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Friday, July 03, 2020

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

‘A de-facto civilian coup is happening in Turkey:’ Opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Leader of CHP party addresses a number of pressing issues in interview with the Independent Turkish
Kilicdaroglu wants newly formed political parties to join forces with the opposition Nation Alliance

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Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused - Bloomberg

Inflation Going the Wrong Way for Turkey After Rate Cuts Paused
By Cagan Koc
July 2, 2020, 12:47 PM EDT Updated on July 3, 2020, 3:14 AM EDT

A pickup in Turkey’s inflation is becoming hard to ignore even for a central bank that spent almost an entire year cutting interest rates.

Faster cost increases for food and energy kept inflation accelerating for a second month in June. Consumer prices rose an annual 12.6% after a gain of 11.4% in May, more than the median of 12% in a Bloomberg survey of 22 analysts.

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Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again

Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again
"You say to us: 'Please don't turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque.' Do you mean Turkey should bow to your will?"

Hagia Sophia is the symbol of Istanbul and Turkey’s most popular tourist attraction. Every year, millions of visitors take in its gigantic brick dome and elaborate frescoes, which have earned the building UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site status.

More:Undoing Atatürk: What Erdoğan Gains in Turning Istanbul's Hagia Sophia Into a Mosque Again

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque - BBC News

Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque
2 July 2020

The Hagia Sophia has huge significance as a religious and as a political symbol
A Turkish court has delayed a decision on whether the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul can be converted into a mosque.

The Council of State - Turkey's highest administrative body - said it would make a ruling within 15 days, after a hearing lasting just 17 minutes.

More:Hagia Sophia: Turkey delays decision on turning site into mosque - BBC News