Yesterday evening, three armed suicide bombers attacked Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, shooting many civilians before detonating their explosives, killing themselves and around 40 others, in addition to injuring approximately 230.
Two days ago, sources close to the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of apology to Putin for the downing of a Russian fighter jet on November 24 2015. Today, the two presidents spoke on the phone in an attempt to renew bilateral relations.
After Turkish and Israeli delegations met in Rome on June 26, it was announced that they had reached a deal for normalizing relations. This deal comes after 6 years of strained ties following the Israeli attack on the Mari Marmara ship that was a part of the “Gaza Freedom Flotilla”.
During his visit to Armenia, Pope Francis the denounced mass killings of the Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as “genocide”. Turkish officials responded with anger, accusing the Pope of being biased towards the Armenian narrative.
Recently, Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested that a referendum on whether the nation should proceed with its accession to the EU, should occur in Turkey in the near future.
The pro-Kurdish HDP party called today for international solidarity for the three journalists arrested on June 20, on “terror propaganda” charges. HDP claims that arrests are a severe violation of freedom of press.
Turkish authorities arrested three prominent activists for freedom of press under the charges of “terror propaganda” yesterday (20th June). Erol Onderoglu, Reporters Without Borders’ Turkish representative; Sebnem Korur Fincanci, President of Turkey Human Right Foundation; and Ahmet Nesin, were arrested yesterday on charges of “propagandizing for terror” for taking a part in a campaign in …