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Erdogan Takes Hard Line Against Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

He accuses countries of supporting Kurdish groups

(Newser) - The United States struggled Wednesday to get clarity from Turkey over the severity of its opposition to Finland and Sweden joining NATO, as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took an increasingly tough line against their membership bids. In a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the United Nations,...

Carvings Reveal Multicultural Procession of Ancient Gods

Archaeologists say the carvings suggest an unexpected melding of cultures

(Newser) - “I felt as if I was in a ritual when I was confronted by the very expressive eyes and majestic serious face of the storm god Hadad,” Dr. Mehmet Önal told the New York Times, describing his feelings as he viewed a “procession of almond-eyed deities”...

In One Country, the Cost of Living Is Up Almost 70%

Food prices in Turkey have nearly doubled year-on-year

(Newser) - Like many other countries, Turkey is facing rising inflation caused by factors such as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Unlike other countries, Turkey has responded by cutting interest rates, not raising them—and the result has been what one analyst calls a "spectacular failure." Official figures...

Turkey Moves Khashoggi Murder Trial to ... Saudi Arabia

Country is now accused of trying to cover up its findings as it seeks to restore relations

(Newser) - A court in Turkey has transferred the trial over Jamal Khashoggi's murder to Saudi Arabia, which is unlikely to even hear it, wiping away hopes from some human rights advocates that justice can finally be achieved for the journalist who was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in...

'The Whole World Is Waiting'
'The Whole World Is Waiting'

'The Whole World Is Waiting'

Face-to-face talks between Russia and Ukraine underway in Turkey

(Newser) - The first face-to-face talks between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats in more than two weeks was underway Tuesday morning in Turkey, though expectations of a major breakthrough were small. "The whole world is waiting ... for good news from you," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he opened the...

COVID Patient Has Tested Positive 78 Straight Times

Man has asked Turkish government for help after 14 months of isolation

(Newser) - Since late 2020, Muzzafer Kayasan has taken 78 COVID-19 tests. Every one has come back positive. The result is that he's spent 14 months in isolation, either in a Turkish hospital or at home, Business Insider reports. The 56-year-old leukemia patient, who's home now in Istanbul, has gotten...

Khashoggi Slaying Suspect Arrested
Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart

Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart

Man arrested in Paris isn't the right Khaled Alotaibi

(Newser) - Update: Officials didn't get their guy after all. ABC News reports the man arrested Tuesday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport in connection with the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was the wrong man. In what was apparently a case of...

Death Toll in Turkey Floods Rises to 44, More Missing

Climate change, improper construction blamed for flooding and destruction

(Newser) - The death toll from severe floods and mudslides in coastal Turkey has climbed to at least 44, the country's emergency and disaster agency said Saturday. Torrential rains that pounded the Black Sea provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop on Wednesday caused flooding that demolished homes, severed at least five...

Pictures From a Planet That's on Fire
Pictures From a
Planet That's on Fire
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Pictures From a Planet That's on Fire

Fires are raging from Greece to Siberia to California

(Newser) - Writing for Time , Ciara Nugent doesn't pull any punches: "The World Has Been On Fire For the Past Month," reads her headline. But it's an assertion she backs up with photos from locations scattered across the northern hemisphere, from Greece and Italy to Siberia and our...

Biden Picks Republican for Ambassador to Turkey
Biden Picks Flake for Turkey

Biden Picks Flake for Turkey

Republican supported president over Trump in election

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday nominated former Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who endorsed his 2020 run for the White House, to serve as US ambassador to Turkey. Flake served in the US Senate from Arizona from 2013 to 2019 and in the House from 2001 to 2013. Flake retired from...

Turkey Pulls Out of Domestic Violence Treaty

Thousands were expected to protest around the nation after Erdogan withdraws from Istanbul Convention

(Newser) - A decade ago, Turkey was the first nation to sign an international treaty meant to protect women from domestic violence. In March, the nation was stunned when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he'd issued a decree to pull out of the Istanbul Convention , and on Thursday, that withdrawal was...

Turkish Advocacy Puts Giuliani Under Investigation

This case, over pressure placed on Trump, isn't criminal

(Newser) - The Justice Department is looking into whether Rudy Giuliani conducted lobbying for Turkey. Giuliani's activities involving Ukraine already are being investigated; that case is being handled separately, ABC reports. There was no comment yet from Giuliani or his lawyer, but the former personal lawyer for former President Trump has...

Biden, Erdogan Meet at Tense Time for US-Turkey Relations

They will meet at the NATO summit in Brussels on Monday

(Newser) - President Biden and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have known each other for years, but their meeting Monday will be their first as heads of state. And it comes at a particularly tense moment for relations between their two countries, the AP reports. The list of disagreements is unusually long...

Turkey Fights to Save Its Seas 'From This Mucilage Calamity'

The country is battling its worst 'sea snot' outbreak

(Newser) - As far as presidential quotes go, it's a pretty good one: "Hopefully, we will save our seas from this mucilage calamity." So said Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday in reference to a "sea snot" outbreak in his country that is wreaking havoc on area...

EU Leader Talks About Chair Snub Caught on Video

Ursula von der Leyen says Turkey left her standing at meeting because she's a woman

(Newser) - Turkey, the European Council, and her EU colleague have tried to explain why there was no chair for Ursula von der Leyen at a meeting earlier this month. And von der Leyen looked into the matter herself, examining government documents, but could find no justification for officials at Turkey's...

Erdogan Defiant After Biden's Statement on Genocide

'If you call it genocide, go ahead and look in the mirror'

(Newser) - Turkey’s president said Monday he was "highly saddened" by President Biden’s decision to mark as genocide the mass deportations and massacres of Armenians in the early 20th century, calling it baseless and unjust. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Biden’s decision undermined Turkish-American relations but also expressed hope...

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades
Armenian Americans
Worked for This for Decades

Armenian Americans Worked for This for Decades

The genocide 'is my family's story,' one woman says

(Newser) - Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day was different this year, after President Biden recognized the killings carried out by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century constituted genocide—ending decades of disappointment and broken promises for Armenian Americans. Hundreds of people dressed in black visited a hilltop monument in Montebello, east...

Biden Formally Recognizes Armenian Genocide

No previous president has used the term for mass killings under Ottoman Empire

(Newser) - President Joe Biden has formally recognized that the systematic killings and deportations of hundreds of thousands of Armenians by Ottoman Empire forces in the early 20th century were "genocide"—using a term for the atrocities that his White House predecessors have avoided for decades over concerns of alienating...

Report: Biden Plans to Keep Promise on Armenian Genocide

Move is expected to infuriate Turkey

(Newser) - As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to declare the slaughter of more than a million Armenians in the final years of the Ottoman Empire a genocide but failed to do so as president . President Biden made the same promise on the campaign trail, and sources tell the New York Times...

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...

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