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Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media [Video]

Turkey passes controversial bill tightening grip on social media

Under the new law, large social media companies have to comply with court orders over removal of certain content.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:01Published
Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia [Video]

Erdogan joins thousands for first prayers at Hagia Sophia

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..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:08Published
Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia [Video]

Erdogan joins thousands in first prayers at Hagia Sophia

Inside Hagia Sophia, white curtains covered an image of Mary and Jesus which would have faced the worshippers. Officials have said the Christian frescoes and glittering mosaics adorning the cavernous..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:35Published
Greece: "Day of mourning" for Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion [Video]

Greece: "Day of mourning" for Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion

Greek Orthodox Church 'mourns' Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion Churches around Greece were in "mourning" Friday as Muslim prayers were to be held at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul for the first time in..

Credit: Newsflare     Duration: 01:38Published
Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show [Video]

Turkey marks failed coup with drone light show

Some 200 drones lit up the sky in Istanbul late on Wednesday to mark the fourth anniversary of July 15, 2016 putsch, when rogue soldiers commandeered warplanes, tanks and helicopters, attacked..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published
Drone show marks Turkey coup attempt anniversary [Video]

Drone show marks Turkey coup attempt anniversary

Some 200 drones lit up Istanbul's skies to mark the fourth anniversary of an attempted military coup to unseat President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Credit: Sky News UK Studios     Duration: 00:39Published
Turkey reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque [Video]

Turkey reconverts Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque

President Erdogan declares iconic cultural site reopen to Muslim worship after a court ruling.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published
Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again [Video]

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Hagia Sophia Museum: Court to rule if Istanbul landmark should be a mosque again

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:33Published
Turkey's Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque [Video]

Turkey's Hagia Sophia and the battle to reconvert it to a mosque

Turkey's highest court is set to decide the status of the Hagia Sophia, but experts say a legal ruling is only symbolic.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:54Published
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows to curb social media in Turkey [Video]

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows to curb social media in Turkey

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows to curb social media in Turkey

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:46Published

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With tourism struggling and investors fleeing, Ankara is spending billions to fend off a fresh currency crisis
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Turkish parliament passed a law that would force social media giants to hand over user history, delete posts and more. But unlike previous laws, this one has a connection to Erdogan's foe Fethullah..
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Rumors and questions surround sidelining of key Turkish general

Why has the special forces commander General Zekai Aksakalli been retired since he had been so central to stopping the coup attempt against Recep Tayyip Erdogan?
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Turkish brig.-gen. executed for revealing Qatari funding of jihadists

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Brigadier-General Semih Terzi was reported in 2016 to have been one of the organizers behind the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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How Did Turkey Gain Control Of Libya? – OpEd

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Turkey and Russia have agreed to keep pushing for a ceasefire in Libya, but Ankara said the leader of the eastern forces was not legitimate and his forces must withdraw from key positions for any..
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Opinion: Turkey closing window on press freedom

Turkey is expanding its already strict regulation of social media sites. It's the latest move by President Erdogan to silence those few remaining critical voices, says Christian Mihr of Reporters..
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Cyprus: Putin 'to help ease' gas search tensions with Turkey

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to intercede with Turkey to try and ease rising tensions over its oil and gas exploration in eastern Mediterranean waters that..
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Joining the conflict in Libya, Turkey sees economic gains

CAIRO (AP) — When Turkey’s president signed a security deal last year to back one of the sides in Libya’s civil war, another agreement was waiting to be signed by his new proteges the same day: a..
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Turkey needs a new approach to the lira

Erdogan’s gamble on cheap money and propping up the currency has failed
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Turkish parliament approves social media law with new powers

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s parliament approved a law early Wednesday that gives authorities greater power to regulate social media despite concerns of growing censorship. The law requires major..
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Turkish parliament to vote on controversial social media law

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish lawmakers were making their final speeches Tuesday before voting on a bill that would give the government greater powers to regulate social media, in what human rights groups..
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After Tough Greek Stance, Turkey Blinks in East Mediterranean

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ATHENS - After Greece put its military on high alert and German Chancellor Angela Merkel also intervened, Turkey has pulled back plans to send an energy research vessel into Greek waters off the island..
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Turkish social media bill presages 'new dark era' of censorship – critics

turkish social media bill presages 'new dark era' of censorship – critics
Erdogan has repeatedly criticized social media and said a rise of "immoral acts" online in recent years was due to lack of regulations.
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Turkey ‘Re-Conquers’ Hagia Sophia Amid International Disapproval

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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia on Friday hosted its first Islamic prayers in 85 years, despite fierce criticism of the Turkish government’s campaign to revert the building to a mosque after being a museum..
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Erdogan’s push for more social media laws is another step towards silencing dissent

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“Do you now understand why we are against YouTube, Twitter, Netflix, and other media?” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked in a televised statement early this month. “So that we can..
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What Remains Of Turkey’s Democracy? – Analysis

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Once a shining example to the world of a national liberation movement brought to  vibrant, democratic reality, Turkey has been reduced in the last two decades to a near-dictatorship, with well over..
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'I shed tears of joy': Muslims emotional over Friday prayers at Hagia Sophia

Emotional worshippers expressed their joy on Friday (July 24) at witnessing the first Muslim prayers in Istanbul's Hagia Sophia for 86 years. Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined huge crowds ]for..
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Turkey's Hagia Sophia holds first Muslim prayers since controversial conversion back into a mosque

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan joined thousands of worshippers at Hagia Sophia for the first prayers there since he declared the monument, revered by Christians and Muslims for almost 1,500 years, a..
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Catholic bishops join Orthodox in 'Day of Mourning' for Hagia Sophia

CNA Staff, Jul 24, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- Catholic bishops across the United States have issued joint statements with their Greek Orthodox counterparts expressing sorrow at the reopening of Hagia..
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Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia opens as a mosque for Muslim prayers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has joined hundreds of worshippers for the first Muslim prayers in 86 years inside Hagia Sophia – the Istanbul landmark that served as a cathedral, a mosque and..
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Indonesian Muslim party warns Erdogan could spark global ‘clash of civilizations’

CNA Staff, Jul 24, 2020 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- An Islamic political party in Indonesia said Tuesday that Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could spark a civilizational clash because of his calls for..
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Erdogan joins thousands to pray at Hagia Sophia

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Turkey launches national auto industry with electric-car factory

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made a big stride in realizing his vision of a homegrown auto industry as he broke ground for a new car factory in Bursa. But the project comes at a difficult time,..
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