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Occupancy Rate in Turkish Prisons More Than 40,000 Above Capacity

Ankara (TM) – Şaban Yılmaz, the director general of Prisons and Correctional Facilities, has announced that prison occupancy in Turkey exceeds capacity by some 40,000 inmates, the T24 news website reported on Wednesday. Speaking at a meeting of the Parliamentary Commission on Human Rights, Yılmaz specified that as of today some 260,000 inmates are being held in Turkey’s […]

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Erdogan: US, Saudis, Germany, UK Heard Khashoggi’s Murder Audio

Ankara (TLS) – “We gave them to Saudi Arabia, to the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They know.” Erdogan said Saturday. The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday his country shared recordings related to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and a number of European countries. “We […]

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Turkish Local Elections: Will Irreconcilable Differences End Erdogan’s Coalition?

Ankara (GPA) – Irreconcilable differences between the AKP and MHP have the potential to fracture Erdogan’s coalition in the upcoming Turkish local elections. With Turkish President Recep Erdogan unwilling to bend on some key issues, his legislative allies in the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) continue to defect. The latest evidence of this tension between the […]

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Pastor Andrew Brunson’s Release Shows Turkey Still Needs US

Ankara (GPA) – The US pastor’s two-year detention is over, but what does Andrew Brunson’s release mean for the smoking crater that is the current state of Turkish-US relations? After just over two years, the American Pastor Andrew Brunson has finally been released from Turkish custody. Brunson was arrested shortly after the 2016 coup attempt against Turkish President […]

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Saudi Story Unravels as Turkey Applies Pressure over Journalist Khashoggi

Ankara (GPA) – The case of the missing journalist, Jamal Khashoggi has become an international blunder on the Saudi’s part, and may provide Turkey a chance to further assert themselves as a regional power. Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since last Tuesday when he entered a Saudi consulate inside Turkey. While Saudi Arabia often gets away […]

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Turkish Police Suspect Saudi Journalist Khashoggi was Killed at Consulate

Ankara (MEE) – Senior police source says that police believe Khashoggi’s suspected killing was videotaped ‘to prove the mission had been accomplished.’ Turkish authorities suspect that missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared on Tuesday after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, Turkish sources told Middle East Eye and news agencies on Saturday. […]

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Turkey’s parliament renews mandate for troop deployment in Syria

Ankara (MEE) – Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday approved a motion to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in neighboring Syria and Iraq for another year, just as Russian President Vladimir Putin said no military action is planned for the rebel-held Idlib region. The Turkish military mandate, first approved by parliament in October 2014, has been renewed every year […]

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Staying with the West? Turkey and Germany Seek to Repair Relations

Berlin (GPA) – Despite some predictions that tensions between Ankara and Washington would cause Turkey to turn east for help, Erdogan’s visit to Germany tells another story. After a several-year-long fallout with Germany, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a recent visit to several cities in the European country in an attempt to repair relations. Historically, Turkey’s […]

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Hedging Bets in Syria, Turkey Attempts to Repair Relations with Israel

Ankara (GPA) – With the battle of Idlib causing tension between Turkey and Russia, it now seems Erdogan is looking to repair relations with Israel after multiple diplomatic spats in recent months. It seems some of Turkey’s maneuvers to move out of the western orbit are coming up short once again, as reports have begun circulating that the […]

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Turkish Lira Loses Almost all Gains After Interest Rate Hike

Ankara (TM) – Five days after the Turkish Central Bank’s interest rate hike of 625 basis points, a record high during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s terms in office, the country’s national currency has lost almost all its gains by plunging back to over 6.35 against the US dollar on Tuesday. The lira, which was at 6.41 just before […]

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