Hurriyet Daily News

  • Up to 900 jihadists killed in Mosul battle, US says
    The United States said Oct. 27 that up to 900 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) jihadists have been killed in the offensive to retake Iraq’s Mosul, as the United Nations said more than 10,000 people fled their homes and camps around the city filled with fleeing civilians.

  • Iran, Russia, Syrian FMs to meet in Moscow
    The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Syria will meet in on Oct. 28 for three-way over the situation in Syria, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said.

  • President Erdoğan vows intensified operations against PKK, dismisses post-coup criticism
    The recent reshuffle in the police department will lead to an intensification of the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, vowing to completely “uproot the PKK.”

  • CHP leader criticizes detention of Diyarbakır’s co-mayors
    Main opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has criticized the detention of the co-mayors of the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, asking why Gültan Kışanak and Fırat Anlı were not detained previously “if they supported terror.”

  • Air commander denies claims about 50 buried warplanes
    A Turkish air force commander has denied allegations that 50 German-made warplanes in the inventory of the Turkish Air Forces (TSK) were buried right after World War II.

  • NATO aims at strengthening presence in the Black Sea
    Defense ministers discussed strengthening NATO’s presence in the Black Sea region on land as well as in the air and at sea, the alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, told reporters after the first day of the NATO Defense Ministers Meeting in Brussels on Oct. 26.

  • Former Chief of Staff says resigned due to pressures from gov’t
    Former chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner has said the reason behind his 2011 resignation was to avoid pressure from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) to make him appoint and retire army officers who were, at the time, suspected of planning to overthrow the government.

  • Turkish disaster agency discuss refugee influx with Iraqi Kurds
    Turkey does not expect a massive refugee influx from Iraq but it is making necessary preparations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said on Oct. 27.

  • Almost 100 migrants missing off Libyan coast, says Navy
    The Libyan navy said Oct. 27 that almost 100 migrants were missing after their Europe-bound boat sank off the country’s coast, while 29 others were rescued.

  • Clinton ‘has commanding advantages’ over Trump
    Americans see Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as the clear winner over her Republican rival, Donald Trump, in this year’s presidential debates, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, which also shows commanding advantages for Clinton heading into the final days of the campaign.

  • EU Parliament awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi women
    The European Parliament on Oct. 27 awarded its Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants and have campaigned for human rights since escaping.

  • Ankara: NATO migrant mission no longer needed
    Turkey has called for an end to NATO’s counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea, telling the U.S.-led alliance that the sharp drop in refugees trying to get to Greece means there is no longer a need for warships to patrol its coast.

  • Turkish defense industry shifting to national operating system
    Turkey’s defense and aerospace industry will shift from its current foreign computer operating system to an existing Linux-based national software in light of security needs and license costs, according to the head of the state defense firm which has undertaken the project.

  • Police detain 81 ISIL militants in Turkey in latest wave
    Turkish police have detained a total of 81 militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in operations conducted in Istanbul, the southeastern provinces of Gaziantep and Şanlıurfa, the northwestern province of Kırklareli, and the eastern province of Erzurum.

  • Turkey’s Central Bank raises 2017 inflation forecast
    The Central Bank raised its inflation forecast for next year on Oct. 27, citing increasing pressure from the depreciation of the Turkish Lira.

  • Prosecutor objects to release of assailant who kicked woman wearing shorts
    Istanbul prosecutors have issued an objection to a court’s decision that released a man who was under trial for assaulting a woman wearing shorts on a public bus in Istanbul.

  • Turkey languishes in 130th in latest WEF Gender Gap Report
    Turkey continues to plumb the depths in terms of gender equality, coming in 130th of 144 countries in the latest World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report.

  • ISIL sought second attack after wedding bombing in southeast Turkey: Governor
    The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) sought to commit another attack after a suicide bombing a street wedding in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the local governor’s office has said, adding that the bomber was a 22- or 23-year-old Turkish-speaking male.

  • Turkey’s housing administration exceeds annual targets
    The Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKİ) has exceeded its target of social housing for this year, its chairman has said.

  • Turkey economic confidence index slips in October
    Turkey’s economic confidence index fell 8.4 percent month-on-month to 80.56 in October, official data released by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) revealed in a report on Oct. 27.

  • Turkey to US: Drop PYD, let’s free Raqqa together
    President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has told U.S. President Barack Obama to exclude the Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD) from the upcoming Raqqa operation to oust jihadists, reiterating Ankara’s determination to continue its military offensive toward al-Bab, Raqqa and Manbij in northern Syria.

  • Syrian Kurdish YPG will be part of coalition effort to isolate Raqqa, says US commander
    Fighters of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which Turkey regards as a terror organization, will be included as a part of the force to isolate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-held Syrian city of Raqqa, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said on Oct. 26.

  • ‘Refugees’ in Aegean turn out to be Colombian tourists
    Coast Guard teams in the southwestern Turkish district of Bodrum searched Colombian tourists on Oct. 26 after suspecting that a family in a tour boat might be refugees trying to cross the Aegean Sea, Doğan News Agency has reported.

  • Global investors can trust Turkey: PM Yıldırım
    Global investors who have contributed to the Turkish economy should have no doubts about trusting in it, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said on Oct. 27, touting the strong political power and stability of the nation’s administration.

  • Inoculating a baby violates rights, taking blood from heel does not: Top court
    Turkey’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a couple that complained that vaccinating a newborn baby without his family’s consent constituted a rights violation while simultaneously ruling that withdrawing blood from his heel does not contravene any laws.

  • Hürriyet dismisses Sabah newspaper claims over ByLock story
    Daily Hürriyet has excoriated the pro-government Sabah newspaper for insinuating that a recent interview in the former with the rights holder for an app allegedly used by the Gülenists was part of a “joint operation carried out” by the group and the CIA.

  • Veteran journalist Nail Güreli passes away
    Veteran journalist Nail Güreli has died at the age of 84 on Oct. 26 in Istanbul, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

  • Four soldiers killed in PKK attacks in Turkey’s east, southeast
    Two soldiers were killed in an outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on Oct. 27 in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

  • Turkey, US top law officials talk Gülen extradition
    Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Oct. 26 that he had “a productive conversation” with his American counterpart, Loretta Lynch, regarding the extradition of the leader of the Gülenist organization, Fethullah Gülen.

  • Udoh, Vesely lead Fenerbahçe to third Eurolegue victory
    Istanbul club Fenerbahçe remained undefeated and joined CSKA Moscow atop the standings by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 82-68 at home on Oct. 26.

  • Turkey will cross that bridge when it comes to nuclear disaster
    The Build, Operate, Own (BOO) model for nuclear power plants transfers all the different types of risks associated with the construction and operation of a nuclear power plant to the project company that owns and operates the plant. In the case of Akkuyu, the management of nuclear waste and the fuel spent are also the responsibilities of Rosatom, a Russian state-owned company.

  • Why is Bahçeli doing this?
    Even though the leader of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahçeli, fiercely opposed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) when they proposed the presidential system to the Constitution Conciliation Committee last term, this time he said “There is no harm in asking the nation; AK Party should introduce its proposal.”

  • A surprise in the presidential system package?
    The ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) wants a unitary presidential system. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has emphasized this numerous times. Parliamentary Constitution Committee head Mustafa Şentop said it one more time the other day. The proposal will be for the unitary, not a federal, presidential system.

  • The black eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire
    FOLDED CORNER - ‘The Black Eunuchs of the Ottoman Empire: Networks of Power in the Court of the Sultan’ by George Junne (I.B. Tauris, 336 pages, £64)

  • New season in Turkish domestic politics TV show
    The hero is already charismatic; the supporting characters are versatile, mysterious and create a full of sense of wonder… I will definitely watch this TV show this season.

  • The internet shutdown
    Millions of people all over the world woke up on Oct. 21 to a direct threat to their lifestyles and work. When they tried to go through their social media accounts first thing in the morning, as most of us do nowadays, they could not manage to connect, as the U.S.-based company Dyn, which provides Domain Name System (DNS) services for major websites, was under a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack.

  • Ottoman prince Naz Osmanoğlu visits former realm to spread laughter in Istanbul
    It’s not every day Turkish comedy fans get to laugh at a descendant of the sultan. “I’ve got this fancy title but don’t have the riches,” said Naz Osmanoğlu, a British comedian and member of Turkey’s former ruling family, at his first-ever gig in Turkey last week.

  • Two key towns for Turkey in Syria
    As the Turkish, U.S. and French defense ministers were meeting in Brussels on Oct. 26 for an assessment on the situation in Mosul and Iraq in general, Ankara was focused on helping the Free Syria Army (FSA) take control in towns that are key for its border security.

  • Ancient inn complex unearthed in Assos
    Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Assos, located in the northwestern Turkish province of Çanakkale’s Ayvacık district, have unearthed an inn complex.

  • Police capture two would-be ISIL suicide bombers in Adana
    Police in the Seyhan district of the southern province of Adana carried out an operation at an apartment after it received a tip-off that two alleged Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants were residing there, detaining seven people.

  • Turkey sees no delay in TurkStream
    Turkey does not foresee a delay in the scheduled timetable for the TurkStream natural gas pipeline project between Russia and Turkey under the Black Sea, Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak said on Oct. 26.

  • Supreme Court of Appeal upholds acquittal of 357 in military espionage case
    Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld a decision to acquit 357 people who were tried in the controversial military espionage case, believed to have been pursued by prosecutors linked to the U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen.

  • Turkey asks US to isolate Gülen from his network
    Ankara is set to ask Washington to arrest the U.S.-resident Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused of masterminding the bloody July 15 coup attempt, in order to “isolate” him from his network, while legal proceedings on the demand to extradite Gülen continue, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has told the Hürriyet Daily News

  • Fifteen artists to follow this season in the Turkish art scene
    As Turkish contemporary artists and galleries open to the international art scene, the awareness and knowledge of the country’s art scene has also increased. With the new trends in world contemporary art, Turkey’s art scene has become more famous. The Hürriyet Daily News spoke to 15 prominent names in the Turkish art scene to find out about the rising names in the country

  • Hittite Kingdom to be revived in Hattusha
    A Hittite village project, designed for the 30th anniversary of Hattusha’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List, will recreate daily life in the Hittite kingdom of 3,500 years ago

  • İzmir, Thessaloniki to connect with new ferry line
    Turkey and Greece are working on a new ferry line between Thessaloniki and İzmir which is expected to set sail in early 2017, drawing the countries closer together in the process

  • Perfectly preserved ancient shipwrecks found in depths of Black Sea
    More than 40 ancient shipwrecks from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods have been found during a mapping expedition in the depths of the Black Sea where there is no light and no oxygen, the Daily Mail has reported.

  • Victorious Eczacıbaşı volleyball team given hero’s welcome in Istanbul
    Members of the Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul women’s volleyball team, which won the world title in the Philippine capital Manila on Oct. 23, was given a hero’s welcome upon arriving back at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport on Oct. 25

  • Turkish conglomerate leader Ali Koç to run for Fenerbahçe presidency
    Ali Koç, a former official of Turkey’s Fenerbahçe and a third-generation member of Turkey’s wealthiest family, has confirmed he will run as a candidate in a bid to replace the Istanbul-based club’s chairman, Aziz Yıldırım

  • End of ‘Magnificent Century’ could spell start for tourism
    An interesting memorial ceremony was held on Sept. 7 in the Hungarian city of Szigetvar with the participation of Turkish, Hungarian and Croatian officials, as well as thousands of visitors.