Australian PM praises international language festival’s contribution to peace

Australian PM praises int’l language festival’s contribution to peace

Abbott hosted the students at his working office on Monday after Australian Governor-General Peter Cosgrove hosted the group at his official residence with his spouse, Lynne Cosgrove, on Saturday. During their visit, the children sang the theme song of the organization titled “Dünyanın Renkleri (Colors of the World). Listening to the song, Abbott said underlined the importance of multiculturalism and […]

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European party leader calls on EU to warn Erdoğan over plans to seize Zaman media

ALDE President Sir Graham Watson

Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party (ALDE) President Sir Graham Watson has warned EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini over Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s alleged plans to seize the Zaman Media Group, one of few independent media outlets in the country. “As I am sure you are aware, signals from Turkey suggest that President Erdogan is about […]

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US urges Ankara to observe int’l standards after Bank Asya takeover

Bank Asya takeover

The United States has urged the Turkish government to observe international legal standards after the authorities seized Turkey’s biggest Islamic lender in a move that is widely interpreted as a politically motivated financial crackdown. An official from the US State Department, who wanted to remain anonymous, said they have seen the reports that Turkey’s state insurance fund took over Bank […]

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Seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya intensifies concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system

Bank Asya

The seizure of Islamic lender Bank Asya has intensified concerns over stability in the Turkish financial system, with opposition lawmakers and banking experts warning that the move dealt a blow to the autonomy of financial institutions that helped Turkey recover from a financial crisis in 2001 and boosted investor confidence. Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) announced late on […]

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Turkey’s banking watchdog seizes Bank Asya in politically-motivated move

Bank Asya Seized

Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) has seized the country’s largest Islamic lender Bank Asya on Friday evening as a result of a months-long unlawful government-orchestrated campaign targeting the bank. The BDDK announced its decision late on Friday while reports of seizure appeared in pro-government outlets hours before the BDDK announcement. The government whistleblower Fuat Avni, whose revelations were […]

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Hizmet’s role in global peace, interfaith dialogue highlighted in African conference

role of the Gulen movement Hizmet movement for peace

The role of the Gulen movement, also known as the Hizmet movement, has been highlighted during an international conference held in the Republic of Benin attended by African religious leaders and intellectuals. The Gulen movement is inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen. The conference titled, “The Role of the Hizmet Movement in Promoting a Culture of Peace by Interfaith […]

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Erdogan’s war on critical media heats up ahead of Turkish election

recep tayyip erdogan june 7 elections turkey

A veteran US journalist and author said on Wednesday President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had blocked his honorary citizenship and declared him an enemy of the state, as the Turkish leader’s war on critical media intensifies ahead of a June election. In what opponents see as part of a campaign to muzzle dissent, Erdoğan has berated news outlets including The New […]

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Kimse Yok Mu, Philippines sign agreement to further aid cooperation

Kimse Yok Mu Philippines sign agreement

Turkish charity organization Kimse Yok Mu has signed a landmark agreement with the Philippine government, paving way for close cooperation between the two to further aid, education and development efforts in the two countries. With the agreement signed, Kimse Yok Mu and the Philippine government will cooperate in possible disasters both in Philippines and Turkey. Kimse Yok Mu’s search and […]

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Turkish intellectuals warn social tensions rising, urge government to provide election security

Turkish intellectuals warn

A group of intellectuals, academics and artists have issued an emergency declaration calling on both the president and prime minister to refrain from hate speech and polarizing narrative while ensuring free and fair election campaigning ahead of critical national election on June 7. The declaration — signed by 200 intellectuals — states, “Our country has been ruled for some time […]

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Filipino student wins prestigious Turkish Olympiad song contest

13th International Festival of Language and Culture

Patricia Dalde Linogao from the Philippines won the 13th International Language and Culture Festival‘s prestigious prize for singing on Sunday night before a crowd of thousands in the Romanian capital Bucharest, beating 14 competitors from various countries. Students from 15 countries fascinated thousands of spectators with their performances in the final of the song competition, held at Sala Palatului, the […]

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