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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and officials attend the inauguration of Taksim Mosque in central Istanbul, Turkey May 28, 2021.(via Reuters)

Turkey President Erdogan inaugurates major new mosque in heart of Istanbul

Reuters | | Posted by Kunal Gaurav, Istanbul
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 07:28 PM IST
The Taksim mosque looms symbolically over a monument to the foundation of the Turkish republic by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, whose staunchly secular legacy has been eroded by nearly two decades of Erdogan's rule.
A photo of Istanbul shared by NASA(Instagram/NASA)
A photo of Istanbul shared by NASA(Instagram/NASA)

NASA shares picture of Istanbul from space, leaves netizens mesmerised

By Khyati Sanger
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2021 12:24 PM IST
NASA took to Instagram to share a picture of Istanbul, city seems to be glowing.
Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19(Photo by RJ Baculo on Unsplash)
Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19(Photo by RJ Baculo on Unsplash)

Philippines warns of strict lockdown as swimming parties, picnics spike Covid-19

AP |
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2021 09:53 AM IST
  • President Rodrigo Duterte warns Philippines officials to enforce Covid-19 lockdown restrictions as swimming parties, drinking sprees and picnics held earlier this month in three resorts lead to a surge in coronavirus infections
Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’ by Turkish artist and here’s what it means(Instagram/shahidkapoor)
Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’ by Turkish artist and here’s what it means(Instagram/shahidkapoor)

Shahid Kapoor shares ‘picture of happiness’, positive essence by Turkish artist

By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2021 04:48 PM IST
  • Shahid Kapoor tries dispelling the surrounding Covid-19 gloom by sharing a ‘picture of happiness’ by well-known Turkish painter Abidin Dino and we are taking a leaf out of his message of positivity this Monday
A U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting was postponed as Taliban balk a conference that Washington expected would move Afghanistan's warring sides to a final peace agreement has been postponed, as fresh violence rattles the Afghan capital, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (File Photo / AP)
A U.S.-backed Afghan peace meeting was postponed as Taliban balk a conference that Washington expected would move Afghanistan's warring sides to a final peace agreement has been postponed, as fresh violence rattles the Afghan capital, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (File Photo / AP)

US-backed Afghan peace talks in Turkey postponed after Taliban no-show

AP |
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2021 03:11 PM IST
Taliban crisis: No new date was given for the US-backed peace conference, which was to have started on Saturday under the sponsorship of the United Nations, Turkey and Qatar.
Devoted dog Boncuk waits at the entrance of a medical care facility.(AP)
Devoted dog Boncuk waits at the entrance of a medical care facility.(AP)

Dog spends days outside hospital waiting for her human in Turkey

AP |
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 11:22 PM IST
The pet, Boncuk (Bon-DJUK), which means bead, followed the ambulance that transported her owner, Cemal Senturk, to a hospital.
The Sultanahmet area of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque abuzz at sunset
The Sultanahmet area of Istanbul and the Blue Mosque abuzz at sunset

Once upon a stranger: My most exciting encounters during my travels

Hindustan Times | By Riaan George
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 08:13 AM IST
A luxury and travel blogger picks out five delightful people he has met during his travels
People, police and medics gather outside the privately-run Sanko University Hospital in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey.(AP)
People, police and medics gather outside the privately-run Sanko University Hospital in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey.(AP)

Hospital fire kills 9 Covid-19 patients at ICU in Turkey

Ankara | By Associated Press | Posted by Kunal Gaurav
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:57 PM IST
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted that nine people were killed in the fire, raising the earlier estimate of eight dead by the hospital and the Gaziantep governor’s office.
The planned restoration of flights suggests that tensions between Turkey and the UAE are receding. Saudi and Turkish leaders agreed last month to keep their channels of dialogue open.(ANI file photo)
The planned restoration of flights suggests that tensions between Turkey and the UAE are receding. Saudi and Turkish leaders agreed last month to keep their channels of dialogue open.(ANI file photo)

UAE, Turkey to resume flights for first time since coronavirus

By Bloomberg | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2020 07:08 PM IST
The UAE and Turkey are on opposing sides of a proxy war in Libya and disagree on issues ranging from Syria and Iraq to the eastern Mediterranean.
Mouni’s sultry mini dress at this whopping cost sets the Internet on fire(Instagram/imouniroy)
Mouni’s sultry mini dress at this whopping cost sets the Internet on fire(Instagram/imouniroy)

Mouni Roy’s sultry look along with the whopping cost of her sequin mini dress sets the Internet on fire

Hindustan Times, Delhi | By Zarafshan Shiraz
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2020 09:49 AM IST
Mouni Roy recently gave a glimpse of her smoking hot magazine cover photoshoot from Dubai, donning a puff sleeved sequin mini dress that cost a fortune and our jaws just dropped on the floor
Representational image(Unsplash)
Representational image(Unsplash)

In ancient Italian monastery, monks defend a dying tradition

Grottaferrata, Italy | By Reuters | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2020 11:59 AM IST
In an ancient monastery behind huge medieval battlements in a hilltop town just south of Rome, 10 monks are striving to keep alive a 1,600-year-old spiritual tradition against increasing odds. Aged between 23 and 89, they are among Italy’s last remaining Byzantine-rite monks.
Formula One F1 - Turkish Grand Prix - Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 13, 2020 Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES(REUTERS)
Formula One F1 - Turkish Grand Prix - Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey - November 13, 2020 Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES(REUTERS)

Verstappen again fastest in final practice for Turkish GP

Istanbul | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 14, 2020 04:39 PM IST
On a slippery track compared to an “ice rink” by Lewis Hamilton after Friday’s two practice runs, Verstappen was .94 seconds quicker than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and 1.57 ahead of Red Bull teammate Alexander Albon on a resurfaced Istanbul circuit last used in Formula One in 2011.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice.(REUTERS)
Red Bull's Max Verstappen during practice.(REUTERS)

Verstappen leads Red Bull one-two in slippery Turkish practice

ISTANBUL | By Reuters
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 05:03 PM IST
The 23-year-old produced a best lap of one minute 35.077 seconds at the end of the session on a recently resurfaced Istanbul track whose lack of grip on a cold morning posed problems for all.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, right, visits Ahmet Citim, rescued from the debris of his collapsed house, in Izmir, Turkey, Sunday.(AP Photo)
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, right, visits Ahmet Citim, rescued from the debris of his collapsed house, in Izmir, Turkey, Sunday.(AP Photo)

‘I never lost hope’: 70-year-old pulled out alive in Turkey as earthquake toll hits 75

Izmir, Turkey | By Associated Press | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 08:34 AM IST
The quake triggered a small tsunami that hit Samos and the Seferihisar district of Izmir, drowning one elderly woman. The tremors were felt across western Turkey, including in Istanbul as well as in the Greek capital of Athens. Hundreds of aftershocks followed.
Members of rescue services with sniffer dogs search in the debris of a collapsed building for survivors in Izmir, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.(AP)
Members of rescue services with sniffer dogs search in the debris of a collapsed building for survivors in Izmir, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.(AP)

70-year-old pulled out alive in Turkey as earthquake toll hits 60

Izmir | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON NOV 01, 2020 06:23 PM IST
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the death toll Sunday in Izmir to 58. Two teenagers were killed Friday on Samos and at least 19 others were injured.
People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece.(AP)
People stand outside their homes in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece.(AP)

Strong Aegean Sea earthquake topples buildings in Turkey

Istanbul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON OCT 30, 2020 06:42 PM IST
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.
People work on a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.(AP)
People work on a collapsed building, in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, after a strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday's earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16.5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.(AP)

6.6 magnitude earthquake in Aegean Sea shakes Turkey, Greece

Istanbul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 06:43 PM IST
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean at a depth of 16,5 kilometers (10.3 miles) and registered at a 6.6 magnitude.
People walk in the tourist area surrounding Houhai Lake during Chinese National Day holidays in Beijing, China, October 2, 2020.(REUTERS)
People walk in the tourist area surrounding Houhai Lake during Chinese National Day holidays in Beijing, China, October 2, 2020.(REUTERS)

Coronavirus has Chinese tourists heading for domestic destinations

Hong Kong | By Associated Press | Posted by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 01:02 PM IST
This year, travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic mean that some 600 million tourists — about 40% of the population — will travel within China during the holiday that began Thursday, according to Ctrip, China’s largest online travel agency.
A Saudi court this month jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the murder, four months after Khashoggi’s family forgave his killers and enabled earlier death sentences to be set aside.(AP file photo)
A Saudi court this month jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for the murder, four months after Khashoggi’s family forgave his killers and enabled earlier death sentences to be set aside.(AP file photo)

Turkey prepares second indictment on 6 Khashoggi murder suspects: Report

Istanbul | By Reuters| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 03:07 PM IST
The reports did not specify the charges in the indictment, nor did they say whether the six suspects were among those already being tried in absentia in an Istanbul court for Khashoggi’s killing.
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard(AFP)
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard(AFP)

Bouchard reaches first WTA final in over 4 years in Istanbul

ISTANBUL | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 09:41 PM IST
After the Canadian defeated Paula Badosa 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals, she will play Patricia Maria Tig or Tereza Martincova in Sunday’s decider. Bouchard will go for her second title after winning in Nuremberg in 2014.
An aerial view shows deserted streets around Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya and the city during a two-day curfew which was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Istanbul.(REUTERS)
An aerial view shows deserted streets around Byzantine-era monument of Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya and the city during a two-day curfew which was imposed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Istanbul.(REUTERS)

Istanbul introduces limits to gatherings as coronavirus spreads

Istanbul | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2020 06:44 PM IST
Coronavirus infections and deaths began increasing in Turkey after the government loosened restrictions on public activity in June, returning to levels last seen in mid-May.
Turkish police officers stand guard atop the Kariye (Chora) museum, the 11th century church of St. Savior.(REUTERS)
Turkish police officers stand guard atop the Kariye (Chora) museum, the 11th century church of St. Savior.(REUTERS)

After Hagia Sophia, Erdogan reconverts Turkey’s historic Chora church to mosque

Istanbul | By Reuters | Posted by: Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON AUG 22, 2020 06:24 AM IST
The mediaeval Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora, built near the ancient city walls of Constantinople, contains 14th century Byzantine mosaics and frescoes showing scenes from biblical stories.
Several heritage buildings, traditional Lebanese homes, museums and art galleries have also sustained various degrees of damage.(Sursock Palace/Instagram)
Several heritage buildings, traditional Lebanese homes, museums and art galleries have also sustained various degrees of damage.(Sursock Palace/Instagram)

Sursock Palace, a 19th century heritage landmark in Beirut, destroyed in blast

Beirut | By Associated Press | Posted by Saumya Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 05:28 PM IST
The Sursock palace, built in 1860 in the heart of historical Beirut on a hill overlooking the now-obliterated port, is home to beautiful works of arts, Ottoman-era furniture, marble and paintings from Italy — collected by three long-lasting generations of the Sursock family.
Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey on July 24, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
Worshippers attend afternoon prayers and visit Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, for the first time after it was once again declared a mosque after 86 years, in Istanbul, Turkey on July 24, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

Turkey and Greece in war of words of over prayers at Hagia Sophia

Istanbul | By Reuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 07:07 AM IST
Greece and Turkey disagree on a range of issues from airspace to maritime zones in the eastern Mediterranean and ethnically split Cyprus.
Gli the cat of Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is pictured at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey July 2, 2020.(REUTERS)
Gli the cat of Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is pictured at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey July 2, 2020.(REUTERS)

Insta-famous Gli the cat can stay even as Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia changes

Istanbul, Turkey | By Reuters | Edited by: Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 02:15 PM IST
The grey cat with shining green, crossed eyes, has become a favourite with visitors, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, who was filmed stroking her during a trip in 2009.
Mr Erdogan is now trying to push, under the garb of restoring past historic glory, majoritarian political measures(AP)
Mr Erdogan is now trying to push, under the garb of restoring past historic glory, majoritarian political measures(AP)

Why Erdogan is wrong on Hagia Sophia | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2020 06:49 PM IST
To push his majoritarian Islamist politics, he is reversing Turkey’s rich history
A woman poses for a selfie in front of Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii, which the Turkish president declared to be open to Muslim worship after a court ruling, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 11, 2020.(REUTERS)
A woman poses for a selfie in front of Hagia Sophia, or Ayasofya-i Kebir Camii, which the Turkish president declared to be open to Muslim worship after a court ruling, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 11, 2020.(REUTERS)

World Council of Churches expresses dismay over Hagia Sophia

FRANKFURT, Germany | By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai
UPDATED ON JUL 12, 2020 12:59 AM IST
As a World Heritage museum, “Hagia Sophia has been a place of openness, encounter and inspiration for people from all nations,” Ioan Sauca said in the letter released Saturday by the Geneva-based group.
Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a Byzantine cathedral before being converted into a mosque which is currently a museum, is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020.(REUTERS)
Hagia Sophia or Ayasofya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was a Byzantine cathedral before being converted into a mosque which is currently a museum, is seen in Istanbul, Turkey, June 28, 2020.(REUTERS)

Museum or mosque? Top Turkey court to rule on Hagia Sophia

Istanbul, Turkey | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by : Alfea Jamal
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 12:39 PM IST
Turkey’s top court will deliver a critical verdict Thursday on whether Istanbul’s emblematic landmark and former church Hagia Sophia can be redesignated as a mosque, a ruling which could inflame tensions with the West.
The UEFA Champions League trophy displayed at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.(AFP/File)
The UEFA Champions League trophy displayed at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon.(AFP/File)

UEFA mulls Champions League final host away from Istanbul

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 10:10 AM IST
UEFA is aiming to complete its elite club competition in August after the delayed domestic leagues of the remaining sides have managed to conclude.
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