Supporters of the Hizmet movement of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen shout slogans and hold copies of the Zaman newspaper as they take part in a demonstration a day after Turkish police began an operation targeting the media close to the Hizmet movement, in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Suna

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended weekend raids on media outlets close to a US-based Muslim cleric as a necessary response to “dirty(...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

Workers of Zaman nespapers and supporters of Fethullah Gulen Movement argue with police officers inside of Zaman newspaper  in Istanbul, Turkey Photograph: Selahattin Sevi/EPA

Turkish police raided media outlets close to US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against (...)

The crowd in the Attaturk Stadium in Istanbul  lights up after the floodlights failed during Tottenham’s  Europa League group C  match against  Besiktas. Photograph: Sedat Suna /EPA

Besiktas 1 Tottenham 0 First the lights went out at the Ataturk Olimpiyat Stadium and then on Tottenham’s hopes of topping their Europa League (...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard smiles during a training session at Anfield ahead of the club’s crucial Champions League clash with Basel. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Work commenced on a new £114 million (€145 million) main stand at Anfield yesterday but proof that some things do not change at Liverpool was unearthe(...)

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew 1, in Istanbul. Bartholomew has a local flock of just about 2,000. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AP

It is around midnight on Saturday in Mari Parseyhan’s little “Jash” restaurant, not far from Taksim Square in central Istanbul. The guy with the accor(...)

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embrace after signing a joint statement at the Church of St George, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Epa

Pope Francis condemned “Islamophobia” while at the same time calling on intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders to denounce all fundamentalis(...)

Pope Francis  kisses Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I after they signed a joint statement at St George church, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul on November 30th, 2014. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Reuters

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew 1 took another step down the long road to Catholic-Orthodox unity when they prayed together in the G(...)

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople embrace after the Divine Liturgy at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis said Islamic militants were carrying out a “profoundly grave sin against God” in Syria and Iraq, calling on Sunday for inter-religious d(...)

 Pope Francis has begun a visit to Turkey with the delicate mission of strengthening ties with Muslim leaders. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Imam Ishak Kizilaslan of Istanbul’s celebrated Blue Mosque has said he hopes the city’s controversial museum, the Aya Sofya, will one day be restored (...)