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Adopt measures on New Year’s Eve, Erdogan urges nation

ANKARA The Turkish president on Thursday made a public call for compliance with measures against the novel coronavirus on New Year's Eve as the world continues to grapple with the...

'28 asylum seekers held in NW Turkey'

KIRKLARELI, Turkey Twenty-eight asylum seekers were held by Turkish gendarmerie forces in the northwestern province of Kirklareli, which borders Bulgaria, on Monday, security sources said. Among the asylum seekers were Afghan,...

Turkey: 28,600 packs of smuggled vapes seized

ANKARA Turkish police on Monday seized as many as 28,600 electronic cigarettes, also known as vapes, in the capital Ankara, a security source said. The anti-smuggling branch of the police department...

Turkey to raise minimum wage by 21.56% in 2021

ANKARA  Turkey is raising its minimum wage by 21.56% as of Jan. 1, the country's family, labor and social services minister announced on Monday. Net minimum wage for single people will...

Turkey: Central Bank reserves hit 82.7$B in November

ANKARA The Turkish Central Bank’s reserves amounted to $82.7 billion at the end of November, the bank announced on Monday. Total reserve assets fell 2.2% in November from the end of...

COVID vaccine will not be mandatory in Turkey: minister

ANKARA  Turkey will not make vaccination against the novel coronavirus compulsory, the country’s top health official said Sunday. “Our vaccination program is ready. With our scientists, we will make efforts to...

Weekend curfew becomes effective across Turkey

ANKARA A Turkey-wide weekend curfew became effective on Friday as part of measures to stem a new coronavirus wave. The weekend-long curfew in the country began on Friday at 9 p.m....

Turkish Airlines obliges PCR tests for all int’l passengers

ANKARA National flag carrier Turkish Airlines obliges all international flight passengers to submit negative PCR virus test results obtained within the last 72 hours before boarding, the company's CEO said on Friday. "On request...

Assyrian Christians in SE Turkey mark Christmas Day

MARDIN, Turkey Assyrian Christians in southeastern Turkey on Friday held Christmas Day observances at a local church. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a limited number of people attended the ceremony at...

Turkish Central Bank aware of its responsibility on inflation

ANKARA/ISTANBUL The Turkish Central Bank is aware of its responsibility in reaching the medium-term inflation target of 5%, said Governor Naci Agbal on Friday. The bank will implement all aspects of...

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Bosnian minister says more women needed in government

BELGRADE, Serbia Bosnia and Herzegovina's first headscarf-wearing minister said Wednesday that women should be more involved in government.  "There are four women in the current cantonal...

UAE ratifies visa exemption agreement with Israel

ISTANBUL  The United Arab Emirates approved a visa exemption agreement with Israel on Wednesday, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.  The agreement will come into...

NBA: Rockets trade James Harden to Nets

ANKARA The Houston Rockets traded James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, NBA insider Shams Charania announced Wednesday.  “Rockets are acquiring Caris LeVert in James Harden deal...

Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – January 14, 2021

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.   Coronavirus...

‘Cyprus solution must be based on sovereign equality'

LEFKOSA, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  An official negotiation process on the Cyprus issue can only be started for a solution based on sovereign equality,...