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Orthodox Patriarch says turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into mosque would be divisive

Jun 30 2020

ISTANBUL Converting Istanbul's sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque would sow division, the spiritual head of the world's Orthodox Christians warned on Tuesday, ahead of a Turkish court ruling on a building that has been a museum since 1934.

Turks stream out for first lockdown-free weekend in nearly two months

Jun 06 2020

ISTANBUL Turks streamed outside on Saturday for their first weekend without a coronavirus lockdown in nearly two months, the day after President Tayyip Erdogan suddenly scrapped a stay-at-home order.

Greece blocks 35,000 migrants, plans to deport arrivals after March 1

Mar 05 2020

KASTANIES, Greece/EDIRNE, Turkey Greece has repulsed nearly 35,000 migrants trying to cross onto its territory illegally since Turkey opened its border nearly a week ago, government sources said on Thursday, as it prepares to deport hundreds of others who made it through. | Video

Turkey says Greek forces kill migrant at border, Athens denies claim

Mar 04 2020

EDIRNE, Turkey Turkish officials said Greek forces killed a migrant and wounded five others on Wednesday as they tried to cross the border between the two countries, a claim rejected by Greece as "utterly fake news".

Turkey says Greek forces kill migrant at border, Athens denies claim

Mar 04 2020

EDIRNE, Turkey Turkish officials said Greek forces killed a migrant and wounded five others on Wednesday as they tried to cross the border between the two countries, a claim rejected by Greece as "utterly fake news".

'Europe is nicer': migrants head west after Turkey opens border

Feb 28 2020

ISTANBUL Hundreds of migrants in Turkey started arriving on the borders with Greece and Bulgaria on Friday after a senior Turkish official said Ankara would no longer abide by a 2016 EU deal and stop refugees from reaching Europe. | Video

Russian artist unveils Putin 'superhero' paintings in Istanbul

Feb 15 2020

ISTANBUL A Russian artist unveiled four giant paintings of Russia's President Vladimir Putin in central Istanbul on Saturday, saying he wanted to show the good ties between Ankara and Moscow despite differences over Syria and other issues.

Turkey, Russia hold first joint patrol in northeast Syria

Nov 01 2019

SEVIMLI, Turkey Turkish and Russian troops in armored vehicles held their first joint ground patrols in northeast Syria on Friday under a deal between the two countries that forced a Kurdish militia away from territory near Turkey's border. | Video

Turkey's Erdogan shows shooting video again, hours after NZ meeting

Mar 22 2019

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan replayed graphic footage of New Zealand's worst mass shooting at an election rally on Friday - just hours after that country's foreign minister met him and said he believed the controversial showings had stopped. | Video

Turkey's Erdogan shows shooting video again, hours after NZ meeting

Mar 22 2019

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan replayed graphic footage of New Zealand's worst mass shooting at an election rally on Friday - just hours after that country's foreign minister met him and said he believed the controversial showings had stopped. | Video

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