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Turkish govt under fire by opposition for removing headscarf ban in high schools

ANKARA- The Turkish government announced it was lifting a ban on female students wearing the headscarf at high schools, in a move denounced by opponents as undermining the basis of…

200,000 flee in biggest displacement of Syrian conflict, monitor says

By Ben Brumfield, Josh Levs and Gul Tuysuz, CNN Istanbul (CNN) — The sudden, massive flood of refugees fleeing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is unlike any other…

Rise of Islamic schools causes alarm in secular Turkey

Dawn: ISTANBUL: When Turkish pupils received their school entry exam results after the end of last term, textile worker and father Halil Ibrahim Beyhan received an unpleasant surprise. His daughter…

ISIS Draws a Steady Stream of Recruits From Turkey

By CEYLAN YEGINSU SEPT. 15, 2014 THE NEW YORK TIMES ANKARA, Turkey — Having spent most of his youth as a drug addict in one of the poorest neighborhoods of…

Political bickering keeps U.S. ambassadors at home

Summary SUMMARY by David Ignatius, The Daily Star, Lebanon   Talk about America’s decline is usually wrong. But how else would you describe a country that, in a world of…

NEO-ORIENTALISM WITH A THOUSAND FACES

ibrahim Kalın 19 August 2014, Tuesday The coverage of Turkey by European and American media outlets is becoming increasingly hysterical, and is far from the established rules of critical and…

TURKEY MAY SWITCH TO A PRESIDENTIAL SYSTEM IN 2015, ADOPT A NEW CONSTITUTION

ANKARA – Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç announced that Turkey may switch to a presidential system after the 2015 election, on Saturday. Speaking to Northern Iraq’s Rudaw TV, Arınç…

TURKEY AND INDONESIA AS MODELS OF DEMOCRATIC STATE FOR THE MUSLIM WORLD

by Hilmi Gashi Should the state remain neutral with regard to religious matters? Should Muslims have the right to religious freedom – including the right to disbelief? How significant are…

Turkey: Women Should Not Laugh in Public

Turkish Deputy PM: Women Shouldn’t Laugh in Public cause it’s immodest Hundreds of women posted photos of themselves laughing to protest remarks that women should refrain from laughing in public.…

Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan Returns Jewish American Award Over Gaza Comments

Source: AP and the Huffington Post ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is returning an award given to him by a Jewish American group in 2004,…

eDigest: Turkey calls on UN to intervene against Israel

Epigraph: Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be…

Turkey calls on UN to intervene against Israel

Epigraph Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be…

EU top court rejects German language test for Turks

Related Stories EU restarts talks with Turkey Language call to Germany’s Turks Turkey country profile The EU’s top court says it is wrong for Germany to impose a basic language…

Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, Turkey’s ‘Rockin’ Imam’, Gets Green Light From Religious Authorities

Huff Post: ISTANBUL (RNS) Turkey’s religious authorities have given the go-ahead for the country’s controversial “Rockin’ Imam” to keep on rocking. Ahmet Muhsin Tuzer, a Muslim prayer leader from the…

ISIL abducts Turkish consul staff in Mosul Turkish government warns of retaliation if its citizens are harmed

Turkey has promised to retaliate if any of its citizens are harmed in Iraq, after 49 members of the Turkish consulate in Mosul were abducted by the Islamic State of…

Turkish Court Says YouTube Ban Is Unconstitutional

NY TImes: Turkey’s highest court ruled Thursday that a government ban on the video-sharing site YouTube was unconstitutional and a violation of freedom of expression. The Constitutional Court sent its…

Armenia invites Turkish leader to ‘genocide’ anniversary

STORY SUMMARY Armenia on Tuesday invited Turkey’s leader to events next year marking the 100th anniversary of World War I-era massacres that Armenians say amounted to genocide, despite Ankara’s fierce…

Turkey mine disaster death toll disputed by furious locals

Officials say death toll from explosion at mine in western Turkey likely to be around 300, but some say more are trapped. The final death toll from Turkey‘s mine disaster will…

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