Yasemin Paçalıoğlu

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Movie-makers and critics pull out of Istanbul Film Festival amid censorship row

Nearly two dozen movie-makers and a group of international critics have pulled out of the Istanbul Film Festival, amid a censorship row.<p>The government has blocked the screening of a film about Kurdish militants, citing paperwork issues.<p>The festival competition has been called off.<p>“We are asking the …

Turkish mayor to outraged citizens: ‘Respect the robot’

A Turkish politician and new personal hero is being sued by his citizens after blowing a big chunk of the city’s budget on building a giant robot, …

Turkish Educator Pledges $10M To Set Up Universities For Syrian Refugees

Once a sleepy border town, Reyhanli, Turkey, is now bursting with Syrian refugees, many of them school-age. More than half a million Syrian refugee children are out of school, and the education crisis is fueling an epidemic of early marriage, child labor and bleak futures.<p>"I just finished the 12th …

Middle East

Turkish cartoonists fined for suggesting President Erdogan is gay

REUTERS - Two Turkish caricaturists have been fined for insulting President Tayyip Erdogan after a court ruled that one of their cartoons implied he …

Julianne Moore Fired by Turkish Ministry of Tourism for 'Poor Acting'

Julianne Moore won the Academy Award for “Still Alice” and has been nominated four other times, but Turkey’s ministry of culture and tourism isn’t …

Volvo unveils ultra-reflective spray paint to make cycling at night safer

<b>Volvo has designed a new ultra-reflective spray paint in a bid to make road cycling safer.</b><p>The Swedish car manufacturer collaborated with Grey London …

Watch President Obama interview David Simon about The Wire

Our President has great taste in fictional characters<p>The White House's YouTube account just published a video interview between President Obama and reporter, author, and creator of HBO crime drama <i>The Wire</i>, David Simon. Simon is the interviewee, and speaks frankly about the nation's policing …

Kathmandu graffiti: Street art has made the walls come to life

When the BBC Soup team visited Kathmandu in February 2015 to attend Nepal's first Ideas Fest they were struck by the graffiti. Photographs by Richard Fenton-Smith, with thanks to Nepalese art director Sworup Nhasiju for his insights. Find out more at bbc.com/soup

Streetwear

Japan government hard at work trying to prevent Shibuya Ward approving same-sex marriages

There is less than a week to go before Shibuya Ward in Tokyo will begin issuing marriage certificates to same-sex couples. If all goes as planned, …