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Boy Goes Into Cardiac Arrest After Biting Into Hot Dog

Doctors say he has Brugada syndrome

(Newser) - When a 9-year-old boy took a big bite out of a hot dog in Turkey, he didn't choke on it—but he still almost died. That's because, as tests following his resuscitation from cardiac arrest revealed, he has a rare genetic condition known as Brugada syndrome, which impairs... More »

Christie's Forced to Reveal Name of $14.5M Bidder

Turkey filed lawsuit claiming 5,000-year-old idol was looted from country

(Newser) - A famous auction house must give up the name of the buyer who tried to pay $14.5 million for a rare idol the Turkish government claims was illegally taken from the country, a judge ruled Wednesday. According to Christie's , the 9-inch Guennol Stargazer comes from the Chalcolithic period... More »

Strong Quake Shakes Turkey, Greek Islands

2 tourists killed on Kos; 70 hurt in Turkey

(Newser) - Rescuers are checking for trapped people inside houses on the Greek island of Kos after a powerful earthquake struck the area at night. Authorities have confirmed two deaths and say about 30 people are injured. The epicenter of the 6.5-magnitude quake early Friday morning was between Kos and Bodrum,... More »

Turkey Isn't Going to Teach Kids About Evolution Anymore

Official says evolution is 'controversial' and too complicated for students

(Newser) - Schools in Turkey will no longer teach evolution, and critics worry the country is moving further away from secularism, the Guardian reports. Alpaslan Durmus, a senior education official under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says evolution is "controversial" and still being debated. He also says it's too complicated a... More »

3 Kids, 2 Adults Electrocuted in Water Park Pool

Authorities are investigating how Turkey accident happened

(Newser) - Five people, including two teenagers and a 12-year-old, died Friday after being electrocuted at a water park pool in northwest Turkey, Turkish media reports said. The three children were caught up in an electrical current in the pool in the town of Akyazi, in Sakarya province, the state-run Anadolu Agency... More »

Turkish Guards Stomped US Protesters. Now, Charges

A dozen members of Erdogan's team to be charged; 2 Turkish-Americans arrested

(Newser) - It was a brutal display of violence that played out in broad daylight in Washington, DC, and now US authorities are charging members of the Turkish president's security detail. Police in Washington on Thursday will announce charges against 12 of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's guards who beat and... More »

12 Years After Honor Killing, Brothers Acquitted—Again

2005 murder of woman over her 'Western lifestyle' rattled Germany

(Newser) - Hatun Surucu was 23 when her life ended at a Berlin bus stop a dozen years ago, three bullets fired into her head. The German-born ethnic Kurd's killer, her youngest brother, Ayhan, was allegedly avenging the family's honor—Hatun Surucu had divorced the husband she'd been forced... More »

In Video, Turkish President Watches Violence at DC Protest

One theory suggests that Erdogan ordered his guards to attack protesters

(Newser) - A DC protest that turned violent earlier this week made headlines because armed members of the visiting Turkish president's security detail were seen pummeling protesters near the home of Turkey's ambassador. Nine people were hospitalized, and the violence stirred outrage online as critics of Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused... More »

There's Another Twist in the Michael Flynn Drama

'NYT' reports Trump team knew he was under investigation before inauguration

(Newser) - Yet another twist in the Michael Flynn drama: President Trump's transition team knew weeks before the inauguration that Flynn was under federal investigation for links to a foreign power, but that was no obstacle to his hiring as national security adviser, sources tell the New York Times . The insiders... More »

After Trump-Erdogan Meeting, DC Protests Turn Violent

9 injured outside residence of Turkish ambassador

(Newser) - Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrested during an altercation Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, DC. Two of those hurt were seriously injured and taken to hospitals, reports the AP . Police say the altercation broke out about 4:30pm between two groups, but didn'... More »

US Will Supply Heavier Arms to Syrian Kurds to Fight ISIS

Turkey accuses the US of arming terrorists to fight terrorists

(Newser) - President Trump will provide heavier arms to Syrian Kurds in a move certain to anger Turkey, the New York Times reports. The US will supply YPG with things like anti-tank missiles and heavy machine guns so the Kurdish militia can help take Raqqa, a Syrian city serving as the capital... More »

Web Users in Turkey Can No Longer Access Wikipedia

Turkish government blocked the site, claiming 'smear campaign'

(Newser) - Turkish internet users discovered early Saturday their government had banned access to Wikipedia, Reuters reports. The government in Turkey is allowed to ban access to websites if it decides they are obscene or a threat to national security. According to CNN , Turkey's communications ministry says articles on Wikipedia claimed... More »

Foreign Fighters Rethinking Their ISIS Allegiance

'Guardian' reports on a wave of desertions

(Newser) - ISIS is steadily losing territory in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of foreign fighters are apparently having second thoughts about fighting to the death for it. The Guardian reports that officials in Turkey and Europe say large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning the group and trying to flee,... More »

Trump Breaks With State Dept., Congratulates Turkey's Leader

Hours before Trump's phone call to Erdogan, rep shared concerns

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyp Erdogan Monday on winning a controversial referendum that expands his powers, but the US State Department was more wary. Hours before Trump's phone call to the Turkish leader, State Department spokesman Mark Toner echoed the concerns of the Organization for Security and... More »

Erdogan's Narrow Win Could Be 'Pyrrhic Victory'

He says he wants to bring back death penalty

(Newser) - A very narrow win for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been declared in Sunday's referendum—so narrow that some analysts believe the vote to expand his powers and allow him to stay in office until 2029 could end up weakening him. The Wall Street Journal notes that after... More »

Turkey's Erdogan Calling a Win; Opposition to Challenge

Turkish president looks to have won a hotly contested referendum cementing his powers

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is declaring victory in the contentious national referendum that could keep him in power until 2029 with vastly expanded powers, reports the Washington Post . The apparent victory isn't exactly clear cut, with the opposition not even waiting for the ballot count to finish before... More »

A Vote Sunday Could Dramatically Change Turkey

President is seeking to expand his powers

(Newser) - Voters in Turkey go to the polls Sunday, but this is no ordinary election. Technically, it's about whether to shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system, reports CNBC . But the bigger issue is that it would result in sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Supporters say... More »

The Surprise Dutch-Turkish Fight, Explained

Upcoming votes in each country and far-right politician Geert Wilders at center

(Newser) - A blizzard of headlines over the past week have revolved around a spat between the Netherlands and Turkey, and seemingly at the center of them all is a far-right Dutch politician named Geert Wilders. A primer on the diplomatic fight and the stakes involved:
  • About Wilders: He leads the Party
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Turkish Prez: 'Nazism Is Alive in the West'

Things are deteriorating rapidly between Turkey, Netherlands

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drove his dispute with European nations to the hilt Sunday, boldly claiming that "Nazism is alive in the West" and calling on international organizations to "raise their voices" and enact sanctions against the Netherlands after it escorted a minister out of the country... More »

6 Days After Release, Killer Killed at Own Wedding

But his victim's father isn't celebrating

(Newser) - Six days after he was released from prison for the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy, a Turkish man was himself shot dead—at his own wedding on Saturday. Daimi Akyuz, 46, had been sentenced to a maximum of 36 years in prison after he opened fire at a cafe... More »

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