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June 19, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey begins mly patrols around Syria’s Manbij

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Monday said it had started military patrols in an area around the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, in line with an agreement with the United States to scale down tensions in the region. The Turkish army said in a statement that “patrol activities had begun” between Manbij and an area it controls after a 2016-2017 military 1

June 9, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey media tycoon dies at 79

ISTANBUL: One of Turkey’s leading businessmen who owns the country’s largest media group, Erdogan Demiroren, died of respiratory failure at an Istanbul hospital on Friday, his doctor said. Demiroren, 79, is head of the Demiroren Group — one of Turkey’s largest conglomerates with interests in media, energy and construction. His doctor Ozgur Samilgil Erdogan 1

June 7, 2018 12:00 AM ‘Hello darling’: Jailed Turkey candidate makes speech though wife’s phone

ISTANBUL: It´s not the most conventional way for a presidential candidate to address supporters. But Turkey´s leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is not facing a usual set of circumstances as he campaigns for June 24 elections from jail. Demirtas on Wednesday issued his first, and possibly only, audio message of the campaign where he will challenge 1

June 1, 2018 12:00 AM Federal, Punjab govts took lead in development projects

ISLAMABAD: The federal and provincial governments have completed and inaugurated a total of 46 development projects in last four months of their five-year term with Punjab and Federal government taking the lead in these projects. Both the Federal and Punjab governments inaugurated 39 out of total 46 development projects from February to May 30, 2018 whereas 2

May 12, 2018 12:00 AM Godard snubs Cannes, again!

CANNES, France: In his now traditional no-show, film legend Jean-Luc Godard failed to turn up for Friday’s premiere of his new movie at the Cannes film festival. It is the third time since 2004 that the reclusive Swiss-French director has snubbed the world’s top film festival, also staying away in 2010 and 2014. In contrast, two other contenders for the Palme

May 11, 2018 11:54 AM Trump's Iran deal exit an 'opportunity' for Turkey, says minister

The Turkish economy minister on Friday said the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal was an “opportunity” for Turkey, insisting there would be no let-up in trade with Tehran. Despite strong protests and last-minute lobbying by his European partners, US President Donald Trump announced that Washington would withdraw from the historic nuclear 2

April 27, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey’s oppo journalist joins free press protest

ISTANBUL: Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet’s chairman Akin Atalay on Thursday joined a protest for free press and justice outside an Istanbul court, a day after he was released after serving over 500 days in prison. The contentious case, seen as a test of press freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saw a court on Wednesday hand out multiple 13

April 19, 2018 12:00 AM Erdogan sends Turkey to snap polls on June 24

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections in Turkey for June 24, bringing the polls forward by over a year-and-a-half to sharply accelerate the transition to a new presidential system. Erdogan's announcement upended the political timetable in Turkey, which had been set to vote in simultaneous presidential and parliamentary 3

April 6, 2018 12:00 AM Rouhani angers Israel with ‘support for terrorists’ jibe

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit out at Iran on Wednesday after President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of supporting "terrorists" in Syria. "Absurdity has no limits: Iran's terrorist regime that sends tentacles of terror across the region accuses Israel of terrorism," Netanyahu wrote on Twitter. "If Rouhani is unaware of the terrorist 13

March 27, 2018 12:00 AM Erdogan insists Turkey wants EU membership

VARNA, Bulgaria: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday insisted Turkey still wanted to become a member of the European Union ahead of a potentially stormy summit with EU chiefs seeking to repair an increasingly fractured relationship. European Union President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will talk with Erdogan at the Bulgarian 7