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ACCIDENTAL TOURISTS: Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees

12.14.14 On scene at what’s becoming Italy’s makeshift Ellis Island. Will Europe learn to accept Syria’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free? AUGUSTA, Sicily—“There is a little office near the…

Media chiefs held in Turkey swoop on Erdogan opponents

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Erdoğan laments Turkish youths know Einstein but not Muslim scientists

Turkish youths know about foreign scientists and pop stars but they are not informed when it comes to Muslim scholars and local musicians, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during an…

Do you know the difference between a Holocaust and a holocaust? The Armenians do Despite what some sub-editors might think, the genocide of 1.5m Armenian Christians in 1915 was not a holocaust

BY ROBERT FISK, THE INDEPENDENT What’s in a name? Let’s start with the Persian Gulf. Or the Arabian Gulf. Or just the Arab Gulf. I’m indebted to reader (and surgeon)…

Pope and patriarch condemn Mid-East ‘persecution’

Epigraph: There should be no compulsion in religion. Surely, right has become distinct from wrong; so whosoever refuses to be led by those who transgress, and believes in Allah, has…

Pope ends Turkey trip seeking unity with Orthodox

ISTANBUL: Pope Francis wrapped up his three-day visit to Turkey on Sunday with a liturgy alongside the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians and a meeting with young refugees…

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

BY REUTERS 11/29/14 AT 5:54 PM Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country…

Pope Francis urges religious tolerance on rare Turkey visit

By Laura Smith-Spark and Arwa Damon, CNN Ankara, Turkey (CNN) — Pope Francis called Friday for religious tolerance and dialogue to counter extremism in the Middle East as he met…

Pope Francis to visit Turkey in most challenging mission of papacy so far – Pontiff to try to tackle relations with Islam, Christian persecution in the Muslim world and the Catholic-Orthodox schism

Constanze Letsch in Istanbul, John Hooper in Rome and agencies The Guardian, Thursday 27 November 2014 16.30 GMT Pope Francis embarks on one of the most delicate missions of his…

Turkey president Erdogan: Women are not equal to men

Source: BBC Related Stories Erdogan’s ‘New Turkey’ drifts towards isolation Muslims found Americas, says Erdogan Turkey Erdogan palace costs to soar Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said women cannot…

Pope Francis visit: Turkey’s Christians face tense times

BBC: It tells of a city where empires, cultures and religions collided. A building that bears mosaics of Jesus and the Virgin Mary beside calligraphy reading “Allah” and “the Prophet…

Muslims found Americas before Columbus says Turkey’s Erdogan

BBC News: Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He made the claim during a conference of Latin American…

Archaeologists dig at ancient site next door to Islamic State

By Mohammed Rasool and Deb Riechmann The Associated Press GAZIANTEP, Turkey —Archaeology and war don’t usually mix, yet that has been the case for years at Karkemish, an ancient city…

New Alignments: The Kurds’ Lonely Fight against Islamic State Terror

By Ralf Hoppe, Maximilian Popp, Christoph Reuter and Jonathan Stock SPIEGEL.DE The headquarters of one the world’s mightiest terrorist organization is located in the mountains northeast of Erbil, Iraq. Or…

United Biscuits sold to Turkey’s Yildiz for £2bn

The UK company behind the McVitie’s, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin brands has been bought by Turkish food group Yildiz Holdings for a reported £2bn. United Biscuits (UB) was put up…

Kobane: US drops arms and aid to Kurds battling IS

US military aircraft have dropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic State (IS) militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane. US Central Command said C-130…

How Not to Run a War Coalition: The (US) Administration blames Turkey for the catastrophe in Syria.

President Obama likes to list “our friends and partners” who have signed up for his military campaign in Iraq and Syria. If only he knew how to lead such a…

UN: Kobani massacre looms

GENEVA: Thousands of people “will most likely be massacred” if Kobani falls to Islamic State fighters, a UN envoy said on Friday, as militants fought deeper into the besieged Syrian…

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