Turkish deputy PM asks women to not laugh in public

Bulent-ArincAnkara, July 30 : Deputy Prime Minster of Turkey, Bulent Arinc , has made a bizzare comment by saying that women should not laugh out loud in public.

During an Eid el-Fitr meeting, the 66-year-old politician revealed his ideal of the chaste man or woman, saying that they should both have a sense of shame and honor, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

He said that chastity is an ornament for both women and men and that women will know what is haram and not haram, she will not laugh in public and will not be inviting in her attitudes and will protect her chasteness.

20 killed, 300 trapped after explosion in Turkey mine

Taner YildizAnkara, May 14 - At least 20 miners were killed and around 300 others were trapped underground after a deadly explosion in a coal mine shaft in Turkey's western province of Manisa Tuesday, the media reported.

The accident took place in Manisa's Soma district, Xinhua quoted the local Dogan news agency as saying.

Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said that four separate rescue teams were working in the mine before he headed to Manisa.

Turkey's ruling party takes early lead in local elections

turkey voterAnkara, March 31 - Preliminary results of Turkey's local elections showed Sunday the country's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) party taking strong lead in the polls after over 40 percent of the votes were counted, local media reported.

The early results showed that the AKP garnered 46.5 per cent of the votes for the provincial assemblies nationwide, reported Xinhua citing local media. The ruling party received 39.1 per cent of the votes in the local elections in 2009.

Turkey shuts down Youtube

Turkey shuts down YoutubeAnkara, March 28 - Turkey's Telecommunications Directorate Thursday blocked access to popular social network Youtube hours after a leaked voice recording of a high-level security meeting on Syria was published on this website, the media reported.

In the voice recording, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, National Intelligence Organisation Undersecretary Hakan Fidan, Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu and Deputy Chief of General Staff General Yasar Guler were heard discussing possible intervention into Syria, Xinhua quoted Dogan news agency as saying.

Galatasaray hold Chelsea 1-1 in Champions League

Didier-DrogbaAnkara, Feb 27 : Chelsea kept Didier Drogba well-shackled in his first game against his former English club but Aurelien Chedjou's second-half goal earned Galatasaray a 1-1 draw in their last-16 Champions League football first-leg here Wednesday.

Chelsea dominated the opening 45 minutes but just had Fernando Torres' early goal as a reward, reports Xinhua.

However, Galatasaray's superstar Drogba took advantage of sloppy marking to find space in the box and steer home Wesley Sneijder's inswinging corner on 65 minutes to leave the tie evenly poised.

Sharif calls for 'managed' pullout from Afghanistan

Nawaz-SharifAnkara, Feb 13 : Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday called on all concerned parties to strive to maintain regional peace and security as NATO troops withdraw from Afghanistan before the end of 2014.

"We hope the withdrawal will be managed while preserving regional peace and security," Xinhua quoted Sharif as saying in a written statement before the opening of a Turkey-Pakistan-Afghanistan Trilateral Summit in Ankara.

"We also wish Afghanistan every success in drawing a path for sustainable peace," Sharif said.

Concern in Turkey over new detention law

Recep-Tayyip-ErdoganAnkara, Oct 9 : As the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes increasingly authoritarian, and assumes more and more powers, there is mounting concern in Turkey over a new law that will allow police to detain from 12 to 24 hours without any court order people who pose the "risk of conducting a protest".

The new law will be implemented jointly by the country's justice and interior ministries, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Istanbul's Olympic bid rejection ignores Muslim world: Turkish PM

Recep-Tayyip-ErdoganAnkara, Sep 10 : Choosing Tokyo instead of Istanbul to host the 2020 Olympics was unfair and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ignored the Muslim world, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

"It hasn't been fair," Erdogan told Turkish media. "In a way, they are cutting ties with the 1.5-billion-people of the Muslim world."

Both Japan and Spain had hosted the Games before while Turkey had not, complained the prime minister, reports Xinhua.

Galatasaray face Real Madrid in Champions League

Galatasaray face Real Madrid in Champions LeagueAnkara, Aug 30 - Turkish Super League Champion Galatasaray will take on Real Madrid in this season's Champions League group stage.

Real Madrid along with Juventus, Kobenhavn were picked Thursday as Galatasaray's group rivals. Last year, Real Madrid reached the Champions League semifinals for the third straight season despite losing 2-3 at the hands of Galatasaray following a second-half resurgence by the Turkish team, reports Xinhua.

Turkey engages Phelps' coach for 2016 Olympics

michael-phelpsAnkara, May 1 : Turkey has signed Michael Phelps' coach as a consultant on their swimming programme for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

It was reported that Bob Bowman, who guided Phelps to a record 18 gold medals at the Olympics, would help select swimmers and advise the Turkish Swimming Federation on strategies to develop competitors, Turkey's Youth and Sports Ministry said Tuesday, reports Xinhua.

The appointment is part of Turkey's strategy to develop athletes in swimming and other major Olympic events.

Galatasaray coach's nine-match ban approved

Fatih-TerimAnkara, April 19 : Disciplinary board of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF) has approved Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim's nine-match ban over his overreaction to the referee of the match between Mersin Idmanyurdu and Galatasaray two weeks ago.

Terim has been given a nine-match ban over "unsportsmanlike conduct" during a match against the Super League's Mersin Idmanyurdu April 6. However, Galatasaray then appealed to the disciplinary board to review the decision, reports Xinhua.

Kerry to visit Turkey for Syria meeting

John-KerryAnkara, April 10 : US Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the upcoming Friends of Syria meeting in Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.

Kerry's trip to Turkey will be his third to the country in the two months since his appointment to the post, Xinhua reported.

The Friends of Syria meeting will gather 11 countries in a bid to boost the international community's efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis.

About 70,000 people have died in Syria since the start of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, according to UN estimates.(IANS)

Scientists successfully germinate 4,000-year-old lentil seed

Ankara (Turkey), December 20 : Scientists have successfully sprouted a 4,000-year-old lentil seed that was unearthed in an archeological excavation, which might lead to invaluable data for comparisons between the organic and genetically engineered plants of today.

According to a report in Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review, project leader and Dumlupinar University archeology faculty Professor Nejat Bilgen said they found the seeds during an excavation undertaken last year in Kutahya province in Turkey.

Bilgen said that a layer from the container in which they found the seeds was determined to be from the middle bronze age.

One killed in Turkey explosion

One killed in Turkey explosionAnkara, Dec 6 - One person was killed and another injured by an explosion in the Turkish capital city, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported Sunday.

The blast occurred in a working place ina industrial district in Ankara, Xinhua reported. (IANS)

Muslims should 'empty' Swiss accounts: Turkish minister

Muslims should 'empty' Swiss accounts: Turkish ministerAnkara, Dec 3 - Muslims should consider withdrawing their money from Swiss bank accounts in response to the country's ban on construction of minarets, a Turkish minister said.

"I am certain this (vote) will prompt our brothers from Muslim countries who keep their money and investments in Swiss banks to review their decision," said Egemen Bagis, cited by Turkish daily Zaman.

Bagis is the chief negotiator for Turkey's European Union accession as well as minister for European affairs.

Trekking in a wonderland: on foot in Turkey's Cappadocia region

Trekking in a wonderland: on foot in Turkey's Cappadocia regionAnkara  - Ahmed spent 19 years living in Germany's Ruhr District but now he is sitting in a cave in Cappadocia, a rugged part of the Turkish region of Anatolia, waiting for tourists to arrive.

Not many visitors venture as far as this part of the country despite the Rose Valley that lies just a few kilometres away from Goereme, the area's tourist capital.

Ancient Roman tower re-opens to public in Turkey

Ancient Roman tower re-opens to public in Turkey Ankara  - The city of Bergama in western Turkey has just made a fortified tower dating back to the ancient Roman era accessible to the public after three years of restoration work.

The 13-metre-high round tower was built in the second century A. D. and according to the German Archaeology Institute (DAI) in Berlin is one of the best preserved Roman domed constructions in existence. "There is nothing like this to be found in the eastern Mediterranean region," says archaeologist Felis Pirson.

Archaeologists find 5,000-year-old Venus figure in Turkey

Ankara (Turkey), September 27 : A team of archaeologists has found a 5,000-year-old Venus figure as part of an excavation being carried out in Canakkale’s Ezine district in Turkey.

According to a report in Today’s Zaman, the excavation began in the field three weeks ago in cooperation with Germany’s University of Tubingen.

Assistant Professor Rustem Aslan, who is vice head of the excavation, told the Anatolia news agency that the aim of the dig is to find settlements outside Troy from the Bronze Age.

Some interesting findings have been unearthed during the excavation, according to Aslan.

India, Turkey can have economic strategic partnership: Sharma

India, Turkey can have economic strategic partnership: SharmaAnkara (Turkey), Sep. 8 : India and Turkey can have strategic partnership for making inroads into third countries for trading goods, projects and investments, said visiting Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.

He further added that both countries have identified many new areas of cooperation such as contracting and consultancy, tourism, science and technology, energy, transportation and leather.

Turkey's Erdogan to relax restrictions on Kurdish TV channels

Turkey's Erdogan to relax restrictions on Kurdish TV channelsAnkara  - The Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends to relax restrictions on private Kurdish television channels, it was confirmed on Monday.

According to the Turkish High Council for Radio and Television (RTUK), discussions on the implementation of the plans are already under way.

The scheme is part of the "democratic opening" announced this summer by Erdogan, intended to strengthen the rights of Turkey's Kurds. The scheme will focus particularly on cultural rights.

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