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Massage in the Hammam, by Édouard Debat-Ponsan. Photograph: Musée des Augustins

The concept of orientalism is the legacy of the great Palestinian-American scholar Edward Said. Throughout their imperial, colonial and then neocoloni(...)

Amphorae at the shipwreck site off the coast of Protaras, Cyprus, on Wednesday. Photograph: Spyros Spyrou/via Reuters

An ancient wooden ship complete with cargo has been discovered off the eastern coast of Cyprus near the resort town of Protaras. The ship belongs to t(...)

Expressions of sympathy on the late former TD Jackie Healy Rae were heard in the Dáil on Wednesday, nearly five years after his death. File photograph: Eric Luke

Lunchtime on Wednesday in Leinster House. The corridors are quiet. Leo Varadkar is still in the chamber answering routine questions about his departm(...)

Supporters of the secular opposition Republican People’s Party candidate for mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu,  celebrate in  Istanbul. For all the understandable euphoria, it is too early yet to write off Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gambled and lost – spectacularly. In an election for mayor of Istanbul at the weekend, Turkey’s all-powerful president suffer(...)

Turkish people gather to celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral elections re-run, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

‘Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey, ” Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said. How he must hope he is wrong. In perhaps the most significant setback he has suf(...)

Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu celebrating in front of supporters at Beylikduzu in the city after his decisive win in Sunday’s election. Photograph: CHP press service/AFP/Getty Images

Delivering a victory speech at his party’s election headquarters on Sunday night, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor declared that his triumph in a (...)

Ekrem Imamoglu of the Republican Peoples Party (CHP) gives a victory speech after winning the Istanbul Mayoral rerun election on June 23rd in Istanbul. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Turkey’s opposition has dealt president Tayyip Erdogan a stinging blow by winning control of Istanbul in a re-run mayoral election, breaking his aura (...)

 Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral election rerun, in  Turkey. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Turkey’s ruling party has conceded defeat in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election rerun, handing the nation’s beleaguered opposition a landmark v(...)

Supporters of president Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags in Istanbul. The country’s  international relations are  changing. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at (...)

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades: has expressed “utmost satisfaction”with the EU’s  supportive stance. Photograph: Julian Warnand

The European Council’s willingness to contemplate measures against Turkey over its illegal drilling for natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has been m(...)

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