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Erdogan's party loses rerun of Istanbul mayor election

Jun 24, 2019 - 7:53 AM

With some 99% of ballots counted by Sunday night, Ekrem Imamoglu is winning by more than 775,000 votes – 54%, with Yildirim on 45%, the Anadolu state news agency reports

VICTORY. Ekrem Imamoglu, candidate of the secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), makes his victory statement at CHP offices in Istanbul, on June 23, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan sees 'theft' in Istanbul vote results

Apr 08, 2019 - 6:44 PM

(UPDATED) The AKP demands a recount in Ankara and Istanbul, citing irregularities after tallies show the party is defeated in both cities in what would be a major setback in a decade and a half in power

AFTER ELECTIONS. This picture taken on April 4, 2019 shows a billboard depicting Turkey's main opposition party CHP mayor candidate Ekrem Imamoglu (R), that reads 'Thank you Istanbul. Ekrem Imamoglu - Istanbul metropolitan Mayor,' as another billboard of the Justice and Development Party portraying AKP's mayor candidate Binali Yildirim and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and reading 'Thank You Istanbul,' is seen in the background, in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Turkey replaces land, air, naval forces commanders – reports

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:41 PM

The Supreme Military Council YAS decides to replace land forces commander General Salih Zeki Colak naval chief Admiral Bulent Bostanoglu and air force commander General Abidin Unal CNN Turk broadcaster says

Erdogan wins Turkey referendum as opposition cries foul

Apr 17, 2017 - 7:12 AM

The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will grant Erdogan more power than any leader in modern Turkish history

FUTURE DETERMINED? A supporter of the 'yes' camp waves a Turkish national flag during a rally in front of Turkish presidential residence, at Sariyer district, in Istanbul, on April 16, 2017, after the initial results of a nationwide referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Leaders talk to ease Turkey-Germany row over rally ban

Mar 04, 2017 - 11:04 PM

The 2 countries have been locked in acrimony after German towns blocked events where Turkish ministers sought to address Turks living there about the April 16 vote on the Turkish president s powers

RALLY. This file photo taken on February 18, 2017 in Oberhausen, western Germany, shows participants waving Turkish flags during an event with the Turkish Prime minister Binali Yildirim to promote support for an April 16, 2017 constitutional referendum in on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers. Sascha Schuermann / AFP

Britain's May woos Turkey for trade, presses on rights

Jan 28, 2017 - 7:50 PM

UPDATED On her first visit to Turkey as premier May holds three hours of talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during an address to members of the Charity Commision for England and Wales at The Royal Society in central London on January 9, 2017. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Dan Kitwood

Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:12 AM

5th UPDATE Of the 38 fatalities in the twin attacks in Istanbul 30 are police officers

Turkish police officers and forensic work next to damaged police vehicles and cars on the site where a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in central Istanbul on December 10, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey PM withdraws controversial child sex conviction bill

Nov 22, 2016 - 4:03 PM

The bill s withdrawal marks a rare concession to popular opposition by the ruling Justice and Development Party AKP

Turkish women hold up signs as they stage a protest in the Kadikoy neighborhood of Istanbul on November 19, 2016 after a bill was proposed that would overturn men's convictions for child sex assault if they married their victim. Yasin Agkul/AFP

Truck bomb kills 18 in Turkey

Oct 10, 2016 - 12:05 AM

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus describes the bombing as an atrocious and heinous terrorist attack

Smokes ascends after Kurdish militants detonated a car bomb outside a military station in Semdinli near the border with Iraq, on October 9, 2016.  The Anadolu Agency, citing a statement by the Turkish Armed Forces, said the attack outside a Gendarmerie station on the Semdinli-Yuksekova highway was the work of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. / AFP PHOTO / IHLAS NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

Turkey removes 8,000 security personnel in latest purge

Sep 02, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Turkey has embarked on an all-out purge of state bodies in the wake of the coup to rid the country of what Erdogan calls the 'virus' of Fethullah Gulen's influence

POST-COUP. An armed man watches over secular supporters of main opposition Republic Public Party (CHP) shouting slogans and holding Turkish flags and pictures of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, during a demonstration against coup at Taksim Square, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 24, 2016. File photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Biden s one day trip to Ankara is largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey s impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C-R) pose with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) just before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2016. Stringer/EPA

Turkey backtracks on 'ISIS child bomber' claims

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara could not confirm who was the perpetrator of the attack on a Kurdish wedding in the city of Gaziantep which left 54 dead

MASS BURIAL. People wait close to empty graves at a cemetery during the funeral for the victims of last night's attack on a wedding party that left 50 dead in Gaziantep in southeastern Turkey near the Syrian border on August 21, 2016. Ilyas Akengin/AFP

US is 'strategic partner, not our enemy' – Turkish PM

Aug 20, 2016 - 8:11 PM

This is despite Ankara s anger at Washington for failing to extradite Fethullah Gulen whom Turkey blames for last month s failed coup

'STRATEGIC PARTNER.' This handout photo taken and released on August 20, 2016, shows Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaking during a meeting with foreign media representatives in Istanbul. Hakan Goktepe/Turkish Prime Minister Press Office/AFP

Turkey admits some crackdown dismissals may be 'unfair'

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Turkey admits there may have been some unfair treatment in its post coup crackdown as it voices anger at Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne

BACKING ERDOGAN. Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. The placard reads: 'Erdogan is a hero of democracy.' Henning Kaiser/DPA/AFP

Turkey reshuffles military after half of generals fired

Jul 28, 2016 - 11:44 PM

Separately a total of 131 newspapers TV channels and other media outlets are being shut down under the 3 month state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup

People walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul, following the failed military coup attempt of July 15. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey gov't to work with opposition on new constitution – PM

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:06 AM

Work would then begin on a brand new constitution an issue that has been one of the most controversial issues in Turkish politics over the last few months

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) delivering a speech during a press conference at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 22, 2016, flanked by Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Yasim Bulbul/Turkish Presidential Press Office/AFP

Turkey targets media and schools in escalating post-coup purge

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The government suspends 15 200 state education employees demands resignation of almost 1 600 deans and cancels licenses of radio and TV stations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen

A man waves a Turkish flags during a meeting in support of the Turkish president on Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges his backers to stay on the streets to prevent a possible flare up of Friday s chaos

People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey appoints new acting army chief of staff after coup bid – PM

Jul 16, 2016 - 12:12 PM

General Umit Dundar commander of the First Army has been appointed as acting chairman of chief of staff

People run and hide as Turkish army Jets fly above the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

Erdogan seeks control after coup attempt in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:16 AM

UPDATED What is being perpetrated is a treason and a rebellion They will pay a heavy price for this act of treason says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'TREASON'. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the coup attempt on Saturday, July 16, is a 'treason and a rebellion'. File photo by Jacek Turczyk/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Turkey military coup

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:43 AM

Both soldiers and supporters of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan take to the streets Here s the situation in Turkey in pictures

IN CONTROL. Turkish soldiers stand guard at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey on JUly 16, 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

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Jun 29, 2016 - 9:10 PM

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First foreign victims confirmed in Istanbul blasts

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:27 PM

A anonymous Turkish official confirms one Iranian and one Ukranian national are killed in the attack

ATATURK AIRPORT. Armed Turkish policemen patrol inside the terminal at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2016. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey blames ISIS for Istanbul airport carnage that kills 41

Jun 29, 2016 - 5:38 AM

6th UPDATE It is the deadliest of 4 attacks to rock Turkey s biggest city this year

LIMBO. People stand outside the entrance as they leave the airport after two explosions followed by gunfire hit the Turkey's biggest airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish PM retracts compensation offer for downed Russia jet –media

Jun 28, 2016 - 4:31 PM

UPDATED The confusion comes after a major breakthrough in the diplomatic crisis between the two countries with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reaching out a hand of conciliation

GOING DOWN. In this file still image made available on November 24, 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria. HaberTurk TV Channel/EPA

New Turkish PM wins parliament confidence vote

May 29, 2016 - 10:15 PM

Binali Yildirim gets the backing of 315 lawmakers while 138 vote against him

Turkey's new Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (Foreground) takes to the podium at the general session at Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, Turkey on May 29, 2016.  Turkey’s new government won a parliamentary vote of confidence with ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chairman and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s government receiving 315 votes, while 138 lawmakers voted against the administration. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey names new PM as Erdogan tightens grip

May 19, 2016 - 7:38 PM

UPDATED Binali Yildirim is poised to replace Ahmet Davutoglu who stepped down after a power struggle with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

AKP TOP BRASS. A picture made avaliable on 18 May 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (L) and Binali Yildirim (R), Minister of Transport pose attend a ceremony for welding the last bridge floor of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, the Third Bosphorus Bridge during a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey, March 6, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA