Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

Turkey’s Erdogan drops retirement age requirement for millions

ANKARA, Dec 28 (Reuters) – President Tayyip Erdogan eliminated a retirement age requirement on Wednesday in a move that allows more than 2 million Turkish workers to retire immediately, less than six months before an election. The announcement was made during a news conference and follows Erdogan’s ruling AK Party delivering a hefty hike to … Read more

Turkish court sentences Erdogan rival to jail with political ban

Turkish court sentences Erdogan rival to jail with political ban

Istanbul mayor handed 2-year 7-month jail sentence Imamoglu accused of insulting public officials in speech He is seen as strong possible contender in 2023 elections Supporters chant slogans outside municipality HQ ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A Turkish court sentenced Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu to jail on Wednesday and imposed a political ban on the … Read more

Zelenskiy’s talks with other leaders signal diplomatic flurry around Ukraine

Zelenskiy’s talks with other leaders signal diplomatic flurry around Ukraine

KYIV, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy held talks with U.S. President Joe Biden and with the leaders of Turkey and France on Sunday, an increase in diplomatic activity around the war started by Russia that is dragging into a 10th month. “We are constantly working with partners,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly … Read more

Twenty oil tankers halted near Istanbul in insurance dispute

Twenty oil tankers halted near Istanbul in insurance dispute

Backlog unsettling oil and tanker markets Turkey says out of question to take insurance risk Yellen says oil from Kazakhstan should not be targeted Ankara says most of waiting ships are EU vessels ISTANBUL, Dec 9 (Reuters) – The number of oil tankers waiting in the Black Sea to pass through Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait on … Read more

Exclusive: U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkish businessman, citing links to Iran’s Quds Force

Exclusive: U.S. imposes sanctions on Turkish businessman, citing links to Iran’s Quds Force

WASHINGTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – The Biden administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on prominent Turkish businessman Sitki Ayan and his network of companies, accusing him of acting as a facilitator for oil sales and money laundering on behalf of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. Ayan’s companies have established international sales contracts for Iranian oil, arranged shipments … Read more

Oil tankers queue up off Turkey as price cap on Russian crude kicks in – FT

Oil tankers queue up off Turkey as price cap on Russian crude kicks in – FT

Dec 5 (Reuters) – Oil tankers formed a traffic jam off the coast of Turkey on day one of the West’s price cap on Russian crude, with Ankara insisting on new proof of insurance for all vessels, the Financial Times reported on Monday. Around 19 crude oil tankers were waiting to cross Turkish waters on … Read more

Turkish air strikes target Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

Turkish air strikes target Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq

ISTANBUL, Nov 20 (Reuters) – The Turkish defence ministry said early on Sunday it carried out air strikes on outlawed Kurdish militant bases in northern Syria and northern Iraq, which it said were used to carry out attacks on Turkey. The strikes targeted bases of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish … Read more

Black Sea grain export deal extended, but Russia wants more on fertiliser exports

Black Sea grain export deal extended, but Russia wants more on fertiliser exports

Black Sea deal helps easing global food price crisis The UN-brokered deal is extended for four months Moscow wants removal of obstacles to grain, fertiliser exports Nov 17 (Reuters) – A deal aimed at easing global food shortages by helping Ukraine export its agricultural products from Black Sea ports was extended for four months on … Read more

G20 summit deplores war in Ukraine ‘in strongest terms’

G20 summit deplores war in Ukraine ‘in strongest terms’

G20 says ‘most members’ condemn war in Ukraine Threat of use of nuclear weapons ‘inadmissible’ -declaration Agreement to calibrate monetary tightening NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) nations deplored Russia’s aggression in Ukraine “in the strongest terms” on Wednesday and demanded its unconditional withdrawal in a declaration … Read more

Division at G20 over bid to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Division at G20 over bid to condemn Russia’s Ukraine invasion

Most G20 members could strongly condemn Ukraine war Zelenskiy urges G20 to help end war under his plan Indonesia urges action on global economic problems China’s Xi to hold meetings with several other leaders NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Disagreement emerged at a Group of 20 (G20) summit on Tuesday as the United … Read more