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The council of 350 churches worldwide wrote to Turkey's president to express its opposition to the move.

An Arabic-language statement published on the official Turkish presidency website said the move to 'resurrect' Hagia Sophia paves the way for the liberation of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque.

US 'disappointed' by Turkey mosque move on Hagia Sophia

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US 'disappointed' by Turkey mosque move on Hagia Sophia

Turkey's decision to transform the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia into a mosque was 'disappointed' the United States said on Friday.

Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship: Erdogan

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Hagia Sophia to be reopened for Muslim worship: Erdogan

President Erdogan announced that the Hagia Sophia, one of the architectural wonders of the world, would be reopened for Muslim worship.

Turkey sentences 121 people to life imprisonment over coup

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Turkey sentences 121 people to life imprisonment over coup

Turkey has sentenced 121 people to life imprisonment or “aggravated life imprisonment” for participating in a 2016 attempt to overthrow ...

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Turkish lawmakers approve prisoner release law amid coronavirus pandemic

The new law excludes detainees charged under controversial anti-terrorism laws and journalists, politicians and lawyers in pre-trial detention.

The New Arab

Three Turkish prisoners die of coronavirus

As Turkish lawmakers continue debating a draft law to release 90,000 inmates from overcrowded prisons, three prisoners were confirmed dead on ...

The New Arab

Turkish private jet manager 'threatened' into helping Ghosn escape

The dramatic escape of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn has prompted the arrest of five people in Turkey.

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'Mum, don't die': Murder of Turkish woman sparks outrage

The 38-year-old was stabbed to death in a cafe on August 18 by her former husband in the central Anatolian city of Kirikkale, according to the ...

Turkey ends ban on lawyers visiting jailed PKK leader

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Turkey ends ban on lawyers visiting jailed PKK leader

Turkey on Thursday lifted an eight-year ban on lawyer visits for Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan after months of protests by Kurdish ...

The New Arab

Turkey's EU membership bid suspended following European parliament vote

The EU parliament has voted to suspend Turkey's application to join the European bloc.

UN judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

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UN judicial expert in Turkey to probe Khashoggi murder

The UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, will be in Turkey until Saturday for a series of ...

Turkey slams 'unacceptable' UK court extradition rejection

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Turkey slams 'unacceptable' UK court extradition rejection

Akin Ipek faces charges in Turkey of funding 'terrorist' enterprises linked to the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.

Turkey, US lift sanctions on ministers: Ankara

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Turkey, US lift sanctions on ministers: Ankara

Ankara-Washington relations have been strained since the July 2016 failed coup but were hurt further by Turkey's two-year detention of an ...

US says 'few weeks' before sanctions over Khashoggi murder

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US says 'few weeks' before sanctions over Khashoggi murder

The US Secretary of State has said it would be a "handful more weeks" before Washington had evidence to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia over ...

The New Arab & agencies

US 'urges Riyadh to return Khashoggi's remains to family'

Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, to complete paperwork.

The New Arab & agencies

US may lift Turkey sanctions after US pastor's release

The secretary of state's comments are a sign of thawing relations between the two NATO allies.

The New Arab & agencies

US slaps sanctions on Turkey officials over detained pastor

The detention of Pastor Andrew Brunson has soured relations between NATO allies Washington and Ankara.

The New Arab

Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder quits Germany over 'racism'

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil retired from the German national team on Sunday, after facing racism and disrespect over his dual nationality.

Turkey set for new 'anti-terror' law after election win

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Turkey set for new 'anti-terror' law after election win

Erdogan's party submitted an 'anti-terror' bill on Monday that would allow police to hold suspects without charge for 48 hours.

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey post-coup sweep saw 2,000 suspects detained

More than 2,000 people have been arrested by Turkish security forces during a sweep on suspects linked to the 2016 failed coup attempt.

Turkish police detain 48 suspected IS members

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Turkish police detain 48 suspected IS members

More than 300 Turkish citizens have died from Islamic State-linked terror attacks in recent years.

Amnesty chief visits jailed Turkey director in prison

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Amnesty chief visits jailed Turkey director in prison

Amnesty International's head visited activists from the human rights group who have been detained since Turkish police raided a hotel outside ...

State police seize control of biggest Turkish anti-Erdogan newspaper

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State police seize control of biggest Turkish anti-Erdogan newspaper

Turkish police took control of the headquarters of Zaman during a dramatic midnight raid raising fresh concerns amid domestic and international ...

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