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'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...

Plane Skids Off Runway, Breaks Into Pieces

Pegasus Airlines flight was arriving at Istanbul airport; one dead, 157 hurt

(Newser) - A plane skidded off the runway Wednesday as it tried to land in Istanbul, crashing into a field and breaking into pieces. Passengers had to evacuate through cracks in the smashed plane and authorities said more than 100 people were sent to the hospital with injuries, the AP reports. CNN...

Surveillance Tape Shows a Saudi in Khashoggi's Clothes

CNN: Footage shows 'body double' leaving consulate, elsewhere in Istanbul

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia has finally admitted Jamal Khashoggi is dead , but a new development adds to suspicion about the Saudis' "shifting narrative": surveillance tape showing a "body double," one of the 15 suspects in Khashoggi's death, coming out of the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul dressed in...

What Happened to Jamal Khashoggi?

We need answers on journalist's disappearance, and possible murder, in Turkey: editorial

(Newser) - Is Jamal Khashoggi alive or dead? It's time the US got involved to determine the truth about the missing Saudi Arabian journalist, declares an editorial in the Washington Post . Khashoggi, who contributes to the Post, hasn't been seen since Tuesday, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul....

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...

Suspect Caught in Istanbul NYE Nightclub Massacre

Turkish police say they have the gunman who killed 39

(Newser) - A gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday. The suspect was caught in a special operations police raid on a house in a housing complex in...

Turkey Says It Now Knows Who the Nightclub Gunman Is

But they haven't released details

(Newser) - Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least five suspected ISIS militants believed to be linked to the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack , the state-run news agency reported. The operation was launched in the Aegean port city of Izmir and was ongoing, Anadolu Agency said. The gunman, who killed 39 people during...

'Selfie Video' of Istanbul Attacker Surfaces

Nightclub gunman may be Central Asian man

(Newser) - Turkish media on Tuesday ran a "selfie video" of a man they say is the gunman who killed 39 people , most of them foreigners, at an Istanbul nightclub. The video broadcast on Turkish television shows the alleged gunman filming himself with a cellphone at Istanbul's Taksim Square. It...

ISIS Claims Responsibility for Nightclub Massacre

Chilling video of Istanbul attack emerges

(Newser) - ISIS has made what is believed to be a credible claim of responsibility for the New Year's Eve horror in Istanbul. "In continuation of the blessed operations that Islamic State is conducting against the protector of the cross, Turkey, a heroic soldier of the caliphate struck one of...

At Least One US Citizen Injured in Nightclub Attack

Istanbul gunman still at large

(Newser) - At least one citizen is among the wounded in the Sunday terror attack that killed 39 and injured 70 at an Istanbul nightclub, Fox News and CNN report. Authorities are still searching for the gunman, who was dressed as Santa as he went on a shooting spree during New Year'...

First Terror Attack of 2017 Hits Turkey, Killing 39 at Club

Gunman said to have been dressed as Santa also wounded 70 at Istanbul nightclub Reina: reports

(Newser) - Heavily armed police have been blocking the snowy street in front of Istanbul's Reina nightclub, where a gunman said to have been dressed as Santa killed at least 39 people and wounded almost 70 during New Year's Eve celebrations, the AP reports. Istanbul's governor says the attacker,...

Explosions Heard Near Soccer Stadium; 20 Hurt in Istanbul

The attack appears to have been targeting a police bus

(Newser) - Two explosions hit Saturday night outside a major soccer stadium in Istanbul, and Turkish authorities say about 20 police officers have been wounded, the AP reports. Police cordoned off the area as smoke rose from the newly built Besiktas Stadium. Witnesses said gunfire could be heard in what appeared to...

Iraq's 'Garden of Eden' Added to Prestigious List

Wetlands of southern Iraq are one of 12 new UNESCO world heritage sites

(Newser) - Fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, vast and remote wetlands along the border with Iran in southern Iraq that are considered to be the biblical "Garden of Eden" have just been named a UNESCO world heritage site, the United Nations reports. Among the 12 new sites added to...

Officials Say 1-Armed Man Behind Istanbul Airport Attack

They call him 'Akhmed One-Arm,' and he's a known terrorist

(Newser) - The attack on Istanbul's airport that left dozens dead and hundreds injured Tuesday was likely organized by a one-armed Chechen terrorist who goes by "Akhmed One-Arm," Fox News reports. A news organization in Turkey identified Ahmed Chatayev as the organizer of the terrorist attack, as did US...

At Least 36 Killed in Suicide Bombings at Istanbul Airport

Officials believe ISIS is behind the attack

(Newser) - Several suicide bombers have hit Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing at least 36 people and wounding more than 140, Istanbul's governor and other officials said Tuesday. The attack is being linked to ISIS. Turkey's NTV television quoted Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin as saying three suicide bombers carried out...

Turkish Cops Use Tear Gas on Protestors After Radiohead Attack

Radiohead fans were reportedly attacked by an angry mob in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons Saturday to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting an attack targeting an event for Radiohead fans the previous night, the AP reports. Skirmishes between police and demonstrators broke out near a record store that hosted the Radiohead event that ended in violence. On...

Turkey: Istanbul Bomber Was ISIS Member

He was a Turkish citizen and not on any wanted list, minister says

(Newser) - Turkey's interior minister has identified the suicide bomber who killed four foreign tourists in Istanbul as a militant with links to ISIS. Minister Efkan Ala says the bomber was Turkish citizen Mehmet Ozturk, who was born in 1992 in Gaziantep province, which borders Syria. Ala says Ozturk wasn't...

2 Americans, 3 Others Killed by Suicide Bomber in Istanbul

At least 20 were injured

(Newser) - A suicide attacker detonated a bomb on Istanbul's main pedestrian shopping street on Saturday, killing five people, the AP reports. The White House announced that two of the dead were American citizens, though it didn't identify them, according to AFP . Twenty other people were injured in the attack....

Bomber With 'Syrian Roots' Kills 10 in Heart of Istanbul

Turkey President blames Syrian suicide bomber

(Newser) - A Syrian suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a historic district of Istanbul popular with tourists Tuesday morning, killing at least 10 people and wounding 15 others, said Turkish officials. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in televised remarks that both Turks and foreigners were among the dead in the explosion...

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