Turkey’s military in turmoil as top brass quit

By SIMON CAMERON-MOORE | REUTERS, Arab News ISTANBUL: Turkey faced turmoil within its military on Saturday after the country’s four most senior commanders quit in protest over the detention of 250 officers on charges of conspiring against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government. Chief of General Staff General Isik Kosaner stepped […]

OIC calls on Somali sides to stop fighting

By AGENCIES, Arab News ISTANBUL: Member states of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gathered in Istanbul Thursday to coordinate an emergency response to the devastating drought in Somalia. “In such a large-scale disaster, we need to join hands together and to act collectively so as to counter the […]

Welcome role

Jordan Times Turkey’s role and attempts at solving some major regional conflicts have increased, and the fact that Istanbul recently played host to two conferences on Libya and Syria is proof of the fact that the country is acknowledged as a linchpin by the nations in the area. The international […]

Divisive Author Chased Out of Immigrant District

Source: Spiegel magazine Germany Thilo Sarrazin, pictured here in April, is outraged. Angry Muslims reportedly drove controversial author Thilo Sarrazin from a Turkish restaurant in Berlin. Though his bestselling book claims Muslims are dumbing down German society, their accusations of racism have left the former central bank board member shocked and […]

OIC, West pledge to combat intolerance

By SIRAJ WAHAB | ARAB NEWS ISTANBUL: In what can rightly be described as a seminal step in relations between the Muslim world and the Western world, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the leading nations of the Western world led by the United States and the European Union agreed Saturday to […]

Turkey seeks Cyprus referendum in 2012

Turkish foreign minister says divided island should be reunited in time to assume European Union presidency in 2012. Turkey hopes terms for the reunification of Cyprus can be agreed upon by the end of the year so that a referendum can take place in early 2012 before the island takes over […]

Can you try a religion for a month?

By Catrin Nye BBC Asian Network People usually think of religion in terms of a lifetime of commitment, but could you learn anything from trying one out for a month? The call to prayer sounds from Eyup Mosque in Istanbul and local Muslims gather on the marble square outside for […]

4,600 Syrians flee to Turkey to escape turmoil

DAMASCUS (AFP) – Harrowing eyewitness accounts mounted on Saturday after Syrian forces backed by helicopter gunships killed at least 25 protesters, prompting the US to toughen its stance on President Bashar Assad. As the turmoil neared the three-month mark, the international outcry grew over Assad’s use of deadly force against […]