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A Byzantine-era Istanbul church is set to re-open as a mosque on Friday, with images of its covered mosaics prompting anger.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Turkey - with its penchant for period pieces - has dropped a music video to celebrate the 949th anniversary of the Battle of Manzikert.

Erdogan converts another former Istanbul church into mosque

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Erdogan converts another former Istanbul church into mosque

The Turkish president is set to turn another ancient Orthodox church into a mosque.

France to beef up military presence in Eastern Mediterranean

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France to beef up military presence in Eastern Mediterranean

France announced it would temporarily boost its military presence in the Eastern Mediterranean in response to Turkey's contested oil and gas ...

EU to discuss Turkey-Greece tensions in Eastern Mediterranean

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EU to discuss Turkey-Greece tensions in Eastern Mediterranean

Ankara resumed gas exploration in the disputed Eastern Mediterranean this week after Athens signed a maritime borders agreement with rival Egypt.

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Turkey announces resuming eastern Mediterranean energy search

Turkey announced its intention to search for energy in the eastern Mediterranean, despite conflict with Greece in the past.

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Syria Insight: Russia moves into Iran-controlled eastern Syria

Eastern Syria has been viewed as under Iran's sphere of interest, but the resource-rich region remains a lucrative area for Russia too.

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Sudan welcomes Pompeo comments on ending terror listing

Pompeo has repeatedly indicated that the State Department hopes to remove the designation, which severely impedes investment to Sudan.

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Russia to help build 'mini Hagia Sophia' in Syria

Moscow has said it will assist the Syrian regime in building a miniature version of Istanbul's Hagia Sophia in response to ...

Turkey rejects calls to resurrect Islamic caliphate

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Turkey rejects calls to resurrect Islamic caliphate

A spokesman for the ruling party said that Turkey would remain a secular republic after a pro-government magazine issued a call to resurrect the ...

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Top Turkey cleric attacked over 'offensive' Hagia Sophia sermon

The head of Turkey's religious body has been slammed for comments he made that were deemed to be offensive to the modern republic's founder ...

Women gather across Turkey in support of anti-violence treaty

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Women gather across Turkey in support of anti-violence treaty

Women across Turkey gathered in support of a landmark treaty on combating violence against women as fears grow over Ankara's possible withdrawal ...

Greek protesters burn Turkish flag following <em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> conversion

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Greek protesters burn Turkish flag following Hagia Sophia conversion

Protesters in the Greek city of Thessaloniki burned Turkish flags after Muslim prayers were held in the Hagia Sophia, while ...

Turkey calls Greek reaction to <em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> prayers 'hostile'

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Turkey calls Greek reaction to Hagia Sophia prayers 'hostile'

Relations between NATO allies Ankara and Athens have been uneasy in recent months but tensions increased over Hagia Sophia and ...

World-famous cat stays in <em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> after mosque reconversion

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World-famous cat stays in Hagia Sophia after mosque reconversion

Turkey has announced that Hagia Sophia’s most famous resident, an adorable cat with more than 54,000 Instagram followers, will stay in ...

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Hagia Sophia mosque reconversion is 'proof of weakness': Greece

Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said the Hagia Sophia is in the hearts of Orthodox Christians 'more than ever' as thousands attended the site's first Muslim prayers in decades.

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First prayers in 86 years held at Hagia Sophia

Thousands of people gathered for worship at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul as it controversially reopened as a mosque after ...

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Turkey invites Pope Francis for Hagia Sophia ceremony

Pope Francis is among several world leaders invited to the ceremony marking the re-conversion of the Hagia Sophia, founded as ...

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Turkey must stop 'provocation' in eastern Mediterranean: Germany

The EU is unhappy at what it says is Turkey's illegal drilling for oil and gas off the coast of Cyprus.

Anger as Turkey begins razing historic Ottoman-era brewery

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Anger as Turkey begins razing historic Ottoman-era brewery

Turkey's top religious authority plans to turn a historic brewery into a mosque and Islamic cultural centre.

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Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque

Erdogan paid a visit to Hagia Sofia just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to be held at the Istanbul landmark since it was ...

Turkey's <em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> mosque conversion 'forbidden': Egypt mufti

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Turkey's Hagia Sophia mosque conversion 'forbidden': Egypt mufti

Egypt’s grand mufti, Shawky Allam said Turkey's conversion of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque is forbidden in Islam.

<em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> will open outside prayer time, says Turkey

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Hagia Sophia will open outside prayer time, says Turkey

Erdogan, who said the first Muslim prayers in Hagia Sophia would begin on July 24, has insisted the building will be open to ...

Moscow says it regrets Turkish <em>Hagia</em> <em>Sophia</em> move

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Moscow says it regrets Turkish Hagia Sophia move

Russia voiced regret over Turkey's decision to convert the iconic Hagia Sophia in Istanbul back into a mosque.

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