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Erdogan steps up U.S. row with ambassador boycott

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:21 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey no longer regards outgoing envoy John Bass as the US representative to Turkey after American missions in the country stopped issuing visas

QUIET. A woman walks in front of the United State Embassy in Ankara, on October 9, 2017 as United States and Turkey mutually suspended visa services.  Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey troops, Syria jihadists clash ahead of expected incursion

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Turkey seeks to oust Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, from the province of Idlib

Turkish tanks are arriving at the Iskenderun train-port on October 7, 2017 at Iskendurun district in Hatay. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 7, 2017 said pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were staging a new military operation in Syria's jihadist-controlled Idlib province. / AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

Turkey-backed rebels in new Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes as Turkey along with Russia and Iran prepare to set up a so-called 'de-escalation' zone in Idlib in line with accords in peace talks in Astana aimed at ending the Syrian civil war

NEW SYRIA OPERATION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says pro-Ankara Syrian rebels are staging a new military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey sentences 40 to life in jail over Erdogan death plot

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:14 PM

(UPDATED) The convicted defendants include former brigadier general Gokhan Sahin Sonmezates, who was accused of directing the plot

ERDOGAN. Turkish President and Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on October 3, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan /AFP

Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war

Sep 29, 2017 - 8:41 AM

President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to push for the creation of a 'de-escalation' zone in Syria's key northern province of Idlib, currently controlled by jihadists

Turkey court keeps opposition newspaper staff in custody

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:57 AM

For government critics the case is emblematic of the erosion of freedom following last year s failed coup

DEMAND FOR PRESS FREEDOM. Protesters hold Cumhuriyet daily newspapers during a demonstration before the controversial trial of staff from Turkey's main opposition daily on September 11, 2017 at the Silivri district in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan slams German rebukes over election 'interference'

Aug 20, 2017 - 9:49 AM

The latest spat between Ankara and Berlin risks propelling a months long crisis in ties between two NATO allies with deep historic links to a new level ahead of Germany s general election on September 24

This handout picture released by Turkish President's Press Office on August 19, 2017, shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech as he attends a meeting of ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Denizli. Turkish Presidential Press Office / AFP

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Aug 19, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls on ethnic Turks to ignore Chancellor Angela Merkel s Christian Democratic Union and their partners in the grand ruling coalition the Social Democratic Party

GERMAN ELECTION. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on November 3, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan in Qatar for talks on Gulf crisis

Jul 24, 2017 - 10:47 PM

The visit focuses on developments in Syria and Iraq the fight against terrorism and the importance of protecting countries sovereign rights Erdogan s spokesman Ibrahim Kalin says in Doha

GULF CRISIS TALKS. This handout photo taken and released by Turkey's Presidential Press Service on July 24, 2017 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) attending a meeting with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha at the start of his official visit to Qatar. Photo by Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP

Erdogan visits Gulf in hope of easing Qatar crisis

Jul 23, 2017 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED Erdogan arrives in Jeddah to meet the Saudi leadership before heading to Qatar on Monday to speak with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani

A Qatari man sells balloons in front of the Fanar mosque at the popular Souq Waqif market, in the Qatari capital, Doha, on June 7, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Jul 19, 2017 - 8:27 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Ankara will continue to play a constructive and active role to help solve what he described as a pointless crisis

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017 Murat Cetin Muhurdar/Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP

Erdogan to visit Qatar and Saudi amid Gulf crisis

Jul 18, 2017 - 4:53 PM

Erdogan will also visit Kuwait the main mediator in the Qatar crisis during his July 23 24 tour

ERDOGAN. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Turkey marks coup defeat with rallies, Erdogan warning to 'traitors'

Jul 16, 2017 - 7:14 AM

UPDATED The authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of democracy and unity billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy

UNITE. The mass rally will also be joined by pro-Erdogan supporters (pictured above) to show unity during the aftermath of the failed coup. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey marks failed coup that changed country

Jul 10, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The country is in the throes of the biggest purge in its history against alleged coup supporters while President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has seen his grip on power tightened rather than weakened

HANDS UP. In this file photo, a man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. File photo by Gurcan/AFP

Turkish opposition holds mass 'justice' rally in challenge to Erdogan

Jul 10, 2017 - 12:40 AM

The rally marks the culmination of a 450 kilometer justice march from Ankara to Istanbul by Republican People s Party CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) gather during a rally in the Maltepe district of Istanbul on July 9, 2017, marking the end of a 450-kilometre (280 mile) "justice march" from Ankara to Istanbul. The rally marks the end of a 450-kilometre (280 mile) "justice march" from Ankara to Istanbul by Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, who launched an unprecedented trek on June 15 in protest the arrest of one of his MPs. / AFP PHOTO / YASIN AKGUL

Erdogan threatens not to ratify Paris climate accord

Jul 09, 2017 - 8:54 AM

Erdogan: After that step taken by America the position that we adopt is in the direction of not passing it in parliament

ERDOGAN IN HAMBURG. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a final press conference on the second day of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel says 'deep differences' with Erdogan remain

Jul 09, 2017 - 12:50 AM

Berlin Ankara relations have been fraught deteriorating sharply over Turkey s mass crackdown last year and a host of other civil rights controversies

ERDOGAN AND MERKEL. German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Temui Erdogan di Turki, Jokowi akan bahas penanggulangan terorisme

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Dalam kunjungan itu pemerintah juga akan meluncurkan kesepakatan Kemitraan Ekonomi Komprehensif dengan Turki

TERORISME. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo akan berkunjung ke Turki pada 6 Juli untuk membahas kerja sama di bidang terorisme dan perdagangan. Foto oleh EPA

Turkey hopeful as Erdogan meets Qatar defense minister

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:56 PM

The meeting comes as Ankara resists pressure to shutter a Turkish military base on the emirate that Qatar s neighbors want to see closed

MEETING. This handout photo released on July 1, 2017 by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shaking hands with Qatar's Minister of Defense Khaled Al-Attiyah in Ankara. STR/Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP

Erdogan says Saudi-led ultimatum on Qatar 'against international law'

Jun 25, 2017 - 4:12 PM

UPDATED What we are talking about here is an attack on the sovereign rights of a state says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

BORDER CLOSED. A general view of the Qatari side of the Abu Samrah border crossing with Saudi Arabia on June 23, 2017. Karim Jaafar/AFP

Saudi says it does not need Turkish military base

Jun 17, 2017 - 9:57 PM

The statement comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly offered to build a military base in Saudi Arabia shortly after work began on Turkey s facility in Qatar

Turkey's Erdogan slams 'inhumane' isolation of Qatar

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:04 AM

The crisis has put Turkey in a delicate position as Ankara regards Qatar as its chief ally in the Gulf but is also keen to maintain its improving relations with the key regional power Saudi Arabia

CLOSED. A picture taken on June 7, 2017 shows a notice sign informing customers that the Qatar Airways bureau in the Saudi capital Riyadh has been closed until further notice, as per instructions by the Saudi Authority of Civil Aviation. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Trump berates Qatar as Gulf stand-off escalates

Jun 10, 2017 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED Trump s warning overshadows an earlier declaration from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who encouraged Saudi Arabia and its allies to ease their land and sea blockade of Qatar

TRUMP ON QATAR. US President Donald Trump demands that Qatar halt its alleged funding of extremists. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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Jun 06, 2017 - 8:49 PM

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Thunder's Enes Kanter says father arrested in Turkey, could face torture

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:49 AM

He may get tortured for simply being my family member Kanter wrote on his website

OUTSPOKEN. Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter says his father has been arrested in Turkey. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images North America/AFP

EU stresses human rights in talks with Turkey's Erdogan

May 25, 2017 - 10:32 PM

Donald Tusk who heads the European Council of 28 EU member state leaders and European Commission head Jean Claude Juncker meet Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of a NATO summit in Brussels

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) walks next to European Council President Donald Tusk (R) upon his arrival for a meeting with EU officials at the EU headquarters, on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, in Brussels, on May 25, 2017.  Photo by Olivier Hoslet/AFP

Enes Kanter reveals death threats, to seek US passport

May 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

OKC s Enes Kanter says his next move is to become an American citizen amid death threats he says he received for comparing Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Adolf Hitler

DEATH THREATS. Enes Kanter says he has been receiving death threats because of expressing his political views towards Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

OKC’s Enes Kanter detained in Romania

May 21, 2017 - 12:08 AM

2ND UPDATE Basketball star Enes Kanter blames Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan whom he calls the Hitler of our century for his hours long detention in Bucharest

DETAINED. OKC's Enes Kanter posts a Twitter video after his passport was reportedly cancelled by the Turkish government. Screenshot from Kanter's Twitter account

US expresses concern over Erdogan guards' attack on protesters

May 18, 2017 - 9:53 AM

Turkish bodyguards of visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan push past a Washington police cordon outside the Turkish ambassador s residence and set about the protesters with their fists and feet

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert says the US is concerned over the incident. Screengrab from state.gov

Trump, Erdogan vow friendship despite anger at US arming Kurds

May 17, 2017 - 9:57 AM

Both leaders try to put a brave face on their differences and to renew a key alliance between NATO s leading power and its biggest Muslim member partners in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq

FRIENDSHIP. US President Donald Trump (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver their joint statements after a bilateral meeting at the White House on May 16, 2017. Screengrab from White House video

Trump, Erdogan seek to mend strained ties in meeting

May 16, 2017 - 5:43 PM

Turkish officials had hoped for a new page after the bickering with former US president Barack Obama over support for Kurdish fighters in Syria

MENDING TIES? President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to meet with US President Donald Trump. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Duterte on Turkey, Mongolia joining ASEAN: 'Yes, why not?'

May 16, 2017 - 3:54 PM

They wanted me to sponsor that entry says President Rodrigo Duterte recalling his conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mongolian Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdeneba

MORE ASEAN MEMBERS? President Rodrigo says he sees nothing wrong with expanding the membership of ASEAn to include Turkey and Mongolia. Presidential Photo

Duterte meets Turkey's Erdogan in Beijing

May 16, 2017 - 9:18 AM

The Philippine leader has a pull aside meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan another leader known for his charisma and strongman leadership

ANOTHER STRONGMAN LEADER. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Beijing. File photo by Adem Altan/Agence France-Presse

China's Xi: Belt and Road Initiative to benefit all

May 14, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED Xi pitches for win win cooperation and partnerships with no confrontation as he opens the two day Belt and Road Forum

'WIN-WIN.' Chinese President Xi Jinping makes a pitch for the Belt and Road Initiative in front of world leaders in Beijing in the first Belt and Road Forum. Screenshot from CGTN website

Merkel rules out Turkish vote in Germany on death penalty

May 09, 2017 - 9:08 PM

We will not give permission for something we are not obligated to do and whose content we absolutely reject for example the death penalty says Chancellor Angela Merkel

NO OBLIGATION? In this file photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel waits ahead of the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on October 26, 2016. File photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan threatens to say 'goodbye' to EU

May 02, 2017 - 8:10 PM

There is no option other than opening chapters that you have not opened until now If you open then great If you don t open then goodbye Erdogan says

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pictured during a joint press conference with Latvian President during Erdogan's visit to Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Trump's fondness for strongmen trumps rights concerns

May 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Donald Trump s latest invitations fit a pattern that has outraged human rights defenders and given pause to even some of usually hardheaded realists in the Washington foreign policy set

FISTBUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during an event with Independent Community Bankers Association in the Kennedy Garden of the White House on May 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

Turkey blocks Wikipedia access, bans TV dating shows

Apr 30, 2017 - 8:12 AM

The government also dismisses almost 4 000 public officials in the latest wave of the purge under the over 9 month state of emergency that has followed last July s failed coup

Erdogan says he will open 'new page' in Turkey-US ties with Trump

Apr 28, 2017 - 6:28 PM

The summit between Erdogan and Trump in the United States in mid May will be their first face to face encounter as heads of state

TURKEY-US TIES. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a speech to teachers during a ceremony on November 24, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Turkey's AKP to hold extraordinary congress May 21 –media

Apr 27, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AKP party officials confirm Erdogan will be a candidate for party leader at the congress the Hurriyet daily and the NTV television channel report

ERDOGAN AND THE AKP. Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference with the Latvian President during Erdogan's visit to Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/ AFP

Turkey detains 1,000 in crackdown on alleged Gulen supporters

Apr 26, 2017 - 5:33 PM

A total of 1 009 suspects have so far been detained in raids in 72 provinces across the country Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu is quoted as saying by the official Anadolu news agency

Top Turkey court rejects opposition challenge to vote

Apr 26, 2017 - 8:01 AM

A top Turkish court rejects an opposition legal challenge to last minute voting rule changes in the referendum on handing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers

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

Turkey opposition calls for vote to be cancelled

Apr 18, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The European Union also urges a probe into the poll fraud claims after international observers voiced concerns

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Centre in Ankara on November 3, 2016. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan slams criticism of disputed Turkey poll

Apr 18, 2017 - 7:49 AM

Showing no sign of pulling his punches Erdogan says Turkey could hold further referendums on its EU bid and re introducing the death penalty

LOOKING FORWARD. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a campaign rally, March 2017. Photo courtesy Erdogan's official page on Facebook

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

Tense Turkey votes in crunch referendum on Erdogan powers

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:24 PM

Turks are voting in a referendum on sweeping changes to the president s role which if agreed would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power than any leader of Turkey since its founding

MORE POWERS SOON? In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a speech to teachers during a ceremony on November 24, 2016 marking Teachers' Day, at Bestepe People's Congress and Culture Center in the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Turkey rivals make last push before tense referendum

Apr 16, 2017 - 12:06 AM

Opinion polls have predicted drastically different outcomes and analysts are expecting a close result despite the clear advantages the Yes campaign enjoys

TURKEY AND EU. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the Living Human Treasures award ceremony at the Bestepe National Congress and Culture Center in Ankara on November 3, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey set for watershed poll on expanding Erdogan powers

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:17 PM

The referendum will shape its political system for the next generation and determine the key NATO member s future relationship with the West

In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech during the draw ceremony for judges and public prosecutors at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara, on October 12, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Germany investigates 20 for alleged spying for Turkey

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:49 PM

They also launch an investigation into the actions of Turkish imams suspected of acting as spies under Ankara s orders

Turkey says chemical weapons used in Syria attack

Apr 06, 2017 - 5:25 PM

UPDATED Autopsies were carried out on 3 of the bodies after they were brought from Idlib The results of the autopsy confirms that chemical weapons were used Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says

BEKIR BOZDAG. Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag speaks at a press conference at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, DC, on October 27, 2016. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP