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Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his wife Emine greet supporters near Tarabya mansion in Istanbul. Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey’s constitutional referendum: experts express fear for a divided country

Experts agree that Turkey is even further polarised after contested unofficial results show President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has won the right to expand his powers.
The Merkez mosque in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Berlin is run by Turkey’s Dinayet agency, like 900 other mosques in Germany. Christian Mang/Reuters

Does Turkey use ‘spying imams’ to assert its powers abroad?

The religious arm of Turkey's government, Dinayet, has European authorities up in arms after leaked documents suggested the agency was engaged in international espionage.
Turkey may soon become one of the few countries in the history of democracy to vote for the death of democracy. Steve Evans/flickr

Turkey on the verge of democide as referendum looms

If the 'yes' vote prevails in this month's constitutional referendum, the Turkish people may be in the rare position of democratically approving the death of their own democracy.
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. Reuters/Agencja Gazeta

Syria

This year may be a critical turning point for Syria and the five-year civil war, at least for the Assad regime, which is…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov ® and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu offer flowers in memory of slain Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov. Maxim Shemetov/Pool photo via AP

Assassination of the Russian ambassador a big loss for Turkey

Ambassador Karlov's death will weaken Turkey's influence in the Syrian conflict.
Iraqi security forces detain a boy after removing a suicide vest from him in Kirkuk, Iraq. REUTERS/Ako Rasheed

How the Islamic State recruits and coerces children

A young boy is strapped with explosives and sent to detonate himself and those around him at a school. An expert on terrorism explains how and why children become embroiled in militant conflicts.

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