Tag Archives: ISTANBUL

Saudi airport deal: Turkey’s TAV says local partnerships help business take off

The CEO of Turkey’s TAV Airports, which recently won a deal to expand and operate an airport in Saudi Arabia’s western port city of Yanbu, has said working with a local partner is key to boosting business. The Yanbu airport,

Erdogan: Turkey will review EU ties after April referendum

Turkey will review all political and administrative ties with the European Union after an April referendum, including a deal to curb illegal migration, but will maintain economic relations with the bloc, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. In an interview

Shares in Turkish Airlines, Pegasus, TAV fall on US, British restrictions

Shares in Turkish Airlines, budget airline Pegasus and airports operator TAV fell on Wednesday after the United States and Britain imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on flights from destinations including Turkey. Turkish Airlines was down 2.26 percent at 0714

Istanbul: ‘Major’ terrorist attack thwarted

Turkish police reported that it had arrested two suspected ISIS loyalists on Thursday who were planning on committing a “major attack” similar to the Istanbul restaurant attack that happened early New Years’ day. Istanbul police raided a suspected ISIS cell

Turkey’s Erdogan accuses EU of launching anti-Islam ‘crusade’

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s president on Thursday accused the EU’s top court of starting a “crusade” against Islam after a ruling allowing European companies to ban employees from wearing religious or political symbols including the Islamic headscarf. “The European Union’s court, The European

Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic ties with Netherlands

Turkey said on Monday it would suspend high-level diplomatic relations with the Netherlands after Dutch authorities prevented Turkish ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, deepening the row between the two NATO allies. Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus, the

Protesters take down Dutch flag at Istanbul consulate

Protestors briefly took down the Dutch flag at The Netherlands’ consulate in Istanbul on Sunday and replaced it with a Turkish one, AFP journalists saw, as tensions escalated in a diplomatic row. Demonstrators gathered at the consulate in anger after

Netherlands cancels landing permission for Turkish minister

The Dutch government on Saturday withdrew landing permission for the Turkish foreign minister’s aircraft, escalating a diplomatic dispute between the two NATO allies over campaigning for a Turkish referendum on constitutional reform. The Dutch government said in a statement it

Five killed as helicopter crashes in outskirts of Istanbul

A helicopter crashed in the outskirts of Istanbul on Friday after apparently hitting a television tower in dense fog, killing at least five people, reports said. The private Dogan news agency said the helicopter, with two pilots, four foreign nationals

Erdogan compares German cancellation of meetings with Nazi period

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday German actions in stopping political meetings of resident Turks that were due to be addressed by Turkish officials “were no different to those of the Nazi period”. German authorities withdrew permission for two meetings

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels seize control in almost all of al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels have seized control of almost all of Syria’s al-Bab and are now working to find and clear mines, Turkey’s defense minister told state-run Anadolu news agency on Thursday. The Free Syrian Army, backed by Turkish tanks, warplanes

Turkey clearing Syria’s al-Bab of remaining ISIS militants

Turkey on Thursday said its armed forces were engaged in “clean-up” operations to clear remaining ISIS militants from the flashpoint Syrian town of al-Bab after a weeks-long campaign. The Turkish army, backing Syria rebels, have since December been engaged in

Turkey arrests Frenchman suspected of helping plan New Year nightclub attack

Turkish authorities have arrested a Frenchman suspected of helping plan a New Year’s Day shooting in an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. The man, a 22-year-old French citizen of Turkish descent,

Pro-Ankara rebels, Syria regime ‘agree security line’ in al-Bab

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have created a security corridor to avoid clashes in the battle to capture the flashpoint town of Al-Bab from ISIS militants, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. If confirmed, it would mark a

Turkey’s Erdogan says aims safe zone in Syria after Raqqa operation

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey aimed to create a safe zone in Syria, extending its military operations to the towns of Manbij and Raqqa after driving ISIS from al-Bab, if it acts together with the US-led coalition. In

Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria will continue to Raqqa

Tayyip Erdogan

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that the final goal of a Turkish military incursion into Syria was not just to retake the city of al-Bab from ISIS, but to cleanse a border region including Raqqa of the militants. “The

Turkey condemns ‘unacceptable’ Israeli settlement law

Turkey on Tuesday condemned a new Israeli law legalizing dozens of Jewish settlements built on private Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, as a senior government minister was visiting Tel Aviv in the first such trip in seven years.

Turkey detains 400 ISIS suspects in nationwide raids

Turkish police on Sunday detained around 400 suspected members of ISIS in nationwide raids, including foreigners and those suspected of planning attacks, reports said. The operation around the country saw 150 suspects detained in Sanliurfa in the southeast, 60 in

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