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Turkey: Libya motion published in Official Gazette

ANKARA A motion calling for the extension of Turkish troop deployment in Libya for another 18 months was issued in Turkey's Official Gazette early Thursday.  The motion, approved on Tuesday, said...

Turkey: 2021 to be year of national anthem

ANKARA Turkey’s parliament approved a motion early Thursday announcing 2021 as the year of the Turkish national anthem.  Mustafa Sentop, the speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, was the first...

Turkish vice president feels unwell during his speech

ANKARA Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay felt sick during his speech at a national summit on Monday. "As far as our doctors say, I think it was a minor discomfort due...

Turkey: Opposition HDP lawmaker gets prison sentence

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey A Turkish court on Thursday sentenced a lawmaker from the opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) to over six years in prison for being a member of an armed...

Turkey appoints Lutfi Elvan as new finance minister

By Gokhan Ergocun Turkey appointed Lutfi Elvan as the country’s new treasury and finance minister early Tuesday, according to a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette. The move comes after...

Turkey should try to mitigate quake losses: Opp. leader

ANKARA Turkey's main opposition leader demanded Tuesday the country take measures to mitigate losses before any earthquake.  "We have enacted some laws, but they do not hang together. We have enacted...

Turkish presidential spokesman diagnosed with COVID-19

ANKARA Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin was diagnosed with the coronavirus and reached the final stage of treatment Saturday. Kalin said he had mild symptoms of the virus and that he...

Turkish interior minister tests positive for COVID-19

ANKARA  Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu and his family are under treatment in a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, the minister said Saturday on Twitter. Soylu said that they started...

Erdogan extends condolences for death of Turkish deputy

ISTANBUL The Turkish president extended his condolences over the death of Markar Esayan, a lawmaker of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party. “I have learned with great sorrow of the...

Turkish lawmaker Markar Esayan dies at 51

ISTANBUL A lawmaker from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, Markar Esayan, died on Friday at the age of 51. Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin conveyed his condolences on Twitter...

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Bosnian minister says more women needed in government

BELGRADE, Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina's first headscarf-wearing minister said Wednesday that women should be more involved in government.  "There are four women in the current cantonal...

UAE ratifies visa exemption agreement with Israel

ISTANBUL  The United Arab Emirates approved a visa exemption agreement with Israel on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  The agreement will come into...

NBA: Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

ANKARA The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday.  “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal...

Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – January 14, 2021

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   Coronavirus...

‘Cyprus solution must be based on sovereign equality'

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  An official negotiation process on the Cyprus issue can only be started for a solution based on sovereign equality,...