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Istanbul vending machines offer subway credit for recycled bottles and cans
17 October 2018 - The city of Istanbul is installing 'reverse vending machines' at metro stations that allow passengers to add credit to their subway cards simply by inserting a plastic bottle or aluminum can into the machine. The initiative aims to encourage recycling in the city of more than 15 million people, where recycling practices are scant or indifferent. But the alternative way of paying to travel is sure to be welcomed by commuters ... (more)

Turkey expected to reach 14 GW of solar in 2023
4 October 2018 - Turkish solar energy association, Gunder has released a new Solar Energy Map, which predicts that PV could reach a cumulative capacity of around 14 GW in 2023. This means that an additional capacity of more than 11 GW will have to be deployed in the country over the next five years, given that in mid-2018, total registered unlicensed solar power reached 4.8 GW (AC), according to the association's report. (more)

Turkey, Netherlands to reappoint ambassadors in couple of months: Cavusoglu
20 July 2018 - Turkey and the Netherlands will reappoint ambassadors in the next couple of months, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday (20 July), after the NATO allies agreed to normalize ties following more than a year of diplomatic tensions. (more)

Turkey's solar could pass 20 GW by 2026
9 May 2018 - In the most bullish scenario provided in a report published by Turkey's Shura Energy Transition Center, solar is predicted to reach 30 GW of installed capacity by the halfway point of the next decade. The report's most conservative scenario envisages around 6 GW. (more)

Turkey's first floating solar power plant built in Istanbul
4 August 2017 - The Floating Solar Power Plant, the first of its kind in Turkey, officially went into operation in Istanbul's Lake Buyukcekmece on Friday. The plant . . . is comprised of 960 polycrystalline photovoltaic panels that provide 260 watts of energy each. The plant is expected to prevent 210 tons of carbon dioxide emission every year. (more)

Turkey: Istanbul bookshop that transports young Syrians back home
23 January 2017 - Founder of city's first Arabic bookshop lets children read in their own language and escape the isolation of refugee life. Tucked in a corner across from Istanbul's Kariye museum is a haven for young Syrians who want to do one simple thing: read. Pages, a bookstore and cafe, represents one man's ambitious quest to change the lives of Syrian youth. More than three million refugees, the vast majority of them Syrian, live in Turkey. With Pages, Kadri hopes to create a space for young Syrians curious about the world, who want to escape the isolation of refugee life, and, for a fleeting moment, pretend they are back in their homeland. (more)

Israeli, Turkish leaders look to gain from reconciliation
27 June 2016 - Israel and Turkey struck a broad reconciliation pact Monday that will restore full diplomatic relations after six years of animosity between the once-close Mideast powers. The agreement with Israel will include an exchange of ambassadors and Israeli compensation for the deaths of 10 Turkish citizens from a 2010 Israeli naval raid on an activist flotilla that aimed to breach the Gaza blockade. Turkey will also be allowed to bring relief supplies into Gaza and carry out new development projects there. (more)

Turkish President apologizes for downing of Russian jet
27 June 2016 - Turkey's President has apologized for the downing of a Russian military jet at the Syrian border, the Kremlin said Monday, an unexpected move that could open the way for easing a bitter strain in Russia-Turkey ties. The formal apology, which the Kremlin had requested, came hours after Turkey and Israel announced details of an agreement to repair their strained relations. Turkey's new Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said recently that Turkey wants to increase the number of its friends and decrease the number of its enemies, and the letter [to Russian President Vladimir Putin] came on the same day that Turkey and Israel released details of a deal to reappoint ambassadors and end six years of acrimony over Israel's 2010 deadly raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish aid ship. (more)

Israel and Turkey agree to normalize ties: senior Israeli official
26 June 2016 - Israel and Turkey on Sunday reached agreement to normalize ties, a senior Israeli official said, to end a six-year rift over the Israeli navy's killing of 10 Turkish pro-Palestinian activists who tried to sail to the blockaded Gaza Strip in 2010. The once-firm allies had been quietly mending fences in trade and tourism since their leaders held a conciliatory phone call in 2013 and negotiations have intensified over the past six months to clear the way for a mutual return of ambassadors. (more)

Pope asks followers to pray for Turkey Humanitarian Summit
22 May 2016 - Pope Francis has asked for prayers so that participants at a humanitarian summit in Turkey fully commit to achieve what he defines as their main aim: saving the life of every human being. Francis addressed tens of thousands of tourists and pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Sunday and expressed his hopes for the summit which opens the next day [23 May] in Istanbul. (more)

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Prevent terrorism utilizing the most advanced and cost-effective technology
7 March 2016 - Dr David Leffler, in a letter published by The Turkish Sun, presents Invincible Defense Technology (IDT) as a way for Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to prevent terrorism. By deploying a proven, advanced human resource-based military technology, these specially trained IDT Prevention Wings of the Military reduce national and cross-border collective stress. The IDT soldier's daily routine includes the practice of the non-religious Transcendental Meditation technique and its advanced programs, which creates a palpable influence of peace that permeates the surrounding environment. Dr Leffler reports that military field tests and 23 peer-reviewed studies have shown that the technology quickly, effectively, and efficiently ends turmoil. He points out that this approach to reducing stress and violence is already part of the training of Brazil's Elite Police force, and has been field-tested by other militaries worldwide. (more)

Protecting Turkey: How to confidently achieve and maintain Middle East stability
19 October 2014 - Dr David Leffler, Executive Director at the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS) in Fairfield, Iowa writes that 'a statistical guarantee of stability, based on empirical evidence, is only attainable with the advanced military technology, Invincible Defence Technology (IDT).' He adds, 'a scientifically-validated defence strategy would protect Turkey by preventing hostility and conflict before they arise both within and outside the country.' (more)

Young leaders invited to first Global Enlightened Leadership Summit: 18-25 January in Turkey
1 January 2014 - The first Global Enlightened Leadership Summit (GELS) will convene 18-25 January in the beautiful setting of Antalya, Turkey. GELS is 'for all young leaders--those currently practising Transcendental Meditation and those who wish to learn'--a global network, all sharing a common desire to create a world of new enlightened leaders, governing from the deepest level of silence in their own consciousness. Attendees not yet practising Transcendental Meditation can learn the technique during the Summit, to be held at a 5-star hotel overlooking the Mediterranean. Concurrent with GELS is a conference of TM practitioners coming from many countries to create coherence and peace for the Middle East through their group meditations. (more)

Turkey: Natural health care, Vastu architecture, advanced meditation courses expanding
18 July 2013 - In the past year groundbreaking took place for the first Maharishi Peace Palace in Turkey. When completed the three-storey building, located in Istanbul, will be 1,000 square metres. The Peace Palace will be a home for the programmes of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, including Transcendental Meditation, and a lighthouse of harmony and peace for the area through participants' group meditations. (more)

Third Annual Middle East World Peace Assembly convenes in Turkey: Participants from 13 countries meditate together, create coherence and harmony
14 February 2013 - One hundred fifty participants from 13 countries convened for the Third Annual Middle East World Peace Assembly, 11-19 January in Antalya, Turkey. The participants were all advanced meditators who practised Transcendental Meditation and Yogic Flying together every day--a technology of consciousness shown by published scientific research to reduce violence and conflict, and create coherence and harmony in society. In a news article about the assembly, an Israeli journalist who was a participant wrote: 'Leave politics aside. In Turkey, Israelites, Palestinians, Iranians, Lebanese, and Egyptians who know how to bring peace to the area gathered together. On the agenda: Transcendental Meditation, including Yogic Flying together.' (more)

Turkey: Positive news reflects rising coherence in the nation through Maharishi's programmes
3 October 2011 - Initiatives in Turkey to promote social coherence through more people learning Transcendental Meditation and making use of its advanced programmes, are being reflected in news reports of rising positive trends in the nation, Transcendental Meditation teachers commented recently. (more)

Turkey: Bringing more approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care to the public
29 September 2011 - Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care has been expanding in Turkey, with more of its many valuable approaches becoming available for the public in the past year--including consultations with a renowned Vaidya (expert Ayurvedic physician from India), Vedic Aromatherapy, and Maharishi Light Therapy with Gems. (more)

Turkey: International courses aim to create coherence and harmony for Middle East
26 September 2011 - The first in a series of special international courses was held this summer, in a beautiful location in the mountains of Turkey. A main theme of the course was health--people from many countries enjoyed a variety of programmes and approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care, with training also held for medical doctors. All the participants practised Transcendental Meditation and its advanced techniques, and the course also inaugurated a one-year programme of advanced meditators' courses, with the goal of creating a continuous influence of peace, harmony, and coherence for the Middle East. (more)

Turkey: Meditators creating influence of peace for the region
8 June 2011 - Inspired by a large World Peace Assembly featuring group practice of Transcendental Meditation and its advanced programmes, held earlier this year in Turkey, continuous assemblies are planned from August through April to help create an influence of peace and harmony in the region. (more)

Turkey, Cyprus: Expansion of natural health programmes
11 May 2011 - Programmes for natural, holistic health care are expanding in Turkey and Cyprus, contributing to better health and rising coherence in the region. (more)

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Turkey's tourism takes big hit after extremist attacks
7 January 2017 - The once bustling Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is astonishingly quiet. The shops and restaurants in the city's trendy Istiklal Street are all but empty of foreign customers and the hotels in the upscale Nisantasi district are nearly deserted. Turkey's economy is suffering in the face of a string of extremist attacks -- including the nightclub massacre of New Year's revelers, most of them foreigners -- and uncertainty following the failed coup in July against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that saw more than 270 people killed. There was a time when tourism in Turkey was red hot, climbing from 10.5 million visitors in 2000 to 36.2 million people in 2015, making it the sixth-most visited destination in the world. Istanbul, the country's most popular tourist destination for foreigners, has been the biggest target for extremists. (more)

Turkey faces more turmoil as violence continues
2 January 2017 - The deadly New Year's attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe's stability. The assault that happened in the second hour of 2017 bookended another holiday season terror in Europe -- the December 19 attack at a Christmas market in Berlin. Both IS-linked assaults were carried out with the simple, low-tech approach that seems to be gaining favor with extremists. This is the reality facing Europe as the Islamic State group loses territory in Syria and Iraq, but maintains followers, returning fighters and sleeper cells in the West eager to launch attacks. Turkey, which shares a large, porous border with Syria, is an appealing target because it is a NATO ally of the United States that has attacked IS positions in both Syria and Iraq. And it is relatively easy for IS sympathizers to infiltrate Turkey and to move around in densely populated urban areas. (more)

Families of U.S. personnel ordered to leave parts of Turkey amid security concerns
29 March 2016 - The Obama administration ordered the families of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel to leave parts of southern Turkey on Tuesday and warned U.S. citizens against travel to the region amid mounting security concerns. The U.S. State Department also warned U.S. citizens of 'increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey.' (more)

Suicide bombings in Turkey since July 2015
20 March 2016 - A look at the suicide bombings in Turkey since July 2015: (more)

Turkey: Istanbul bomber identified as militant with IS links
20 March 2016 - Turkey's interior minister on Sunday identified the suicide bomber who killed four foreign tourists in Istanbul as a militant with links to the Islamic State group. Minister Efkan Ala said the bomber was Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, who was born in 1992 in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria. He said Ozturk wasn't on any list of wanted suspects and five other people were detained as part of the investigation. Saturday's explosion wounded dozens of others. The attack targeted Istanbul's pedestrian Istiklal Street, which is lined with shops and cafes in an area that also has government offices and foreign missions. Istanbul remained tense a day after the bombing, with Turkish authorities postponing a high-profile soccer match between two major teams, citing an unspecified threat. Turkey has endured six suicide bombing attacks in less than a year, and the country faces a wide array of security threats. (more)

Car bomb in Turkey's capital kills at least 34, wounds 125
13 March 2016 - A suicide car bomb went off near bus stops in the heart of Turkey's capital on Sunday, 13 March, killing at least 34 people and wounding around 125 others, officials said. The bombing was the third in the city in five months and came as Turkey is grappling with a host of issues, including renewed fighting with Kurdish rebels, threats from the Islamic State group, and a Syrian refugee crisis. (more)

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border, Putin warns of 'serious consequences'
25 November 2015 - Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying the jet had violated its air space, in one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62 mile) inside Syria and warned of 'serious consequences' for what he termed a stab in the back administered by 'the accomplices of terrorists'. (more)

Turkish PM says deadly attacks likely were suicide bombings
10 October 2015 - Two nearly simultaneous explosions targeted a Turkish peace rally Saturday by Kurdish activists and opposition supporters in Ankara. At least 86 people were killed and nearly 190 wounded in what appeared to be suicide attacks, Turkish officials said. The explosions occurred seconds apart outside the capital's main train station as hundreds gathered for the rally, organized by Turkey's public workers' union and other civic society groups. The rally aimed to call for increased democracy and an end to the renewed violence between Kurdish rebels and Turkish security forces. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadliest attack in Turkey in years. (more)

Assad's warnings start to ring true in Turkey
27 October 2014 - When Sunni rebels rose up against Syria's Bashar al-Assad in 2011, Turkey reclassified its protege as a pariah, expecting him to lose power within months and join the autocrats of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and Yemen on the scrap heap of the 'Arab Spring'. Assad, in contrast, shielded diplomatically by Russia and with military and financial support from Iran and its Shi'ite allies in Lebanon's Hezbollah, warned that the fires of Syria's sectarian war would burn its neighbors. For Turkey, despite the confidence of Tayyip Erdogan, elected this summer to the presidency after 11 years as prime minister and three straight general election victories, Assad's warning is starting to ring uncomfortably true. Turkey's foreign policy is in ruins. Its once shining image as a Muslim democracy and regional power in the NATO alliance and at the doors of the European Union is badly tarnished. (more)

Turkey refugee crisis deepens as Islamic State besieges Syrian border town
28 September 2014 - All that separates Mohammed Muslim from his village in Syria is a barbed wire fence running along the Turkish border, but the dull thud of artillery and the rattle of machinegun fire suggest he will not be going home anytime soon. Muslim, dressed in a battered suit, his moustache flecked with grey, is among more than 150,000 Syrian Kurds who have fled to Turkey over the past week to escape the advance of Islamic State militants. Turkey, already home to an estimated 1.5 million refugees from Syria's civil war, is pushing the United States and its allies to create a safe haven for refugees inside Syrian territory. A safe haven along the border would require a no-fly zone policed by foreign jets. The United Nations, which has warned that as many as 400,000 people could flee Kobani to Turkey, has said that the number of displaced makes the influx from the besieged border town the most serious yet of Syria's civil war. Many of those who have fled were from poor farming communities in the semi-arid terrain and were forced to leave their most valuable possessions behind -- particularly livestock and vehicles. We have nothing here, nowhere to sleep. If they let us collect our cars, we can sleep in them,' said one Syrian Kurdish refugee, 60-year old Hussein Kadir Cumo. (more)


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