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Istanbul’s famous Reina nightclub, in which 39 people were killed in an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on Jan. 1, was demolished on May 22.
Istanbul’s Reina nightclub demolished five months after ISIL attack
The Foreign Ministry on May 22 summoned Unites States Ambassador to Turkey John Bass over a brawl in front of the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to Washington on May 16
Foreign Ministry sends diplomatic note to US envoy over violence outside Turkish mission
An unidentified person who poured gasoline on a statue of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey, and later hit it with an axe, survived a lynch attempt by locals who witnessed the incident, Doğan News Agency reported on May 22.
Man survives lynch attempt after setting Atatürk statue on fire, hitting it with axe
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 22 criticized Armenian Deputy Foreign Minister Ashot Hovakimiyan over his remarks largely focusing on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict during the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Summit in Istanbul.
Istanbul summit sees row over Nagorno-Karabakh
One of the key points in President Tayyip Erdoğan’s address to the congress of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) on May 21, after he took back the helm as a result of the April 16 referendum, was his heralding of a “six-month roadmap” for the transformation of Turkey’s political and administrative system.
Is Erdoğan’s ‘transformation roadmap’ ready?
The Foreign Ministry’s seasoned diplomats did warn the government prior to the U.S. presidential elections that a possible Trump administration did not promise a rose garden. But some of the advisers and some with access to the presidential palace argued otherwise. They were extremely enthusiastic about the prospects of a White House with Donald Trump.
President Erdoğan and his new team
Donald Trump’s first visit abroad is to Saudi Arabia in the Middle East. This will be followed by Israel and the Palestinian territories. Then, he will go to the Vatican and onward to Brussels to meet NATO leaders
Donald Trump and the new Middle Eastern paradigm
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was the chair of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) from the day it was founded on Aug. 14, 2001, until he resigned on Aug. 27, 2014, because he was elected the president, registering a total of 13 years and 13 days. He is back as the chair of AK Party after 998 days
The calendar in Erdoğan’s mind
Over the weekend my wife and I went to see the film “The Ottoman Lieutenant,” directed by Joseph Ruben. It narrates the story of the love between an Ottoman officer and an American nurse in Van, the city that became a milestone with an Armenian insurgency in 1915
The Ottoman lieutenant
The tourism crisis has naturally also hit one of Turkey’s first touristic regions, Cappadocia. I was in Cappadocia to see a close friend’s newly-bought house in one of its villages, and to participate in the Cappadox Festival.
Festival boosts Cappadocia tourism
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