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North Cyprus PM Ersin Tatar accused of “racism” over remarks about foreign workers and students

The Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus (TRNC) has come under fire after making controversial comments about foreign students and workers while discussing his government’s new coronavirus Economic Aid package on television. Appearing on one television programme on 24 March, Prime Minister Tatar spoke about African students in the TRNC and said […]

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Justice, finally, for the family of hate crime victim Sevag Şahin Balıkçı

A Turkish court has sentenced Kıvanç Ağaoğlu to 16 years and 8 months in prison for killing Sevag Şahin Balıkçı. Ağaoğlu was found guilty of ‘voluntary manslaughter with eventual intent’. Balıkçı, 25, a Turkish-Armenian citizen, was shot dead by Ağaoğlu on April 24, 2011 when they were both doing their compulsory military service in Batman […]

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Istanbul mayoral hopeful İmamoğlu slams ethnic ‘smear campaign’

Ekrem İmamoğlu, the main opposition candidate fighting for a second time to become mayor of Istanbul, has hit out at a “smear campaign” targeting his ethnicity. Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his AK party’s candidate Binali Yıldırım have reportedly been suggesting that Mr İmamoğlu is of “secret” Greek heritage, with less than three […]

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Greek Cypriot Archbishop’s Easter denunciation latest in long line of insults

The head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Cyprus courted controversy when he issued an anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-Turkey, anti-TRNC Easter message, which also condemned Greek Cypriots who went shopping in North Cyprus and used Ercan airport. The diatribe by Archbishop Chrysostomos II, which sparked a storm of protest on social media, was issued on Easter […]