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The state of emergency was extended in Turkey for the sixth time on Jan. 18.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) officials gathered on Jan. 18 to discuss legal procedures for what they call a national alliance they want to form for the 2019 elections.
Turkey’s top business group has voiced its request for the end of the country’s state of emergency “as soon as possible,” warning that foreign investors are being dissuaded by its continuation.
Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has accelerated preparations for its 36th ordinary congress where changes within the organization are expected to be marked by a leadership race and changes in the party assembly.
Senior officials from Turkey and Germany kicked off two days of high-level meetings in Berlin on Jan. 17 to discuss security and counter-terrorism issues, including measures to be taken against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and sympathizers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported, citing diplomatic sources.
More than 100 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar in one day, with the latest refugees saying army operations are continuing in troubled Rakhine State, raising doubts about plans to send back 655,500 who had already fled.
When fighting drove Bahr Diab from his home in southern Idlib last month, it was the fourth time he and his family had been displaced since the start of Syria’s seemingly endless conflict.
Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Jan. 18 to boost production capacity at its northern Kirkuk oilfields, the country’s oil ministry said in a statement.
Severe storm hits Turkey's west
The Constitutional Court has issued an explanation for its rejection of a local court’s demand to cancel a regulation in the Civil Servants Law banning Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) personnel from involvement in politics.
A Russian diplomat on duty at the Russian Embassy to Ankara, was missing for six hours, alarming security forces on Jan. 17.
Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, hosts the highest number of Syrian refugees in the country, according to official figures.
The Syrian government on Jan. 18 warned Turkey against launching a military operation in the northwestern region of Afrin and said that Syrian air defenses stood ready to defend against such an attack.
China’s economy grew a forecast-beating 6.9 percent in 2017, picking up steam for the first time since 2010 despite its battles against a massive debt and polluting factories, official data showed on Jan. 18.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Jan. 17 said that terminating the North American Free Trade Agreement would result in the “best deal” to revamp the 24-year-old trade pact with Canada and Mexico in favor of U.S. interests.
The Middle East’s largest airline, Emirates, announced Jan. 18 it struck a deal with Airbus to purchase 20 A380 aircraft with the option to buy 16 more in a deal worth $16 billion, throwing a lifeline to the European-made double-decker jumbo jets.
Angelique Kerber celebrated her 30th birthday on Jan. 18 by setting up a mouth-watering clash between the only two former Australian Open champions left in the draw.
The Central Bank will keep interest rates on hold, in line with expectations, according to a statement released by the bank on Jan. 18.
“The Americans have not kept their promises to us so far,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said in an interview on CNN Türk on Jan. 18, in response to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s remarks at Stanford University the day before.
Russia has made its first delivery of S-400 missile system components to China under a contract signed in 2014, a source close to the Russian system of military cooperation told journalists on Jan. 18.