Why did the Druze come to the Middle East? DNA technology and modern day genetics may offer insight into origins of the esoteric Druze people- a mystery yet unsolved.
While the EU says it has the right to send away all economic migrants if it chooses, its existing laws on human rights say asylum seekers awaiting a ruling on their cases can only be deported to countries that meet certain conditions.
Syrian warplanes bombarded a besieged rebel-held district of Homs, southern Deraa and insurgent areas in Damascus’s outskirts on Saturday.
Like Weber before him, Shadi Hamid attributes more importance to religious denomination than material conditions as a factor for liberalism and democracy in ‘Islamic Exceptionalism’.
Caught out by the side effects of the Syrian civil war and deteriorating relations with the EU and the US, Turkey now appears to be in search of South-South cooperation.
A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, and saw opposing Syrian groups exchanging angry tirades at each other and the brokers.
For years its half a million Muslims have resorted to praying in hundreds of makeshift sites, in crowded basements or dark warehouses targeted by racist attackers.
Abdulgadir Masharipov, an Uzbek national, who was caught in a police raid in Istanbul on January 16, was charged under multiple cases by a Turkish court.
Vladimir Putin called Tayyip Erdogan and expressed his condolences, while the Kremlin blamed the incident on poor coordination between Moscow and Ankara.
By taking centre stage at the Astana conference with Turkey as its ally and asserting itself in the Syrian civil war by organising a ceasefire, Russia has re-established itself as a global power of consequence.
Populist leaders are using the corruption-inequality message to drum up support without an actual intention of tackling the problem.
In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 the anti-corruption watchdog observed that populist leaders promising to end corruption may in fact be feeding it.
On the ground, rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the deal.
This is the first time the opposition and representatives of President Bashar al-Assad have come together since UN negotiations in Geneva were suspended last year.
Supporters welcome the move as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil while opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state.
Turkey’s is in a downward spiral. The sweeping crackdowns and increased religious polarisation will feed resentment and hatred, which in turn will to lead to more violence and subsequently further crackdowns.
The talks will stress on fully implementing the hitherto violated ceasefire agreement made by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.
The gunman, who media reports identified as Uzbekistan national Abdulgadir Masharipov, was caught late Monday in a police operation at a luxury residential complex in Istanbul.
The controversial bill was approved by a majority of lawmakers who voted in favour of the final article to turn Turkey into a presidential democracy.
Rudimentarily masked by arguments of counter-terrorism, Turkish society has been put into a straitjacket, with no form of dissent being acceptable.
The island’s leaders are meeting in Geneva to discuss the prospect of reunification. Here’s what is on the negotiating table.
The reform will enable Erdogan to appoint and dismiss government ministers, take back the leadership of the ruling party and govern until 2029.
Turkey’s government continues to conflate journalism it doesn’t like with terrorism and other crimes against the state.
Bashar al-Assad, also said his government was ready to negotiate on “everything” at peace talks his Russian allies hope to convene in Kazakhstan.
General Sharif, who retired in November is the first Pakistani army chief in over 20 years not to seek an extension to his term.
Burhan Sonmez’s Istanbul Istanbul is filled with stories of imagination and hope that help the four protagonists survive torture in an underground prison in the Turkish capital.
The divisive tactics that put Turkey’s president in control could yet be his undoing.
On January 12, Guterres will open and chair a conference with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders and Cyprus’ three guarantors aimed at reuniting the Mediterranean island.
More than 6,000 more police, civil servants and academics under emergency rule on Friday, in a continuation of the purge in the wake of a failed coup last July.
The explosion and gunfire outside the main courthouse in Izmir, highlighted the country’s deteriorating security situation.
People in Aleppo have put their hopes in the peace process that brought the ceasefire under which rebels gave up the city’s eastern areas last month.
After an extraordinarily turbulent year, the Turkish people hope that 2017 will be calmer and more peaceful.
Emergency rule, first imposed after a failed military coup on July 15 and then extended in October, will continue after January.
The jihadist group made the claim in a statement on one of its Telegram channels, a method it has used to claim attacks in the past.
A gunman opened fire on New Year revellers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway killing at least 39 people.
The truce deal, brokered by Russia and Turkey and welcomed by the UN Security Council, has been repeatedly violated since it began, with warring sides trading the blame.
Monitors reported clashes between insurgents and government forces along the provincial boundary between Idlib and Hama and other isolated incidents.
Syria would be divided into informal zones of influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for now, in a deal between the four countries.
The US rejected Erdogan’s claims that they had been supporting ISIS and other Kurdish militant groups, calling them “ludicrous.”
Twenty-nine police officers are facing charges of disobeying orders on the July night.