U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

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

Merkel ahead as Schulz fails to land sucker punch in key debate

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:41 AM

UPDATED Polls following the 90 minute showdown give Merkel the clear edge over Schulz

Journalists watch a televised debate between German Chancellor and leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's social democratic SPD party and candidate for Chancellor at a television studio in Berlin on September 3, 2017. John Macdougall/AFP

Turkey opposition chief challenges Erdogan with 'justice' congress

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:13 PM

Kemal Kilicdaroglu head of the secular Republican People s Party CHP is hoping the justice congress will keep up the momentum of a month long march highlighting judicial abuses in Turkey

OPPOSITION. Kemal Kilicdaroglu (C), leader of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), sits before his speech during the "Justice Congress" in Canakkale on August 26, 2017. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey accuses Germany's Gabriel of copying 'racists, far right'

Aug 23, 2017 - 10:31 PM

The dispute between Ankara and Berlin is showing no signs of easing as both sides make tit for tat remarks against each other following comments made by the Turkish head of state

TURKEY-GERMANY RELATIONS. This combination of file pictures created on August 23, 2017 shows Turkey's minister for EU Affairs of Turkey Omer Celik (L) giving a press conference at the EU headquarters in Brussels on July 25, 2017 and German Minister of Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel speaking during a joint press conference on April 5, 2017 at the EU headquarters in Brussels. File photo by John Thys / 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

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

Almost 500 go on trial in Turkey's biggest coup case

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:39 AM

The suspects are accused of running the coup bid from the Akinci air base northwest of the capital which the authorities regard as the headquarters of the plotters

FACING TRIAL. Defendants Kemal Batmaz (first row, C) and Akin Ozturk (second row, C) and other defendants are accompanied by gendarmerie as they arrive for their trial at Sincan Penal Institution at the 4th Heavy Penal Court near Ankara on August 1, 2017.  Adem Altan/AFP

The week in photos: July 22-28, 2017

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:57 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SWIM COMPETITION. China's Zhang Yufei in the women's 200m butterfly semifinals at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest on July 26, 2017. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Saudi, allies unveil Qatar 'terrorist' blacklist

Jul 25, 2017 - 2:43 PM

UPDATED The move by the 4 Arab governments comes despite mounting international pressure to compromise in their weeks old boycott of their fellow US ally

The flag of the State of Qatar (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

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

Turkey journalists reject 'terror' claims as trial opens

Jul 24, 2017 - 8:42 PM

UPDATED The journalists are charged with supporting in the newspaper s coverage 3 groups considered by Turkey as terror outfits

JOURNALISTS ON TRIAL. A man raises his fist as he chants slogans during a demonstration on July 24, 2017 outside Istanbul's courthouse, where journalists and directors of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet are on trial. Photo by Bulent Kilic/ 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

The week in photos: July 15-21, 2017

Jul 22, 2017 - 1:25 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A captain of the Red Ants, a municipal team tasked with evictions, cracks his whip to speed up the eviction inside Fattis Mansion in downtown Johannesburg on July 19, 2017.  Residents of the allegedly illegally occupied building were forcibly removed by dozens of red clad security men and their belongings laid on the pavement outside the building. Several buildings in the central district of Johannesburg are illegally occupied by a large number of residents, often migrants, who live in substandard conditions. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO LONGARI

Nearly 360 hurt in Turkey by earthquake – health minister

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:11 PM

Ahmet Demircan says 358 people were hurt of whom 272 were taken to hospital in ambulances The rest went on their own he adds

TURKEY EARTHQUAKE. A damaged vehicle is seen following a sea surge caused by an earthquake on July 21, 2017 in Bodrum, southwestern Turkey. Photo by DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / AFP

2 tourists killed as earthquake hits Greek, Turkish resorts

Jul 21, 2017 - 8:53 AM

4th UPDATE The quake struck at 1:31 am with an epicenter approximately 10 3 kilometers 6 4 miles south of Bodrum Turkey

PANIC. In this screen grab taken from a cell phone video, tourists stand outside the Marmara Club Hotel after an earthquake in Theologos, Greece about 30 km from Rhodes on July 20, 2017. Sonia Bakaric/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 court rules to keep 6 rights activists in custody

Jul 18, 2017 - 1:34 PM

A Turkish court orders 6 human rights activists including Amnesty International s Turkey director to remain in custody for aiding a terror group

FREE THEM. Activists of Amnesty International stage a protest against the detention of the head of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kilic, in front of the Turkish Embassy in Berlin on June 15, 2017. John Macdougall/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

Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand

Jul 13, 2017 - 2:09 PM

Disney chairman and CEO Bob Igler says they were surprised with the demand for the snack in Shanghai reportedly averaging 4 000 pieces a day

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

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

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

Russia says no final deal on Syria safe zones

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Russian delegation head Alexander Lavrentiev says documents outlining how the four safe zones should work need finalizing despite being essentially agreed between the 3 key powerbrokers

Outcry as Turkey removes evolution from curriculum

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Critics see it has a step back from scientific rigor towards creationism by the Islamic rooted authorities under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish soldiers stand near a Turkish flag in Istanbul on May 1, 2017. Gurkan Ozturk/AFP

Emirates, Turkish Airlines win exemption from U.S. laptop ban

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:37 PM

They are the latest carriers after Abu Dhabi s Etihad to win a reprieve after Washington imposed new rules in March on direct flights from 10 airports in Turkey the Middle East and North Africa

An Emirates Airlines aircraft, flight 215 from Dubai, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

Turkey says U.S. to lift laptop ban on Istanbul-origin flights

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Its removal would come after Turkey began using highly sophisticated tomography devices for X ray and ultrasound at Istanbul s Ataturk International Airport

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

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Qatari FM: This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate

QATAR'S CAPITAL. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED It is the 3rd year in a row that the parade for LGBT rights has been banned by Turkish authorities

A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

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

Turkey detains catering boss after mass army food poisoning

Jun 21, 2017 - 8:49 PM

Not including the catering boss whose name was not disclosed 40 people are detained over the food poisoning and their cases are now being heard in court

Numbers tell staggering story of EU migrant crisis

Jun 18, 2017 - 12:58 PM

Where are these people coming from where are they going how many have died and how many will be allowed to stay?

ASHORE AT LAST. In this file photo, a migrant carrying his baby comes ashore along with other refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos on October 24, 2015 after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey. Aris Messinis/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 FM in Doha as UN 'alarmed' by Gulf crisis

Jun 15, 2017 - 7:25 AM

The United Nations secretary general urges the Gulf countries to find a peaceful solution to the row

The flag of the State of Qatar (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York. 14 July 2016. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

'Plankton explosion' turns Istanbul's Bosphorus turquoise

Jun 14, 2017 - 8:43 PM

A sudden change in the color of the Bosphorus Strait surprises Istanbul residents with scientists putting it down to a surge in a species of plankton across the Black Sea

TURQUOISE WATERS. General view of the Bosphorus is seen after it has turned turquoise due to phytoplankton on June 14, 2017, in Istanbul. Bulent Kilic/AFP

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

One dead as 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocks Greek islands

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:27 AM

The tremor felt as far as Athens and Izmir in Turkey damaged at least 3 churches and shops in south Lesbos local owners say while rock slides blocked some roads

SHAKEN. Rubble is strewn along a street in the village Plomari on the Greek island of Lesbos on June 12, 2017, following an earthquake. Stringer/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

Turkey's Erdogan speaks to leaders in Qatar-Gulf row

Jun 06, 2017 - 4:11 PM

Spokesman: Erdogan has initiated diplomatic efforts to resolve this dispute between friends and brothers in line with the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan

SEASIDE. A general view taken on June 5, 2017 shows pigeons flying above the corniche in Doha. Stringer/AFP

The week in photos: May 27-June 2, 2017

Jun 03, 2017 - 12:43 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Copenhagen's world famous statue of The Little Mermaid is pictured after it has been exposed to vandalism and was painted red on May 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Scanpix Denmark / Ida Marie Odgaard / Denmark OUT

Turkey seeks arrest of NBA player Enes Kanter on terror accusations

May 27, 2017 - 11:59 AM

A judge issues an arrest warrant to Thunders Enes Kanter after an Istanbul prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter s alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization

TERROR ACCUSATIONS. The arrest warrant refers to Kanter's alleged use of an encrypted messaging application called Bylock and also 'praise for a terror organization' in messages via his social media accounts. 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

German MPs call off Turkey visit amid high tensions

May 24, 2017 - 9:39 PM

A foreign ministry spokesman says Berlin regrets and laments the fact the trip wouldn t go ahead calling it another missed opportunity for dialogue

GERMANY-TURKEY TENSIONS. Claudia Roth, Green Party MP and vice President of the German parliament speaks during a press conference in Berlin on December 3, 2013. File photo by Odd Andersen/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