Turkey

Coordinates: 39°N 35°E / 39°N 35°E / 39; 35

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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Libya’s GNA response to Egypt, Greece after maritime border demarcation: ‘We will not allow anyone ...

Middle East Monitor 08 Aug 2020
The ministry reaffirmed its implementation of the memorandum of understanding on the delineation of maritime borders concluded between the GNA and Turkey last November, noting that this agreement. “Does not contradict the international law of the seas and international agreements and covenants in particular.”....
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On Faith: The Hagia Sophia and us

Times Argus 08 Aug 2020
It served as a mosque from 1453 until 1935 when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of the modern Republic of Turkey, ordered that the building no longer serve as a mosque and that it be a museum instead. Ataturk strove to radically secularize and modernize Turkey, and he did so with amazing speed and seeming effectiveness....
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Chess on the Seas: Greece-to-Egypt Checks Turkey-to-Libya

The National Herald 07 Aug 2020
Dendias hailed the “mutually beneficial deal”  based on the principles of international law and the UN's Law of the Sea – which Turkey doesn't recognize but invoked to its advantage in the Libya deal ... Turkey doesn't want Greek islands included in ......
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Egypt, Greece sign deal on exclusive economic zone

Middle East Online 07 Aug 2020
In Greece, diplomats said the deal effectively nullified an accord between Turkey and the internationally recognised government of Libya. Last year, those two parties agreed to maritime boundaries in a deal Egypt and Greece decried as illegal and a violation of international law....
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Egypt, Greece Sign Maritime Deal Which Sets Sea Boundary, Demarcates EEZ for Oil, Gas Drilling

Yahoo Daily News 07 Aug 2020
The deal is a response to a similar agreement between Turkey and Libya’s Tripoli-based government last year that has spiked tensions in the East Mediterranean region ... Turkey argues that Greek islands should not be included in calculating maritime zones of economic interest — a position Greece says violates international law....
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Turkish president slams Egypt-Greece deal, drilling resumes

Bowling Green Daily News 07 Aug 2020
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt “worthless” Friday and said his country would resume its disputed oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean ... Athens counters that Turkey’s position is a violation of international law....
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Erdogan Slams Egypt-Greece Deal, Drilling Resumes

The National Herald 07 Aug 2020
ISTANBUL — Turkey's president has called a maritime deal between Greece and Egypt "worthless," saying Turkey will resume oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean ... Athens counters that Turkey's position is a violation of international law....
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EU foreign affairs chief urges Greek-Turkish dialogue

Kathimerini 07 Aug 2020
The situation in the Eastern Mediterranean, he added, “requires sustained de-escalation, concrete action and work in good faith, in accordance with international law.”....
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AIMPLB Removes Controversial Tweet Comparing Hagia Sophia to Babri Masjid After Backlash

Yahoo Daily News 07 Aug 2020
After backlash from its own community members, including senior member of the board and prominent lawyer Zafaryab Jilani, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday deleted its controversial tweet comparing Hagia Sophia in Turkey to the Babri Masjid....
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USAF Vet Could Face ‘20 Days for 20 Bombs’ for Protest Against US H-Bombs Stationed ...

CounterPunch 07 Aug 2020
Hamburg, Germany ... Büchel protesters contend the 20 US B61 hydrogen bombs (along with the US H-bombs in Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and Turkey), violate the two principle articles of the NPT, as well as other binding international humanitarian laws, and that their minor disruptions are justified acts of crime prevention ... Photo ... ....
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Top headlines of the day: August 7, 2020

Yahoo Daily News 07 Aug 2020
Do scroll through... (Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images). More ... After backlash from its own community members, including senior member of the board and prominent lawyer Zafaryab Jilani, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday deleted its controversial tweet comparing Hagia Sophia in Turkey to the Babri Masjid ... ....
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Egypt, Greece Sign Maritime Deal to Counter Libya-Turkey One

The National Herald 06 Aug 2020
Turkey argues that Greek islands should not be included in calculating maritime zones of economic interest — a position Greece says violates international law ... Turkey with ammunition in its claims against our territorial rights, as defined by international law."....
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How a President Biden could remake US-Turkey ties

Middle East Online 06 Aug 2020
Congress has pushed Trump to sanction Turkey for its S-400 purchase — an action that is mandated by US law — and for its Libya intervention; the US president has yet to budge ... Considering this, Biden seems more likely to pressure Turkey on its illiberal and anti-democratic ......
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