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  • Turkey evacuates 51 people from Gaza Strip
    Turkey has assisted in the evacuation of 51 people from the Gaza Strip, including Turkish and foreign nationals, according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry
    Hurriyet.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0200.
  • Turkey Says Police Involved in Graft Probe Detained
    Turkish media reports say police have raided the homes of police officers overnight and detained dozens who were involved in a corruption probe targeting four former government ministers.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:01:00 GMT.
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  • Conflict forces TV show from Israel
    US TV drama Tyrant, starring British actor Adam Rayner, moves production from Tel Aviv to Istanbul due to the current conflict in Gaza.
    BBC News.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:30:58 GMT.
  • Op-Ed Contributor: Turkey’s Culture Wars
    The battle between religious conservatives and secularists is fought most fiercely over women’s bodies.
    By Elif Shafak.  International Herald Tribune.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 09:28:09 GMT.
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  • 66 reported hurt in Turkish tanker truck explosion
    Turkey's state-run news agency says a tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, has overturned and exploded on a highway in southeast Turkey, injuring at least 66 people.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:19 EDT.
  • Abbas Seeks Support in Turkey
    The leader of the Palestinian Authority Mahmud Abbas is scheduled to visit Turkey Friday, amid an ongoing ground offensive by Israel in Gaza. ...
    Voice of America.  Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:30:28 -0400.
  • Iraqi Kurdish leader in Turkey amid independence moves
    The president of Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region is due to meet Turkish leaders in Ankara on July 14.
    Radio Liberty.  Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:30:05 +0000.
  • Police Chief: Eight Injured in Istanbul Gas Explosion
    At least eight people were injured, one critically, in a gas explosion at a packaging workshop in Istanbul on Saturday, city's police chief Selami Altinok said. "It's not certain whether one person remains under debris. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:26:15 -0400.
  • Turkey PM in new constitution move
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledges to push for a new constitution if he is elected president next month.
    BBC News.  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:18:31 GMT.
  • Turkey vows to stop foreign fighters to Syria
    The government is taking additional steps to try to stop the flow of foreign fighters through Turkey into Syria.
    Southeast European Times.  2014-07-11.
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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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