Turkey’s new action plans only for illegal migration: Minister

Turkey’s interior minister has said that Turkey’s new action plans for migration-related issues aim only at prevention of illegal migration.  “This issue only concerns irregular and illegal migration. It is out of the question and not acceptable for Syrian people who are under temporary protection, foreigners that are granted international protection status or people who have residence permits in […]

Russia and Turkey are becoming allies, overshadowing Israel – analysis

As Turkey and Russia grow closer they inevitably also grow closer in their work on ending the Syrian conflict and also on other regional and international issues. An emerging Russia-Turkey alliance in defense and energy will have long-term effects on the Middle East and Israel. This comes in the wake of Turkey acquiring Russia’s S-400 […]

Three things we learnt from: Dr M’s visit to Turkey

ISTANBUL, July 28 — More than once, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mentioned in his official visit to Turkey this week that the last time he was here in a similar capacity was around two decades ago. This time around, the visit has been a surprising one for him and Putrajaya, with Ankara and Turkey’s President […]

Erdogan praises big Turkish interest rate cut and calls for more

Turkey’s president says the central bank needs to continue loosening monetary policy, gradually, as lira currency firms. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey’s central bank’s decision a day earlier to cut interest rates sharply was “vital”, adding that the policy easing should continue at a gradual pace. On Thursday the central bank cut its benchmark rate […]

Turkey’s central bank delivers massive interest rate cut

Thursday’s unexpectedly big rate cut is designed to jump-start Turkey’s recession-hit economy. Turkey‘s central bank delivered a massive interest rate cut Thursday in a bid to jump-start the country’s recession-hit economy. Policymakers – including newly installed central bank chief Murat Uysal – slashed Turkey’s key interest rate from 24 percent to 19.75 percent. The rate […]

Trump asks GOP senators for ‘flexibility’ on Turkey sanctions

The president wants more time to work out a deal before implementing congressionally mandated sanctions over Turkey’s purchase of a Russian missile defense system. By Carol E. Lee, Leigh Ann Caldwell and Courtney Kube WASHINGTON — During a private meeting Tuesday at the White House, President Donald Trump asked Republican senators for “flexibility” in responding to […]

Turkey: Istanbul voters to choose mayor in election rerun

When Istanbul chose a new mayor in March, Turkey’s president described the vote as a matter of national survival. But the ruling party’s candidate was narrowly defeated and the new mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, took office. After a successful court challenge, the election was annulled and a rerun declared. Turks are now facing a dramatic second […]

Turkey: Erdogan slams Egypt’s ‘tyrants’ as thousands mourn Morsi

Mosques across Turkey hold prayer services for former Egyptian president, who died in a Cairo court on Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has attended a prayer service in Istanbul for former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who collapsed and died during a court session in Cairo on Monday. Turkey’s religious authority, the Diyanet, had called for absentee funeral prayers to […]

India: New Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Siachen today, hold key security meet in Srinagar

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Srinagar today to review the security situation in the valley. Before arriving in Srinagar, Singh will visit the Siachen Glacier. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Srinagar today to review the security situation in the valley. During the visit, the Minister would be briefed about the security […]

Exploding gasoline pipes in Mexico, At least 21 people killed

The fire broke out when local people were stealing gasoline from a leaked pipeline in Tlahuelilpan town, the central of Mexico. A gas pipeline in Tlahuelilpan town, Hidalgo State, central Mexico today exploded. It caused a massive fire that killed at least 21 people and injured 71 people, AFP reported. The governor of Hidalgo State […]