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Prosecutors said the case had "tarnished the country's image as a kleptocracy" and sought a deterrent sentence to remind those in public office that "no one is above the law."

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 caliphate.

Turkey controversial bar association law moves ahead despite criticism

The New Arab Staff

Turkey controversial bar association law moves ahead despite criticism

Turkey's reform of bar associations has been decried as an attempt to divide the legal profession along political lines, but the governmet says it allows for more pluralism and democratisation.

Erdogan shuts down university linked to rival

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Erdogan shuts down university linked to rival

Erdogan has ordered a university co-founded by his rival Ahmet Davutoglu.

Hints of rapprochement between rivals Egypt <em>and</em> Turkey, explained

Mel Plant

Hints of rapprochement between rivals Egypt and Turkey, explained

Behind-the-scenes talks indicate warming ties between longtime rivals Egypt and Turkey but Emirati influence over Cairo looks to hamper ...

Gasia Ohanes

The significance of Erdogan's Hagia Sophia conversion plan

As opposition parties call for early elections, Erdogan's critics say he is using Hagia Sophia to divert attention from economic turmoil threatening to further undercut his popularity.

The New Arab Staff

Syrians, Turkey prepare for new conflict in Idlib

The Syrian regime has been positioning forces near rebel-held territory as Russian planes carry out airstrikes, as Idlib residents and ...

The New Arab

Turkey jails politician over videos of song from mosques

An opposition politician in Turkey has been detained by authorities for sharing a video that showed the moment mosques blared an Italian ...

The New Arab & agencies

Turkey makes arrests after mosques play WWII anti-facist song

Instead of the call to prayer, mosques in Izmir played the anti-fascist anthem 'Bella Ciao', prompting authorities to launch a probe into ...

Turkish lawmakers approve prisoner release law amid coronavirus pandemic

The New Arab & agencies

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 ...

Azhar Al-Rubaie

The fight for LGBT rights in Iraq's revolution

LGBT Iraqis are fighting for their rights on the frontline of the country's protest movement.

Former Erdogan ally launches much-anticipated rival <em>party</em>

The New Arab

Former Erdogan ally launches much-anticipated rival party

Former economy czar Ali Babacan will officially launch the party on Wednesday after a months-long wait.

Turkey will open borders for Syrian refugees

The New Arab

Turkey will open borders for Syrian refugees

Nearly one million Syrians have fled the escalating violence in Idlib, and Turkey has decided it will open its borders and ...

Syria Weekly: Few options to end catastrophe in Idlib

Paul McLoughlin

Syria Weekly: Few options to end catastrophe in Idlib

Turkey and Russia are facing off over Idlib, with a last-ditch attempt to save Idlib from disaster at French-brokered crisis talks.

Turkey to abolish visas for UK tourists

The New Arab

Turkey to abolish visas for UK tourists

Turkey is set to welcome six countries, including the UK and Poland, into its visa-free club as a move to open European borders.

The New Arab

Turkey slams 'unsatisfactory' Russia proposals on Idlib

Turkey and Russia are locked in talks in Moscow, but Ankara has slammed what it called 'unsatisfactory' proposals by the Russians.

The New Arab

Turkey tells Russia it will start Idlib operation

Turkey has massed troops on the Syria border, ready for an operation in Idlib province.

The New Arab

Erdogan ally says Turkey should prepare to invade Damascus

Devlet Bahceli called on Turkey to review its ties with Russia and prepare to take Damascus after the Syrian regime attacked Turkish ...

The New Arab

Syrian regime prepares for attack on Idlib city

The Syrian regime has launched attacks on a road from rebel-held Idlib city to a nearby village in what appears to be preparation for an attack ...

Anger as Turkey lawmakers set to introduce 'marry-your-rapist' bill

The New Arab

Anger as Turkey lawmakers set to introduce 'marry-your-rapist' bill

A bill intended to grant amnesties for child rapists if they marry their victim is due to be introduced later this month in Turkey.

The New Arab

Profile: Lebanon's new government, including first-ever female defence chief

Six women have been appointed in Lebanon's allegedly 'technocratic' government – but are the ministers as fresh-faced as they seem?

Turkey clerics defy tradition to allow interest on loans

The New Arab

Turkey clerics defy tradition to allow interest on loans

Traditional Islamic thought bars lending money with interest rates.

Malaysia's former PM 'asked UAE to fake evidence'

The New Arab & agencies

Malaysia's former PM 'asked UAE to fake evidence'

Malaysia's disgraced former prime minister reportedly sought help from UAE's crown prince, asking him to fake evidence in an attempt the cover ...

Sudan's year long march to democracy <em>and</em> reform

Afnan Hassab Jaffar

Sudan's year long march to democracy and reform

The year 2019 will undoubtedly forever be engraved in the hearts and minds of the people of Sudan who celebrated the start of the New ...

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