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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in December: I am saying I am against high interest rates, and I will continue to say it. Inflation cannot fall in a country with high interest rates.” Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Terror attacks, political tumult and fraying relations with the West have seen Turkey’s economy take a beating in recent years. However, with the vis(...)

A pod of killer whales swimming in a fjord in Skjervoy, Norway. Photograph: Stephen Starr

At 480km inside the Arctic Circle we are further north than almost anywhere in Alaska. Our journey begins by heading out of Tromso, the so-called capi(...)

A leafy street scene in tranquil Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is the most historic city in the United States; the streets ooze history and memories of American independence and the founding of a nati(...)

Russian S-400 Triumph rocket systems: purchase puts Turkey in direct confrontation with its fellow Nato members and the West. Photograph:  Alexey Sazonov/AFP/Getty

On a visit to the ruined, ancient city of Ani last month, my tour guide offers an alternative perspective on the murder of hundreds of thousands of Ar(...)

One of the Borough Market attackers: Governments in the Middle East and North Africa must engage the conservative Muslim clerics within their own borders – the individuals responsible for filling young people’s heads with hatred. Photograph: Gabriele Sciotto/AP

Europe’s ties with governments in the Middle East and North Africa are commonly viewed through the prism of multimillion-euro arms deals or criticism (...)

  Theresa May’s gamble on a snap election in June will have major implications for political party in Westminster. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

This week’s World View podcast looks at ballot box battles from London to Istanbul. In the United Kingdom, Theresa May’s gamble on a snap election i(...)

 Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a campaign rally for a ‘Yes’ vote in Turkey’s constitutional referendum, Istanbul.  Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/AFP/Getty Images

March 26th, 1999, was a turning point in Turkey’s history, though only those in the presence of Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Friday afternoon knew it. (...)

A Syrian man  sits on the rubble of destroyed buildings following a government forces air strike on the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Basha in the northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Thaer Mohammed/AFP/Getty Images

Five years in and perhaps a half a million dead, it’s difficult to see any solutions to the Syrian conflict forthcoming. But there are four crucial (...)

A man cries as he carries a coffin at a funeral for victims of Saturday’s attack on a Kurdish wedding party that left more than 50 dead in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photograph:  Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty

A suicide bombing that killed at least 51 people at a wedding party in the southern city of Gaziantep was carried out by an Islamic State affiliate ag(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin. “He’s what you call a leader,” according to former mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

In the last five years there has been a remarkable rise in membership of the Vladimir Putin fan club. Donald Trump’s admiration is on the record, as i(...)

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