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Ankara lifts ban on Turkish-flagged ships sailing to Greece

A ban on Turkish-flagged passenger ships and ferries sailing to Greece from Turkey has been abolished as of today, Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said during a visit to Athens last week. Speaking after his meeting with Greek Maritime Minister Panagiyotis Kouroumplis on Oct. 12, Arslan said a delegation from Greece …

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Two men perform prayers inside Hagia Sophia to protest its closure to Muslim worship

Two people have performed prayers inside Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia in order to protest its closure to prayers, comparing it to measures taken by Israeli forces at the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The two identified as Halil Akyaman and Mahmut Alan arrived at the museum and suddenly began to pray inside. …

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Greek President warns Erdogan “Provocations are sign of weakness, Come and Take them!”

Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos sent a sharp worded message to his Turkish counter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following a series of provocations accompanying his tour to the islands of the eastern Aegean Sea. “The brave do not provoke,” President Pavlopoulos told Greek soldiers safeguarding the remote island of Ai Stratis. “Provocations, …

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Turkey escalates tension, harasses helicopter carrying Greek President Pavlopoulos

Turkey’s boldness has no limits. Two times in two consecutive days, Turks harassed the helicopter carrying Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on a tour visiting several remote islands and islets in the eastern Aegean Sea. While Pavlopoulos’ helicopter was heading to islet Panagia, pilots received warning calls and threats from the …

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Cyprus talks stall as Turkey insists on EU freedoms for Turkish settlers, no troops withdrawal

UN-sponsored Cyprus talks at Crans-Montana, Switzerland, stalled on Thursday as the Turkish side insists to promote EU freedoms for the Turkish settlers in the occupied north part of the island. The issue triggered the intervention of  Maarten Verwey, Director General of the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission, …

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Turkish police chief, businessman arrested while trying to escape to Greece

A former police chief and a businessman from Istanbul have been detained near the borders as they were trying to escape Turkey purge and flee to Greece. M.G., a former police chief in Van province who was dismissed as part of post-coup crackdown on Gülen movement, was detained near Turkey’s …

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For one more time, Turkish authorities use Hagia Sophia as a mosque (video)

For one more time, Turkish authorities allowed Koran recitations and Ramadan prayers in Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul, challenging the religious sentiment of Greek Orthodox Christians around the world. The night prayers were broadcast live via the Turkish state broadcaster on June 21. It is the third attempt of such …

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Erdogan claims Greece hosts terrorists, as Tsipras, Yildirim meet in Athens

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras meets Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim  in Athens on Monday morning, amid tension over Turkish military personnel seeking asylum in Greece. Hours before the visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed that ‘Greece hosts ten terrorists.’ “Neighbors must support each in difficult times,” Tsipras told Yildirim and stressed …

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Greece alleged to illegally push-back to Turkey Erdogan’s critics seeking asylum

A Human Rights institute in Sweden accuses Greece of breach of European and International laws by sending back Turkish citizens seeking asylum in an effort to escape the purge by the country’s political leadership. According to allegations, the Greek government has started to apply these practices “as of mid-May”. The …

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Greek anarchists fight next to Syrian Kurds against the ISIS in Rojava

Greek anarchists fight against jihadists in north Syria together with local Kurdish forces. They reportedly operate in the region of Rojava, a de facto ‘autonomous region’ in Northern Syria, that is also known as Syrian Kurdistan or Western Kurdistan. The Greek anarchist call Rojava an “anarchist land.” According to a …

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Nokta editor arrested while trying to flee to Greece along with seven people

Murat Çapan, a Nokta magazine editor who on Monday was sentenced to 22 years, six months for two cover stories, was detained along with seven other people while attempting to illegally leave Turkey for Greece. According to the report, one purged academic, two purged teachers, a retired police chief and …

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