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Hundreds of houses in the Burj al Babas project, close to the town centre of Mudurnu in the Bolu northwestern region of Turkey, in December 2018. The project’s developers,  Sarot Property Group, went bankrupt. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images)

Drone footage of an eerie abandoned urban development of mini castles in Turkey has shone a light on the troubles facing the country’s economy. Burj (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel exchange the French-German friendship treaty during the signing ceremony  in Aachen, Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a ritual so faithfully enacted and re-enacted that it must be mandated in some obscure corner of EU law. Every so often, French and German leade(...)

“Het Financieele Dagblad” journalist  Ans Boersma: “I’ve been declared an ‘undesirable person’ in Turkey.”  Photograph: Twitter

Turkey on Thursday deported a 31-year-old journalist who works for Dutch newspapers, accusing her of links to the militant Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda of(...)

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun is greeted by Thai immigration authorities at a hotel inside Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: Reuters

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the Saudi Arabian woman who fled her family and is now under UN protection in Thailand, has been sustained through the “terri(...)

Commuter train passes an election poster for President Recep Erdogan in Istanbul in  June, 2018: people are driven by fear of persecution and economic mismanagement. Photograph:  Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

For 17 years, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won elections by offering voters a vision of restoring the glories of Turkey’s Ottoman past. He extended (...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) stands together with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (C) and Metropolitan Epiphanius, the head of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church (R). Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP

The spiritual head of Orthodox Christians worldwide formally granted independence to the Ukrainian church on Saturday, marking an historic split from (...)

The killing of Mr Khashoggi has strained the decades-long ties the kingdom enjoys with the United States. File Photograph: Hasan Jamali /  AP

Saudi Arabia has announced it will seek the death penalty against five suspects over the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The k(...)

 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent to the ailing King Salman, has enjoyed almost unlimited power in the kingdom. Photograph:  Fayez Nireldine/ AFP

For most of the Middle East and North Africa, 2018 was somewhat less volatile than the past several years. The upheavals of recent years – in particul(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Democracy is suffering a mid-life crisis – its best days are behind it, its future uncertain, the academic David Runciman argues in his recent book, H(...)

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubei. Photograph: EPA

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has issued an overhaul of top government posts in the wake of international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal (...)

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