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Orthodox Christmas Eve marked in Istanbul

Orthodox Christmas Eve marked in Istanbul

The Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Istanbul has celebrated the birth and baptism of Jesus Christ with a special mass held on Jan. 6. The celebrations began with a mass held in the Hagia Yorgi Church led by Patriarch Bartholomew

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For peace we must find ways of living together, says Hürriyet chairwoman

For peace we must find ways of living together, says Hürriyet chairwoman

Finding ways to live together is the key to achieving global peace, Hürriyet chairwoman and Aydın Doğan Foundation Vice President Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said on Oct. 20

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Federation launches legal proceedings against Muslim televangelist who said ‘playing chess sinful than gambling’

Federation launches legal proceedings against Muslim televangelist who said ‘playing chess sinful than gambling’

The Turkish Chess Federation (TSF) stated on Jan. 3 that it has launched legal proceedings against a Turkish televangelist who recently claimed that playing chess is more sinful than gambling

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AS IT HAPPENED: Doğan Group holds panel in US against Islamophobia

AS IT HAPPENED: Doğan Group holds panel in US against Islamophobia

Turkey’s Doğan Group is holding a panel in Washington in a bid to globally fight against the fallacies and prejudices directed toward Islam

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Playing chess is more sinful than gambling: Muslim televangelist

Playing chess is more sinful than gambling: Muslim televangelist

Turkish televangelist Ahmet Mahmut Ünlü, popularly known as “Cübbeli” Ahmet Hoca (Robed Ahmet Hoca), has raised eyebrows by claiming that playing chess is more sinful than gambling, daily Hürriyet reported on Jan. 2

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Media can serve as bridge in fight against Islamophobia, Hürriyet chairwoman says

Media can serve as bridge in fight against Islamophobia, Hürriyet chairwoman says

Media organs can serve as a bridge in the fight against Islamophobia, Hürriyet chairwoman and deputy chairwoman of the Aydın Doğan Foundation Vuslat Doğan Sabancı said on Oct. 19

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Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate condemns terror attack at Reina club

Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate condemns terror attack at Reina club

Directorate of Religious Affairs Head Mehmet Görmez released a statement on Jan. 1 condemning the deadly attack at a nightclub in central Istanbul, which claimed 39 lives, describing the act as “savage and horrific.”

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Protestant pastor of İzmir church faces deportation from Turkey

Protestant pastor of İzmir church faces deportation from Turkey

A Protestant pastor and his wife, who have been living in Turkey for 20 years, are due to be deported over alleged missionary activities said to be “against national security.”

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Historic Greek Church in Istanbul to undergo restoration

Historic Greek Church in Istanbul to undergo restoration

Turkish Culture Minister Nabi Avcı attended an event on Dec. 23 that was organized to introduce a restoration project for the Vlahsaray Panayia Greek Orthodox Church to be conducted by the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and a foundation set up for the historic church

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World’s Muslims celebrate Feast of Sacrifice

World’s Muslims celebrate Feast of Sacrifice

Muslims worldwide, including those in Turkey, are celebrating Islam’s holy Feast of Sacrifice – known as Eid al-Adha in Arabic - with millions of Muslims across the world making a pilgrimage this week to Saudi Arabia

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A child should not be forced into marriage: Turkey's top cleric

A child should not be forced into marriage: Turkey's top cleric

A child should not be forced into marriage even if the parents give their consent to it, Turkey’s top cleric said, referring to a verse in the Quran on the importance of marriage

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Turkey declares nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha

Turkey declares nine-day public holiday for Eid al-Adha

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım signed a document on Aug. 27, declaring a nine-day public holiday starting from Sept. 12 for Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)

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Old center of Christians to be unearthed in Turkey's south

Old center of Christians to be unearthed in Turkey's south

Works have been initiated by Istanbul University in the ancient field of Aya Tekla, one of the oldest centers of Christianity

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Turkish mosque group in Germany takes step back from Ankara

Turkish mosque group in Germany takes step back from Ankara

A key Turkish religious organization in Germany said on Aug. 14 it would further distance itself from Ankara after politicians and media raised concerns of foreign influence

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