Top stories of 2012 chosen by HDN readers
HEADLINES OF THE YEAR
A Turkish F-4 jet that was downed on June 22, 2012 was hit by a missile launched by Syria.
Turkish lawmakers passed unanimously a landmark bill to curb violence against women in a rare show of cooperation between the ruling party and the opposition
INTERVIEWS OF THE YEAR
Pakistan was not involved in a recent attack on Afghan intelligence chief, says the country’s foreign minister.
A Turkish forensics expert sneaked into Bahrain as a tourist and conducted a secret autopsy to prove that government forces had tortured a 23-year-old Bahraini man, Yousef Mowali, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Ankara has a major role to play in an EU that needs to transform itself, leading economist Kemal Derviş says, encouraging the country to face west rather than east
INTERNATIONAL STORIES OF THE YEAR
The U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012.
US President Barack Obama swept to re-election on Nov. 7 2012, creating history again by defying the undertow of a slow economic recovery and high unemployment to beat Republican foe Mitt Romney.
The residents of an idyllic Connecticut town were reeling in horror from the massacre of 20 small children and six adults in one of the worst school shootings in US history on Dec. 14, 2012.
ECONOMY STORIES OF THE YEAR
Turkey’s Parliament approved a law that eases restrictions on the sale of land and real estate to foreign citizens and firms despite harsh objections from opposition parties.
Facebook's stock was set to begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, the day after the world's definitive online social network raised $16 billion in an initial public offering that valued the company at $104 billion.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he would not accept an economic rescue that dictates spending cuts or touches old-age pensions.
SPORTS STORIES OF THE YEAR
Lionel Messi polished off his record year with his 91st and final goal of 2012
CULTURE STORIES OF THE YEAR
James Bond has once again returned to Istanbul for “Skyfall”, the latest film in the longest running movie series, which celebrates half a century of legendary spy action.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dished out heavy criticism on the hit Turkish TV series, “Muhteşem Yüzyıl,” (The Magnificent Century) for its portrayal of the Ottoman ruler Süleyman.
FEATURE STORIES OF THE YEAR
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s recent remarks criticizing a popular television series on the life of an Ottoman sultan have drawn a reaction from one of the last surviving members of the Ottoman dynasty.
In all fairness, the situation in which foreign prisoners found themselves in Ottoman Istanbul was little different from that which pertained in European countries about the same time.
Malaysian-Chinese artist Leon Leong’s portraits reflect the outer worlds of the models, while his Istanbul scenes show a new way of approaching Istanbul’s inner world and its society.
PHOTO GALLERIES OF THE YEAR