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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.

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.

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.

Turkey launches new operation against PKK in northern Iraq

On Wednesday Iraq issued a statement complaining that Turkey had violated its sovereignty as Turkey, which has been airlifting troops and special forces into northern Iraq recently, launched a new offensive against the Kurdish PKK in the Haftanin region.

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.

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.

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".

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.

Erdogan attacks opposition mayors over virus aid

Ankara - On the Turkish capital's bridges and bus stops, Ankara mayor Mansur Yavas urges wealthier residents to help poorer citizens during the coronavirus pandemic by paying off their debts to grocers.

Over 65s in Turkey go outside for first time since March

Istanbul - Turkish people aged 65 and over on Sunday described their joy after the government allowed them to go outside for the first time in nearly two months in an easing of the coronavirus restrictions.

Turkish doctors turn detectives to track virus

Istanbul - In full protective gear, two doctors climb the stairs four at a time. Their first task of the day: to test a woman who has had contact with a coronavirus patient in Istanbul.

Erdogan defends Turkey religious chief's anti-gay sermon

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended a top religious official who claimed homosexuality caused diseases, corrupted people and was condemned in Islamic teaching.

In Libya, UAE enlisting more Sudanese mercenaries to help Haftar

In Libya this week the tables have been turning as the internationally-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) has taken back key western coastal areas from the Libyan National Army (LNA) of rebel Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.

Dolphins reclaim Bosphorus as virus silences Istanbul

Istanbul - A lull in boat traffic and a fishing ban in Istanbul forced by the coronavirus pandemic has proved good news for some of the city's most-loved inhabitants -- the dolphins that swim in the fish-rich waters of the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia...
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