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Istanbul Police Break up Landmark Turkish Mothers’ Protest

Istanbul (MEE) – Istanbul police on Saturday broke up a regular demonstration by Turkish mothers remembering the disappearance of relatives in the 1980s and 1990s, detaining over 20 people as participants marked the 700th such weekly protest. The mothers, known as the Saturday Mothers (Cumatesi Anneleri in Turkish), have met on Saturdays since 27 May 1995 in the […]

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Opinion: Turkey’s Abuse of Interpol Exposed

Ankara (TM) – The blatant abuse of Interpol mechanisms in a staggeringly high number of cases by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey in recent years in order to harass, intimidate and persecute political opponents abroad apparently hit the wall when an investigation by the Interpol Secretariat, launched at the urging of some member states […]

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60 Chinese Billionaires Visit Turkey for Investment Opportunities

Ankara (MEMO) – In a new measure aimed at supporting the Turkish economy and bolstering trade relations between Turkey and China, the richest fifty-nine Chinese businessmen, headed by billionaire Jack Ma have steered toward Turkey in order to set up partnerships and search for new investment opportunities. The Turkish media reported that the Chinese group includes businessmen the […]

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Turkey Deal to Trade US Pastor for Bank Fine Forgiveness Rejected

Washington (GPA) – The White House has apparently rejected a deal with Turkey to release a jailed pastor that has caused recent tension. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, the government of Turkey has apparently offered to return the jailed US pastor Andrew Brunson. In return, Ankara has asked for fines […]

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Turkey Sanctions US, Rejects Pastors Appeal, Cuts Deals with Qatar, Lira up 7%

Ankara (GPA) – The rapid decline in US-Turkish relations took reached several new levels in the past 24 hours with Turkey sanctioning US products, and the lira actually climbing as a result. US-Turkish relations have been declining for some time now but lately, the usual diplomatic incidents have been occurring at breakneck speed. This last day and a […]

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Turkish Airlines, Telecoms Firm to Halt US Advertising

Ankara (MEMO) – Turkey’s national airline and its main telecoms firm will halt advertising in US media in response to the crisis in relations between the two allies, company officials said today. Flag carrier Turkish Airlines and Turk Telekom made their announcements after a campaign on Twitter calling for an end to advertising in US media outlets. The […]

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Erdogan Says ‘US Shot Turkey in the Foot’

Ankara (TM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said the US has shot Turkey in the foot with its recent sanction decisions, underlining that Ankara would not give in to the pressure and is “ready to fight,” the Cumhuriyet daily reported. Erdogan accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey “in the back” over a […]

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The Real Reasons why US-Turkey Relations Have Hit an All-Time Low

Ankara (GPA) – Over the past week, US-Turkey relations have hit an all-time low, but how did these two allies end up at odds with each other? If you’ve been watching the news over the past week you may think the current hostility between Washington and Ankara is about the US pastor, Andrew Brunson. Brunson, who has been […]

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Mongolian FM: Attempts to Abduct Turkish Nationals Violates Sovereignty

Ulaanbaatar (TP) – The Mongolian Foreign Ministry on Friday issued a statement on the abduction of a Turkish national in the country earlier the same day, underlining such an unacceptable act would be “a violation of Mongolia’s sovereignty and independence” and that Mongolia would strongly object to it. Early on Friday morning Veysel Akçay, the general director of […]

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Kurds, Pushing for Autonomy, Stand to Lose in Syria Negotiations

Damascus (GPA) – The Kurds refusing to give up demands for autonomy could end up costing them big in the Syria negotiations. Many supporters of the Kurdish forces in northern Syria have been celebrating recently upon hearing of the leadership of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) entering into negotiations with Damascus. However, what they have failed to […]

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