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"Those who do not take a step against Islamophobia in their own countries ... attack Turkey's will to use its sovereign rights," Erdogan said.

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

Hagia Sophia resurrection paves way for 'Al-Aqsa liberation': Erdogan

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Hagia Sophia resurrection paves way for 'Al-Aqsa liberation': Erdogan

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.

US demands $879 million from Iran over Saudi attack

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US demands $879 million from Iran over Saudi attack

Saudi Hezbollah allegedly carried out the attack by driving an explosives-laden truck into the eight-story Khobar Towers complex where Western ...

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China, US in new spat over Uighur crackdown

The latest Chinese response followed a US announcement of visa bans and an assets freeze on three officials, including the architect of Beijing's hardline policies against minorities.

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TNA Webinar Video: Beyond Minneapolis, #BlackLivesMatter highlights global racism

Our webinar series hosts live discussions on issues related to the Middle East, North Africa, Asia and beyond

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Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown

Dubai has reopened its doors to tourists after months under quarantine.

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US sanctions senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights abuses

The US has imposed visa bans and asset freezes on senior Chinese officials including the chief of the Communist Party, in response to 'horrific' ...

Starbucks barista writes 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's cup

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Starbucks barista writes 'ISIS' on Muslim customer's cup

The 19-year-old told a press conference she was wearing a hijab when she made the order and repeated her name several times.

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US: UN report 'whitewashes' Iran general

A UN report describing the US-directed killing of Qasem Soleimani as unlawful was 'intellectually dishonest' and 'whitewashed' the Iranian ...

US to start Cyprus military training despite Turkey opposition

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US to start Cyprus military training despite Turkey opposition

Washington last year removed a decades-old arms embargo on Cyprus, defying Turkish opposition.

Iraq intelligence chief sacked in latest military shakeup

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Iraq intelligence chief sacked in latest military shakeup

Observers say the reshuffle is linked to investigations into the deadly suppression of protests which broke out in October last year.

Ilhan Omar calls for dismantling US 'system of oppression'

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Ilhan Omar calls for dismantling US 'system of oppression'

Muslim Minnesota Congresswoman Illham Omar delivered a powerful speech about racism in the US.

US formally starts withdrawal from World Health Organization

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US formally starts withdrawal from World Health Organization

The United States has formally withdrawn from the World Health Organization amid the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed the ...

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Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long coronavirus shutdown

Dubai is opening to international tourists after months under lockdown due to Covid-19.

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American student released after 486 days in Egyptian prison

An American student in Egypt has been released after spending over a year in prison after months of pressure from the Trump department.

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US: International students whose classes move online risk deportation

The US said it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the ...

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Iraqi researcher on militant groups Hisham al-Hashemi killed

Jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi was shot outside his home in Baghdad on Monday and died shortly thereafter at a local hospital, an Iraqi ...

To defeat systemic racism, America must end endless war

Nima Gerami

To defeat systemic racism, America must end endless war

Comment: The US desperately needs an open and honest debate about the ways race and racism have influenced its foreign policy for centuries, ...

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Israeli mining magnate dodged US sanctions in DRC deals

Israeli mining magnate Dan Gertler used a global money laundering network to get around US sanctions and extract further mineral wealth from DR ...

French jihadist gets 30 years for Syria crimes

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French jihadist gets 30 years for Syria crimes

The presiding judge said he wanted to give him "a glimmer of hope", even though he could have been sentenced to life on being convicted of all ...

Prosecutors seek life term for French jihadist

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Prosecutors seek life term for French jihadist

Tyler Vilus, 30, is facing charges of belonging to a terrorist group, heading a group of Islamic State fighters and "aggravated murder" ...

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Gasia Ohanes

'Pivoting East': Will China come to Lebanon’s rescue?

Running quickly out of options as talks over an IMF bailout stall, Lebanon's Hezbollah-backed government says it wants to pivot to China, but ...

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