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To US Diplomats, It's 'Turkiye'
To US Diplomats, It's 'Turkiye'

To US Diplomats, It's 'Turkiye'

State Department agrees to change while standing firm on Burma

(Newser) - The State Department said Thursday it has adopted Turkey's preferred spelling for the name of the country, Turkiye , acceding to a request from the NATO ally after several months of hesitation. The department has instructed that new official documents refer to Turkiye instead of Turkey, though the pronunciation will...

Televangelist's Jail Sentence Is Jaw-Dropping

Turkish cult leader Adnan Oktar gets 8,658 years behind bars

(Newser) - It doesn't look like Adnan Oktar is getting out of prison anytime soon. The 66-year-old Turkish televangelist—notorious for his rants against evolution and the "British deep state," and for surrounding himself with young women he called "kittens"—found out his fate Wednesday in an...

Istanbul Blast Kills 6, Wounds 53
Istanbul Blast Kills 6, Wounds 53

Istanbul Blast Kills 6, Wounds 53

Bomb sends people fleeing from crowded shopping, dining district

(Newser) - A bomb exploded on a popular pedestrian street in Istanbul on Sunday, killing six people, wounding dozens, and sending people fleeing as flames rose. Footage posted online showed ambulances, fire trucks, and police at the scene on Istiklal Avenue, a typically crowded thoroughfare popular with tourists and locals and lined...

Under a Turkish Church, an 'Extremely Important Discovery'

Tomb of St. Nicholas has reportedly been found in Demre

(Newser) - Santa Claus' last stop was southwest Turkey in the age of the Roman Empire. According to archaeologists in the region, the burial spot of St. Nicholas, the Christian saint whose generosity spawned the Father Christmas legend, has been found in the remains of a church in the town of Demre,...

Coal Mine Blast Kills 41, Union Calls It a 'Massacre'

'A frightful scene' in Amasra, Turkey, after Friday explosion

(Newser) - Funerals for miners killed in a coal mine explosion in northern Turkey began Saturday as officials raised the death toll to at least 41 people. Desperate relatives had waited all night in the cold outside the state-owned Turkish Hard Coal Enterprise's (TTK) mine in the town of Amasra, in...

'Sewer Rat' Insult Does Not Sit Well With Turkish Leader

Recep Tayyip Erdogan sues German lawmaker over insult

(Newser) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is suing a senior German lawmaker who called him a "sewer rat," his lawyer said Friday. Mustafa Kaplan confirmed a report by German weekly Der Spiegel that he had filed a criminal complaint for slander and libel against lawmaker Wolfgang Kubicki on...

'Mad Honey' Blamed for Bear Cub's Woozy State

Luckily, bear rescued in Turkey is going to be OK after ingesting hallucinogenic neurotoxin

(Newser) - Only a few places in the world host native rhododendrons that produce grayanotoxin, a powerful neurotoxin. The honey created by bees who consume the plant's nectar is known as "mad honey" and can cause intoxication. One of those locales is Turkey's Kaçkar Mountains, where a brown...

Deported From Turkey, Arrested at UK Airport

Aine Davis, man said to be 4th ISIS 'Beatle,' detained on terror charges in Luton

(Newser) - Aine Davis, the man alleged to be the fourth Islamic State "Beatle" was deported from Turkey, then arrested Wednesday in the United Kingdom as soon as he landed. "A 38-year-old man has been charged with various terrorism offenses following an investigation by the Met's counterterrorism command,"...

This Is the Angriest Country on Earth

Lebanon needs to seek out more joy, according to Gallup's latest 'Global Emotions' report

(Newser) - If you're been seeing red lately, you're still likely not as PO'ed as folks in other parts of the world. Middle East Monitor reports on this year's angriest countries, compiled via data from Gallup's annual "Global Emotions" report . The analytics company's research, which...

WH Issues a Warning on Putin's Dealings With Iran

Russian leader, who'll visit Tehran next week, is said to be turning to Iran for 'hundreds' of drones

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Iran next week, the Kremlin said Tuesday, a day after the US warned that Tehran could provide Moscow with drones for its actions in Ukraine. During a trip to Tehran next Tuesday, Putin will attend a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Iran and...

Turkey Drops Objection to Finland, Sweden Joining NATO

Alliance leader hails 'historic decision'

(Newser) - Update: Turkey agreed Tuesday to lift its opposition to Sweden and Finland joining NATO, ending an impasse that had clouded a leaders’ summit opening in Madrid amid Europe’s worst security crisis in decades, triggered by the war in Ukraine. After urgent top-level talks with leaders of the three countries,...

Turkey's New Name at the UN Has an Umlaut

Country is now officially called Türkiye at international body

(Newser) - Turkey is joining Eswatini, North Macedonia, and the Netherlands in the club of countries that have officially changed their names. The United Nations has granted the country's request to change its name to "Türkiye" at the UN and other international organizations are expected to follow suit , al-Jazeera...

Carvings Reveal Multicultural Procession of Ancient Gods

Archaeologists say the carvings suggest an unexpected melding of cultures

(Newser) - “I felt as if I was in a ritual when I was confronted by the very expressive eyes and majestic serious face of the storm god Hadad,” Dr. Mehmet Önal told the New York Times, describing his feelings as he viewed a “procession of almond-eyed deities”...

In One Country, the Cost of Living Is Up Almost 70%

Food prices in Turkey have nearly doubled year-on-year

(Newser) - Like many other countries, Turkey is facing rising inflation caused by factors such as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Unlike other countries, Turkey has responded by cutting interest rates, not raising them—and the result has been what one analyst calls a "spectacular failure." Official figures...

Turkey Moves Khashoggi Murder Trial to ... Saudi Arabia

Country is now accused of trying to cover up its findings as it seeks to restore relations

(Newser) - A court in Turkey has transferred the trial over Jamal Khashoggi's murder to Saudi Arabia, which is unlikely to even hear it, wiping away hopes from some human rights advocates that justice can finally be achieved for the journalist who was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in...

'The Whole World Is Waiting'
'The Whole World Is Waiting'

'The Whole World Is Waiting'

Face-to-face talks between Russia and Ukraine underway in Turkey

(Newser) - The first face-to-face talks between Russian and Ukrainian diplomats in more than two weeks was underway Tuesday morning in Turkey, though expectations of a major breakthrough were small. "The whole world is waiting ... for good news from you," said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he opened the...

COVID Patient Has Tested Positive 78 Straight Times

Man has asked Turkish government for help after 14 months of isolation

(Newser) - Since late 2020, Muzzafer Kayasan has taken 78 COVID-19 tests. Every one has come back positive. The result is that he's spent 14 months in isolation, either in a Turkish hospital or at home, Business Insider reports. The 56-year-old leukemia patient, who's home now in Istanbul, has gotten...

Khashoggi Slaying Suspect Arrested
Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart
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Khashoggi Arrest Falls Apart

Man arrested in Paris isn't the right Khaled Alotaibi

(Newser) - Update: Officials didn't get their guy after all. ABC News reports the man arrested Tuesday at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport in connection with the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was the wrong man. In what was apparently a case of...

Death Toll in Turkey Floods Rises to 44, More Missing

Climate change, improper construction blamed for flooding and destruction

(Newser) - The death toll from severe floods and mudslides in coastal Turkey has climbed to at least 44, the country's emergency and disaster agency said Saturday. Torrential rains that pounded the Black Sea provinces of Bartin, Kastamonu and Sinop on Wednesday caused flooding that demolished homes, severed at least five...

Pictures From a Planet That's on Fire
Pictures From a
Planet That's on Fire
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Pictures From a Planet That's on Fire

Fires are raging from Greece to Siberia to California

(Newser) - Writing for Time , Ciara Nugent doesn't pull any punches: "The World Has Been On Fire For the Past Month," reads her headline. But it's an assertion she backs up with photos from locations scattered across the northern hemisphere, from Greece and Italy to Siberia and our...

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