It is official: Erdoğan spent $615 million for his palace… 10 odd news from Turkey… Dispatches…


The finance minister reveals that Erdoğan’s new palace is due to come in at more than $600 million
Main opposition CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu has retracted his claim that Ak Saray, the new presidential palace, was unlicensed
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grandiose new presidential palace is costing Turkey more than $600 million, nearly twice previous estimates, the country’s finance minister said Tuesday. The vast new 1,000-room palace —

Top 10 Odd News Of The Week From Turkey

Some of them are sad and some of them are funny or just weird, but all of these odd stories happened in Turkey in the past seven days:

1) It is revealed by Turkish Finance Minister that $432.7 million spent on Turkey’s gargantuan presidential palace and its total cost is projected as $615 million. Isn’t it odd for a time of austerity in a declining economy?

The incident took place Nov. 4 after an assailant entered the HDP’s provincial branch building, and was confronted by Ahmet Karataş, a member of the HDP’s Party Assembly
Influential cleric Fethullah Gülen sent a tweet message, giving the signal that he is likely to sue a former Zaman newspaper columnist for defamation.

Alevi German-Turkish footballer decides to leave Turkey after attack

German-Turkish footballer Deniz Naki, who plays for Spor Toto Super League club Gençlerbirliği, has decided to leave his club and Turkey following a suspected racist attack over the weekend
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has accused the international media of waging a “psychological war” against Turkey, also slamming certain local media outlets for collaborating in this campaign.

Turkish president gets smoker fined

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reprimands a man for defying a ban on smoking in public buildings, after spotting him an Istanbul cafe.

Kobane, transforming the regional dynamic

The fight for Kobane is not limited to a local struggle against IS militants, but reverberates politically and strategically across the region.

Thousands rally in London in solidarity with Kobane. Demotix/Gemma Short. All rights reserved.

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