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Cape Town - After building mega-resorts from the Bahamas to Dubai, tycoon Sol Kerzner is back home in South Africa with a posh new 100-million-dollar hotel, 15 years after pulling up his stakes here in a cloud of controversy.
ISTANBUL - Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr delivered the message of continuing resistance against outside forces in his country during a meeting with 70 fellow countrymen in Istanbul, Turkey's biggest city, on Saturday.
The other night I took a taxi from Istanbul’s crowded Taksim Square. On the way home, I started to chat with the young driver, asking him about business in this time of economic crisis.
ISTANBUL -Celebrating Labor Day in Turkey began in 1909 but not especially among the Turks. The first workers to demonstrate were predominately Bulgarians and Serbs and a few Turks in Skopje. The first demonstration in Istanbul took place in 1912 and these first meetings served as a means of handing out pamphlets rather than demonstrations for labor movement solidarity
ISTANBUL - Media and security experts have criticized the Istanbul police for failing to take the necessary precautions during Monday's anti-terror operation, which left three dead, including the suspected militant targeted by the raid, and nine injured. The raid on an apartment building in Istanbul’s Bostancı neighborhood turned into a six-hour shootout. A 16-year-old bystander was one of the three casualties.
ISTANBUL- Two weeks have passed since U.S. president Barack Obama wrapped up his visit to Turkey, and still his picture hangs on billboards in quite unexpected places across the country.
BAGHDAD - At least 87,215 Iraqis have been killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, a previously undisclosed Iraqi government tally shows. The numbers continue to rise with deadly bombings killing more than 140 people in two days of violence
CANNES, France - Crisis or no crisis, the usual cast of A-list stars, hot directors and Hollywood studios are jetting in for the Cannes Film Festival on May 13-24, the world's biggest media event after the Olympic Games. Seventy percent have frozen their room rates compared to last year.
ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained at least 37 people suspected of being members of al Qaeda in simultaneous raids in four provinces, news agencies reported. (UPDATED)
POGGIO PICENZE, Italy - Children toting knapsacks and notebooks entered three "classrooms" erected in a blue tent city yesterday, a symbolic return to normalcy for some of the youngest victims of Italy's quake.
NEW DELHI - India starts its monthlong election that will see hundreds of millions of people cast their ballots in the world’s biggest democracy exercise and one likely to end in stalemate. As the insurgents launch attacks, the vote marks a pivotal time, with a once red-hot economy feeling the strain of the crisis and ties with Pakistan at a new low.
These are some of the major headlines and their summaries in the Turkish press on April 15, 2009. Hurriyet Daily News Online does not verify these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
ISTANBUL - A relative newcomer to Turkey’s wine scene finds it has to offer good quality wine and introduce novel blends in order to stand out. This is the reason why winemaker Franck Peluso has introduced new grape varieties in Idol’s vineyards, midnight harvesting and initiated organic viticulture. Some18 grape varieties have been planted in Idol vineyards
L’AQUILA, Italy - Hopes faded yesterday of finding any more survivors from Italy's massive earthquake as the death toll rose to 260 and fresh aftershocks hampered the search for bodies. Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI said that he would visit the shocked and injured people of the area as soon as possible.
L'AQUILA - Strong aftershocks two days after central Italy’s devastating earthquake jeopardized increasingly desperate search efforts Wednesday as the death toll rose to 250.
ISTANBUL-While US President Barack Obama is getting ready to set foot in Istanbul today, local residents are also preparing for two days of traffic nightmares. Presidential visits in the past like Iranian Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer, as well as Thursday’s rehearsals to meet Obama, have blocked off roads in the city for hours.
ISTANBUL - U.S. President Barack Obama's symbolic two-day visit to Turkey, during which detailed talks on various issues concerning both countries and the region, will start on Sunday. Protests against Obama's visit were held in the capital, Ankara and in Istanbul, just hours ahead of his arrival. (UPDATED)
ISTANBUL - The 28th edition of the International Film Festival, the most famous cinematic event in the city, kicks off Saturday. Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, this year's festival will take place in seven movie theaters. 'Due to the crisis we just want to keep the audience number of last year,' says festival director Azize Tan.
ISTANBUL - A Turkish Public Prosecutor's Office has launched an investigation into the mayor of the capital, Ankara, over five claims, including the sale of excessively priced natural gas meters to residents by the municipality, news agencies reported Thursday. (UPDATED)
ANKARA - Election results inspire the ruling Justice and Development Party to consider changes to the party’s structure and behavior but when six ministers tell daily Sabah they are ready to resign from the Cabinet, the prime minister reacts harshly, saying the meeting about the reshuffle was closed and the daily should consider how its reporting affects the country.
DAMASCUS -After years of tight isolation, Syria is eager to turn the page on the policies of the past that made the country unreachable as it seeks to improve its ties with the West. While many welcome the new direction of an old regime enthusiastically, others are more cautious.
ISLAMABAD - A suspected U.S. drone fired two missiles yesterday at an alleged hide-out connected to a Taliban leader who has threatened to attack Washington, killing 12 people, officials said.
ANKARA - Adil Gür, whose A&G Survey company predicted AKP’s voting rate with great accuracy, had three reasons for the party’s downward trend, which he had voiced before the elections: the economic crisis, poor choice of local candidates - as in Adana and Şanlıurfa, where the AKP lost municipalities - and its tough rhetoric on the Kurdish issue.
ISTANBUL - A proliferation in wiretapping and bugging, bolstered by official investigations into people suspected of plotting against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, is generating waves of anxiety in Turkey. Retired generals and executives have found private conversations showing up in prosecutors’ indictments and the media.
ANKARA - The drop in support for the country’s ruling party is thanks to the party’s stumbling on its three chosen fronts -- corruption, poverty and bans -- instead finding scandal and public backlash for its efforts. The results of the local elections may mean greater change in the Cabinet than in the cities as multiple ministers fail to carry their own constituencies
ISTANBUL - International press reports on the local elections emphasize the fall of support for the ruling Justice and Development Party. The ruling party loses to secularists and Kurdish rivals, say the international media
SYDNEY - A severe power blackout brought chaos to downtown Sydney yesterday, causing peak-hour traffic jams as traffic signals failed and leaving dozens of workers stranded in lifts as they tried to make their way home.
ISTANBUL - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, or AKP, won the local elections held on Sunday but public support for the party fell to lowest level since it was established.
BOGOTA/ROME - Colombia and Italy have been rocked by two separate incest cases in which fathers allegedly abuse their daughters for years, prompting comparisons with the high-profile case of Austria's incest father Josef Fritzl.
DUBAI -The unthinkable is happening in once-booming Dubai, where just a few months ago credit was flowing as easy as the lifestyle. Now, however, the world financial crisis is spawning a rising number of loan defaulters.
ANKARA - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s anger lately has been focused on Hürriyet columnist Bekir Coşkun, who is known as Turkey’s greatest opposition writer. Not surprisingly, Coşkun has not been intimidated and has been criticizing what he sees as the government's wrongdoings . Through humor and his skill with words, Coşkun has held his ground firmly and has provided his readers with many fun-to-read articles.
UMMEL-FAHM, Israel - Israeli riot police fired tear gas to break up clashes yesterday in Umm El-Fahm, a bastion of Israeli Arab nationalism where far-right Jewish extremists held a court-sanctioned march.
MOTREAL - Acclaimed actress Natasha Richardson suffered a serious head injury while skiing in Canada and was transferred Tuesday to the United States, hospital officials and media said.
ISTANBUL - Konya police chief, Ercan Taştekin offers an inside view into the police force through biting dialogue and stories with his colleagues, in his book. ’Ezber Bozan Polis-lik’ is the first in a series of books Taştekin plans to publish in the same style.
ISTANBUL - The global crisis does not turn a blind eye to the wealthy who manage billions of dollars around the globe, shows the annual Forbes list. Along with many global counterparts, Turkey’s wealthy also lost a big chunk of their income last year, says the ’World's Billionaires 2008’ report.
ANKARA - Accompanied by a media horde and the party’s top cadre, Baykal and Karayalçın tour Ankara’s busy city centers: Sakarya Street and Ulus; as well as Ankara’s outskirts, Altındağ and Mamak, where they receive a warm welcome
A teenager in black combat gear went on a bloody rampage at his former school in Germany on Wednesday, slaying at least 16 people before dying in a shootout with police, AFP reported. A Turkish-origin student, identified as 15-year-old Ibrahim, is among the dead, broadcaster NTV said. (UPDATED)
ISTANBUL - Novelist Hasan Ali Toptaş’s cult novel ’Gölgesizler’ (The Shadowless), which won the prestigious Yunus Nadi Novel Award in 1994, turns into a movie gem in the hands of experienced and award winning writer/director Ümit Ünal.
ISTANBUL - Photographer Mehmet Demirci is the only Turkish participant in the PooL Art Fair, an independent event held in New York. Among other work, Demirci is presenting photos taken during Obama’s presidential campaign
Here are the stories published on Hurriyet Daily News website on the Turkish Airlines plane crash in Amsterdam on Wednesday.
MILAN - Maria Antonietta Berlusconi Beretta, the sister of Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, died yesterday at age 65, rescue officials said.