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Turkish spokesman: Hagia Sophia icons to be preserved

ANKARA A senior Turkish official on Saturday answered questions surrounding Turkey's reconversion of the Hagia Sophia, an Istanbul landmark, into a mosque, stressing that the religious iconography in the sixth-century...

Hagia Sophia move for rights, wishes of nation: Erdogan

ANKARA  Turkey's decision on the status of the Hagia Sophia is about the rights and the wishes of the Turkish nation, the country's president said on Saturday. "We took this decision...

Focus on low-performing students will add $6.3T to Turkish economy

ANKARA Turkey has seen good progress over the last decade, not just enrolling more students in education but also raising the learning standards of these students, said Andreas Schleicher, founder...

'Hagia Sophia decision ends our nation's longing'

ANKARA  The Turkish parliament speaker said on Friday that Hagia Sophia's turning into a mosque ended a longing for a generation.  "With Hagia Sophia decision, a longing in the heart of...

Hagia Sophia to be open for all: Turkish president

ANKARA After completing all preparations, Turkey will open Hagia Sophia for worship on July 24 at Friday prayer, the Turkish president said on Friday. In an address to the nation, President...

Turkey reports nearly 1,500 new recoveries from COVID-19

ANKARA A total of 1,493 people recovered from the novel coronavirus in Turkey over the last day, bringing the total number to date to 191,883, said the country's health minister...

Turkey: Court strikes down Hagia Sophia museum decree

ANKARA A top Turkish court on Friday struck down the 1934 Cabinet decree that turned Istanbul's Hagia Sophia into a museum, paving the way for its use again as a...

Turkey arrests former judge suspected of FETO links

ANKARA A wanted suspect was arrested in Turkey's capital Ankara for alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup in the country, a...

Turkey's Khashoggi trial 'important': UN investigator

GENEVA  UN human rights investigator Agnes Callamard said Thursday that Turkey’s trial in absentia of 20 Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul is...

'Hagia Sophia will always belong to world's heritage'

ANKARA Reopening Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia for prayers will not deprive it of its identity, as it will always belong to the world’s historical heritage, Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey’s presidential spokesperson, told...

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Anadolu Agency's Morning Briefing – July 14, 2020

ANKARA Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world. Latest...

Turkey conveys condolences to Afghanistan

ANKARA Turkey conveyed its condolences to Afghanistan on Monday after 36 security forces were killed and over 60 others wounded amid a surge in Taliban-claimed...

Real Madrid one step away from La Liga title

ANKARA  Real Madrid took another step towards securing the La Liga title after defeating Granada 2-1 in an away match late Monday.  Ferland Mendy's opener in...

Turkish VP slams Armenian attack on Azerbaijani troops

ANKARA  Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay on Monday strongly condemned a deadly weekend attack by Armenian armed forces on Azerbaijani troops. "The attack by Armenia against...

Armenian army attacks civilian areas in Azerbaijan

BAKU, Azerbaijan  Armenian troops opened fire on civilian settlements on the Azerbaijani border, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry said Monday.    The troops fired on the villages of...

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