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US-Turkish pact could slow ‘jihadist highway’

Washington and Ankara are close to signing a security deal to improve cooperation in stemming the threat of groups like the Islamic State (IS). In the face of strong criticism from its allies,
May 12, 2015

Greek Orthodox patriarch praises religious freedoms in Turkey

Bartholomew I, the Istanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarch, extolled religious freedoms in Turkey and thanked local authorities and the government for permission to hold the Divine Liturgy in an ancient church in western Turkey.
Daily Sabah: May 9, 2015

Armenia and politics of the word 'Genocide'

Most historians agree that the massacre, deportation and death of more than 1 million Armenians in the Turkish Ottoman Empire that began 100 years ago this month was a genocide. But mention the word “genocide” in Washington, in the context of Armenia, and the level of discomfort is palpable.
April 22, 2015

Turkey lobbies Obama on Armenian 'genocide'

Ankara is becoming increasingly concerned about whether U.S. President Barack Obama will follow Pope Francis and the EU parliament in using the word "genocide" on the 100th anniversary (April 24) of the start of the mass killings of Armenians
April 22, 2015

Turkey's atheists face hostilities, death threats

Onur Romano, a founding member of Turkey’s Atheism Association, opens the office and checks the mail. For once, he says, there are no death threats.
April 16, 2015

Turkey summons Vatican envoy over 'genocide' remarks

Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican Sunday after Pope Francis marked the 100th anniversary of the mass killing of Armenians by calling it a genocide.
April 12, 2015

Istanbul's Hagia Sophia sees first Koran reading in 85 years

Hagia Sophia, a former church and a mosque, served as a secular museum since the 1930s
i24news: April 11, 2015

First Easter for Izmir's historic St. Voukolos Church since 1922

After a hiatus lasting nearly a century, the message of Christ's resurrection will once again sound in the historic Orthodox church of Saint Voukolos (Aya Vukla) in Izmir, which held its first Holy Week services since 1922.
April 11, 2015

Cyprus peace talks to restart 'within weeks,' says UN

Peace talks on ethnically-divided Cyprus will resume soon, according to the area's UN envoy. Both sides have taken a half-year break amid an argument over offshore gas reserves.
Deutsche Welle: April 7, 2015

Head of Turkish grid operator resigns after blackout

The head of Turkey's power grid operator has resigned after the country suffered its worst blackout in over a decade. To blame were mismanagment and excessive risk-taking.
Deutsche Welle: April 6, 2015