Posts Tagged ‘Turkey’

Turkey’s PM rallies Arab world in Cairo with call for UN to recognise Palestine

imageTurkey’s prime minister has called for the Palestinian flag to finally be raised at the United Nations, insisting that international recognition of the state was now an obligation, not an option.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a much-anticipated speech to the Arab League in Cairo to rally opposition to Israel, and promised that Turkey would stand in solidarity with those struggling for political change in the Arab world. (more…)

Chelsea to make Andre Villas-Boas new manager after offering to pay release fee according to reports

imageJose Mourinho’s former assistant Andre Villas-Boas, the FC Porto manager widely regarded as one of the brightest coaching prospects in European football, is set to be offered the chance to follow in the Special One’s footsteps and take over at Chelsea, according to reports in Portugal.

Roman Abramovich is believed to have agreed to pay a £13 million release clause in Villas Boas’s contract and the 33-year-old is expected to travel to London for talks with the Stamford Bridge side. (more…)

Turkey set to lose F1 grand prix from 2012 after dispute over race fee

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• Turkish media report that Istanbul race is off F1 calendar
• ‘Disagreement’ with Bernie Ecclestone over payment hike
The next round of the Formula One world championship in Turkey may well be the last time the country stages a race after organisers claimed they had been priced out, with costs set to double to $26m (£15.75m) next year.

The Istanbul Park circuit, whose contract runs out this year, hosted its first grand prix in 2005, and the construction costs and race fees were met by the government. Despite some logistical difficulties, with fans stuck in traffic jams, the inaugural race was sold out and seen as successful in a country with little or no tradition of, or interest in, motor sport. However, this factor became telling soon afterwards. Attendances began falling and by 2009 only 36,000 were at the circuit on race day. The same year, 128,000 attended the British grand prix. (more…)

EU ‘wastes billions in aid’

imageThe EU is spending billions of pounds of British taxpayers’ money on spurious aid projects such as giving dance lessons to impoverished Africans, it was claimed. (more…)