Istanbul Olympic Bid Picking Up Pace Says Official

Istanbul Olympic Bid Picking Up Pace Says Official

There is "overwhelming" domestic support for Istanbul's 2020 Olympic bid according to Hasan Arat, chair of the Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee, adding that the body plans to promote the city for the games right up unti the IOC makes its decision September 7. With Istanbul still in the running against Madrid and Tokyo in the […]

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Turkey to Use Human Rights Law to Try to Recover Ancient Artifacts

Turkey has a rich archaeological history, but many of its ancient artifacts are owned by museums in the West, but now Turkey is planning to try to recover many of these relics through using the human rights law. It is to file a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights to try to recover […]

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Turkish Ministry Announces $31 Billion Industrial Zones

The Turkish Minister for science, industry and technology, Nihat Ergun, recently announced the government's plans to establish two major industrial zones in the provinces of Zonguldak and Konya. The cost of these industrial zones is estimated to be around $31 billion.   The decision to establish them has been based on requests by foreign and […]

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Turkey to Sign Immigration Treaty for Visa-Free Talks

Turkey is hopeful of being able to secure visa free travel for its citizens to Europe within the next few years. If this happens it might give new life to relations between Turkey and the EU. A decision was recently taken by the European Union to open up talks with Turkey aimed at easing travel […]

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Turkey Now 6th Top Tourism Destination in the World

Earlier this year we reported that Turkey had finally crossed the 30 million visitor threshold in 2011, a target set for 2010 during the boom years. But that wasn't the only great tourism achievement for Turkey last year. According to a new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Turkey was the only country […]

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Turkey Accepted As SCO Dialogue Partner

Turkey has been accepted as a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. You may not have heard of it, but it is becoming one of the most influential political/military groupings in the world -- consider it the rising NATO of Asia, with 6 members China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It was announced […]

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The Law is Passed – More Foreigners Can Buy More Property in Turkey

Regular readers of this blog and most other sources remotely relating to Turkey or overseas property would only have needed the first part of the title to know what we meant. The Turkish Parliament has been discussing a new property law, to end reciprocity as a barrier to foreign buyers and allow foreigners to buy […]

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Turkish Government Passes New Law Allowing More Construction

The Turkish government recently passed a new law which will allow a parcel of land known as 2B to be used for construction. This land was formerly classified as a forest and covers 4.1 million acres and is in areas where agricultural and construction activity was previously banned by the state. At the moment the […]

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Shock Snowfalls Freeze Life in Eastern Turkey

I'm dreaming of a white... Bitlis. Those in the town of Bitlis in eastern Turkey probably aren't dreaming of a white anything after almost a week of constant snow brought day-to-day life in the town to a standstill. Anything or anyone capable of moving freely in a snowdrift of 640cm according to metereologists could carry […]

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