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Turkey considering quitting treaty on violence against women - ruling party

05 Aug 2020

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party is considering whether to pull Turkey out of an international accord designed to protect women, party officials said, alarming campaigners who see the pact as key to combating rising domestic violence.

Turkey approves social media law critics say will silence dissent

29 Jul 2020

ANKARA Turkey adopted a new social media law on Wednesday that critics say will create a "chilling effect" on dissenting voices who have resorted to Twitter and other online platforms as the government tightened its grip on mainstream media.

Turkey and Greece exchange harsh words over Hagia Sophia prayers

25 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL Turkey and Greece exchanged harsh words on Saturday over the conversion of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a mosque, a day after Islamic prayers were held at the ancient site for the first time in nine decades.

Erdogan joins thousands to pray for first time at Istanbul's Hagia Sophia

24 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds on Friday for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia in nine decades, sealing his ambition to restore Muslim worship at an ancient site long revered in both Christianity and Islam. | Video

Prayers at Hagia Sophia will crown decades-long Muslim campaign

23 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL When Yunus Genc prays at Hagia Sophia on Friday it will mark the triumphant culmination of decades-long efforts by Islamist-rooted groups like his to convert the ancient monument, revered by both Christians and Muslims, to a mosque.

Turkey shifts fight against Kurdish militants deeper into Iraq

22 Jul 2020

ANKARA/BAGHDAD Turkey is taking its decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants deep into northern Iraq, establishing military bases and deploying armed military drones against the fighters in their mountain strongholds.

Turkish industrial output shrank 20% in May, hit by coronavirus

13 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL Turkish industrial production shrank a less-than-expected 19.9% year-on-year in May, data showed on Monday, as a monthly measure indicated some recovery in the sector that was hit by action to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Erdogan declares Hagia Sophia a mosque after Turkish court ruling

10 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan declared Istanbul's Hagia Sophia a mosque on Friday with the first Muslim prayers to begin in two weeks, after a top court ruled the ancient building's conversion to a museum by modern Turkey's founding statesman was illegal.

Turkish court rules Kurdish leader's jailing violated rights

19 Jun 2020

ISTANBUL Turkey's Constitutional Court has ruled that the lengthy jailing of a former head of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party violated his rights, a decision published on Friday showed, but he was not expected to be released due to a separate investigation.

UPDATE 2-Telia exits Turkish markets with $530 mln sale of Turkcell stake

18 Jun 2020

ISTANBUL/STOCKHOLM, June 18 Swedish telecom company Telia on Thursday agreed to sell its stake in mobile operator Turkcell Iletisim to the Turkey Wealth Fund for $530 million, marking its exit from the region.

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