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Turkey

18.03.2014

As the day of local election in Turkey is approaching, many female organizations throughout a country started to pay closer attention to the presence in the lists of candidates from different political parties of representatives of fair sex. According to the lists published, at the coming elections on the 30th of March there will be quite little women among candidates from political parties. According to the opinion of female organizations, this factor is an extra evidence of gender inequality, existing in Turkey.

18.03.2014

Turkish company Starpet, which is one of the largest national oil distributors, is going to construct a specific oil-terminal with a total capacity of 1.9 mln. barrels at Ceyhan. This object will be intended for the oil coming through Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline from Iraq Kurdistan. At that, as a spokesman of the Turkish company reported, this terminal will be located not far from Botas terminal, and will occupy the area of about 300 hectares.

18.03.2014

More than 1.5 billion dollars has already been invested in the project for the construction of the first Turkish Nuclear Power Plant Akkuyu. It was reported by Sergey Kirienko, the CEO of Rosatom, the state nuclear energy corporation, during his meeting with the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, Taner Yıldız. According to his words, it’s just a beginning, while even larger-volume investments can be expected soon.

06.11.2013

The Turkish population disapproves of the fact that boys and girls live in co-ed student hostels in the country, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said, TRT Haber TV channel reported.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the separation of students' hostels for boys and girls shouldn't be perceived as an intervention in personal life.

"Currently, the government is not engaged in this issue, but in the housing will be separated," Bozdag said.

According to Bozdag, this step doesn't contradict the country's constitution.

06.11.2013

Turkey has been waiting 50 years for accession to the EU, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during his official visit to Finland, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Wednesday.

According to Erdogan, despite the fact that Turkey beats some European countries in economic development, double standards are held against Turkey.

He also stressed that Ankara has done everything necessary for accession.

Earlier, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said it is possible that Turkey will not want to be an EU member.

30.10.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, by invitation of US Secretary of State John Kerry, is expected to pay an official visit to Washington on Nov. 18 for talks on bilateral relations and regional developments.

29.10.2013

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has described the prospects for further bilateral relations between Ankara and Tehran as "very positive", PressTV reported.

In a meeting with the Iranian Ambassador to Turkey Alireza Bigdeli on Monday morning, Davutoglu pointed to the commonalties between Turkey and Iran, and underscored the role of ambassadors and diplomatic missions in facilitating the broader between the two neighboring states.

29.10.2013

Turkey's government and military planners must decide on the country's commitment to a U.S.-led, multinational new-generation fighter jet program by mid-January 2014 at the latest, according to Turkey's top defense procurement official Hurriyetdailynews reported.

Murad Bayar, head of the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM), has said Ankara will renew an order for an initial batch of two F-35 aircraft soon. The order had been suspended in January.

23.10.2013

Tension escalated in Istanbul after police staged an intervention against a group of 50 people gathered in the Beyoglu district late on Oct. 22. The group had come together in support of the demonstrations in Ankara against the controversial Middle East Technical University (ODTU) road project.

Police used water cannon trucks (TOMA) to disperse a group that had gathered in front of Galatasaray High School on İstiklal Avenue, near Taksim Square. One person was taken to hospital after being injured due to pressurized water.

23.10.2013

Students of some Turkish universities held protests yesterday night, TRT Haber TV channel reported today.

According to the channel, protests were aimed against the construction of the road through the campus of Orta Dogu Teknik Universitesi, as well as cutting down trees.

While commenting on the protests, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that such actions can not stop the activity of the government even if the mosques are demolished to construct the roads or other measures are carried out for the development of the country.