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At 3-Leader Summit, Only the 2 Men Got Chairs

EU leader Ursula von der Leyen ended up on sofa during talks in Turkey

(Newser) - The hashtag #GiveHeraSeat started trending in Europe Tuesday after two European Union leaders of equal rank visited Turkey for talks—and only the male one was offered a chair. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left standing awkwardly as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU Council President...

Biden: Treaty on Domestic Violence Is Needed

President criticizes Turkey for dropping out of international agreement

(Newser) - President Biden added his voice Sunday to the international criticism of Turkey's decision to drop out of an agreement designed to prevent violence against women. "Countries should be working to strengthen and renew their commitments to ending violence against women, not rejecting international treaties designed to protect women...

First Signee Quits Domestic Violence Pact

Human rights group calls Turkey's decision 'devastating' to global efforts

(Newser) - A nation already dealing with shocking cases of violence against women was stunned Saturday when Turkey's president withdrew from an international treaty to protect women. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued the decree early in the day, and protesters immediately took to the streets of Istanbul, the BBC reports. An...

They Paid $36M for Copper. Instead, They Got Rocks

Mercuria Energy is the victim of an elaborate fraud

(Newser) - One of the five biggest oil traders in the world paid $36 million for 6,000 tons of copper, but instead received a bunch of painted rocks. Mercuria Energy Group, a Swiss commodities trader, went to Turkish police after realizing the 300 containers shipped from Turkey to China on eight...

Monolith Briefly Baffles Turkey
Mystery Solved
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Mystery Solved on New Monolith

Turkey's space program announcement explains the appearance and disappearance

(Newser) - The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan may not be known as a bunch of pranksters, but it conceded Tuesday that a monolith that mysteriously appeared in a field was an official publicity stunt. The 10-foot-tall monolith was discovered Friday in a field of wheat and olive trees, the...

This Dog Waited for Days Outside Hospital for Owner
Who's a Good Girl?
This Devoted Dog

Who's a Good Girl? This Devoted Dog

Boncuk waited for days outside a hospital in Turkey for her owner to be discharged

(Newser) - A devoted dog spent days waiting outside a hospital in northern Turkey where her owner was receiving treatment, per the AP . The pet, Boncuk (Bon-DJUK), which means bead, followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to the hospital in the Black Sea city of Trabzon on Jan. 14....

What World Leaders Are Saying About DC Violence

'Disgraceful,' 'shocking,' and 'concerning'

(Newser) - “Disgraceful." That’s Boris Johnson’s take on images of Trump supporters storming the US Capitol on Wednesday, according to the Guardian . “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,...

Turkey Sentences Hundreds to Life Over Coup Attempt

Pilots, generals received life sentences

(Newser) - A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. A total of 475 defendants, including some generals and fighter jet pilots at...

Smoking in Public Just Got Banned Here to Curb COVID

Turkey says too many people are lighting up and lowering their masks

(Newser) - With more than 400,000 COVID-19 cases and upward of 11,000 deaths already logged in Turkey, the country isn't messing around when it comes to its latest numbers surge. Per Bloomberg , nearly 2,700 new cases were IDed on Wednesday—the highest daily count since the end of...

Dishwasher May Have Saved Toddler in Earthquake

91 hours later, Ayda Gezgin was found in 'life triangle' amid rubble of collapsed building

(Newser) - Rescues continue after last week's powerful earthquake in Turkey, and a kitchen appliance may have helped save the life of the latest survivor to be found. A day after a 3-year-old girl was pulled out of the debris of a collapsed building in Izmir, another toddler was found alive...

He Thought the Girl Was Dead. Then, 'She Opened Her Eyes'

After quake, 3-year-old Elif Perincek is pulled alive from rubble in Turkey, as is 14-year-old Idil Sirin

(Newser) - Some good news amid tragedy as two girls in Turkey were rescued from the rubble left by Friday's earthquake in the Aegean Sea, nearly three days after the powerful temblor shook that country and Greece. Per CNN , a 3-year-old girl identified as Elif Perincek was pulled alive Monday out...

Man Pulled From Quake Rubble: 'I Never Lost Hope'

Death toll in Turkey and Greece climbs

(Newser) - Rescuers extricated a 70-year-old man from a collapsed building in western Turkey on Sunday, some 34 hours after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea struck Turkey and Greece , killing at least 60 people and injuring more than 900. It was the latest series of remarkable rescues after the Friday...

Quake, Tsunami Wreak Havoc on Greece, Turkey

At least 6 dead in Izmir, hundreds injured after 6.6 magnitude temblor in Aegean Sea

(Newser) - A strong earthquake struck Friday in the Aegean Sea between the Turkish coast and the Greek island of Samos, collapsing buildings in the city of Izmir in western Turkey. Officials said at least six people were killed and scores were injured. A small tsunami struck the Seferihisar district of Izmir,...

Turkey's Erdogan Keeps Whaling on Macron, Warns US

Erdogan also takes aim at US for warnings on Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the US to impose sanctions against his country while also launching a second personal attack Sunday on French President Emmanuel Macron, who has been a vocal critic of Turkish foreign policy in recent months. "The person in charge of France has lost his...

This Conflict Is 'One Step Away From a Large-Scale War'

Hundreds killed in fighting, shelling as Azerbaijan vows to retake Armenian enclave

(Newser) - Nagorno-Karabakh—an ethnic Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan as big as Rhode Island and as populous as Syracuse, NY—has been the site of fierce fighting in recent weeks. Analysts fear it could trigger a wider regional war involving Turkey, Russia, and Iran. Since fighting erupted on Sept. 27, hundreds of...

'This Is Hagia Sophia Breaking From Its Captivity Chains'

Muslims headed Friday to Istanbul's Hagia Sophia for first prayers there in nearly 9 decades

(Newser) - Thousands of Muslims converged on Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia on Friday to take part in the first prayers in 86 years, at what was once one of Christendom's most significant cathedrals, then a mosque and museum before its reconversion into a Muslim place of worship. Turkish President Recep...

Jubilation, Dismay at Status Change of Turkish Landmark

Muslims thrilled Hagia Sophia to be reconverted to a mosque; Orthodox Christians, not so much

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum. The decision to reconvert Hagia Sophia—a former cathedral that was turned...

This Khashoggi Murder Trial Won't Be Secret

20 Saudi nationals go on trial in absentia in Turkey

(Newser) - Twenty Saudi nationals are on trial in absentia in Turkey for the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, including two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Ahmed al-Asiri, the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence, and Saud al-Qahtani, an...

After 4 Years, NASA Scientist Held in Turkey Returns Home

Serkan Golge was convicted of involvement in 2016 coup against Erdogan

(Newser) - Former NASA scientist Serkan Golge, detained on terrorism charges in Turkey, is back on American soil for the first time in four years. The Turkish-American arrived with his family in Washington early Tuesday, some seven months after President Trump said he'd secured a deal for his release, per the...

Country Lets Kids Out for First Time in 40 Days

Turkey is considering testing tourists this summer

(Newser) - Turkey's parks filled with the sound of children Wednesday as the government allowed people ages 14 and under to leave home for the first time in 40 days. As the Turkish government continues to loosen some of its coronavirus restrictions, the country's youngest residents may now venture out...

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