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Saudi deports
 370,000 expat workers in
five months

Source : AP / 21 Mar 2014

The deportations began in November as part of a nationwide campaign targeting many of the kingdom’s 9 million migrant labourers. 

Saudi Arabia says it has deported 370,000 foreign migrant workers from the kingdom over the past five months.


Lawyer wears headscarf in court for first time

Source : Doğan News / 3 Apr 2013

A female lawyer has for the first time entered a Turkish court wearing a headscarf, following the revoking of a regulation banning the headscarf in judicial institutions by the Council of State.

Attorney Şule Dağlı Gökkılıç wore her headscarf during a hearing in a libel suit in the Istanbul district of Kadıköy’s criminal court. As the new regulation had yet to be officially put into force, the judge noted in the court’s records that Gökkılıç was wearing her headscarf on duty.


Turkish hookah tradition

By AFP / 23 Feb 2013

Just like the centuries-old coffee tradition, the nargileh, or water pipe, is a mainstay of Turkish culture but authorities are clamping down on this ancient social ritual that health experts say is as harmful to health as smoking regular cigarettes.

Fans of the water pipe, also known as a hookah or shisha, can no longer get their fix in cafes, bars, and restaurants after a law banning smoking from closed public spaces came into force in January.


Turkish parliament approves anti-terrorism financing law

By Reuters / 8 Feb 2013

Turkey’s parliament has approved a long-awaited anti-terrorism financing law two weeks ahead of a deadline which could have seen it expelled from an international watchdog, parliamentary officials said on Thursday.

Turkey is on a “grey list” of countries drawn up by the 36-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a money-laundering watchdog, for failing to implement the legislation required by its members despite being pressed for years.


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