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Akıncı demands action after ‘racist’ attack on Turkish Cypriot tourist coach

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) President Mustafa Akıncı has called on the ‘Greek Cypriot administration of South Cyprus’ to take action after a coach picking up a group of tourists from Larnaca airport was reportedly targeted in a “racially motivated attack”. Mr Akıncı raised the issue with the UN’s top official in Cyprus, Elizabeth […]

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US senators’ bid to lift arms embargo on Greek Cypriots, threaten Turkey, passes Congress hurdle – but with new Russian strings attached

A bill calling on the American government to lift a decades-old arms embargo on the Greek Cypriot-controlled Republic of Cyprus has passed a legislative hurdle – but only after an amendment was added making such a move conditional on denying the Russian navy access to the island’s ports. The Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations voted […]

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Turkey’s ‘fearless advocate’ Prof. Norman Stone dies

Norman Stone, the former Professor of Modern History at Oxford and European History at Bilkent, has died aged 78. The Scottish historian and multi-linguist, who spoke 12 languages, was a former advisor to Margaret Thatcher, often attracting controversy with his outspoken views, not least in rejecting claims of an “Armenian Genocide” in Ottoman Turkey. He […]

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Frankfurt underground stop named in honour of hero teenage Turk

An underground train station in Frankfurt, Germany, has been named after a Turkish teenager who lost his life trying to help a person who had fallen onto the tracks. The Ostendstraße stop on the city’s S-Bahn underground system will now also be known as Alptuğ-Sözen-Station, according to German media reports. New signs in memory of […]

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Turkish Cypriots hail Green Line murder suspect swap 

Leading politicians in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) have hailed an exchange of murder suspects with the Greek Cypriot South. United Nations peacekeepers, acting as go-betweens, handed over Pakistani citizen Muhammad Salman to TRNC police, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kudret Özersay (pictured above, right) announced on Thursday, 13 June. […]

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Turks up in arms after national team “disrespected” at Reykjavik airport

A diplomatic incident has developed between Iceland and Turkey following the alleged mistreatment of the Turkish national football team at Keflavik International Airport. The squad arrived in the Icelandic capital on Sunday, ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2020 Group H crunch game against the Nordic side. The Turks accused Iceland of “insulting” treatment after they were […]