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Turkish Media Highlights — Nov. 15, 2017

Daily Sabah

Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a diplomatic note to the U.S., regarding Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab late Wednesday, urging the U.S. to notify Turkish authorities before relocating Turkish detainees to different facilities.

Turkey’s cybercrimes police detained a gang of thieves who robbed 450 Bitcoins worth $2.83 million from a businessman in Istanbul’s Merter district, reports said Wednesday.

Only 15 percent of Syrian refugees had been resettled from Turkey to the EU countries under the resettlement agreement signed in March 2016, a European Commission report said Wednesday.


A Turkish court had ordered the release of six defendants in the trial against dozens of suspects for their alleged links to the Islamic State group and involvement in last year’s airport attack.


Turkish President Erdogan pledged military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha on Wednesday.


Turkey strongly condemned a deal between U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia and Islamic State, allowing withdrawal of ISIS fighters from Raqqa.


Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu vowed that Turkish security forces would take Qandil mountains, which hosts headquarters of outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq. PKK has been fighting the Turkish state for regional autonomy for four decades.

A Turkish court blocked access to news stories about Paradise Papers and Prime Minister off-shore companies of Binali Yildirim’s family.


In southeastern province of Diyarbakir, a local cleric conducted the first ceremony of civil marriage, after a law enacted in Turkish Parliament allowing clerics to perform marriages to the chagrin of women rights groups.

Office of Ankara Governor banned a German LGBT film festival in Ankara, citing social norms and cultural values of the Turkish society.

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