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  • Main opposition party slams new security bill
    Turkey’s main opposition party condemns the government-led security bill also lodging a statement of opposition to 15 articles on the ground that they would bring pressure on rights
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 01 Feb 2015 18:47:00 +0200.
  • Can Turkey Slow An Energy Boom In Cyprus?
    As Cyprus moves to solidify production partnerships for its offshore gas future, Turkey is hoping to pump the breaks on the endeavour until a possible reunification deal is in the works. But will Cyrus wait?
    By Christopher Coats.  Forbes.  Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:33:00 GMT.
  • Somali Terror Suspect's Light Sentence Raises Questions
    When federal agents stopped 18-year-old Abdullahi Yusuf at the Minneapolis airport last May he had a ticket to Istanbul, Turkey. The Somali-American teen had gotten a passport just a few weeks earlier. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:53:03 -0500.
  • VIDEO: Turkey's first gay icon Zeki Muren
    An exhibition that charts the colourful life of Zeki Muren, a gay icon and Turkey's most famous singer, has been drawing record crowds.
    BBC News.  Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:03:27 GMT.
  • Ghost Ships: Turkey Becomes Springboard for Syrians Heading to Europe
    Turkey has become a hub for human traffickers, with freighters picking up Syrians in the port city and smuggling them on to Europe. It's a lucrative business built on the hardships of others.
    Spiegel Online.  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:26:46 +0100.
  • Gazprom: New Turkey Gas Pipeline To Be Operational In 2016
    Russian gas giant Gazprom says a natural gas pipeline to Turkey will be in service by the end of 2016.
    Radio Liberty.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:12:29 +0000.
  • Kurds Expand Offensive After Driving IS From Kobani
    Kurdish fighters widened their offensive Tuesday against Islamic State strongholds near Kobani, a day after claiming recapture of the embattled town on the Syrian border with Turkey. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:03:45 -0500.
  • Facebook Said to Block Pages on Muhammad to Avoid Ban in Turkey
    An employee said the company had acted to comply with an order from a court in Turkey, whose government has not hesitated to cut access to services like Twitter and YouTube for political reasons.
    By Sebnem Arsu and Mark Scott.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:32:50 GMT.
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  • Facebook complies with Turkey block
    Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.
    BBC News.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 17:42:24 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: Turkey’s Politics of Fatigue
    President Erdogan has chosen a divisive strategy, pursuing hostility over compromise.
    By Elif Shafak.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:17:39 GMT.
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Facts About Turkey

The Republic of Turkey lies partly in Europe and partly in Asia.  Its capital city is Ankara, and its largest city is Istanbul.  Turkey's currency is the Turkish Lira.  In 2007, Turkey's estimated population was 71,159,000, and Turkish is the primary language used in Turkey.

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