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    Turkey’s first and only kite museum regales visitors

    ISTANBUL Turkey’s first and only kite museum functioning in Istanbul since 2005, narrates to visitors the 2,500-years of wonderful history and journey of the kite. Speaking to Anadolu Agency on eve of the International Museum Day, Mehmet Naci Akoz, the founder of the museum said he had established the kite museum with his collection in the Uskudar district in Istanbul. “I established the museum which is the first in our country and one of the 18 kite museums in the world,” he said. Since 1977, May 18 marks International Museum Day to raise awareness about the fact that, museums are […] More

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    Turkish Airlines resumes Ganja-Istanbul flights after 14 months

    BAKU, Azerbaijan  Turkish Airlines on Saturday resumed its flights to Ganja, the second largest city of Azerbaijan.  Ganja-Istanbul flights were suspended on March 10, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The flights will be held twice a week on Saturdays and Tuesdays through Istanbul-Ganja-Nakhchivan-Istanbul and Istanbul-Nakhchivan-Ganja-Istanbul as in previous years. Speaking to reporters, Turkey’s Ganja Consul General Zeki Ozturk said that he was pleased with the resumption of Turkish Airlines’ Istanbul-Ganja-Istanbul flights with the Nakhchivan connection, and the establishment of a direct transport link from Ganja to Turkey. Ozturk said that this will contribute positively to trade and tourism in […] More

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    From ancient Anatolia to Manhattan, Gobeklitepe monolith set to find home at UN

    ANKARA The sister of a massive ancient monolith towering 5.5 meters (18 feet) tall from southeastern Turkey will be impressing diplomats and visitors alike at UN headquarters in New York, Turkey announced Saturday. The decorated monolith – an exact replica of one from the famed 12,000-year-old remains of Gobeklitepe, known as the world’s oldest temple – will be presented to the UN as an official gift, said Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry The monolith of Gobeklitepe, which was in the spotlight worldwide in 2019, designated the Year of Gobeklitepe, will be the second Anatolian artifact exhibited at UN headquarters in […] More

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    Serbia welcomes vaccine passport deal with Turkey

    BELGRADE, Serbia Serbian ambassador to Turkey welcomed the two countries’ decision to recognize each other’s COVID-19 vaccine certificates for safe travel. Zoran Markovic said the use of vaccine certificates for travel has started on Friday, and he invited Turkish tourists to Serbia. “We are expecting Turkish people to visit Serbia and experience hospitality as the two countries recognized each other’s COVID-19 vaccine certificates for safe travel,” he said. “My message to Turkish people is “Buyrun” [Come in] to Serbia, “Hos geldiniz” [Welcome], we are waiting for you, our hospitality is competing with yours, come and check it,” he said. Ambassador […] More

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    Jerusalem to stay Palestine’s capital: Turkish vice president

    ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey’s vice president on Thursday marked Eid al-Fitr, a three-day Muslim festival celebrated after the fasting month of Ramadan, following prayers at a mosque in the capital Ankara. Speaking to reporters after the prayer at Bestepe Mosque, Fuat Oktay denounced Israeli aggression on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinians, underlining that the city “is and will remain the capital of Palestine.” This year’s celebrations were dampened due to a nationwide lockdown enforced to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Urging compliance with the rules and measures against the virus, Oktay said Turkey aims to overcome […] More

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    Eid prayer held at Turkey’s Hagia Sophia Mosque after 87 years

    ISTANBUL  Eid prayer was held at Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia Mosque on Thursday after an 87-year hiatus. Thousands of worshippers joined the prayer led by Ali Erbas, head of Turkey’s top religious body Diyanet. Erbas delivered the Eid sermon holding a sword in his hand, an age-old Ottoman tradition which signifies conquest. “These holidays are being held during exceptional times that define us, unite our hearts, and reinforce our brotherhood,” he said. He offered special prayers for Palestinians who are facing the onslaught of Israeli forces. “The attempt of Israel, which does not give up its aggressive attitude even during […] More

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    Turkish charity gives relief hampers to 1,000 Zambian families

    LUSAKA, Zambia Turkey’s state-run aid agency Tuesday supplied relief hampers for 1,000 families Zambian families through the country’s Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU). The Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) has been assisting Zambia since 2000 in the fields of health, agriculture and tourism. Turkish Ambassador to Zambia Istem Cırcıroglu presented the hampers in the capital Lusaka at a ceremony attended by Zambian Minister Olipah Phiri Mwansa. Circiroglu reaffirmed TIKA’s aim of contributing to poverty eradication and sustainable development in partner countries. “At the heart of this endeavor lies Turkey’s own expertise and experience. As an emerging donor country, […] More

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    Turkey, Hungary recognize each other’s COVID-19 vaccine certificates

    BUDAPEST Turkey and Hungary will recognize each other’s COVID-19 vaccine certificates for safe travel, Hungary’s foreign minister said on Monday. Peter Szijjarto said the agreement between the two countries will be effective starting Tuesday. “Turkish and Hungarian citizens who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and have a certificate will be able to travel between the two countries without testing and quarantine obligations,” he said. Meanwhile, Turkey and Serbia are also planning to lift travel restrictions by recognizing each other’s COVID-19 vaccine certificates. The vaccine certificate will allow citizens to travel between Turkey and Serbia without a negative PCR test. Serbian […] More

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    Ukrainian envoy praises Turkey’s safe tourism concept

    MUGLA, Turkey  The Ukrainian ambassador in Ankara on Sunday praised the safe tourism concept of Turkey, which is among the most popular destinations for his countrymen. As Ukrainian tourists keep flocking to Turkey’s Mugla, Andrii Sybiha, Ukraine’s ambassador to Turkey, came to the western province to see the measures implemented to protect vacationers from the COVID-19 outbreak. Naming the province’s Dalaman district as “a corner of heaven,” Sybiha said Mugla is one of the most preferred destinations for Ukrainians. Praising the Turkish tradition of hospitality, Sybiha said he, his family and all Ukrainian tourists feel at home in Turkey. Referring […] More

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    Anadolu Agency’s Morning Briefing – May 7, 2021

    ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.  Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey Turkey reported over 22,300 new coronavirus cases Thursday, the Health Ministry said. An inactivated coronavirus vaccine developed by Turkish scientists has been included on a list of vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization, the director of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey said. As two countries sharing deep historical and cultural ties and important geopolitical roles, Turkey and Egypt’s synergy will significantly contribute to regional peace […] More

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