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    Maronite Patriarch Visits Turkey, Calls for a ‘Christian Spring’

    The Patriarch of Antioch is, for the first time, actually in Antioch. Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai is the first Patriarch to visit the “Patriarchate Kingdom” since its founder, Youhana Maroun. Rai is the “Patriarch of Antioch and All the East,” and the head of Bkirki in every sense of the word. He does not renege on the Patriarchate’s dogma, having been quoted as saying: “The church goes to its sons, especially those who have become Christians at the hand of Saint Peter.” It is well known that Antioch, which is located in what is now southern Turkey, is of great importance for Eastern Chri Source Article

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    Turks Can’t Escape Syria Conflict, Looking to World for Help

    Photo of Inci Altinok (left) and her friend by freelance photographer Sebastian Rich. ANTAKYA, Turkey — It’s late Monday night, and we’re walking down a cobblestone street in the oldest part of this centuries-old city. This is Antakya — known in ancient times as Antioch — and it’s just 15 miles from the Syrian border. Business thrived here in recent years, as Syrian shoppers flocked over the border for the consumer goods they couldn’t get at home. But no longer. “This Syria war has been very bad for us economically,” said Ferit Guler, owner of a small tobacco and chocolate shop where we’d stopped for some roasted nuts. “There are…

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    Personal history: Remembering the Armenian Genocide

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    Along the Turkey-Syria Border, Erdogan’s Own Are Turning Against Him

    This article first appeared in Le Monde. REYHANLI – Nearly a week after the two car-bomb attacks rocked this sleepy town, the people of Reyhanli, in southern Turkey, are still burying their dead. In this Hatay Province town, near the border with Syria, three more bodies have just been found under the rubble, bringing the death toll from the May 11 attack to 51. Little by little, grief and despondency are being replaced by anger. This exclusively Sunni town is definitely no bastion of resistance to the Justice and Development Party (AKP), the ruling conservative Islamic party. But now, the people of Reyhanli are holding Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

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    Domino’s Delivery Woman Kidnapped, Raped At Gunpoint After Antioch Delivery

    Suspect accused of kidnapping, robbery and sexual assault of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver in Antioch on February 8, 2015. (Eastcountytoday.net) ANTIOCH (CBS SF) — A Domino’s delivery woman was kidnapped and raped at gunpoint by a teen customer Sunday morning after trying to deliver him a pizza in Antioch, police said. The woman, 22, was making the delivery on the 2800 block of Bluebell Circle at 11:20 a.m. when an armed 17-year-old male forced her back into her delivery car, Sgt. Dimitri Barakos told KPIX 5. The suspect forced her to drive to an undisclosed area where he raped her, Sgt. Barakos said. He fled the car on foot…

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    Turkey sees fall in sale of real estate

    (MENAFN – Trend News Agency ) Baku, Azerbaijan, May 19 By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend: In April 2018, the volume of real estate sales in Turkey decreased by 9.9 percent compared to the same period in 2017 to 103,807 units of real estate, the Institute of Statistics of Turkey (TUİK) said in a message. During this period, 17,414 units of real estate were sold in Istanbul, 10,352 units of real estate – in Ankara, and 6,418 units of real estate – in Izmir. “The remaining 69,623 units of real estate fall to the share of other Turkish cities,” TUİK repotted. During the reported period, in Turkey, 2,043 units of real…

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    These ancient mosaics were buried on the lawn of the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg

    A mosaic panel in the East Portico of House of the Evil Eye in Antioch, modern-day Turkey. Photo taken in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Antioch Expedition Archives, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University. ST. PETERSBURG — Why were the mosaics buried on the lawn in the first place? That was a mystery. But there they were at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, two ancient pieces dating from the years 100 to 300, sitting beneath the grass on the east lawn for nearly 30 years. It’s a rather surprising place to find ancient mosaics. The museum’s collection spans 5,000 years, but it only opened along the downtown…

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    Going Global With Real Estate ETFs

    Domestic real estate stocks and related exchange traded funds are struggling this year. For example, the Vanguard Real Estate ETF (NYSE: VNQ), the largest fund in this category and the largest sector ETF of any stripe, is lower by more than 6 percent year-to-date. Global real estate funds have been significantly better. Just look at the FlexShares Global Quality Real Estate Index Fund (NYSE: GQRE), which sports only a modest year-to-date loss. GQRE, which debuted in November 2013, tracks the Northern Trust Global Quality Real Estate Index and has $264.59 million in assets under management. The Federal Reserve boosted interest rates three times last year. One rate hike has been…

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    Turkey makes major presence at Cityscape Qatar

    DOHA: At the four-day Cityscape Qatar, where top-notch regional and international developers are showcasing their projects, Turkish players are out in full force at the event. Over half a dozen developers have showcased their iconic projects at the expo, inviting international investors to be part of Turkey’s economic and social growth. Turkish companies have displayed a wide range of real estate opportunities including residential, office, commercial, hotel & leisure, retail, industrial and infrastructure. Turkey’s foreign investment bodies; project management companies, construction companies, property advisors, real estate solution providers, corporate end users and retailers are also making their active presence at the event. Turkey is an attractive partner of choice for…