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Turkey declares return of state-confiscated property to Christians, Jews

ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP) -- The Turkish government has made a historic U-turn in state policy, issuing an official decree inviting Turkey's Christian and Jewish communities to reclaim their long-confiscated religious properties.

Iranian believer flees to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (BP)--Days after his release from a month of interrogations and torture under secret police custody, Iranian Christian Mohsen Namvar has fled across the border into Turkey with his family.

Murder trial’s focus in Turkey challenged

MALATYA, Turkey (BP)--On the opening day of a trial of five young Turkish men accused of torturing and killing three Christians in April, attorneys for the bereft families accused prosecutors of "sloppy" investigations that focused on the religious activities of the victims rather than the crime itself.

2 Turkish converts face new accusations

ISTANBUL (BP)--In a bizarre twist in the criminal prosecution of two Turkish Christians for "insulting Turkish identity," an administrative district authority in Istanbul has ordered the converts from Islam fined for "illegal collection of funds."

Trial of 2 Turkish Christian converts
makes news prior to pope’s visit

ISTANBUL, Turkey (BP)--A criminal trial against two Turkish Christians accused of “insulting Turkishness” and inciting hatred against Islam grabbed national media coverage as religious tensions mounted before the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, who arrived in the country Nov. 28.