The head scarf, modern Turkey, and me

BY ELIF BATUMAN In 1924, a year after founding the Turkish Republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the country’s new leader, abolished the Ottoman Caliphate, which had been the last remaining Sunni Islamic Caliphate since 1517. Having introduced a secular constitution and a Western-style civil and criminal legal code, Atatürk […]

Prince died without a will, sister says

Prince left no will, according to documents filed Tuesday by his sister, Tyka Nelson, in probate court for Carver County, Minn., where the beloved pop icon died suddenly last week at his Paisley Parkcompound. “The Decedent died intestate,” Nelson said in her petition for the appointment of a special administrator to deal with Prince’s estate, which has been widely reported […]

Palmyra’s ancient Triumphal Arch resurrected in London’s Trafalgar Square

A replica of a 2,000-year-old Syrian monument demolished by ISIS militants has been built and unveiled in London’s Trafalgar Square. The scale model of Palmyra’s Triumphal Arch, which was destroyed in an act captured on an ISIS video, has been reconstructed using 3-D printing technology and photographs of the original. The new structure was built […]

Iranian woman defies authorities to run male-only marathon

An Iranian woman defied the rules of Iran’s international marathon, which was only open to men, and ran the 26 miles from Shiraz to Persepolis on April 9. Mahsa Torabi, an Iranian mountaineer and runner, wanted to compete in “I run Iran”, Iran’s first international marathon, which was organised by a tourism organisation with the […]

Zaha Hadid, Superstar Iraqi-British Architect, Dies at 65

The famously iconoclastic British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, whose sudden death in Miami Beach on Thursday shocked the design world, had for the past decade been a constant and conspicuous presence in Miami, a place she cherished and where she had long sought to leave her singular architectural mark. Hadid, 65, who had several close friends […]

Blasphemy cases rise in Egypt and Christians bear the brunt

In the video, the Egyptian Christian teens laugh playfully as a couple of them kneel down, imitating Muslim prayers, then another slides his hand under one boy’s neck, imitating the trademark beheadings of the Islamic State group. The boys were playing around, satirizing the extremist group, and their school supervisor just happened to be videoing […]