The Syriac Catholic community received a free lease for 49 years on Sacre Coeur, a church in Istanbul's waterfront district of Bebek. Officials from the state-run Directorate General of Foundations signed a protocol with a foundation representing the community.
(Reuters) -- An evacuation began overnight of thousands of people from two loyalist Syrian villages that are besieged by rebels in the northwest, a war monitor said, with the government expected to release hundreds of detainees in return.
(AFP) -- In the heat of battle against Daesh (ISIS), Iraqis united against a common enemy. But just a few months after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the militants, social grievances that once simmered on the back burner have boiled over in a series of protests that have spread...
The release and return of a number of Christian women taken as slaves by Islamic State in Iraq has prompted questions about those still being held. In August 2014, Isis militants swept through a cluster of Christian towns near Mosul, taking control and forcing thousands to flee.
By Imran Khan
Police and medical sources say at least 11 people have now died in protests in southern Iraq against the poor state of public services. The unrest began in Basra last week and has spread to several other large cities.
By Kareem Shaheen
Turkey's two-year state of emergency came to an end at midnight on Wednesday, but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue human rights campaigners have said Ankara must do more to reverse a "suffocating" crackdown on free speech.