Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdoğan (pictured left) is the clear winner in the local elections held yesterday. With about 98% of votes counted by early this morning, his party, the AKP, in power since 2002, had 45.6% of the vote whiled the opposition CHP trailed with 28%, according to Turkish television. Some 50 million citizens voted. Erdoğan set a defiant tone by declaring that he would “enter the lair” of enemies who had accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. “They will pay for this.” Continue reading Erdoğan triumphs in local elections amid fraud claims
It’s been a hectic 24 hours in Turkey with the welcome news of the release of four journalists, Tuncay Özkan, Merdan Yanardağ, Yalçın Küçük (see my blog of 15 December 2013) and Hikmet Çiçek who were accused of committing terrorist acts in the Ergenekon case. Continue reading Four journalists freed in Turkey
More and more wealthy Chinese people are flying overseas in search of beautiful faces, clearer eyes and other medical treatments, according to the European Weekly edition of China Daily 1 (7-13 September edition).
Written by journalist Yao Jing, the article reveals that while China is emerging as an important destination among medical tourists for its affordable prices and blending of traditional Chinese treatments and modern medical practices, more Chinese are travelling abroad for better medical procedures, regardless of the cost.