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Turkey (i/ˈtɜːrki/; Turkish: Türkiye [ˈtyɾcije]), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish:  Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ), is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Syria and Iraq to the south; Iran, Armenia, and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Bulgaria to the northwest; and Greece to the west. The Black Sea is to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.

Turkey has been inhabited since the paleolithic age, including various ancient Anatolian civilizations, Aeolian, Dorian and Ionian Greeks, Thracians, Armenians, and Assyrians. After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, a process which continued under the Roman Empire and its transition into the Byzantine Empire. The Seljuk Turks began migrating into the area in the 11th century, starting the process of Turkification, which was greatly accelerated by the Seljuk victory over the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, upon which it disintegrated into several small Turkish beyliks.

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Greece deems Turkey “safe”, but refugees are not: The substantive examination of asylum applications is the only safe solution for refugees [EN/EL]

Reliefweb 15 Jun 2021
But the solution is not to send displaced individuals to Turkey ... These conditions are not met in the case of Turkey ... Furthermore, the unworkability of this new law is highlighted, since as far back as March 2020, Turkey is not accepting the return of refugees and asylum seekers from Greece ... Refugee Law Clinic Berlin....

It's your call, June 15

News-Press Now 15 Jun 2021
Hunt the bears ... Editor’s note ... Most are south of Interstate 44. Give and take ... They spy ... Calling about turkey vultures? There is not hundreds of them in St ... Thank goodness for turkey vultures! Here is a bird that can actually stay healthy by eating dead things ... And also, keep in mind, turkey vultures are protected by both state and federal law ... 0.53 ... 2.01 ... ....

Nato leaders agree to maintain funding for Kabul airport

The News International 15 Jun 2021
Turkey of course plays a key role in those efforts ... This comes as Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said his country would be the “only reliable” country left to stabilize Afghanistan after the US pulls out its troops ... Turkey has reportedly said it is prepared to keep ......

Peloni: Greek PM Rejected Two-State Solution for Cyprus

The National Herald 15 Jun 2021
She said the prime minister reiterated that a two-state solution as proposed by Turkey and the Turkish-Cypriot side is rejected as a matter of principle since it is contrary to both UN Security Council resolution and European Union laws and regulations....

Greece says Turkish patrol boat damaged coast guard vessel

Arab News 14 Jun 2021
Mitsotakis said on Friday that good bilateral relations will depend on de-escalation efforts and on whether “Turkey participates constructively in the dialogue and respects the conditions set by the EU” in accordance with international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea....

Turkey’s borders are NATO’s borders: Turkish president

Anadolu Agency 14 Jun 2021
The Turkish president on Monday said Turkey did not get the support and solidarity it expected from its allies and partners in fighting terrorism ... Erdogan said Turkey considers international law, justice, equity as well as respect for "reciprocal rights and interests" in its interactions with its neighbors....

One more moratorium is not enough

Ekathimerini 14 Jun 2021
The Greek-Turkish summit, the first in decades, is being held as a follow-up to a strategically decisive multilateral meeting, which is in essence a US-EU meeting, a US-Turkey meeting and a US-Russia meeting ... Obviously it does not want to exclude Turkey, which has its rightful place under the international law of the sea, from the Mediterranean....

No breakthroughs expected from first Biden-Erdogan meeting

Ekathimerini 14 Jun 2021
Turkey has the Western alliance’s second-biggest military after the United States but disagreements over Syria, human rights, the treatment of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and tensions in the eastern Mediterranean have strained their ties ...Turkey is not just any country, it is an allied country....

Turkey rescues 55 asylum seekers in Aegean Sea

Anadolu Agency 14 Jun 2021
Turkey has repeatedly condemned Greece’s illegal practice of pushing back asylum seekers, saying it violates humanitarian values and international law by endangering the lives of vulnerable migrants, including women and children....

Hagia Sophia, the ‘nest’ and ‘infidel’ Ataturk

Ekathimerini 14 Jun 2021
Hagia Sophia is at the center of a political controversy in Turkey ... In posts on social media, Boynukalin had asked for the abolition of the secular state and the enforcement of Islamic law in Turkey. “Turkey must return to the rules of Islam,” he said....
photo: AP / Turkish Presidency via AP, File
In this March 24, 2021, file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during his ruling party's congress inside a packed sports hall in Ankara, Turkey.

Erdoğan calls Greece an “ally” during NATO Summit address

Greek City Times 14 Jun 2021
At the same time, he noted that Turkey takes into account international law and respects mutual rights and interests in its “relations with its neighbours.” ... television that was once again full of threats of war and historical inaccuracies regarding Greece and Turkey....

UN Syria envoy 'strongly' condemns Afrin hospital attack

Middle East Monitor 14 Jun 2021
Pedersen said that all parties must comply with their obligations under international humanitarian law ... Turkey strikes YPG positions in northern Syria after ......

AHI: Biden Must Address Provocations against Greece, Cyprus with Erdogan

The National Herald 13 Jun 2021
... and Larigakis presented a set of policy recommendations for President Biden to raise with President Erdogan based upon Turkey’s record of provocations and hostilities in the region that undermine stability and are in violation of the rule of law, including U.S....

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