Tag: Istanbul

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Nearly 1500 Daesh suspects arrested in Istanbul in 2017

Almost 1,500 people were apprehended in Istanbul last year on suspicion of links to the so-called Islamic State, or Daesh, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency. Anadolu reported last week that counter terrorism units belonging to the Istanbul Police Department carried out 58 operations against Daesh in 2017. A total of 1,447 suspects have been […]

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Istanbul OIC Summit declares East Jerusalem capital of Palestine

   Yesterday’s emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul ended with a declaration signed by all 57 member states recognising East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, and inviting the rest of the world to do the same. The summit was called by Turkey’s President Erdoğan in response to US President […]

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TRNC Foreign Minister criticises Muslim states for failing Palestinians and Turkish Cypriots 

  Foreign Minister Tahsin Ertuğruloğlu used today’s Extraordinary Summit of the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) in Istanbul to speak out about his frustration at Muslim states for their “insufficient” response to the plight of both Turkish Cypriots and the Palestinian people. The Summit, called by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss the OIC’s […]

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All change as long-serving Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş steps down suddenly

  Kadir Topbaş caused waves when he suddenly announced his resignation last Friday, 22 Sep. At a hastily arranged press conference, the Mayor, who had held the post since first being elected back in March 2004, told journalists: “A man can forgive everything but being betrayed.” The mild-mannered veteran politician did not openly criticise the Justice […]

Features
How Halla Barakat inspired me as a Turkish Cypriot
 

  Halla Barakat was many things to many people. Many of you might recognise her as a pretty face that has been appearing in your social media news feeds in recent days, but maybe you haven’t stopped to read what all the fuss is about. For those of you who have, you would know that […]

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Miracle escape after private jet crashes at Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport

A small private aircraft heading for North Cyprus has crashed and burst into flames on the runway of Istanbul’s biggest airport earlier this evening. Miraculously the jet’s two pilots, a cabin crew member and sole passenger survived. According to state-run news agency Anadolu, the jet, registered as TC-KON, had reported a malfunction soon after take […]

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20th TÜRKSOY Opera Days taking place in Istanbul and Girne

  An annual opera festival with celebrated artists from across the Turkic work has started. The opening performance of TÜRKSOY took place at the Grand Pera Theatre in Istanbul on Monday night. In keeping with tradition, the series of concerts will also travel to the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus for its final event on […]

Film
Istanbul cat documentary Kedi now screening at the Barbican

  Londoners, if you missed the recent screening of Kedi at the BFI, you have another chance! This must-see film for cat and Istanbul lovers offers an intimate and fascinating tour of the streets, alleys and enclaves of Turkey’s biggest metropolis from a cat’s-eye-view. Roaming the streets of Istanbul, director Ceyda Torun follows seven felines […]

Film
The Trans Sex Workers of Istanbul: special London screening and Q&A

  To celebrate LGBT Pride Month, the Frontline Club is screening two short films about the Turkish and Latin trans communities. Directors Andy Hayward and Olivia Crellin will be present for a Q&A discussion about their mini documentaries, chaired by India Willoughby, Britain’s first transgender newsreader. The number of transphobic murders in Turkey has increased […]