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Minibus with migrants overturns in Turkey, killing 17

Jul 18, 2019 - 10:56 PM

The governor says there were 67 people on board the minibus which he adds had a capacity of 17 to 18 people

MINIBUS ACCIDENT. Rescue workers and Turkish soldiers carry injured migrants after a minibus accident in Van, eastern Turkey, on July 18, 2019. Photo by Orhan Asan/Demiroren News Agency/AFP

Trial of Turkey opposition politician resumes

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:42 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu is accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017, as well as making terror propaganda for Kurdish militants

TRIAL. Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu (R) waves to supporters as she stands on a stage to deliver a speech on July 18, 2019 after her trial in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey court acquits RSF representative of 'terror propaganda'

Jul 17, 2019 - 5:41 PM

Spectators in the courtroom erupt into applause after the acquittals of RSF representative Erol Onderoglu, rights activist Sebnem Korur Fincanci and journalist Ahmet Nesin

EROL ONDEROGLU. In this file photo taken on January 18, 2019 Turkish-French journalist Erol Onderoglu, representative of international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), is pictured in front of Istanbul's courthouse building. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey receives first Russian missile delivery sparking NATO concern

Jul 12, 2019 - 6:51 PM

NATO, which counts Turkey as one of its members, is 'concerned about the potential consequences' of the purchase

ARRIVAL. This picture taken July 12, 2019 shows a Russian Antonov plane after it landed at the Murted military airbase, in Ankara. Turkey receives the first batch of Russia's S-400 missile defense system on July 12, 2019. AFP PHOTO / Demiroren News Agency"

Turkey warns U.S. to avoid steps that harm ties over S-400

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:29 PM

'We are inviting the US to avoid taking the wrong steps which would exclude diplomacy and dialogue and harm relations,' Turkey's foreign ministry says in a statement

WARNING. Russian S-400 Triumf surface-to-air missile launchers roll down the Red Square. File photo by Miaden Antonov/AFP

Turkey issues warrants for over 240 soldiers over alleged coup links

Jul 09, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) The Istanbul public prosecutor says it issued arrest warrants for 176 active duty military personnel, including a colonel, 5 majors and 100 lieutenants from the different armed forces over alleged links to Fethullah Gulen's movement

Erdogan says Turkey car blast may be terror-linked

Jul 05, 2019 - 10:08 PM

'Our colleagues are looking into who was behind this,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in televised comments

DEADLY BLAST. Security and forensic officials work at the site after a car blast in Reyhanli, Turkey, on July 5, 2019. Photo by Demiroren News Agency (DHA) / AFP)

Police tear gas gay pride paraders in Istanbul

Jun 30, 2019 - 11:44 PM

There are chants of 'shoulder to shoulder against fascism' and 'we will not be quiet' among the crowd with rainbow flags and umbrellas

MARCH. People take part of the Pride March in Ankara. Photo from University of Kadin Kolektifi

'It's a problem': Trump tells Erdogan on Russia missile deal

Jun 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

Turkey remains committed to the purchase, with Erdogan saying earlier this month: 'We have completed the business'

G20 SUMMIT. US President Donald Trump (R) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 29, 2019. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Turkey politician faces 17 years for 'insulting' tweets

Jun 28, 2019 - 6:20 PM

Canan Kaftancioglu, who heads the Republican People's Party (CHP)'s Istanbul branch, is accused of 'insulting' President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Turkish state in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017

CANAN KAFTANCIOGLU. People chant slogans in front of Caglayan court house in Istanbul on June 28, 2019, in support of Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul chief Canan Kaftancioglu, who faces up to 17 years in prison for allegedly 'insulting the Turkish President' in tweets posted between 2012 and 2017. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Viral video shows lucky catch of falling toddler in Istanbul

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:39 PM

'I was just walking in the road when I saw the little girl at the window. She fell, and thanks to God, I caught her before she hit the ground,' says 17-year-old Fawzi Zabaat

LUCKY. Algerian citizen Fawzi Zabaat (L), 17, poses with Syrian toddler Doha Muhammed he caught as she was falling from the second floor at Fatih district in Istanbul on June 27, 2019. Photo by STR/DHA/AFP

10 migrants dead, 30 hurt in Turkey bus crash – official

Jun 26, 2019 - 5:35 PM

The driver ignores an order by a security official to halt, speeding up instead and crashing into a shop near the Greek border, the office of the governor of Edirne province says in a statement

'Urgent' need for international probe on Khashoggi killing – fiancée

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:45 PM

'There is an urgent need for an international investigation of this murder,' says Hatice Cengiz at an event on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

APPEAL. Turkish writer and fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi Hatice Cengiz attends a side event during the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on June 25, 2019. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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 in lose-lose situation after Istanbul vote – analysts

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Istanbul's voting public will re-run its mayoral election on Sunday, June 23

ELECTIONS AGAIN. Istanbul will vote for a mayor for the second time in three months on June 23, 2019 as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) fights to win back the city after a shock defeat in March. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

Erdogan says Egyptian ex-president Morsi was 'killed'

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:26 PM

'Morsi was struggling on the floor in the courtroom for 20 minutes. Authorities unfortunately did not intervene to save him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ALLY. This hand out picture taken and released by the Turkish Prime minister's press office on September 30, 2012 shows Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi (L) listening to Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference in Ankara. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRIME MINISTER OFFICE / YASIN BULBUL

Turkey prosecutors seek jail terms for 2 Bloomberg reporters

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Turkish media reports 50 others, including journalists and columnists, are also indicted for commenting on the country's currency crisis on their social media accounts

BLOOMBERG REPORTERS. Kerim Karakaya and Fercan Yalinkilic images from Twitter.

Philippine Robotics National Team bags gold award in Turkey

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:18 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The national delegation comes home victorious after winning a Gold Award for Project Presentation and Finalist on Project Research

Fresh strikes on Syria jihadist enclave kill 13

May 29, 2019 - 8:16 PM

Analysts predict that the government of President Bashar al-Assad and its allies will continue to chip away at the area but not unleash a major assault that would create chaos on Turkey's doorstep

SYRIA. This picture taken on May 29, 2019 shows smoke plumes rising following reported Syrian government forces' bombardment on the town of Khan Sheikhun in the southern countryside of the jihadist-held Idlib province. Photo by Anas Al-dyab/AFP

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey

May 26, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Some 3,000 prisoners across different prisons are on hunger strike in solidarity with one of the party's lawmakers

Kurdish protesters demonstrate on their way to the Kurdish spring festival Newroz with placards reading "No to dictatorship" and the portrait of the leader of the Kurdistan PKK Workers' Party, Abdullah Ocalan in the city center of Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on March 18, 2017. Some 30,000 demonstrators, who police said were mainly of Kurdish origin, rallied in Frankfurt on March 18 calling for "democracy in Turkey" and "freedom for Kurdistan". / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Boris Roessler / Germany OUT

U.S. embassy staffer espionage trial resumes in Turkey

May 15, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Metin Topuz is accused of contacts with police and a prosecutor suspected of ties to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says ordered an attempted coup in 2016

TRIAL. People walk past an armored Turkish police vehicle standing outside the courthouse in Istanbul on March 28, 2019, during the trial of Metin Topuz, an US consulate staffer accused of spying and attempting to overthrow the government. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkish court hands down 53 life terms to 2013 bomber

May 13, 2019 - 7:12 PM

An Ankara court gives Yusuf Nazik 53 aggravated life sentences, one for each of his victims plus one for 'destroying the state's unity and integrity,' DHA news agency reports

YUSUF NAZIK. A grab taken from a video released on September 12, 2018 by Demiroren News Agency shows Turkish citizen Yusuf Nazik, the alleged chief suspect in a 2013 bombing on the border with its conflict-torn neighbour that left over 50 dead, delivering a speech after he was captured by the Turkish secret service. File photo by Demiroren News Agency/AFP

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite U.S. 'threats'

May 05, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The S-400 purchase is one dispute fuelling tensions between two nations also at odds over US support for Syrian Kurdish militias

Erdogan calls for Istanbul vote to be re-run

May 04, 2019 - 11:13 PM

Refusing to concede the Istanbul result, Erdogan denounces 'massive irregularities'

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

UAE spy suspect found 'hanged' in Turkish prison

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The suspect is found dead in Silivri prison, on the outskirts of Istanbul, state news agency Anadolu reports

Turkey opposition leader attacked at soldier's funeral

Apr 21, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Video of the incident on social media shows a mob pushing and shoving around Republican People's Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu as he makes his way through the crowd

Turkey arrests 2 suspected UAE spies – report

Apr 19, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Turkey is probing if the 'spies' are tied to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

SPIES? Turkey arrests two men suspected of spying for the United Arab Emirates. File AFP photo

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

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

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Australian PM slams Erdogan for 'reckless', 'vile' Christchurch comments

Mar 20, 2019 - 10:20 AM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemns 'reckless' and 'highly offensive' comments made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey in the wake of the Christchurch massacre

MAD. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. Australia's tropical north typically experiences heavy rains during the monsoon season, but the recent downpours have flooded highways, towns and turned roads into rivers. Saeed KHAN / AFP

Erdogan and Netanyahu trade 'tyrant,' 'dictator' insults

Mar 14, 2019 - 12:05 AM

Turkey and Israel have tense relations and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause, is a vocal critic of Israeli policies

TRADING INSULTS. This combination of pictures created on April 1, 2018 shows Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R). File photos by Ronen Zvulun and Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey tumbles into recession as polls loom

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:42 PM

The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year are sensitive issues for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party before the vote on March 31

TURKEY. Skyscrapers are pictured at the financial and business district Maslak on August 15, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey, Iran to stage joint raid against Kurd rebels – minister

Mar 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu does not specify which PKK bases the planned operation will target but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has previously said it will be against militant hideouts in Iraq

JOINT RAID. A handout photo taken and released on February 9, 2019 by the Turkish presidential press service shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) listening to Interior Minsiter Suleyman Soylu (C) visiting the area of a collapsed apartment building in Istanbul, on February 9, 2019. AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE

U.S. to end preferential trade status for India, Turkey

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

President Donald Trump has made an overhaul of global trade and the slashing of American trade deficits a central plank of his presidency

Turkish President Erdogan lashes out at Sisi over Egypt executions

Feb 24, 2019 - 2:04 PM

'I will never talk to someone like him,' says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

LASHING OUT. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan hits the execution of 9 people in Egypt, saying he 'will never' talk to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey has not revealed all about Khashoggi killing – Erdogan

Feb 16, 2019 - 9:21 AM

'We haven't given all the elements we have at our disposal,' says President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pompeo says U.S. 'not covering up' Khashoggi murder

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:19 AM

'The president has been very clear – couldn't be more clear – as we get additional information, we will continue to hold all of those responsible accountable,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

US PROBE. A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Feb 12, 2019 - 12:01 AM

The plight of China's Uighurs is closely followed in Turkey due to shared linguistic, cultural and religious links, and the presence of tens of thousands of ethnic Uighurs there

UIGHURS. In this file photo, Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity' – Turkey

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:10 AM

Turkey calls on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres 'to take effective steps to end the human tragedy'

A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colours of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colours of the Chinese flag attends a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. Nearly 200 people died during a series of violent riots that broke out on July 5, 2009 over several days in Urumqi, the capital city of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in northwestern China, between Uyghurs and Han people. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 17

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

Turkish media says 3 of the 8 floors had been illegally built – a common practice in the metropolis of some 15 million people

COLLAPSED. Rescuers work at the site of a building that collpased in Istanbul's Kartal district on February 6, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump ignores deadline

Feb 09, 2019 - 11:21 AM

The US president is given 120 days to designate those responsible, but no definitive action is done on the deadline

US President Donald Trump delivers the State of the Union address at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on February 5, 2019. (Photo by Doug Mills / POOL / AFP)

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Jamal Khashoggi's life, Hatice Cengiz leaves the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions are met

HOPE. Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi speaks to medias on February 8, 2019 during a presentation press conference of her book named 'Jamal Khashoggi' in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Kurdish-led forces ready for push on last ISIS pocket

Feb 08, 2019 - 10:25 PM

US President Donald Trump predicts that the once-sprawling proto-state's official death could be proclaimed as early as next week but operations have been paused for days on the main front line

SYRIAN DEMOCRATIC FORCES. This file photo shows fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces attending the funeral of a local official that the SDF say was assassinated in a Kurdish-held area in the countryside of Deir Ezzor, in the Syrian Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli on December 31, 2018. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Erdogan accuses EU of seeking Maduro's ouster in defiance of 'democracy'

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:51 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government survived a coup bid in July 2016, has given support to Nicolas Maduro in the wake of the crisis, telling him in a phone call to 'stand tall'