Though the quarterly decline in the April to June period reported by the Turkish Statistical Institute was the country's biggest contraction in more than a decade, it was slightly less than economists had predicted.
When populist strongmen have little else to offer, they offer pride. But if Erdogan has at times been a tougher demagogue than his Indian alter-ego, the collapse of liberal-secular values seems deeper in Indian society.
Hagia Sophia is no longer a museum as the Turkish government opens it as a mosque. But the conversion of the cathedral into a mosque back in 15th century was the first historical controversy on this matter.
US President Donald Trump's remarks came shortly after Vice President Mike Pence announced that the US and Turkey had reached an agreement on the five-day truce and the establishment of a safe zone in northern Syria.