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Challenge accepted: Turkish feminists spell out real meaning of hashtag

Challenge accepted: Turkish feminists spell out real meaning of hashtag

Feminists in Turkey have called on the rest of the world not to forget the original context of Instagram’s #challengeaccepted trend, which was supposed to draw attention to in the country before it was co-opted by western celebrities.Femicide, violence against women and so-called “honour” killings are deeply rooted issues in Turkey. Last week, the country was rocked by the brutal killing of , a 27-year-old student, who was allegedly killed by an ex-boyfriend.Campaigners are also deeply worried about fresh efforts by ’s ruling party to repeal a Council of Europe treaty known as the Istanbul...

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Jul 31
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Turkish MPs to vote on bill that could block Facebook and Twitter

Turkish MPs to vote on bill that could block Facebook and Twitter

Law would give authorities power to regulate content on large social media sites in Istanbul and Fri 24 Jul 2020 08.12 EDTTurkey’s parliament is preparing to vote on a bill that would effectively block sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube unless they comply with strict new regulations, as Ankara significantly steps up its efforts to control social media content.The draft legislation would force social media companies with more than 1 million daily users in Turkey to establish a formal presence in the country or assign an in-country representative who would be legally accountable to...

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Jul 24
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Turkey's 'last Armenian village' displays heritage that survived genocide

Turkey's 'last Armenian village' displays heritage that survived genocide

Vakifli, a village in Hatay, the small wedge of Turkey sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the border with Syria, has the melancholy honour of being known as the country’s .These days, it is home to just 100 people, but ’s orange groves and traditional stone houses are rich with history. Every summer, thousands of visitors in search of a connection to their Armenian past descend on the tiny village to visit its church, buy locally made jams and soap, and listen to the West Armenian dialect.Lora Baytar, a journalist and art historian, decided a long time ago she wanted to create a...

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Jul 11
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Twenty Saudi officials to go on trial in absentia over Khashoggi killing

Twenty Saudi officials to go on trial in absentia over Khashoggi killing

Twenty Saudi officials will go on trial in absentia in Turkey on Friday accused of the killing of journalist , almost two years after his disappearance in Istanbul shocked the world and irreparably tarnished the image of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as a liberal reformer.Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee, , and UN special rapporteur Agnès Callamard, waited for the judges to arrive in a courtroom at the imposing courthouse complex in Istanbul’s Çağlayan neighbourhood shortly before 10am (7am GMT) on Friday. Both women are hoping the trial will shed more light on the grim circumstances of...

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Jul 3
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John Bolton urged to elaborate on Trump-Erdoğan claims

John Bolton urged to elaborate on Trump-Erdoğan claims

The former US national security adviser John Bolton is facing calls to elaborate on a claim in his that Donald Trump agreed to help Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by intervening in a federal investigation into a Turkish state-owned bank.In excerpts of the memoir seen by US media, Bolton said Trump appeared to “give personal favours to dictators he liked”, and claimed that during a 2018 phone call Erdoğan sent Trump a memo insisting that the scandal-hit Halkbank was innocent.“Trump then told Erdoğan he would take care of things, explaining that the [New York] southern district prosecutors...

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Jun 18
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Killing of Kurd in Turkey sparks discrimination accusations

Killing of Kurd in Turkey sparks discrimination accusations

The murder of a 20-year-old man in Ankara has launched a wave of accusations of discrimination in over the mistreatment of the ethnic minority. Barış Çakan was visiting a park with a friend in Ankara’s Etimesgut neighbourhood on Sunday night when he asked three men to turn down the volume of the music playing from their car during the evening call to prayer. The friend told police that an argument ensued and Çakan was stabbed in the heart and killed, according to a statement from the Ankara governor’s office on Monday. Three suspects were arrested.Initial news reports quoted a family member...

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Jun 2
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Fighting escalates in Yemen despite coronavirus 'ceasefire'

Fighting escalates in Yemen despite coronavirus 'ceasefire'

Saudi-led coalition accuses Houthis of breaching unilateral truce 241 times in 48 hours, Middle East correspondentTue 14 Apr 2020 12.04 EDTFighting in between the Houthi rebels and forces loyal to the exiled government has escalated, despite a ceasefire designed to help the war-torn country focus on containing the .The Saudi and Emirati-led coalition fighting to restore Yemen’s internationally recognised government accused the Houthis of breaching the truce 241 times in 48 hours, including the use of heavy weaponry and ballistic missile attacks in the central governorates of Marib, al-Jawf...

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Apr 14
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UN inquiry stops short of directly blaming Russia over Idlib attacks

UN inquiry stops short of directly blaming Russia over Idlib attacks

A UN investigation has stopped short of directly calling a perpetrator in attacks on hospitals and other humanitarian infrastructure in rebel-held areas of Syria, a move greeted with disappointment from rights groups.A summary of a 185-page internal report submitted to the UN security council on Monday said that in five of seven cases studied – among them four medical sites, a school and a children’s centre – “the government of and/or its allies had carried out the airstrike”, but it did not explicitly name Russia, Bashar al-Assad’s most important military and political ally.The coordinates...

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Apr 7
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