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Archive for: January, 2011

Turkey steps in over Lebanon crisis

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will join leaders of Qatar and Syria on Monday for a summit meeting aimed at finding a solution to the political crisis in Lebanon, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday. The 14-month-old unity government of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri collapsed on Wednesday after ministers from the Hezbollah movement […]

Iran shows Natanz uranium enrichment plant to IAEA envoys

Iran showed its Natanz uranium enrichment plant to a group of U.N. nuclear watchdog ambassadors as a sign of transparency over its nuclear activities, state television reported on Sunday.  Envoys from mainly non-aligned developing nations were on the tour. Counterparts from the West, Russia and China were either not invited or rejected Iran’s gesture. Natanz […]

Sikorsky sweetens Turkey’s helicopter bid

A helicopter manufacturer from the United States, competing with an Italian rival for a Turkish tender to jointly produce 109 mostly military-utility helicopters worth around $4 billion, sweetened its bid over the weekend. A senior official from Sikorsky Aircraft told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review that his company would guarantee that Turkey would […]

TAI unveils new unmanned combat helicopter

Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has unveiled a new unmanned helicopter dubbed “Mosquito”, TRDEFENCE sources reported on Friday. Mosquito was developed in a very short time frame in order to meet the existing tactical weaponized hovering vehicle requirements of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) in hard-to-reach mountainous areas. First test flight of the helicopter saw it climb to […]

Turkish frigate rescues Danish ship off Oman

A Turkish frigate which received a distress signal from a Danish ship Wednesday night 200 nautical miles offshore Oman, rushed to rescue the ship. An information note posted on the official web site of the Turkish General Staff Thursday, said TCG-Gaziantep rushed to the aid of the Danish flagged LEOPARD which sent a distress signal […]

U.S. denies Turkey’s request for combat UAVs

The United States has banned a range of advanced weapons for export to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has rejected a Turkish request for combat unmanned aerial vehicles as well as advanced munitions. They said the administration’s decision came after consultations with Congress late last year. “There has been deep suspicion […]

Study: Pirated content sites attract billions a year

Web sites hawking pirated software and other digital goods are luring in about 53 billion visits each year. That’s according to a report (PDF) released yesterday by MarkMonitor, a company that protects online brands for its corporate customers. Piracy sites made up the majority of the 53 billion visits, while those selling counterfeit goods such […]

2010 ties record for warmest year yet

2010 has tied with 2005 as the hottest year on record, according to two new studies. On January 12 NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released their independent analyses of global surface temperature data for last year. Both found that 2010 was ever-so-slightly warmer than 2005. But the difference was not statistically large […]

Turkish firm to build major power plant in Iraq

A Turkish energy company on Thursday signed a deal with the Iraqi government to build a power plant for a cost of $445.5 million. The deal between Turkey’s Calik Energy and the Iraqi Electricity Ministry for the construction of the 1,250 megawatt al-Hayrat plant in Karbala. Calik Holding CEO Ahmet Calik and Iraq’s Deputy Electricity […]

Turkey arrests 2 as more officers testify in espionage probe

Two active duty members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were arrested on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into a gang in the Naval Forces Command that had provided prostitutes to senior members of the military, police officers and bureaucrats for the purposes of using recorded footage to blackmail their victims. More officers […]

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