringed instrument that once belonged to a woman in the harem of Sultan Abdulaziz has been bought by a 22-year-old Turkish music student.
A settlement from 11,500 years ago has been unearthed in Hasankeyf Mound. People lived in the settlement for 1,000 years but later abandoned it, excavations reveal