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Turkey: The Constitutional Court Rejected Application for Partial Annulment of Article 14 of Press Law No. 5187 - ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law

The Constitutional Court, with its decision numbered 2016/165 E, 2017/76 K. and dated 15 March 2017, rejected Istanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance's application for partial annulment of Article 14 of Press Law No. 5187 ("Press Law"), ..
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Turkish police break up Istanbul pride rallies

Tear gas and rubber pellets marred pride rallies in Istanbul Sunday as LGBTQ supporters took to the streets in defiance of a parade ban.
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Turkish police break up pride rallies

Tear gas and rubber pellets marred Pride rallies in Istanbul Sunday as LGBTQ supporters took to the streets in defiance of a parade ban.
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Turkish police use tear gas to break up pride rallies

Tear gas and rubber pellets marred Pride rallies in Istanbul Sunday as LGBTQ supporters took to the streets in defiance of a parade ban.
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LGBT Activists Prevented From Assembling in Istanbul

Turkish police stopped activists from gathering for LGBT pride, but smaller groups made statements defying a ban imposed by the governor.
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Turkish police break up gay pride protest in Istanbul

Police thwart LGBT activists’ attempted parade planned in defiance of an official ban from local authoritiesTurkish police have thwarted an attempt by gay pride activists to hold a parade in Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities.Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists in the country’s largest city, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor’s office banned the march citing safety and public order concerns. Continue reading...
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Turkey LGBT: Police stifle Istanbul Gay Pride rally

Organisers had vowed to defy authorities in Istanbul, who had banned the rally for a third year.
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Turkey LGBT: Istanbul's Gay Pride organisers to defy ban

They vow to hold a march in Istanbul which officials have banned for the third year in a row.
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Turkey's Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar unlawful

By Mehmet Caliskan ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf emirate's sovereignty. In his strongest statement of support for Qatar in the nearly three-week-old crisis centered on the Gulf state, Erdogan said the call to withdraw Turkish forces was disrespectful and that Doha - which described the demands as unreaso...
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Istanbul Pride march to go on despite governor’s ban

ISTANBUL (AP) — Activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights say they will march for Pride in Istanbul, despite a ban by the governor’s office. Organizers of the 2017 Istanbul LGBTI Pride said Sunday the gathering would begin at 5 p.m. (14:00 GMT) in central Taksim Square, using a Turkish hashtag for “we […]
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Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president says he will not pull Turkish troops from their base in Qatar, rejecting a demand by major Arab states that it do so to end the ongoing crisis with the small Gulf country. Speaking Sunday after Eid prayers in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the demand “disrespectful.” He said […]
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Turkey's Erdogan says fine after feeling unwell in prayers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he was in good health after briefly feeling unwell during morning prayers in Istanbul. The Hurriyet daily said Erdogan received medical attention after "briefly feeling unwell" during morning prayers at the Mimar Sinan mosque in Istanbul.
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US Concerned Over Turkey's Actions Against Opposition

The United States is concerned over Turkey's actions against opposition, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert has said. When asked to comment on the arrest of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul lawmaker Enis Berberoğlu, Nauert said that "they are trying to gather information.
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Turkey LGBT: Istanbul's Gay Pride organisers vow to defy ban

They vow to hold a march in Istanbul which officials have banned for the third year in a row.
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Ramadan in the Land of Ramen

I felt rather ambivalent about my first trip to Japan last summer. I was certainly ecstatic about the opportunity to visit the country for a research trip; it had been a lifelong dream to visit the land of ramen, sushi and Honda Civics. However, my trip was supposed to fall during Ramadan and I wasn’t too happy about that. I thought about all the disruptions in fasting and prayer due to travelling in the sacred month. Where would I break my fast or eat suhoor? Or go for taraweeh? What about the ...
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Once cheering diversity, Istanbul braces for Pride Week

ISTANBUL (AP) — For several years, Pride Week in Istanbul attracted tens of thousands of participants, making it one of largest gatherings celebrating gay, lesbian and transgender rights and diversity in the Muslim world. That changed suddenly two years ago, when authorities, citing security concerns, banned gay and transgender pride events and chased away shocked […]
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Turkish authorities ban Sunday’s LGBTI Pride in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. The Istanbul governor’s office said Saturday that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) Pride would be banned for the safety of participants and tourists, and public order. LGBTI activists had […]
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How this couple travel full time on the Australian pension – it’s cheaper than staying at home

“Your travel budget is what?” I asked, thinking that I had misheard Jason. “$37,000 USD per year total for the 3 of us,” Jason repeated. I had heard him correctly. Here was a family of 3 traveling the world for less than the 2 of us! We were online friends, both following each other’s adventures via Facebook and we just happened to be in Istanbul at the same time. I looked across at Duncan who was computing that figure in his mind. The 3 of them were traveling on USD 102 per day and our current ...
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Celebrating businesses giving back this Ramadan

In the heart of Istanbul, where I was born and raised, is the Hagia Sophia, a breathtakingly beautiful monument with a storied history. Over the centuries it has been a cathedral, a mosque, and a museum. When you stand inside, you see Arabic calligraphy alongside Christian relics. From afar you see its minarets surrounding a Byzantine church. While each visitor identifies in her own way with the Hagia Sophia, it gives everyone a sense of wonder.   For me, the month of Ramadan is similar. It’s a ...
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Le Guen appointed Bursaspor coach

Istanbul (AFP) – Frenchman Paul Le Guen was on Thursday officially appointed coach of Turkish top flight club Bursaspor on a two-year deal. Bursaspor — who last won the Turkish league title in 2010 — finished 15th last season only avoiding relegation by two points. The 53-year-old Le Guen said he was looking at bringing in “two or three players, why not French”.... Visit for the rest of the story.
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5 Songs That Inspired the World-Music ‘Journey’ of Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi

With the goal of taking listeners on a world tour of sorts, Intercontinental Concerts and founder Shahed Mohseni Zonoozi combine musical styles from around the globe to craft something with international flair that’s still accessible regardless of taste. Iranian-born Zonoozi’s latest release, The Journey, features songs in both Russian and Tajik Farsi, displaying inspiration nothing short of divine. “In general, whenever I listen to a new song, I try to check the details and learn something ...
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North Aegean and the Dardanelles

Geo 39.9825 26.009This is our last full day on the ship and it is a day at sea as we travel further north through the Aegean Sea toward Istanbul. There is a blustery northern wind that we are sailing into which makes it seem worse than it is. The sky i
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Istanbul Old and New

Geo 41.0013 28.9791This morning we breakfast on the rooftop terrace of our hotel. The food is very continental consisting mostly of cheeses cold meats and bread. There are some tasty pastries that we wash down with juice and coffee.After these we he
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Istanbul not Constantinople

Geo 41.0013 28.9791We awake in Istanbul. When I venture out onto the balcony we have a spectacular view of both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia in the distance. The sun is just rising and the eastern skies is coloured with pinks and oranges. We sh
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Customs from around the world

1. Switzerland — Honesty shopping Tiny little shops in the middle of the Swiss Alps share the idealism of this society in the form of honesty shops. These are little shops that allow you to buy your fresh cheese, milk, bread, honey, and butter without anyone there to watch you indulge in the delicious dairy products of the area. In fact, most of the day, no one watches these shops because they are owned by farmers who are out taking care of the animals, so all you do is leave your money behind ...
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Start of the Mesopotamia GAP Trip

Geo 37.0749 37.3875GAP Trip GuneyDogu Anadolu Projesi Southeastern Anatolia ProjectDay 1 After a small train trip to Amsterdam Airport an international flight to Istanbul and a domestic flight to Gaziantep we finall
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Istanbul last week in Europe

Geo 41.0245 28.9881This is the final blog for my monthlong vacation in Europe and it covers my five day stay in Istanbul.In early 2013 I rooted for Istanbul tobe selected by the International Olympic Committee to be the hostcity of the 2020 Summe
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