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Turkey to seek extradition of footballer Arif Erdem from Greece

A Turkish court has begun extradition proceedings for Turkish former international football player Arif Erdem, who faces a possible 15-year prison sentence in Turkey for alleged membership of the outlawed Gülen religious movement, Ahval reports citing Turkish news site Diken reported. A warrant to detain Erdem was issued in July …

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Turkey to continue gas drilling around Cyprus, says FM Cavusoglu

Ankara will continue natural gas drilling work around the island of Cyprus to establish the fair sharing resources, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday. “Turkey will not allow unilateral activities [in the Eastern Mediterranean]. We need to protect the rights of Turkish Cypriots with actual steps,” Cavusoglu said …

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Turkey’s top court rejects plea to convert Hagia Sophia to a mosque

Millions of Greek Orthodox Christians breathed in relief  on Thursday upon hearing that Turkey’s Constitutional Court rejected a plea to open the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul as a mosque. The Constitutional Court rejected an association’s demand that the Hagia Sophia be opened for Muslim prayers on “non-competence” grounds, indicating …

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