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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
A fifth century Byzantine monastery in Turkey is finally slated for renovation. But the government wants to turn it into a mosque. It's just one of several conversions of historically Christian sites that the government is considering, a move the country's dwindling number of Greeks decry.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Much of the criticism of the interim nuclear deal reached with Iran Sunday has focused on the sanctions relief Iran will receive over the next six months if it follows through on restricting its nuclear program. Although the only irreversible relief being offered is a gradual release of $4.2 billion in frozen Iranian revenue, critics warn that the "architecture of the sanctions regime has been undermined." Analysts say all the important sanctions hampering Iran's economy remain in place, but the announcement of the deal itself is having a psychological impact on markets. Asian energy importers will be looking to benefit, as will Turkey and Dubai.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Negotiators from Iran and a six-nation group are scheduled to resume talks on Iran's nuclear program in 10 days. Talks ended on Saturday after an agreement was not reached on an initial proposal to ease international sanctions against Tehran in return for some restraints on its nuclear program.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Skepticism from the French delegation prevented the U.S. and five other major powers to agree on a temporary freeze of Iran's nuclear program.
Friday, November 08, 2013
After a flurry of high-level diplomatic activity in Geneva Friday, Iran and six world powers continued to work on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for easing of some economic sanctions. The arrival of Secretary of State John Kerry and three EU foreign ministers added diplomatic heft — but not speed — to the proceedings.
Friday, November 08, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Geneva to join other major powers involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran. Iran hopes the international community will ease crippling economic sanctions in exchange for capping some of its atomic activities.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers resume talks Thursday in Geneva on Iran's nuclear program. Iran's Supreme Leader says he's not optimistic, and U.S. officials say "no deal is better than a bad deal." Still, Iran's desire to get out from under crippling economic sanctions may drive progress forward despite the long odds.
Monday, November 04, 2013
Monday marks the 34th anniversary of the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when 52 Americans were taken hostage and spent 444 days in captivity. As they do every year, Iranian hardliners took to the streets by the thousands and chanted anti-American slogans. The annual display of hostility was given fresh emphasis by Iranian hardliners as it comes as Iran's new government tries to sustain momentum for a delicate diplomatic outreach over Iran's nuclear program.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Istanbul inaugurated the world's first continent-connecting train line this week. It's not the Orient Express, but the subway does make real an idea first proposed in the mid-19th century.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The resurgence of diplomacy in the Iranian nuclear standoff has generated hope in the West for a peaceful solution to the long-running crisis, and hope in Iran for the lifting of painful economic sanctions. But the new opening has also invigorated hard-line opponents in Israel, Washington and Tehran. Analysts say pressure from these conservative critics could derail the talks as they enter a particularly difficult phase.
Monday, October 28, 2013
A tenuous peace process between Kurdish fighters and Turkey's military is hanging by a thread, according to Kurdish officials. Militant Kurdistan Workers' Party commanders in northern Iraq say they're ready to resume attacks in southeastern Turkey if the government doesn't accelerate the implementation of civil and political reforms long sought by Turkish Kurds. After nearly a year of peace, the cease-fire could collapse — and would be quite hard to restore, analysts say.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
In an Ankara suburb, a new religious complex is going up, promoted as a bridge of understanding between the Sunni majority and Turkey's largest religious minority, the Alevis. But the combination mosque and cemevi, or assembly house, has provoked protests and anger in the poor neighborhood. Alevis are up in arms about what they call an effort by the Sunnis to assimilate them into Turkey's dominant mainstream religious culture.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The international focus on military action in Syria is further straining Turkey's war-stressed border villages. Syrian mortars continue to kill and wound civilians on the Turkish side. Displaced Syrians are still lining up on the Syrian side, waiting for permission to enter Turkey.
Friday, September 06, 2013
Saturday in Argentina, the International Olympic Committee will announce the host of the 2020 Summer Games. The committee is choosing from among Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo. The contenders all have strong selling points, but each also has serious issues clouding its bid.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Syria's state-run media depict President Obama as weak and indecisive after his decision to wait for a congressional vote on the use of force. Turkey's prime minister says his country will be part of any international coalition. The Saudi foreign minister called for more action against Syria.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
The Syrian president's supporters celebrated when President Obama announced he would seek Congress's approval for a military strike. But rebel forces fighting for President Bashar Assad's ouster were dismayed.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
The U.N. team carried evidence collected at the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack near the Syrian capital, and Syrians are anticipating a missile attack from the U.S. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is following developments from neighboring Lebanon.
Friday, August 30, 2013
UN inspectors are winding up their mission to Syria, attempting to determine whether or not chemical weapons were used in last week's attacks in the suburbs of Damascus. On Friday the inspectors went to a military hospital where the government says soldiers hit in a chemical weapons assault are being treated. Damascus residents say the Syrian army is moving troops and equipment into residential areas in anticipation of a U.S. military strike aimed at punishing the regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was released from prison on Thursday and immediately flown to a military hospital in Cairo. The court-ordered release does not mean the end of his problems. The 85-year-old Mubarak is still facing charges of conspiracy and murder in a re-trial that could begin as early as this weekend. A small group of Mubarak supporters gathered outside the prison for his release, but overall the decision to transfer him to the hospital has not ignited any street protests.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The former president has been behind bars since the 2011 uprising that ousted him from power. Judges ordered Hosni Mubarak to be kept under house arrest while he awaits a retrial on charges related to the killing of protesters during the uprising.