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Top court rejects application demanding opening of Hagia Sophia to Muslim prayer

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has rejected an application which claimed that failing to open the country’s historic Hagia Sophia museum to Muslim prayer violates freedom...

[OPINION] Erdoğan sends an operative as ambassador to the Netherlands

Abdullah Bozkurt The appointment of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan confidante and corrupt politician Şaban Dişli as a non-career ambassador to the Netherlands suggests the Turkish Islamist...

Turkey calls on country’s religious authority in struggle to keep prices down

As the Turkish lira continues to be hit by losses in value against foreign currencies, the government has been struggling to keep prices down,...

[OPINION] Case of airbase commander tells the tale of Erdoğan’s Turkey

Abdullah Bozkurt The unlawful arrest and wrongful prosecution of an important airbase commander in Turkey’s northwestern city of Bandırma is one of many pieces of...

[OPINION] The maddening silence of the European Court of Human Rights

Ekrem Dumanlı The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) is betraying its own values by turning a deaf ear to the human rights abuses in...

[OPINION] Has the Trump administration given up hope on pastor Brunson?

Asking the evangelical pastor to ‘represent’ the United States as a ‘great patriot hostage’ might not bode well for his immediate future Turkish Minute staff The...

[OPINION] US: once burned, twice shy about Turkey’s Erdoğan

Abdullah Bozkurt The growing US pressure on the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is perhaps the only avenue left to reattach Turkey, a faltering...

Purged former NATO officer comes out of the shadows for those jailed in Turkey

Former Lt. Cdr. Cafer Topkaya, a purged and jailed Turkish naval officer who was assigned to NATO prior to a failed coup in Turkey,...

Stray puppy injured in vicious shotgun attack nursed back to health by caring vets

A stray puppy brought from the southeastern province of Mardin to Istanbul in early July for emergency surgery after two of its legs were...

[PROFILE] The last prime minister of modern Turkey

One of the peculiar aspects of last year’s referendum, which introduced an executive presidency in Turkey, was that Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım had been...

[PROFILE] Ceylan once again delves into rural roots of Turkey

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest work, “Ahlat Ağacı” (The Wild Pear Tree), received a 15-minute standing ovation at its first screening at the...

Jailed Zaman editor says we are journalists, not terrorists

Former Zaman daily Ankara Representative Mustafa Ünal, who is standing trial after 414 days in pretrial detention, said on Monday that he and other...

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