Turkish President Erdogan arrives at Hagia Sofia for Friday prayer | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives for the first prayers at Hagia Sophia since the Istanbul landmark was reconverted to a mosque despite international condemnation.

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Celebrations in Istanbul as court opens way for Hagia Sophia to be turned back into a mosque | AFP

In Istanbul, people celebrate the decision of a top Turkish court to revoke the sixth-century Hagia Sophia’s status as a museum, clearing the way for the Istanbul landmark to be turned back into a mosque in a move backed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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Celebrations as Turkey announces iconic Hagia Sophia will be reopened as mosque | AFP

People celebrate outside Istanbul’s iconic Hagia Sophia after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that it would be reopened for Muslim worship, sparking fury in the Christian community and neighbouring Greece. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Erdogan avoids handshakes on Brussels trip | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoids shaking hands with EU and NATO officials during a one day trip to Brussels and instead puts his hand on his heart as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Erdogan avoids handshakes on Brussels trip | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan avoids shaking hands with EU and NATO officials during a one day trip to Brussels and instead puts his hand on his heart as a precaution against the coronavirus outbreak.

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Syrians in Idlib province react to Turkey-Russia truce deal | AFP

Syrians living in Idlib province react as a Russia-Turkey ceasefire deal comes into effect a day after it was reached during hours of talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow.

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Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan start talks in Moscow on Syria | AFP

The leaders of Russia and Turkey meet in Moscow after a surge in fighting in Syria raised fears of their armies clashing and launched a new migrant crisis. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he is looking for Putin to agree to a rapid ceasefire in Idlib, the northwestern province of Syria where Ankara is battling Moscow-backed regime forces. IMAGES

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Clashes escalate between Greek army and migrants on Turkish border | AFP

Greek security forces fire teargas at protesting migrants seeking to cross the border into Greece. More than 10,000 migrants have been blocked from entering Greece after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the stakes by vowing to allow refugees to travel to Europe from NATO-member Turkey as a way to pressure EU governments over the Syrian conflict across its southern border.

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Clashes escalate between Greek army and migrants on Turkish border | AFP

Footage from the Greek government shows clashes escalate between migrants at the Turkish border seeking to cross the border into Greece and the Greek military. Nearly 10,000 migrants have been blocked from entering Greece after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the stakes by vowing to allow refugees to travel to Europe from NATO-member Turkey as a way to pressure EU governments over the Syrian conflict across its southern border. IMAGES

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Greek nationalists bring large Greek flag to border crossing with Turkey | AFP

Greek nationalists bring large Greek flag to border post with Turkey in Kastanies, shouting ‘politicians, traitors, bastards’. A massive influx of migrants swelled along the border over the weekend after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to open its frontier to Europe as tensions mount over its deepening conflict in Syria. IMAGES

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Greece: a boat loaded with migrants arrives on Lesbos island | AFP

A boat loaded with migrants arrives on the coast of Lesbos after Turkish officials say Ankara will no longer prevent refugees from going to Europe. Thousands of migrants have flooded to Turkey’s border with Greece in a bid to enter the EU after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to open its frontier to Europe as tensions mount over its deepening conflict in Syria. IMAGES

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Erdogan threatens to attack regime forces ‘everywhere’ in Syria | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens to strike Syrian regime forces “everywhere” if his soldiers are harmed.

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Turkish President Erdogan meets Senegalese counterpart in Dakar | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets his Senegalese counterpart Macky Sall in Dakar as part of an Africa tour. IMAGES

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Erdogan visits aftermath of earthquake in Elazig | AFP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to media and crowds who are waiting for updates on their loved ones still caught under the rubble of buildings that collapsed after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Turkey. IMAGES

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Merkel and Erdogan inaugurate Turkish-German university in Istanbul | AFP

German Chancelor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan give speeches at the inauguration of a Turkish-German university in Istanbul. IMAGES

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Putin, Erdogan, Vucic and Borisov inaugurate Turkstream pipeline | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime minister Boyko Borisov inaugurate in Istanbul the opening of the TurkStream pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. IMAGES

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Putin and Erdogan attend Turkstream inauguration ceremony | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend in Istanbul the inauguration ceremony of the opening of the TurkStream pipeline, which brings Russian gas to Turkey and southern Europe via the Black Sea. Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic and Bulgarian Prime minister Boyko Borisov also attend the ceremony. IMAGES

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World leaders pose for NATO summit family photo in Watford | AFP

World leaders including Germany’s Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose with their peers at the opening of the annual NATO summit held in Watford, United Kingdom, among tensions between the members on the strategical and financial future of the alliance. IMAGES of the family photo

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