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Turkey summons Danish envoy over Quran-burning protest

Jan. 27, 2023 11:18 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Turkey summoned the Danish ambassador and accused Denmark of endorsing a “hate crime” after an anti-Islam activist on Friday burned two copies of Islam’s holy book, the Quran, in a solitary protest in Copenhagen. Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist...

Turkey: Sweden complicit in hate crime, NATO talks pointless

Jan. 26, 2023 10:37 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister on Thursday accused Sweden of being complicit in a "hate and racist” crime for failing to prevent weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam and pro-Kurdish groups. Mevlut Cavusoglu also confirmed that a key meeting in...

Turkey condemns Quran protest in the Netherlands

Jan. 24, 2023 05:11 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s foreign ministry said Tuesday it summoned the Dutch ambassador following a demonstration targeting Islam’s holy book, days after a similar protest in Sweden tensed relations. Edwin Wagensveld, Dutch leader of the far-right Pegida movement in the...

Turkey's president says no support for Sweden's NATO bid

Jan. 23, 2023 14:07 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s president cast serious doubt on NATO's expansion Monday after warning Sweden not to expect support for its bid for membership into the military alliance following weekend protests in Stockholm by an anti-Islam activist and pro-Kurdish groups. President...

Turkey’s President Erdogan says Sweden shouldn’t expect Ankara's support to join NATO following anti-Islam protests

Jan. 23, 2023 11:22 AM EST
ISTANBUL, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s President Erdogan says Sweden shouldn’t expect Ankara's support to join NATO following anti-Islam protests.

Mufti's talk of women's duties angers some Turkish Cypriots

Jan. 18, 2023 12:02 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Muslim religious leader’s instruction to women to dutifully accept a husband's “invitation to bed” to procreate has sparked outrage among many Turkish Cypriots, who saw the remarks as an imported encroachment of fundamentalist Islam on their secular community. ...

Taliban minister defends ban on women's university studies

Dec. 22, 2022 13:55 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The minister of higher education in the Taliban government on Thursday defended his decision to ban women from universities — a decree that had triggered a global backlash. Discussing the matter for the first time in public, Nida Mohammad Nadim said the...

AP PHOTOS: Dervishes on mystic Rumi's path whirl for God

Dec. 21, 2022 02:36 AM EST

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — To prepare for the ritual ahead, Omer Kilic and his 14-year-old son dress in white robes, drape black cloaks over them and don cone-shaped hats called “sikke.” The tennure robes symbolize funeral shrouds, the cloaks a tomb and the hats a tombstone —...

Qatar offers World Cup visitors an introduction to Islam

Dec. 17, 2022 12:18 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Fatima Garcia donned a headscarf and a black abaya — a long, loose-fitting robe — over her clothes as she walked into a mosque in Doha to learn about Islam. In Qatar to enjoy the World Cup with friends, the Salvadoran visitor took a day off from soccer to go...

China's Xi vows to buy more Mideast oil as US focus wanes

Dec. 09, 2022 11:45 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Chinese leader Xi Jinping vowed on Friday to import more oil and natural gas from energy-rich Gulf Arab states while not interfering in their affairs, likely seeking to cast Beijing in a more favorable light than Washington as America's attention in the region...