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Pope Becomes First House Guest in Controversial Erdogan Palace

The vast gates swung open and the host personally welcomed his distinguished visitor with all the pride of someone who has just acquired a new home.

Pope Francis on Friday become the first foreign dignitary to be received at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's new presidential palace, one of the most controversial building projects in modern Turkey.

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Clashes Erupt as Turkish Nationalist Visits Kurdish Region

Turkish security forces and pro-Kurdish protesters clashed on Friday as tensions erupted over the visit of a nationalist leader to a flashpoint eastern region, an AFP photographer reported.

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli, a figure of hate for many Kurds, visited the eastern province of Tunceli, a stronghold of Kurds who adhere to the Alevi offshoot of Shia Islam.

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Pope Francis Pleads for Dialogue to End Extremism on Turkey Visit

Pope Francis on Friday called for dialogue between faiths to end the Islamist extremism plaguing the Middle East as he visited Turkey on his first trip to the overwhelmingly Muslim but officially secular state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who welcomed Pope Francis as the first foreign dignitary to his controversial new presidential palace outside Ankara, for his part issued a strong warning about rising Islamophobia in the world.

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Turkey Jails Professor for 'Denying Headscarved Student Entry'

A prominent Turkish professor on Thursday began a jail sentence after being convicted of preventing a female student wearing a Muslim headscarf from entering the university where he worked, his lawyer said.

Rennan Pekunlu, a former professor of astrophysics at Ege University, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 for violating a headscarf-wearing student's "constitutional right to education" by barring her from entering the faculty.

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Erdogan Slams 'Ego Complex' of Critics on Americas Discovery Claim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan savaged critics of his remarks that Muslim explorers traveled to the Americas before Columbus as suffering from an "ego complex", reaffirming his belief their purported feat was an historical fact.

"I have been the target of heavy criticism by the Western media," Erdogan said during an address at a meeting of Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) in Istanbul.

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Turkey Clears Ex-General over Alleged Murder of Former President

An Ankara court on Wednesday acquitted the only suspect in a case over the alleged poisoning of former president Turgut Ozal, who died in office in 1993, a defense lawyer said.

Retired general Levent Ersoz, 60, has been on trial since October last year accused of attempted murder.

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Erdogan Attacks U.S. 'Impertinence' on Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday slammed U.S. "impertinence" on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara days after his key meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Ties between the the U.S. and Turkey have soured in recent months over the reluctance of Turkish leaders to intervene militarily in the U.S.-led campaign against the Islamic State jihadists, who have taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria. 

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U.N. Seeks more Cross-border Aid Deliveries to Syria

The U.N. Security Council will move to allow cross-border deliveries of relief supplies to Syria for another year, the president of the council said Tuesday, as new figures showed more Syrians were in need of aid.

The Council in July agreed in a resolution to allow truckloads of much-needed aid to cross into rebel-held Syrian territory without the consent of the Damascus regime.

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Coastguard: Hundreds of Migrants Adrift Near Crete

At least 500 migrants are believed to be on board a freighter adrift south of the island of Crete, the Greek coastguard said on Tuesday.

"We estimate that there are between 500 and 700 people on board," a coastguard spokeswoman told Agence France Presse.

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Turkey Governor under Fire over Museum Plan for Synagogue

A Turkish regional governor was accused Monday of inciting hatred towards the country's Jewish community after suggesting a synagogue be turned into a museum as a reprisal for Israel's policies over the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Dursun Ali Sahin, governor of the northwestern province of Edirne, sparked an outcry when he said Friday that the ancient Buyuk Sinagog (the Great Synagogue) built in 1907 under Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid should only be used as a museum.

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