Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman review a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony, in Ankara, Turkey

MBS visits Ankara as Turkey attempts to repair relations with its regional rivals

Global Politics

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for talks in Ankara. The visit comes as Turkey seeks to repair ties with its regional rivals. Steven A. Cook at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington spoke with The World’s host Carol Hills about the significance of the visit.

Joe Biden, Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen are shown walking side-by-side on a red carpet with several national flags in the background.

US-EU reach deal on trade dispute ahead of Biden’s meeting with Putin

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Joe Biden are shown both wearing suits and sitting in white armchairs.

Biden at NATO: Ready to talk China, Russia and soothe allies

Supporters of the Turkey Youth Union chant slogans during a protest against US President Joe Biden's statement, outside the US consulate in Istanbul, April 26, 2021.

Turkey’s Erdoğan calls Biden’s acknowledgment of the Armenian genocide ‘unfounded, unjust, unrealistic’

Human rights
A man in a suit stands at a podium near red and white Turkish flag.

French teacher’s murder widens France-Turkey rift over secularism

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's supporters rally in Istanbul in 2016 following the failed coup.

Expulsions, pushbacks and extraditions: Turkey’s war on dissent extends to Europe

Conflict & Justice

The Gülenists, dubbed by Turkey as FETO, the Fethullahist Terror Organization, are being purged on a massive scale. Those who have been accused include scientists, schoolteachers, policemen and journalists. 

The large dome of the UNESCO World Heritage site Hagia Sophia is shown from above at a distance.

Turkey’s president formally makes Haghia Sophia a mosque


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday formally reconverted Istanbul’s sixth-century iconic Haghia Sophia into a mosque and declared it open to Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had turned it into a museum.

US Attorney for the Southern District Geoffrey Berman is shown wearing a dark suit and purple tie with a US flag behind him.

The global implications of Geoffrey Berman firing; US and Russia start nuclear weapons talks; US targets Assad govt and backers with sanctions

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Shares in Turkish state lender Halkbank surged 8% today after US federal chief prosecutor Geoffrey Berman was forced to step down over the weekend. Also, Wirecard said on Monday that $2.1 billion is missing from its accounts and was likely never there. And, representatives from the US and Russia started nuclear weapons talks today in Vienna.

Kim Yo-jong is shown looking over her left shoulder

North Korea stops answering daily calls with South; Past epidemics underscore importance of mental health

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North Korean officials did not answer a routine daily call to the liaison office with South Korea or calls on military hotlines Tuesday. The move is seen as a first step toward shutting down contact with Seoul. And, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he and US President Donald Trump agreed on “some issues” on the conflict in Libya during a phone call Monday. Also, a new study of satellite images shows a surge in traffic to hospitals in Wuhan, China, in August.

A man wearing a face mask is seen under a bridge of Yangtze river

China raises coronavirus death toll; political shakeups in Brazil; restoring Notre Dame’s soundscape

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Chinese officials have revised their novel coronavirus fatality count, but insist there has been no coverup. And in the US, President Donald Trump tells governors they are responsible for opening up states’ economies. Political shakeups in Brazil and Turkey point to questionable responses to the pandemic. In Bangladesh, coronavirus could put Rohingya refugee women in leadership roles. And rebuilding the Notre Dame de Paris is about more than the structure. Learn how acoustic research could help reconstruct the cathedral’s unique soundscape.