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Pope Francis 'very distressed' over Turkey's Hagia Sophia conversion to mosque

Jul 12, 2020 - 7:03 PM

This is the Vatican's first reaction to Turkey's decision that has drawn international criticism

IN HAGIA SOFIA. In this file photo, Pope Francis visits the Hagia Sophia Mosque (Santa Sofia) on November 29, 2014 in Istanbul. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

Erdogan says Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Greece brands Turkey's move an 'open provocation to the civilized world'

HAGIA SOPHIA. An inside view of the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul, on July 10, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey trial begins into Ghosn escape from Japan

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:41 PM

Former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn is believed to have been smuggled out of the country via a large musical instrument case

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 3, 2019 shows former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn (L) and his wife Carole (R) leaving the office of his lawyer in Tokyo. - Prosecutors in Japan have obtained an arrest warrant for Carole Ghosn, wife of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, who last month jumped bail and fled Japan, local media reported on January 7, 2020. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The conference comes at a time when Russia-Turkey relations are tense not just over Syria but also Libya, another theater of war where Moscow and Ankara support opposing fighters

COOPERATION. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 1, 2020, shows President Hassan Rouhani (R), accompanied by the Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif (2-R) who is mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic and other officials, attending by video conference a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Turkey and Russia on the topic of Syria, in the Iranian capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Turkey to try Khashoggi murder suspects in absentia – fiancee

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The suspects are charged with 'deliberately and monstrously killing, causing torment'

A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on November 11, 2018 that the US will hold accountable all involved in killing a dissident Saudi journalist. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Turkey strives to revive virus-hit tourist sector

Jun 23, 2020 - 2:05 PM

Turkey is trying to lure tourists to save what it can of the summer season

This picture taken on June 20, 2020 shows a general view of an empty beach at Lara district in Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey. - In normal times, the tourist would have to get up at dawn to find a free sunbed on this beach of Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey. Today even after a sleep in, the best locations are all available. The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit the tourism industry -- the backbone of the country's economy. (Photo by Ozan KOSE / AFP)

Iraq demands Turkey 'stop bombardment, withdraw forces' from north

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Iraq's foreign ministry summons the Turkish ambassador and hands him a 'strongly-worded memorandum calling for a halt to such provocative actions'

DEMAND. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2018, members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party carry rifles as they stand guard on a road in the Qandil Mountains, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq. File photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Australia accuses China of fueling 'infodemic' over virus

Jun 16, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne calls for nation's to bolster global bodies such as the World Health Organization to counter the 'infodemic'

'INFODEMIC.' Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks at a joint press conference with Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (not pictured) in Canberra on February 6, 2020. File photo by Andrew Taylor/AFP

Turkey passes controversial 'nightwatchmen' bill

Jun 11, 2020 - 10:31 AM

The new law gives 'nightwatchmen,' who walk the streets at night to report burglaries and disturbances, almost the same powers as police

PRISON. Turkish soldiers stand guard in front of the Silivri Prison and Courthouse complex in Silivri, near Istanbul on February 18, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan searching for ways to save economy

May 19, 2020 - 7:15 PM

With a risk of mass unemployment, a collapse in tourism, and an unstable currency in Turkey, 'the situation is extremely bad'

EMPTY. A view of the iconic Taksim Square in central Istanbul, Turkey, deserted due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, on March 26, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey to release thousands of prisoners over coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:55 AM

However, rights groups have condemned the exclusion of other inmates including journalists, politicians, and lawyers in pre-trial detention

PRISON. Turkish soldiers stand guard in front of the Silivri Prison and Courthouse complex in Silivri, near Istanbul on February 18, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan refuses minister's resignation over Turkey lockdown chaos

Apr 13, 2020 - 10:41 AM

Suleyman Soylu is fiercely criticized after the 48-hour shutdown to counter the spread of the coronavirus was announced Friday night with just two hours' notice

ERDOGAN. File photo of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taken October 10, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey exempts young workers from confinement order

Apr 05, 2020 - 9:52 PM

Public and private sector employees as well as seasonal agricultural workers under 20 will now be exempted

Coronavirus threatens fragile Turkish economy

Mar 31, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Experts warn of higher unemployment and lower growth in Turkey, as well as the possible impact of the coronavirus on tourism, which employs hundreds of thousands of people

A view of the iconic Taksim Square in central Istanbul, deserted due to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Bulent KILIC / AFP)

Turkish police charge 4 over coronavirus house party

Mar 31, 2020 - 11:41 AM

The party included a DJ, and some guests dressed up as doctors, local officials say

SHUTTERED. Shop owners wait in front their closed shops at Eminonu's main shopping area Mahmutbey in central Istanbul, deserted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 26, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey charges 20 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

Mar 25, 2020 - 5:49 PM

Prosecutors accuse Saudi Arabia's deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and the royal court's media czar Saud al-Qahtani of leading the operation and giving orders to a Saudi hit team

MURDERED. Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2, 2018 after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork before marrying his Turkish fiancee. File photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP

Erdogan vows to keep border open for refugees until EU meets all demands

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:03 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he opened the gates in order to pressure Europe into providing greater assistance with the Syrian conflict

AT THE BORDER. Migrants are on their way to a camp on the Turkish side of the Turkey-Greece border near the Pazarkule crossing gate in Edirne province on March 8, 2020 as makeshift camps have sprung up around the border where thousands of refugees have been encouraged by Turkey to leave for the European Union, in a bid to gain Western backing in Syria. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey announces 1st coronavirus case

Mar 11, 2020 - 8:03 AM

Turkey has a population of 80 million and shares a border with Iran, the country with the third-most infections worldwide

ALLAH. A woman walks past calligraphy that reads in Arabic 'Allah' at the old mosque in Edirne on March 8, 2020. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan tells Turkish Coast Guard to stop migrants crossing Aegean

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:32 PM

The instruction comes after Erdogan said that refugees and migrants would not be prevented by Turkish authorities from leaving Turkey if that was their wish

President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks during his party's group meeting at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on February 26, 2020. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)

Rare calm in Syria's Idlib after ceasefire deal

Mar 06, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and AFP correspondents in Idlib province say the truce that came into force at midnight appears to be holding

SUFFER THE CHILD. A wounded Syrian child sits at a makeshift clinic in the town of Maaret Misrin following Syrian government forces airstrikes on March 5, 2020 in the country's northwestern Idlib province. Photo by Aref Tammawi/AFP

Putin, Erdogan agree to ceasefire in Syria's Idlib

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:43 AM

(4th UPDATE) 'The object is to avoid the humanitarian crisis getting worse,' Erdogan says, though he adds that Turkey reserves the right to 'retaliate with all its strength against any attack' by Damascus

SHAKE ON IT. Russian President Vladimir Putin(R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019. Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Clashes as migrants seek to break through Turkey-Greece border

Mar 04, 2020 - 6:21 PM

The clashes came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issues a fresh call to Europe to support the country with a new influx of migrants that have amassed along the Greek border

AT THE BORDER. Migrants hold placards as they demonstrate, waiting at the buffer zone in front of the Pazarkule border crossing to Greece, in Edirne on March 3, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

U.N. probe highlights Russia, Turkey roles in Syria 'war crimes'

Mar 03, 2020 - 11:44 AM

'You have children in open air with their families, without a tent, without shelter, without blankets, UN's Syria commission chair says, lamenting that 'children are freezing to death'

CHILD. 11-year-old Syrian girl Rawan poses on a destroyed tank with her stuffed bear near the village of Yazi Bagh. Photo by Nazeer Al-Khatib/AFP

Erdogan threatens Europe with 'millions' of migrants

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:47 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes to reach a deal on a ceasefire in Syria when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin following intense fighting in the last rebel holdout of Idlib

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. President of Turkey and leader of Justice and Development (AK) Party, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks during his party's group meeting at Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on February 26, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkish drones kill 19 Syrian government soldiers as tensions soar

Mar 02, 2020 - 9:13 AM

The report comes hours after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

Russia's Sputnik says Turkey editor-in-chief released

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) Ankara public prosecutor's office probes Sputnik Turkey's editor-in-chief Mahir Boztepe for 'degrading the Turkish people, the Turkish state, state institutions'

RISING TENSION. Turkish policemen stand guard the street leading to the Russian Embassy in Ankara on February 28, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

UN urges calm amid migrant surge at Turkey-Greece border

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The International Organization for Migration says some 13,000 migrants have amassed at the Turkey-Greece border, including families with young children

FLEE ON FOOT. Migrants walk towards Greece along the Turkey-Greece border near Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on March 1, 2020. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey says pursuing military operation against Syrian regime

Mar 01, 2020 - 8:29 PM

Though Turkey has reported striking targets in Syria since dozens of its troops were killed there, it is the first confirmation of a full and continuing operation

SIEGE. Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Photo by Bakr Alakasem/AFP

Turkey-Russia tensions soar after deadly Syria strike

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:59 PM

Both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan appear keen to scale down the tensions, expressing 'serious concern' about the situation in their telephone talks

33 Turkish soldiers killed in Syria's Idlib

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:01 PM

Dozens more soldiers are injured and taken to Turkey for treatment, Rahmi Dogan, governor of Turkish Hatay – bordering Syria – said Friday, February 28.

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters ride a tank in the town of Saraqib in the eastern part of the Idlib province in northwestern Syria, on February 27, 2020. Syrian rebels reentered the key northwestern crossroads town of Saraqib lost to government forces earlier this month but fierce fighting raged on in its outskirts today, an AFP correspondent reported. Bakr ALKASEM / AFP

Quake in Iran kills 8 in neighboring Turkey

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) 21 people are injured after the magnitude 5.7 quake, with 8 of them in critical condition

Turkish soldier killed by regime fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb 22, 2020 - 11:34 PM

Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib as part of a Turkey-Russia deal, but Ankara's forces have come under attack this month from Syrian regime force

CONVOY. Residents watch as a Turkish military convoy that crossed from the border with Syria, passes through the Syrian rebel-held town of Hazano in Idlib's northern countryside, on February 22, 2020. Photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

Russia warns Turkey, blocks U.N. bid to end Syria bloodshed

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Syrian aid workers call urgently for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing the regime onslaught

TUNNEL. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Russia warns against Turkey operation in Syria

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an operation in Idlib by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw its troops behind Turkish military positions

WARNING. Turkish military M60T tanks drive through the village of Matarim in the south of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the M4 motorway that connects Aleppo with Latakia, on February 17, 2020. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Turkey arrests suspected ex-ISIS executioner

Feb 18, 2020 - 6:50 PM

The 50-year-old Syrian, known by his nickname 'Abu Taki al-Shami,' is arrested at a construction site in the Bursa province of northwest Turkey

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:04 AM

A Russian-backed offensive has triggered the largest wave of displacement in Syria's civil war, with 800,000 people fleeing since December, the United Nations says

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

How China spies on Uyghurs in Turkey

Feb 16, 2020 - 3:47 PM

WhatsApp and WeChat are used to intimidate and surveil Uyghurs

SPYING ON UYGHURS. Illustration by Gogi Kamushadze for Coda Story.

Syria parliament recognizes Armenian genocide

Feb 14, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The Armenians seek international recognition that the mass killings of their people under the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1917 amounted to genocide. They say 1.5 million died.

MEMORIAL. In this file photo taken on May 7, 2018, a man visits the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP

Turkey, Russia trade accusations as Syria tensions rise

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces 'everywhere' if his soldiers come under renewed attack

TENSION. Syrian government forces deploy near the Damascus-Aleppo highway in the southern part of Syria's northern Aleppo province on February 10, 2020. AFP file photo

Syria regime helicopter downed as Ankara threatens Damascus

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The advance marks another step in President Bashar al-Assad's campaign to retake Syria's last rebel-held pocket

REMAINS. Syrian rebel fighters gather around the burning remains of a military helicopter after it was shot down over the village of Qaminas, about 6 kilometres southeast of Idlib city in northwestern Syria on February 11, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syrian regime shelling kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Idlib

Feb 10, 2020 - 11:11 PM

The barrage also wounds 5 soldiers in the violence-plagued northwest, prompting the Turkish military to respond by 'destroying targets'

SYRIA'S IDLIB. A Turkish military convoy passes through the town of Binnish in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the Syria-Turkey border on February 10, 2020. Photo by Muhammad Haj Kadour/AFP

3 dead, scores hurt, in Turkey plane accident

Feb 06, 2020 - 10:34 AM

The plane skids off the runway at an Istanbul airport, catches fire, and splits into 3

SPLIT. Rescuers work to extract passengers from the crash of a Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 airplane, after it skidded off the runway upon landing at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on February 5, 2020. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Plane skids off runway in Istanbul, breaks into 2

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:00 AM

It is not known how many people have been injured, but officials say no one died

Erdogan urges Russia to 'assume its obligations' in Syria's Idlib

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Turkey, which already hosts more than 3.7 million Syrians, fears a further influx of refugees fleeing violence in Idlib

SITE. A Syrian man clears debris at the site of helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in the Idlib province along the border with Turkey on October 27, 2019, where "groups linked to the Islamic State group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:13 AM

Maaret al-Numan is a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma on the outskirts of Maaret al-Numan, in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020.Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

Turkey quake death toll rises to 31

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Rescuers scramble over the weekend to search for and rescue people alive from under the rubble

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Rescuers scramble to find survivors after Turkey quake kills 22

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake causes buildings to collapse and kills at least 22 people

Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher at the site of a collapsed residential building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on January 25, 2020. - A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on January 25, 2020. (Photo by STR / MEZOPOTAMYA AGENCY / AFP) / Turkey OUT

Europe will face terror threat if Tripoli govt falls – Erdogan

Jan 18, 2020 - 6:34 PM

World powers are trying to mediate a lasting ceasefire at the international conference in Berlin

CEASEFIRE TALKS. Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar leaves after talks with Greek Foreign Minister in Athens, on January 17, 2020, days ahead of a peace conference in Berlin which he and the head of Tripoli's UN-recognized government are expected to attend. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

Saudi Arabia slams Turkish approval of Libya deployment

Jan 05, 2020 - 5:54 PM

Analysts warn that Turkey's deployment of troops risks plunging Libya deeper into a Syrian-style proxy war between regional powers

YES VOTES. Turkish members of parliament vote to send Turkish troops to Libya, in Ankara, on January 2, 2020. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP