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  • Senior figure resigns from Turkey’s ruling AKP
    Dengir Mir Mehmet Fırat, a senior member of the Justice and Development Party (AKP), has announced that he will step down from Turkey’s ruling party.
    Hurriyet.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:58:00 +0200.
  • Sinosphere Blog: China Exports High-Speed Rail Technology to Turkey
    China has helped build a 330-mile railway line that connects the Turkish cities of Ankara and Istanbul. The project marks the first time China has helped build a high-speed railway outside its borders.
    By Amy Qin.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:14:25 GMT.
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  • Turkey: 20 police arrested for illegal wiretaps
    Turkey's state-run news agency says an Istanbul court has charged 20 police officers with illegal wiretapping and ordered their arrest pending a trial.
    Miami Herald.  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:44 EDT.
  • Cultured Traveler: A Turkish Town Where Baklava Beckons
    Gaziantep, a city of about a million people, claims some 100 baklava shops, which supply 90 percent of the baklava consumed in Turkey.
    By Elizabeth Field.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:42:05 GMT.
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  • High-speed train links Turkey cities
    Turkey inaugurates a high-speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara, slashing by half the seven-hour journey time between the two cities.
    BBC News.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:19:35 GMT.
  • Turkish Kurds want Ankara to Declare Stance on ISIL
    The leadership of the Kurdish rebel group PKK has called on Ankara to "declare its stance on ISIL." The PKK is accusing the Turkish government of backing ISIL in its battle against Syrian Kurds. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:03:42 -0400.
  • Turkey Feeling Strain From Hosting Syrian Refugees
    Turkey has maintained an open door policy for people fleeing the conflict in neighboring Syria, but recent violent protests in several cities indicate many Turks are feeling the strain from harboring the one million refugees. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:16:01 -0400.
  • Study: Uninformed consumers waste money on name brands
    Generic products appeal to the informed shopper, billboard vandalism in Turkey prompts fears of gender violence, and US gang deportations caused Central American child crisis.
    BBC News.  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:37:09 GMT.
  • TURKEY: Structural reform needed to promote rule-based business environment
    Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, but remains overly dependent on domestic consumption funded by foreign finance, according to the latest OECD Economic Survey of Turkey.
    OECD.  Acquired Thu, 10 Jul 2014.
  • Turkey Is Becoming A New Kind Of Silicon Valley
    Between Silicon Valley, New York City, Moscow and Tel Aviv, an exclusive collection of startup hubs around the world has been creating buzz and dominating entrepreneurial attention for years.
    By My Say.  Forbes.  Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:10:00 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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