Latest news and updates on the country which straddles both Europe and Asia.
Following his election victory, Turkey’s long-standing leader faces huge economic and foreign policy challenges, and the need for more inclusiveness on the home front.
China has set out its position on the conflict and has called for talks to find a solution while the West wants to see Russia defeated.
As the death toll in southern Turkey and northern Syria climbs, now is the time for local and global mercy efforts to get under way.
With attractions like Soho House Istanbul and the Michelin-starred Arkestra, Istanbul is rapidly emerging as one of the world’s most beloved tourist destinations, and home to a vibrant creative community
Russia’s invasion has limited shipment routes from China to Europe and raised interest in alternative and nascent routes – including across the choppy Caspian Sea. But relevant governments need to get on board.
Ukraine has hailed its “historic step” towards European Union membership amid its ongoing war against Russia.
Turkey’s government marked the key date with a fireworks and drone show in Istanbul as well as a procession of 100 hundred navy ships, but little else in the way of pageantry.
The Turkish president accused the Israeli government of behaving like a ‘war criminal’, prompting Israel to recall all diplomatic staff from the Muslim nation.
The ride-hailing service extends its push into tourism by offering hot air balloon rides over Cappadocia in Turkey, famous for its cave cities and churches. US$159 gets you a place on a sunrise flight.
The move clears the way for Stockholm to join the Western defence alliance, there is no set time frame for ratification, however.
As part of his country’s overall drive to enhance connectivity with China, the Turkish consul general in Hong Kong has set out estimates for a massive increase in tourism by 2030.
She started as a blogger sharing Turkish recipes and became a YouTube star. Now Aysenur Altan brings lesser-known parts of Turkey to the world in her videos that delve into the country’s food and culture.
Kavala was arrested in 2017 and sentenced to life in prison in 2022 for allegedly trying to topple Erdogan’s government. The Turkish foreign ministry condemned the ‘unacceptable’ award.
Civilians and military personnel were among those killed in the attack by drones laden with explosives.
Generative AI-based tools were used in at least 16 countries to distort information on political or social issues over the period June 2022 to May 2023, according to the annual Freedom on Net report.
The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), listed as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies, claimed responsibility for the blast. It has waged a deadly insurgency against Ankara for four decades.
The attack happened hours before Turkey’s parliament was expected to reopen after its summer recess with an address by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Two police officers were slightly wounded in the bombing.
The Armenian government said 6,500 Nagorno-Karabakh residents had fled to Armenia as of Monday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Azerbaijan in a show of support to its ally.
Two people were killed in the Kherson region after Russian forces struck, while a second shipment of Ukrainian wheat managed to reach Istanbul via the Black Sea despite Russian threats.
This week’s offensive was due to ‘decades of frustration after the failure of the international community’ to resolve conflict, say analysts, and with the war in Ukraine distracting Russia.
Licenses could be withheld for dual-use goods destined for the battlefield, potentially hurting the Kremlin’s ability to feed its war machine.
Erdogan’s lobbying efforts follow those by French President Emmanuel Macron, who met Musk in June, and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Saudi Arabia is the latest country to mandate Chinese language education in schools as the region embraces Beijing links.
Moscow’s foreign ministry said Jeff Sillin and David Bernstein conducted ‘illegal activities by liaising with a Russian citizen, [Robert] Shonov’.
Mark Dickey developed stomach problems while examining the depths of the Morca Cave, a remote complex of passageways in the Taurus Mountains.
190 personnel from 8 countries are involved in helping experienced caver Mark Dickey out of one of the world’s deepest caves after he fell seriously ill.
Charles Michel said Moscow’s offer of a million tons of grain to African countries was a ‘parody of generosity’ and that the 2022 grain accord had delivered to vulnerable countries more than 30 times the volume offered to Africa by Russia.
Researcher Mark Dickey suddenly suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding during an expedition in the Morca cave, and extracting him will be a ‘very complex’ operation, experts say.
Flooding triggered by severe rainstorms also hit neighbouring Bulgaria and Turkey, leaving a total of 15 people dead in the three countries.
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis blamed recent wildfires and current storms on climate change, while conceding that his government ‘clearly didn’t manage things as well as we would have liked’ on the wildfire front.