Twitter executives head to Turkey for meeting

2014-04-13 19:24

Twitter executives will meet officials from Turkey's government, a company spokesperson has said, after the country vowed to pursue the site for alleged tax evasion.

Erdogan blasts court ruling lifting Twitter ban

2014-04-04 10:59

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that he had to comply with the Turkish high court ruling this week to unblock Twitter, but he doesn't respect it.

Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals

2014-03-31 08:22

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory for his Islamic-rooted party in Sunday's key local elections and warned his foes they will "pay the price".

Turkish attempt to ban Twitter backfires

2014-03-21 19:41

Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appears to have backfired with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban.

Turk teen death clashes - 2 die

2014-03-13 19:01

Turkey's Erdogan has denounced protests that have erupted over a teen's death after 2 were killed amid clashes.

10 000s to mourn Turkey protest teen's death

2014-03-12 13:59

Tens of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the funeral of a teenage boy whose death during last year's anti-government protests sparked violent countrywide demonstrations.

Turkey may ban YouTube, Facebook

2014-03-07 22:34

Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban popular social media networks YouTube and Facebook after a number of online leaks.

Erdogan: No internet censorship in Turkey

2014-02-08 22:34

Turkey's prime minister hit back at suggestions that new internet regulations will limit freedom of expression, ahead of a planned demonstration against the curbs.

Turkey's ruling AKP down but not out

2014-01-27 16:17

Turkey’s ruling party has been rocked by a fraud scandal that has left many asking what impact this will have on the national elections and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's leadership.

Turkey dismisses 350 police officers

2014-01-07 14:18

Turkey's state-run news agency says some 350 police officers have been removed from their posts in the capital Ankara, as the government continues to battle a corruption scandal.

Turkey graft probe blocked as PM digs in

2013-12-27 12:42

A graft probe that has shaken Turkey's government to its core and threatened Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rule has been blocked, a prosecutor alleges.

Turkey brands swimming goggles 'weapons'

2013-11-29 20:32

A Turkish court has ruled that swimming goggles and other protective equipment used by protesters during this year's mass street demonstrations were "weapons".

Ankara students revive protest movement

2013-10-24 10:45

Four months after protests against the redevelopment of an Istanbul park devolved into a violent national uproar against the government, Turkish students take to the streets once again.

Turkey's first online Islamic sex shop opens

2013-10-21 16:31

An online Islamic sex shop selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming the first of its kind in the predominantly Muslim country.

Turkey lifts ban on Islamic headscarves

2013-10-08 22:29

Turkey has lifted a decades-old ban on headscarves in the civil service as part of a package of reforms by the Islamic-rooted government meant to improve democracy.

Turkey PM reforms Kurdish issues

2013-09-30 19:05

Turkey's prime minister has announced democratic reforms seen as key to the stalled peace process with the country's Kurdish minority.

Turkey downs Syrian helicopter at tense border

2013-09-17 09:57

Turkey says it has downed a Syrian military helicopter that violated its airspace, in a move Damascus says is aimed at heightening tensions between the former allies.

New anti-government protests hit Turkey

2013-09-12 13:01

Police have used water cannon and tear gas overnight in a bid to break up fresh anti-government protests across Turkey, media says.

22yr-old killed in Turkey clashes

2013-09-10 13:05

A 22-year-old man has been killed in southern Turkey after fresh protests over a teenager left in a coma during anti-government demonstrations in June, reports say.

Radiation fears, Syria hang over Olympic bids

2013-09-05 14:02

The stricken Fukushima nuclear plant and the civil war in Syria are hanging over Tokyo and Istanbul's attempts to host the 2020 Olympics, amid suggestions that Madrid could benefit.

Obama lobbies lawmakers for Syria strikes

2013-09-02 10:01

US President Barack Obama has launched an intense lobbying effort to sway sceptical lawmakers weighing whether to support a military strike against Syria.

Turkey recalls Egyptian ambassador

2013-08-16 17:25

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Cairo as tensions with Egypt worsen dramatically, following a bloody crackdown on supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president.

Obama, Erdogan discuss Syria and Egypt

2013-08-08 11:01

US President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken by phone to discuss developments in Syria and Egypt, the White House says.

Turkey to deliver ruling in coup trial

2013-08-05 11:01

A Turkish court is due to deliver its first ruling in the trial of 275 people including a former army chief accused of plotting to overthrow the country's Islamic-rooted government.

Groups gather in Turkey park after clashes

2013-07-09 14:02

An Istanbul park at the centre of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government has reopened after a night of clashes between police and protesters.


Turkey PM accuses Twitter of tax evasion

2014-04-12 20:30

Turkey’s PM has accused Twitter of tax evasion after the micro-blogging site was used to spread a number of damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption scandals.

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

2014-04-03 12:05

Turkey's government faces growing pressure to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after damaging leaks had spread on the social media site.

Swedish foreign minister: Twitter ban is stupid

2014-03-23 08:06

Sweden's foreign minister has taken to Twitter to tell Turkey its efforts to block access to the social media network were "stupid”.

Turkey blocks access to Twitter

2014-03-21 09:03

Turkey has restricted access to Twitter hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “root out” the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked.

Clashes in Turkey amid mourning for teen

2014-03-13 09:16

Riot police have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters in Ankara and Istanbul as thousands took to the streets to mourn a teenage boy who died in anti-government protests.

Clashes in Turkey after protest teen dies

2014-03-11 18:04

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas at protesters who crowded outside an Istanbul hospital following the death of a teenage boy wounded in mass anti-government demonstrations last year.

Turkey PM threatens YouTube, Facebook ban

2014-03-07 08:29

Turkey's embattled prime minister has warned that his government could ban social media networks YouTube and Facebook.

Rival sues Turkish PM for defamation

2014-02-04 15:01

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ally-turned-rival Fethullah Gulen is suing him in the wake of a deeply damaging corruption scandal, a newspaper close to Gulen's movement reports.

Hollande heads to crisis-hit Turkey after split

2014-01-27 09:06

French President Francois Hollande heads to Turkey on his first trip abroad since his dramatic announcement that he had split from his longstanding partner Valerie Trierweiler.

Assad must be removed from power - Turkey

2014-01-07 10:09

The UN-hosted peace conference on Syria must work to remove Bashar Assad from power because of his culpability for tens of thousands of deaths, Turkey's PM says.

Scandal-hit Turkey PM presses police purge

2013-12-21 10:37

Turkish prosecutors have begun charging some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's closest allies in a huge graft scandal he has responded to with a spectacular purge of the police.

Japan,Turkey in nuclear power talks

2013-10-28 15:05

Japan's Prime Minister is headed to Turkey to cement nuclear contracts and push the export of more reactors, as the industry tries to emerge from the Fukushima atomic crisis.

Turkey in China missile talks, Nato objects

2013-10-23 12:44

The Turkish prime minister has defended a controversial decision to enter talks with China to buy Turkey's first long-range anti-missile system, but said no deal had yet been finalised.

Turkish media suffering amid self-censorship

2013-10-09 10:53

At least 85 Turkish journalists have been made to resign since countrywide protests erupted in May, according to the country's journalists' union, highlighting a new wave of censorship.

Assad warns Turkey against supporting rebels

2013-10-04 14:41

Syrian President Bashar Assad has warned Turkey it will "pay dearly" for supporting rebels fighting to overthrow his government, in an interview on Turkish television.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves

2013-09-30 13:03

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced that his government would lift a ban on wearing headscarves in public institutions as part of reforms to boost rights.

Police clash with protesters in Istanbul

2013-09-13 08:02

Turkish police have used water cannon and tear gas to break up fresh anti-government protests in Istanbul, amid anger over the death of a demonstrator earlier in the week.

Protester's death used to 'spread chaos'

2013-09-11 21:29

Turkey's Interior Minister Muammer Guler sayst protesters were attempting to use the death of a young man during a demonstration to "spread chaos" as pockets of anti-government unrest flared.

Syria overshadows economy at G20

2013-09-05 17:54

They're supposed to be talking about growth and money, but the threat of war in Syria has been creeping into nearly every conversation at the G20 meeting.

Turkish envoy survives bomb attack in Iraq

2013-09-02 14:01

A roadside bomb has struck the convoy of Turkey's consul general in Iraq, a Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, but there were no casualties.

Israel-Turkey relations sink to new low

2013-08-28 11:04

After a brief courtship last spring, relations between Israel and Turkey have fallen to a new low, officials in both countries say, just as the former allies brace for potential Syria strikes.

Turkey losing clout amid Egypt crises

2013-08-16 12:00

Turkey's clout in the Middle East is lessening with the sidelining of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood derailing Ankara's hopes to lead a regional surge of Islamist power, analysts say.

Turkey: Former military chief gets life

2013-08-05 15:25

A court has convicted Turkey's former military chief of trying to overthrow the government and has sentenced him to life in prison.

New Egypt cabinet gets working amid unrest

2013-07-17 13:08

Egypt's new caretaker cabinet has gotten down to work faced with a raft of daunting challenges including restoring security, as the Muslim Brotherhood vowed fresh demonstrations.

Kurdish peace process falters in Turkey

2013-07-08 14:00

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reaffirmed his commitment to a full reconciliation with Turkey's estimated 15 million Kurds, but recent events suggest hurdles.

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