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Turkish president calls for fight against Islamophobia

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2013

Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on Muslim countries to fight against Islamophobia during his address on Tuesday at the 29th session of the COMCEC held in Istanbul.

"Islamophobia remains a critical problem, which instigates unsubstantial prejudices against our region and Muslims. Terror plays a role in the persistence of such problems. We have to combat any form of deviation playing into the hands of people who equate terrorism with Islam, the religion of love, tolerance and conciliation," Gul said during his inaugural address.

Turkey, Iraqi Kurdistan agree on major energy pipeline

Source : Agencies | 06 Nnov 2013

Iraqi Kurdistan has finalised a comprehensive package of deals with Turkey to build multi-billion dollar oil and gas pipelines to ship the autonomous region's rich hydrocarbon reserves to world markets, sources involved in talks said on Wednesday.

The deals, which could have important geo-political consequences for the Middle East, could see Kurdistan export some 2 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil to world markets and at least 10 billion cubic metres per year of gas to Turkey.

Lifting the veil of obscurity: Abdulhamid II, the issue of Palestine

By : Mahmut Aytekin | 23 Jul 2013

Erdoğan says he refused to talk to Egypt's ElBaradei

Source : TodaysZaman | 19 Jul 2013

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he refused to speak with Mohamed ElBaradei, who was installed as the Egyptian vice president in a cabinet formed by the military after a coup, saying his refusal was due to the fact that ElBaradei was brought to the post by a military junta.

Some media reports had recently said the Turkish prime minister rejected a request by ElBaradei for a meeting. Sources from Prime Ministry had denied the reports, saying, “We have no such information.”

Bottom-Up: Explaining the Success Story of Turkey in the 2000s

By Prof Dr Mustafa Acar | 30 May 2013

A lot of people around the world are wondering these days how Turkey was able to jump from bottom to the top within a decade and became a shining star of the region. It seems a miracle: starting from a terrible situation it faced with the eruption of 2001 crisis, but ending with a brighter than ever outlook. When the country cleared its external debts to the IMF last week, this outlook became even brighter, urging credit rating institutions to upgrade Turkey’s rating.

69th Anniversary of Crimean Tatar deportation commemorated

Source : Agencies | 18 May 2013

May 18th marks 69th anniversary of the the mass deportation of Crimean Tatars under the regime of Joseph Stalin. This tragic event continues to influence the lives of the Tatars who have managed to return to their homeland, and even politics of Ukraine.

Due to hunger, thirst and disease, around 45% of the total population died during the process of deportation.

The resettlement of Crimean Tatars began in 1967, but they soon found out that their return was not welcomed.

Turkey: No peace deal without Palestinian unity

Source : AFP | 18 May 2013

Turkish government proposes alcohol curbs

Source : Al Arabiya with Agencies | 15 May 2013

The Turkish government has prepared a draft law that would restrict where alcoholic drinks are sold and consumed in what officials say is an effort to protect children.

The draft, which was sent to parliament on Friday, would also ban companies that produce alcohol from sponsoring events, ban advertising alcoholic drinks, and require Turkish producers to place health warnings on packaging.

Israel, Turkey reach draft compensation deal for flotilla victims

Source : Al Arabiya with AFP | 07 May 2013

Compensation for the victims of a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla has been agreed on in a draft agreement reached by Israel and Turkey on Monday.

The deal was reached between Turkish officials, headed by the deputy foreign minister, and Israeli government representatives during a meeting in Jerusalem.

Turkey-Russia JEC Meeting held in Antalya

Source : Agencies | 20 Apr 2013

Turkey-Russia Joint Economic Committee (JEC) 12th Term Meeting was held in the southern province of Antalya on Saturday with the participation of Turkish Minister of Energy and Natural Sources Taner Yildiz and Russian Minister of Energy Aleksandr Novak.

Speaking to reporters during a portion of the meeting that was opened to the press corps, Taner Yildiz stressed that there was potential to increase the trade volume of 34 billion USD with Russia.

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