Thursday, November 27, 2014

Another Byzantine structure rescued in Istanbul - ARCHAEOLOGY

Another Byzantine structure rescued in Istanbul

ISTANBUL

The traces of a large cistern have been found during the construction of a hotel on land owned by the Armenian Catholic Mıhitaryan Monastery and School Foundation in Istanbul’s Şişli Halaskargazi neighborhood.

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Pope Francis to visit Turkey in most challenging mission of papacy so far | World news | The Guardian

Pope Francis to visit Turkey in most challenging mission of papacy so far

Pontiff to try to tackle relations with Islam, Christian persecution in the Muslim world and the Catholic-Orthodox schism

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Minister admits ’Ak Saray’ ruling not overturned

Minister admits ’Ak Saray’ ruling not overturned

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ (R) (Photo: Cihan)
November 27, 2014, Thursday/ 17:33:53/ VEDAT DENİZLİ / Ankara

The minister of justice has admitted that a February court ruling ordering a halt to the construction of the new presidential palace has not been reversed by a higher court and apologized for previously having said the opposite.

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Dutch foreign minister talks to Turkey after racism claim row - DutchNews.nl

Dutch foreign minister talks to Turkey after racism claim row
Politics
November 27, 2014

Netherlands turkeyDutch foreign minister Bert Koenders had a 30-minute phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart about claims that the Netherlands discriminates against Dutch Turkish citizens on Wednesday night.

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How Strong Is the U.S. Friendship with the Kurds? - The New Yorker

How Strong Is the U.S. Friendship with the Kurds?
By Elliot Ackerman

A couple of weeks ago, I was preparing to head back to Turkey from Erbil, in northern Iraq. I had spent the past few days in and around the city, visiting the Kurdish peshmerga’s front lines against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Matt, my travel companion on this trip, had lived in the semiautonomous Kurdish region during the Iraq War, spending two years working at the American University of Iraq, in Sulaymaniyah, a neighboring city. After we checked out of our hotel, he insisted that we stop by the Citadel of Erbil. I’d never been, and he said that it’d be a crime if I didn’t see it.

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Pope Francis tour tour of Turkey will highlight plight of refugees

Pope Francis tour of Turkey will highlight plight of refugees

Francis will help draw the attention of Europe to the plight of refugees and the need for other countries to assist Turkey in its humanitarian burden

This Friday, Pope Francis heads to Turkey on his sixth international visit, an event spread over three days in several major Turkish cities, including the capital, Ankara, where he will be the guest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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6 new Turkish films hit the road for Festival on Wheels

6 new Turkish films hit the road for Festival on Wheels

November 26, 2014, Wednesday/ 16:50:22/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL

A selection of multiple award-winning recent features by Turkish directors, including Erol Mintaş’s “Annemin Şarkısı” (Song of My Mother) and Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s “Ben O Değilim” (I Am Not Him), will be offered to cinephiles in three Turkish cities at this year’s Festival on Wheels, which unrolls its 20th edition this weekend in Ankara.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I’m a defender of women’s rights, says Erdogan - The Malaysian Insider

I’m a defender of women’s rights, says Erdogan

Published: 26 November 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims he is a defender of woman's rights. – Reuters pic, November 26, 2014.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims he is a defender of woman's rights. – Reuters pic, November 26, 2014.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan today insisted he had advocated women's rights throughout his political career, accusing media of distorting his hugely controversial comments on equality between men and women.

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Turkey's Erdogan attacks US 'impertinence' on Syria | Daily Mail Online

Turkey's Erdogan attacks US 'impertinence' on Syria

By Afp

Published: 08:43 EST, 26 November 2014 | Updated: 08:43 EST, 26 November 2014

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed US "impertinence" on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with US Vice President Joe Biden.

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The Netherlands' Newest "Accomplishment"

The Netherlands' Newest "Accomplishment"

by Abigail R. Esman
November 26, 2014 at 4:00 am

The Netherlands, that country that so bravely pioneered movements such as gay marriage and the legalization of marijuana, seems on the brink of pioneering yet another: the official Islamization of Europe's parliaments.

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Turkey slams Dutch prejudice against Turks | Turkey | Worldbulletin News

Turkey slams Dutch prejudice against Turks

Discrimination, xenophobia and Islamophobic and racist accusations against Turks in Netherlands are unacceptabble says Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman

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Turkey alone against the world

Turkey alone against the world

Turkey appears to be in the grip of a wave of xenophobia, according to the results of a recent survey by the US-based Pew Research Foundation. The findings come as the country has to cope with two conflicts on its borders and faces increasingly strained relations with key allies and neighbours. But as Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, the findings could be part of a far deeper historical fear of the West

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Women's groups slam Turkey's Erdogan for sexist remarks - CNN.com

Rights groups slam Turkey's Erdogan over remarks on women
By Laura Smith-Spark and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
updated 6:18 PM EST, Tue November 25, 2014

Istanbul (CNN) -- Women's rights groups responded angrily Tuesday to comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that women and men are not equal "because their nature is different."

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Ancient house with floor heating unearthed in southern Turkey - ARCHAEOLOGY

Ancient house with floor heating unearthed in southern Turkey

ISPARTA – Doğan News Agency

A Roman-era house that has been unearthed in the ancient city of Pisidia in the southern province of Isparta’s Yalvaç district used the floor heating system, archaeologists have said, adding that the house also had water and sewage systems.

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