The Turkish government has introduced taxes to battle alcohol on religious grounds, to the annoyance of many citizens, especially in the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul. Some are resisting by brewing their own beer.
Turkey's stiff alcohol taxes have led to rapidly rising prices for beer and the popular anise-flavored brandy raki. In an effort to skirt the high costs of imbibing, many people in the country have had to get creative.
The deployment of pro-Syrian government forces raises the prospect of clashes with Turkish forces in Afrin. Soon after the convoy arrived, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire.
The Dutch parliament has voted to recognize the deaths of Armenians during World War I as genocide. The decision is likely to enrage Turkey amid already strained relations with the Netherlands.
Stockholm attacker Rakhmat Akilov has pleaded guilty to carrying out last April's truck attack. Akilov said he wanted to pressure Sweden into ending its support for the fight against "Islamic State."
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