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Archive for: December, 2011

A year of rediscovery for US and Turkey

The United States and Turkish governments in many senses rediscovered each other in 2011, achieving constructive engagement — especially in the aftermath of the people’s revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa. In stark contrast, the previous year Ankara irked many in Washington with its relatively accommodating stance vis-à-vis Tehran. Deep tactical differences between […]

Turkey’s MGK discusses France, Syria

Turkey’s National Security Council (MGK) on Wednesday convened in Ankara for the last meeting of 2011 with an agenda dominated by recent developments in Syria as well as a recent French move to penalize the denial of Armenian allegations. The MGK meeting, chaired by President Abdullah Gül and attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan […]

Turkish government sets minimum wages for 2012

Turkish government has set minimum wage for workers above 16 years old at net 701.1 Turkish liras for the first half of 2012 and at net 739.8 TL for the second half of next year. Turkish Labor and Social Security Minister Faruk Celik said the rise marked a 5.91 percent increase for the first half […]

US, Iran in tit-for-tat threats over Hormuz

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said on Thursday that the United States was not in a position to tell Tehran “what to do in the Strait of Hormuz”, state television reported. Tehran’s warning to block crude shipments through the crucial passage for Middle Eastern suppliers followed the European Union’s decision to tighten sanctions on […]

Turkish military to investigate deadly air stike

Turkish warplanes launched air strikes against suspected PKK militants in northern Iraq near the Turkish border overnight, the military said on Thursday, but local officials said the attack killed 35 smugglers who were mistaken for militants. The Turkish military confirmed it had launched the strike after unmanned drones spotted suspected militants of the outlawed Kurdistan […]

Turkey urges Belgium to investigate fire that killed Turkish woman

Turkey urged Belgium on Thursday to investigate possible wrongdoings by authorities in a fire that killed a Turkish national and severely injured three others, including two children. The fire took place in a flat in Vilvoorde, near Brussels, on Dec. 25. Tuba Küçüksarı Elçi (26) died after she and her husband, Ramazan Elçi (26), together […]

Turkey to strengthen national missile force

Shortly after the production of an all-Turkish-made rifle was introduced on Wednesday, Turkey announced plans to beef up its missile defense system, as concerns simmer over the recent flare-up in regional conflicts. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) to develop a long-range missile shield which will […]

Be man of your word, Erdoğan tells Sarkozy

This file photo shows Turkish PM Erdoğan (L) welcoming French leader Sarkozy, who faces a dire warning on the ‘genocide’ bill. DAILY NEWS photo, Selahattin SÖNMEZ

Prime Minister Erdoğan has reminded France’s President of his earlier vows not to pass a bill punishing Armenian ‘genocide’ denials in a strongly worded missive Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the French President Nicolas Sarkozy to keep earlier promises to forestall legislation that would criminalize the denial of Armenian “genocide” as Ankara turned up […]

Europe on edge after racist attacks in Belgium and Italy

A woman leaves a stuffed animal in a destroyed bus shelter, one of the targets of the Dec. 13 shooting in Liege. Senegalese immigrants (inset) react after an Italian man with right-wing views opened fire in Florence. AFP photo

Recent deadly attacks shake Italy and Belgium. A lone gunman kills four in the city center of Liege while a far-right author shoots dead two Senegalese in Florence. Motives behind attacks have not been uncovered yet. A lone gunman went on a killing spree in Liege, Belgium, shooting dead four people and injuring more than […]

Budget returns to surplus with $233 mln in November

Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek (Photo: Today's Zaman)

The Turkish central administration’s revenues exceeded its expenditures by TL 2.14 billion ($1.14 billion) in the month of November, pushing its cumulative budget’s balance back to surplus with only a month left to go before year-end. According an announcement from the Finance Ministry on Thursday, the Turkish budget produced a TL 439 million ($233 million) […]

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