Johnny Depp tops the cast of stars headed to Venice this week for what is shaping up as something of a watershed edition of the world's oldest film festival.
Azerbaijan on Sept. 1 sentenced award-winning investigative journalist and anti-graft campaigner Khadija Ismayilova to seven and a half years in jail on corruption charges she denounced as trumped-up, her lawyer said
A white stretch limousine pulls up outside a northern Nicosia hospital to drop off cabaret girls for their monthly HIV test, in Turkish Cyprus, where officially prostitution is illegal.
A rare giant panda called Mei Xiang gave birth to twin cubs at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington on Aug. 22, apparently surprising delighted zoo officials who had expected just one baby.
Four suspects have been released over an alleged sex scandal at a local branch of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in northwestern province of Kocaeli’s Gebze district.
Turkey’s Police Chief Training Center (PAEM) has stirred controversy by releasing a job posting that openly admits it intends to hire nine times more men than women as deputy police chiefs.
A possible resting place of Alexander the Great, the largest tomb ever discovered in Greece, now lies almost forgotten in
In the latest victory for gay rights, an appeals court ruled on August 13 that a Colorado baker cannot refuse to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples because it goes against his religious beliefs.
Amid a heavy agenda of coalition talks and terror attacks, Turkish social media users have also been debating in the past few days the claims by a 95-year-old yogi who says he has found the secret to a long, active sex life
A South Korean man set himself on fire Aug. 12 outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul during a large protest over Japan's forced recruitment of sex slaves to service military brothels during World War II
A new exhibition on performance art sheds light on the discipline’s trajectory in Turkey. The show’s curator, Dr Marcus Graf, speaks to the Hürriyet Daily News on the sociological, educational and economic reasons for the slow development of performance art and how his latest exhibition reflects on the issues
Istanbul has a wide range of activities on offer in August, from a nighttime walk through its historical quarters to outdoor film screenings on the shores of the Bosphorus.
The controversial message of a brand’s condom banner ad during a football match on TV has outraged the feminist protest group on the grounds that it promotes sex tourism in Ukraine
Antalya-based Fusion Tour has launched an Islamic cruise business expanding the spectrum of halal tourism, a rising trend in Turkey and its region
Nepal's proposed new constitution has sparked fury from women who say their citizenship, property and other rights are being curtailed by the document designed to draw a line under centuries of inequality.
Grabbing something hot and tasty on the move? You have the ancient Romans to thank. "Street food" was their invention, generally enjoyed with wine, gambling or even prostitutes.
Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Ralph Fiennes top a powerful line-up at this year’s Venice film festival, with U.S. and Italian films dominating the competition for the Golden Lion, from war dramas to rock-star thrillers.
British singer Jane Birkin has asked luxury manufacturer Hermes to remove her name from its crocodile-skin handbag after learning of the "cruel" methods used to make the iconic accessory.
A former Turkish actress, Rüzgar Erkoçlar, has completed his transformation into a handsome young man. After winning a lawsuit against his doctor who leaked the sex-change operation to the press a year and a half ago, Erkoçlar tells his story
After declaring that oral sex is not forbidden in Islam, a popular Muslim televangelist in Turkey has issued another sensational fatwa, issuing a religious license to kill ISIL militants
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