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Undercover Turkish police officers will step up their presence for Istanbul’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, as thousands of officers are set to stand guard dressed up as Santa Claus
Police go undercover as Santa Claus

Officers in Istanbul will patrol in disguise on New Year’s Eve.
Members of far-right BBP have staged a sequel to their 2014 anti-New Year’s celebration skit wherein Santa Claus becomes a Muslim after learning there is “no room for barbarism”

Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul. PHOTO: Wajahat Mahmood (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul. PHOTO: Wajahat Mahmood (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Istanbul is my favourite city. There is no other place quite like it. If you have a love for the history and an interest in the current affairs of the Islamicate world, it is not hard to see Istanbul as the center of your mental universe.

Istanbul has woken up to the last morning of 2015 enveloped in snow. Click for pictures of the city’s historical quarters under a white blanket

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