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Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims found Americas before Columbus: Turkish president

Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. He made the claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul, pointing to a diary entry in which Columbus mentioned a mosque on a hill in Cuba. Erdogan also said "Muslim sailors arrived in...

US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

US, allies ‘examining’ Syrian buffer zone as IS fight deepens

A proposal to create a protected buffer zone in Syria is worth study, the United States and two European allies said Wednesday as American-led airstrikes appeared to push back Islamic State fighters trying to overrun a border town. The Western statements are a clear attempt at outreach to Turkey, which strongly backs carving out...

Erdogan as president

RECEP Tayyip Erdogan has reason to be jubilant. Enjoying his third term in a row as prime minister, Mr. Erdogan will, on August 28, assume office as Turkey's first directly elected president after he convincingly defeated his two rivals in the first round of Sunday's election. Charges he used government machinery for his campaign may or may not be true, but there is no doubt Mr. Erdogan's political and economic achievements make him one of the most influential leaders in...

Mine disaster sparks protest in Turkey

Mine disaster sparks protest in Turkey

A violent protest erupted today in the Turkish city of Soma, where at least 238 coal miners have died after a mine explosion. Many in the crowd expressed anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Rocks were being thrown and some people were shouting that Erdogan was a "Murderer!" and a "Thief!" The protesters...

Twitter website 'blocked' in Turkey

Twitter website 'blocked' in Turkey

  Twitter users in Turkey report that the social media site has been blocked in the country. Some users trying to open the twitter.com website are apparently being redirected to a statement by Turkey's telecommunications regulator. It cites a court order to apply "protection measures" on the website. This comes after PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to...

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