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Greece and Turkey Agree to Continue Talks in Athens

Greece and Turkey agreed on Monday to continue talking during the first round of contacts after a five-years hiatus. The meeting in Istanbul between senior diplomats from both sides lasted for more than three hours. According to Greek diplomatic sources, it...

Talks Between Greece and Turkey Resume After Five Years

Talks between Greece and Turkey, described as "exploratory contacts," resumed on Monday in Istanbul, after almost five years. Turkish Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, a close associate of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is also taking part in the talks between diplomats from...

Greece-Turkey Talks to Resume Amid Threats of “Casus Belli”

Greece-Turkey exploratory contacts are set to resume on Monday in Istanbul as Ankara is warning Athens that the extension of its territorial waters to 12 nautical miles in the Aegean is an act or situation provoking or justifying war...

September 6, 1955: The Violent Istanbul Pogrom Against Greeks

The Greeks in Istanbul were a longstanding, thriving community comprised mostly of families of merchants. In 1955 their population was about 100,000 and they were a prominent class in the city. Prime Minister Adnan Menderes (1950-1960) was playing the Muslim...

After Hagia Sophia Turkey Converts Another Byzantine Church to Mosque

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a presidential decree on Friday turning the historic Holy Saviour in Chora, a medieval Byzantine church in western Constantinople that was a museum, into a mosque. The move follows the July decision to convert...

Crew of Hagia Sophia Documentary Returns for New Explorations

The professional crew behind the documentary title "The Beneath," a film showing what lies underneath the Byzantine cathedral of Hagia Sophia, recently returned to the monument in order to continue its investigations of the building's subterranean ruins. According to the...