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Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Turkish female MP makes historic plea to preserve Turkey’s secularism

Nov 1, 2013 was an historic day in Turkey as headscarved deputies were allowed for the first time since the 1930’s to sit in Parliament. A disabled female MP addressed the ruling Islamist party AKP in a rousing speech that ...

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We celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Turkish Republic Day

We celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Turkish Republic Day

On October 29, 1923, the newly recognized Turkish parliament proclaimed the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, formally marking the end of the Ottoman Empire. On the same day, Mustafa Kemal, who led the Turkish National War of Liberation and ...

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Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

Erdogan, Syrian Rebels’ Leading Ally, Hesitates

From the start of Syria’s civil war, rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have had no better ally than Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He has effectively kept Turkey’s border with Syria open, allowing fighters a haven in the south ...

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UK police charge 2 with terrorism offenses

UK police charge 2 with terrorism offenses

British police say two men arrested last week for terrorism offenses have been charged. Police said Sunday night that two 25-year-old men were charged with various terrorism offenses. Their names were not released. Both are scheduled to appear in court ...

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Turkey dismisses report it exposed Mossad spy ring in Iran

Turkey dismisses report it exposed Mossad spy ring in Iran

Claim that Ankara deliberately blew cover of Israeli assets ‘is designed to discredit us,’ says FM Davutoglu Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday dismissed allegations that Turkey last year deliberately exposed to the Iranian authorities a group of up ...

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EU to fault Turkey over protests but urge new talks

EU to fault Turkey over protests but urge new talks

A keenly awaited European Union report will criticize excessive use of force by Turkish police in tackling protests this year but urge the EU to breathe new life into Turkey’s faltering bid to join the 28-nation bloc. The executive European ...

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Turkey Sledgehammer trial: Key coup sentences upheld

Turkey Sledgehammer trial: Key coup sentences upheld

A Turkish court has upheld the convictions of key military officers ruled to have plotted the overthrow of PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. A retired general accused of being the coup plot organiser, Cetin Dogan, had his 20-year prison sentence ...

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Ottoman Prince may enter politics

Ottoman Prince may enter politics

There are rumors that the grandson of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II is about to enter politics in a bid to become the mayor of Istanbul. The head of Turkey’s Great Union Party (BBP), Mustafa Destici, has made a very ...

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Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

Turkey’s Spymaster Plots Own Course on Syria

Hakan Fidan Takes Independent Tack in Wake of Arab Spring On a rainy May day, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan led two of his closest advisers into the Oval Office for what both sides knew would be a difficult ...

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Turkey lifts generations-old ban on Islamic head scarf

Turkey lifts generations-old ban on Islamic head scarf

Turkey lifted a ban on women wearing the Islamic head scarf in state institutions on Tuesday, ending a generations-old restriction as part of a package of reforms the government says are meant to improve democracy. The ban, whose roots date ...

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