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Erdogan rebuffs criticism over Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday rejected worldwide condemnation over Turkey's decision to convert the Byzantine-era monument Hagia Sophia back into a mosque, saying it represented his country's will to use its "sovereign rights".

Turkey turns Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Friday that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship as a mosque, sparking fury in the Christian community and neighbouring Greece.

UNESCO warns Turkey against Hagia Sophia mosque conversion

Paris - The UN's cultural agency UNESCO warned Turkey on Friday against converting the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul into a mosque, urging dialogue before any decision is taken.

Court convicts Amnesty Turkey ex-leaders on terror charges

Istanbul - Amnesty International Turkey said two of its former leaders were convicted on "terrorist" charges by an Istanbul court on Friday in a case reflecting mounting official pressure on civil society.

Turkey's Erdogan rejects criticism over Hagia Sophia landmark

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday rejected criticism over his willingness to convert Istanbul's famed Hagia Sophia landmark into a mosque despite international and domestic concern.

Turkey trial begins into Ghosn escape from Japan

Istanbul - The trial opened in Turkey on Friday of seven suspects over the audacious escape of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul in December, local media reported.

Turkey trial of Saudi suspects in Khashoggi murder begins in absentia

Istanbul - Twenty Saudi suspects including two former aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman went on trial in absentia in Turkey on Friday, accused of killing and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Istanbul - Turkey's top court convened Thursday to consider whether Istanbul's emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West.

France pulls out of NATO Med operation over Turkey tensions

Paris - France said Wednesday it was suspending its participation in a NATO Mediterranean maritime security operation owing to the behaviour of Turkey, in a new escalation of a growing dispute between the two alliance allies.

Pompeo urges Turkey not to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan not to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque and said Istanbul's celebrated former cathedral should remain open to all.

EU's Borrell says Turkish gas drills off Cyprus 'must stop'

- European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said Thursday that "illegal" Turkish drilling for gas off the divided island of Cyprus "must stop", as he met Cypriot officials in Nicosia.

France wants discussion 'without taboos' on EU-Turkey ties

Paris - France on Wednesday demanded a discussion "without taboos" within the EU on its relationship with Turkey, which officially remains a candidate to join the bloc despite a stalled membership process.

Turkey strives to revive virus-hit tourist sector

Antalya - In normal times, tourists must rise at dawn to secure a free sunbed on the beach in Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey.Today even after a lie in, the best locations are still available.

Snail-inspired video opera launched to aid jailed Turkish civic leader

London - Supporters of a jailed Turkish civil society leader unveiled a unique video opera on Tuesday to highlight his plight -- themed around two snails, a salad and solitary confinement.

Turkey says Haftar forces need to pull out from key city for Libya ceasefire 

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday said Khalifa Haftar's forces in Libya need to withdraw from the strategic city of Sirte for a ceasefire agreement to be reached and accused France of "jeopardising" NATO security by backing him.

Turkish strikes kill civilian in northern Iraq: local official

Arbil - Turkish bombardment has killed a Kurdish shepherd in northern Iraq, a local official said on Friday, the first known civilian victim of Ankara's air and ground assault on the region.

NATO probes France-Turkey naval incident

Apo - NATO said Thursday it has launched an official investigation into a naval incident in the Mediterranean between alliance members France and Turkey that has infuriated Paris.

Top Turkish diplomat makes surprise visit to Libyan capital

Tripoli - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday paid a surprise visit to Tripoli, the seat of Libya's UN-recognised government, backed by Ankara in a conflict between rival Libyan powers.

Turkey deploys troops against Kurdish rebels in Iraq

Ankara - Turkey launched an air and ground offensive against Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq on Wednesday, in a move likely to increase friction with the Baghdad government.

Twitter removes China, Russia and Turkey 'state-linked' accounts

Fpo - Twitter on Friday said it had removed tens of thousands of "state linked" accounts used by China, Russia and Turkey to push their own propaganda, sow misinformation or attack critics.

Turkish court jails US consul staffer for aiding 'terror group'

Istanbul - A local US consulate employee was sentenced to nearly nine years in prison in Turkey Thursday for "aiding an armed terror group" that Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup, in a decision denounced by its NATO ally Washington.

Russia and Turkey, foes in Libya strife, may yet find accord: analysts

Paris - Russia and Turkey, who have formed a sometimes rocky alliance over the past four years, back opposing sides in Libya's wrenching war but may yet find a deal over the conflict that would leave the West as bystanders, analysts say.

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament passed a controversial bill on Wednesday giving neighbourhood patrols greater powers, with critics accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of wanting to build a loyal "militia".

Assyrian Christians fear for their future in Turkey

Apo - Inside the sixth century church in southeastern Turkey, dozens of Assyrian Christian women, men and children in their Sunday best attend a service, one of only a few held in their ancient homeland.

Turkey's Grand Bazaar reopens, along with cafes, restaurants

Istanbul - Turkey reopened restaurants, cafes and Istanbul's iconic 15th century Grand Bazaar market on Monday as the government further eased coronavirus restrictions.

Turkey claims healthcare 'transformation' helped vanquish virus

Ankara - When Turkey had the highest number of coronavirus cases outside of Europe and the US in April, there were fears its health system could be overwhelmed and its death rate could rocket.

After rare silence, Istanbul's Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

Istanbul - An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the world's oldest, largest and most visited markets, where a raucous mixture of languages, cultures and commerce has buzzed for centuries.

Greece dismisses reports Turkey occupied border strip

Athens - Greece on Sunday dismissed reports that Turkish soldiers had occupied a strip of Greek territory in the Evros border region, where Athens is expanding a fence to keep migrants out.

Pakistan goes wild for blockbuster Turkish drama

Islamabad - Dubbed the Muslim "Game of Thrones", a drama about the makings of the Ottoman Empire has sent Pakistan wild this Ramadan, smashing television records but exposing the country's lack of original content.

US presses advancing Libya government to end fighting

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday pressed Libya's Turkish-backed government for a ceasefire and criticized the flow of weapons as Tripoli pushes back against a year-old rebel offensive.
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STOP: Barbed wire and abandoned buildings mark the dividing line between Cyprus and Turkish forces t...
STOP: Barbed wire and abandoned buildings mark the dividing line between Cyprus and Turkish forces that invaded the island nation in 1974 and never left.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled prototypes of a domestically produced electric car.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled prototypes of a domestically produced electric car.
Presidential Press Office Handout
A view of the small town and mosque above the seaside Ottoman castle
A view of the small town and mosque above the seaside Ottoman castle
Police hide behind their shields in Taksim
Police hide behind their shields in Taksim
Nevsehir Castle in Turkey.
Nevsehir Castle in Turkey.
Bernard Gagnon
Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
A shop just for babies and small children
A shop just for babies and small children
relaxed in the hotel restaurant
relaxed in the hotel restaurant
After all that walking and exploring  ride the horse-drawn carriage
After all that walking and exploring, ride the horse-drawn carriage
People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
A juice shop beckons thirsty tourists
A juice shop beckons thirsty tourists
One lucky turkey.
One lucky turkey.
Walk over to the misty platform and lean over the clear water
Walk over to the misty platform and lean over the clear water
Istanbul Gay Pride March  July 2011
Istanbul Gay Pride March, July 2011
People try to get out of the snow quickly as it falls near Istanbul
People try to get out of the snow quickly as it falls near Istanbul
A baby holds a balloon designed with the Turkish flag
A baby holds a balloon designed with the Turkish flag
Göbekli Tepe (Turkey): a panoramic view of the southern excavation field.
Göbekli Tepe (Turkey): a panoramic view of the southern excavation field.
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You can ride the tram through Taksim  beside consulates  Victorian buildings  and modern shops
You can ride the tram through Taksim, beside consulates, Victorian buildings, and modern shops
and a view of Medieval boat docks on the other side
and a view of Medieval boat docks on the other side

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