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Diplomatic incident between Greek MPs and Turkish Defense Minister at NATO meeting

Τones went high and tension between the Turkish Defense Minister and Greek MPs prevailed with the Minister to leave  the NATO meeting fuming. The serious diplomatic incident took place during the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Committee in Istanbul on Tuesday. “Demilitarize the islands” the MoD said. “You have no right to …

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Exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey resumed in Istanbul

Exploratory talks between Greece and Turkey resumed in Istanbul on Monday morning after they were interrupted in March 2016. The talks are not negotiations but a mere record of “bilateral disputes” they could discuss in the future even in the event of seeking a solution at the International Court of …

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Greek Orthodox community is Istanbul has dwindled to dramatic point

The tiny “Rum” – Greek Orthodox – community in Istanbul has dwindled to the point that survival is uncertain. The cultural  heirs of the Eastern Roman Empire have left the city following pogroms and expulsions. Members of the “Rums” as Turkey calls them spoke to The Times about how they …

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Pompeo visits Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul as Ankara fumes

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Istanbul on Tuesday, where his schedule includes meetings with religious leaders but not government officials. Pompeo’s stop in Turkey is focused on promoting religious freedom and fighting religious persecution, which is a key priority for the US administration, officials said. Pompeo discussed religious …

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New Mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu speaks and dances Pontus-Greek (video)

Ekrem Imamoglu was elected on Sunday to be the next mayor of Istanbul. The 49-year-old low-profile candidate from secular Republican People’s Party (CHP) managed to win AKP’s candidate and former prime minister Binali Yildirim and conquer Istanbul Erdogan’s party was holding since the beginning of the 1990’s. Imamoglu is considered …

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Russians tried to hack Greek Orthodox clergy incl Ecumenical Patriarch’s top aides

The Russian hackers indicted by the U.S. special prosecutor last month have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, The Associated Press has found, illustrating the high stakes as Kiev and Moscow wrestle over the religious future of Ukraine. …

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UPD Racist graffiti sprayed on Orthodox church wall in Istanbul

Racist graffiti has been written on the wall of the Armenian Surp Takavor Church in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district, weekly newspaper Agos has reported. Graffiti reading “This homeland is ours” was inscribed on the wall and a pile of trash was also dumped in front of the church’s door. Upon examination …

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Seeking new identity, Turks dressed in Greece’s national colors, dance Sirtaki (video)

Greece’s neighbors in the East never run out of ideas when it comes to provoke their neighbors in the West, Athens thinks. But sometimes, the reason for some provokation is simply an inner Turkish wish to be …Greek. An event organized by main opposition party the Kemalists of republican CHP …

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German researchers warn big earthquake could hit Istanbul

The city of Istanbul is focus of great concern for earthquake scientists. The epicenter of the next big earthquake lies in the eastern Marmara Sea, in the south of the Turkish metropolitan area of Istanbul German German scientists warn. The researchers have evaluated earthquake data from two big earthquakes in …

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Mayor: “Dark foreign powers organize earthquakes to destroy Turkey’s economy”

The mayor of Turkey’s capital Ankara is convinced about the source of the recent earthquakes in Canakkale, in the west of the country. Mayor Melih Gökçek claims to have conducted reach and have found out that the earthquakes could have been organized by dark external powers aiming to destroy Turkey’s …

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UPD Istanbul: Greek student detained on suspicion of “inciting protests”

Greek student Giorgos Iatridis was detained together with ten other foreigners on Tuesday night with charges of inciting the protests in Taksim Square in Istambul. According to his website Alexiptoto, Iatridis was living in Istanbul since October 2012. He is a post-degree student at Aristoteleio University in Thessaloniki and move …

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Alleged assassination plot against Ecumenical Partiarch Vartholomeos foiled

An alleged assassination plot against Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos has been foiled by police in Turkey. According to Turkish media, one suspect has been arrested while police is searching for two others.  The investigation was launched after a letter was sent from the Central Anatolia province of Kayseri, claiming that the …

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Samaras-Erdogan meet in Istanbul, sign 25 “low politics” agreements

“A good day for Greek-Turkish relations,” Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told reporters during a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the signature of 25 agreements. on so-called “low politics” fields. “The politics of everyday life are essential, “Samaras underlined. “We build trust,  we bring our people …

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German Journalist, 13 Immigrants Arrested For Illegally Entering Greece

A German journalist was arrested together with a group of immigrants as he illegally crossed the borders in order to report about the influx of immigrants from  Turkey to Greece. The reporter, 25, was arrested together with 13 immigrants by the authorities in the region of Orestiada, NE Greece, on Thursday morning. The …

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Turkish Red Crescent assists Greek Orthodox Community in Istanbul

Turkish Red Crescent extended on Tuesday 8 tons of food stuffs, as well as stationary and office supplies and toys at the nursery of the Greek Orthodox  Ecumenic Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey. Tekin Kucukali, the head of the TRC, said pain had no language, religion or sect while handing over …

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