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Assyrians celebrate New Year ‘Akitu’ across Middle East

The Assyrian community celebrated the 6767th Babylonian Assyrian New Year on Saturday. Also known as the Akitu Festival, the day marks the rebirth of...

Kurdish singer Aynur receives Mediterranean music award

Popular Kurdish singer Aynur is to receive the the Mediterranean Music Institute's Master of Mediterranean music award at the organisation's annual concert on 16...

Turkey and Middle East in focus at Geneva Film Festival

The 15th Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights opened on Friday.Sponsored by several organisations, the festival committee aims to draw attention...

64% of books sold in Turkey bought by women

The online bookstore D&R has released the results of a survey it did on reading trends in Turkey to mark International Women’s Day on...

Journalist given prison sentence for painting in Turkey

Journalist and painter Zehra Dogan has been convicted of "making propaganda for a terrorist organisation" for sharing her paintings depicting the period of curfews in Mardin...

Filmmaker protests visa ban as The Salesman wins best foreign language Oscar

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman has won the best foreign language film Oscar, bringing the award to the filmmaker a second time. Farhadi...

Ummiye Kocak: A success story from the Turkish countryside to New York

Ummiye Kocak is a play writer, director and women's rights activist who was unable to continue her education after primary school in a family of 10...

Publisher closes Turkish magazine after backlash on cartoon lampooning Moses

The publisher of Turkish satirical magazine GirGir has decided to close the magazine after the publication of a cartoon lampooning Moses received backlash from the...

Filmmakers for Peace made urgent call for solidarity in 67th Berlinale

Filmmakers for Peace members demonstrated at the launch of the 67th Berlin Film Festival Berlinale in solidarity with Turkey's Academics for Peace. The group highlighted the oppression...

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble wins Grammy

Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble won the best world music album Grammy Award for the 2016 album Sing Me Home, featuring tunes...

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