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Watchdog orders Netflix to block "Cuties" film in Turkey

03 Sep 2020

ANKARA Turkey's broadcasting watchdog said on Thursday it will order Netflix to block access locally to the soon-to-be-released French film "Cuties" on grounds that it contains images of child exploitation.

Thousands gather around Hagia Sophia for first Friday prayers

24 Jul 2020

ISTANBUL, July 24 Thousands of Turks gathered near Hagia Sophia early on Friday for the first prayers there since President Tayyip Erdogan declared the monument, revered by Christians and Muslims for almost 1,500 years, a mosque once again.

Turkish court weighs bid to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque

02 Jul 2020

ANKARA A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern. | Video

Turkish court hears case on turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque

02 Jul 2020

ANKARA, July 2 A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting Istanbul's sixth century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern.

Turkey could tighten coronavirus controls as strains, criticism grow

01 Apr 2020

ANKARA Turkey will step up measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak if it keeps spreading and people ignore "voluntary" quarantine rules, President Tayyip Erdogan said, as the death toll rose and doctors demanded action to ease the strain on hospitals.

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

18 Oct 2019

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey Shelling and gunfire resounded in the area of northeast Syria's Ras al Ain town on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw.

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

18 Oct 2019

CEYLANPINAR, Turkey, Oct 18 Shelling and gunfire resounded around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw.

Turkish forces push deeper into northeast Syria - ministry

10 Oct 2019

* Turkish military hits 181 targets with air strikes, artillery

Turkey opens ground assault on Syria's Kurds; U.S. Republicans turn on Trump

10 Oct 2019

AKCAKALE, Turkey Turkish troops and their Syrian rebel allies attacked Kurdish militia in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery before starting a cross-border ground operation that could transform an eight-year-old war. | Video

RPT-UPDATE 8-Turkey launches push into Syria, people flee as air raids, artillery hit border town

09 Oct 2019

* GRAPHIC-Turkey's views on NE Syria https://tmsnrt.rs/2OrIJ3w

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War not over, says Ethiopia's Tigrayan forces leader

The leader of Ethiopia's rebellious northern forces said on Monday he was still fighting close to the regional capital of Mekelle after it was captured by government troops following nearly a month of battles and air strikes.