Turkish firms cancel US iPhone orders as trade war intensifies

Turkey's biggest mobile phone importing companies have cancelled their iPhone orders as Turkish citizens join a move to boycott US products. A significant number of importers began to withdraw their short and long-term orders after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appeal to boycott American electronic products on Tuesday, reports Hurriyet

Muslim footballer Özil quits German national team over racism

Ozil met Erdogan in London in May [Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters] Arsenal star Mesut Özil has announced his retirement from international football after receiving "racist" and "disrespectful" treatment following a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Ozil, 29, has Turkish ancestry. He made the announcement on Sunday in a statement

Erdogan appoints son in-law as finance minister

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appointed his son-in-law as the country's finance minister in a cabinet dominated by loyalists. Berat Albayrak had served as energy minister since 2015, and his new appointmeny as finance minister appeared to rattle the markets. Albayrak, 40, holds an MBA in financial management from Pace University

Top five foreign names Somalis love giving their daughters

In Somalia, people love nicknames. They also love naming their daughters after foreign countries and cities or even continents. Some Somali parents name their girl after a city or country because it was a place they visited during their honeymoon, anniversary or another special trip. Some places have a historical or family

Turkey arrests Somalis over alleged links to US-based cleric

Authorities in Turkey have detained 10 Somali students over alleged links to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Three students from Djibouti, two from Guinea and one from Syria were also arrested for their alleged ties with the cleric, the Daily Hurriyet newspaper reported. Turkey's government blames Gulen for a 2016 bloody attempted

Somali president congratulates Turkey’s Erdogan on election win

Somalia's president has congratulated his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his victory in Sunday's elections. Calling Turkey a "valuable partner of Somalia", President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed said his government also congratulated "the people of Turkey on their historic presidential and parliamentary elections". "Congratulations to President @RT_Erdogan on his successful Presidential election.

The Institute for Security Studies: Somalia must look inward to defuse its tensions

To counter outside interference, Somalia must focus on building unity and strengthening its internal structures. By Omar Mahmood. Republished with permission from ISS Africa. The original article can be found here. The involvement of Middle East actors in Somalia, namely the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar and Turkey, has reached fever pitch recently, underscored both

Al-Shabab ‘attacks’ Turkish military base in Somalia

Al-Shabab fighters have attacked a Turkish army base in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, according to a news website affiliated with the group. Fighters launched artillery attacks on the base early Saturday morning during a training session, Somali Memo said. "Upto 13 artilley landed at the base, resulting a dark out inside the

Turkey to train Kenya police in effort to expand influence in Africa

Turkey is offering to train Kenyan police in the fight against crime including terrorism which poses a security threat for the East African nation, a move seen as Ankara's latest effort in expanding its influence in Africa. A high-level Turkish delegation is visiting Kenya and is expected to to visit various

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