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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurates controversial mosque in Taksim Square

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a mosque in Taksim Square , Istanbul. Thousands attended the ceremony, with some praying in the square itself because the mosque was full. The mosque features prominently next to a public space traditionally seen as a symbol of the secular Turkish republic. It also dwarfs a monument to the […]

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Turkish lira plunges 15% after Erdogan fires central bank governor

Turkey’s currency fell up to 15% after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sacked the country’s central bank governor over the weekend. Naci Agbal had been credited as a key force in pulling the lira back from historic lows. Mr Erdogan replaced him in a surprise move on Saturday, the third central bank governor exit in under […]

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Turkey withdraws from European treaty protecting women from violence

Turkey withdrew from a European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first country to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s overnight decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say the agreement is […]

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Turkish President Erdogan calls for a boycott of French goods amid Islam row

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for a boycott of French goods amid a row over France’s tougher stance on radical Islam. In a televised speech, he urged world leaders to protect Muslims “if there is oppression against Muslims in France”. Mr Erdogan has angrily criticised his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for pledging to […]