A suicide bomber attacked a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Kabul on Tuesday killing at least 48 people in unprecedented sectarian violence a day after Afghanistan's Western...
The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah's group made a rare public appearance at a Beirut rally on Tuesday to mark the Muslim holy day of Ashoura.
A suicide bomber struck a crowd of Shiite worshipers at a mosque in Kabul on Tuesday, killing at least 55 people in the deadliest of two attacks on a Shiite holy day.
When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the recently liberated Arab countries to embrace secularism during...
Washington and Ankara discuss the ‘next step’ in post-Assad Syria, says top US official, as Turkish FM says Turkey will not side with oppressors
Thousands of Shiite Muslims gathered together to commemorate the battle of Karbala in Istanbul’s Halkalı district.
Category: ÜMİT ENGİNSOY
Former U.S. President George W. Bush’s 2003 invasion of Iraq inadvertently became a booster to the world’s Shiites and their leader Iran.
A canister containing powerful explosive material blew apart the front of a minibus near the British Embassy in Bahrain’s capital yesterday, the Interior Ministry said.
Attacks in Iraq's confessionally mixed Diyala province, north of Baghdad, killed 18 people on Thursday, 10 of them in a market bombing in the town of Khalis, medical and security officials said.
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Turkey and Iran are trying not to show it for practical reasons, but cracks have emerged in their ties due to regional developments.
With some Arab rulers already toppled by mass uprisings, neighboring countries that have not yet been hit by protests that have been big enough to effect change are making reforms to avoid the same fate.
Category: MUSTAFA AKYOL
Last week, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the leader of Turkey’s all-secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), gave a furious speech at Parliament.
Category: MURAT YETKİN
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s apology over the “Dersim killings” of 1936-39 is the first ever apology of a Turkish official on the gray areas of Turkish history; something of historical importance. Speaking to his ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) organization, Erdoğan revealed that a total of 13,806 people were killed as a result of military operations that were part of a systematic state policy while tens of thousands of them were forced to leave their homes.
Iranian police dispersed hundreds of youths Tuesday at an Asian Champions League match between Iranian and Saudi sides protesting Saudi military aid to Bahrain in crushing a pro-democracy movement, Agence France-Presse reported.
The Benetton clothing company quickly withdrew an ad featuring a fake photo of Pope Benedict XVI kissing a top Egyptian imam on the lips after the Vatican denounced it as an unacceptable provocation.
Category: BURAK BEKDİL
I must wholeheartedly thank Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu for realizing in a span of a few days a not-so-difficult prophesy which appeared in this column last Friday after the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s report accused Iran of conducting secretive efforts to build nuclear weapons.
French President Sarkozy gambled on Libya by turning on Col. Gadhafi at the start of the uprising, even if it was not clear at the time that this uprising would succeed. In the end his gambled paid off and France secured a good place in post-Gadhafi Libya.
Category: NİHAT ALİ ÖZCAN
As the ongoing bloodshed in Syria shatters hopes of a “soft” regime change, the country is proceeding rapidly toward the point of no return.
Category: MEHMET ALİ BİRAND
I am writing this from Dubai where I stopped on my way back from vacation. When I opened the newspapers in front of me, the situation became clear. When you are far away, you cannot get the same impression. The moment you open “Gulf papers,” you recognize the graveness of the situation.
Turkey called on the international community for a united response to stop the bloodshed in Syria today.
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