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Turkey hits back at U.S. with tariff hikes on key products

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:11 PM

Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay says the tariff hikes were ordered 'within the framework of reciprocity in retaliation for the conscious attacks on our economy by the US administration'

HITTING BACK. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey to boycott U.S. electronic goods

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:34 PM

The dispute between the US and Turkey raises questions over the future of their partnership and fans fears of a looming economic crisis in Turkey

BOYCOTT US TECH. President of Turkey and leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan vows to defy U.S. 'threats' after currency crash

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Iran also slams Washington for its 'addiction to sanctions and bullying'

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President 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

Trump announces 'doubling' of tariffs on steel, aluminum from Turkey

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:42 PM

Trump on Twitter: 'I have just authorized a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!'

NEW TARIFFS. In this file photo taken on July 19, 2017, US President Donald Trump holds up a pair of pliers as he speaks during a Made in America event with US manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

9 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Four people were rescued by the Turkish coast guard after the boat destined for Greece and carrying mostly Iraqi migrants sank off the Turkish holiday resort town of Kusadasi

Erdogan says to freeze assets of 'U.S. justice, interior ministers'

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:03 PM

It is Turkey's tit-for-tat response to Washington's sanctions on the Turkish interior justice ministers over the detention of an American pastor on terror-related charges

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara on January 30, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

3 babies among 6 dead after boat sinks off Turkey coast

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:39 PM

The boat was illegally on its way to Lesbos when it sank off Ciplak island overnight

Turkey's Erdogan warns U.S. over sanctions threat

Jul 29, 2018 - 6:29 PM

'The change of attitude is Trump's problem, not mine,' Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tells journalists during a visit to South Africa, calling the US threats 'psychological warfare'

VICTORY. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey puts jailed U.S. pastor under house arrest

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Andrew Brunson's detention is a symbol of the problematic relationship between NATO allies Turkey and the US. News news of his release into house arrest boosts the Turkish lira, which gained almost 1% in value against the dollar.

ANDREW BRUNSON. In this undated file photo made available by the Dogan News Agency on March 13, 2018 Andrew Brunson, a US pastor, is photographed in Izmir. File photo by DHA/AFP

Erdogan calls Israel world's 'most fascist, racist' state

Jul 24, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claims there is 'no difference between Hitler's obsession with the Aryan race and Israel's understanding that these ancient lands are meant only for Jews'

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Germany drops sanctions on Turkey, relaxes travel advice

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Germany's foreign ministry also remove a warning on its website about its nationals facing a high risk of arrest when visiting Turkey

RELATIONS. In this file photo, 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, 2017. Photo by Bernd Von Jutrczenka/Pool/AFP

Netherlands, Turkey resume full diplomatic ties

Jul 20, 2018 - 8:50 PM

In a joint statement, the two countries say their foreign ministers met on the sidelines of last week's NATO summit in Brussels and 'agreed to normalize the diplomatic relations' between the Netherlands and Turkey.

OSCE watchdog slams Ukraine for extraditing blogger to Turkey

Jul 19, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Ukrainian authorities confirm journalist and blogger Yusuf Inan had been handed to the Turkish authorities after Kiev received a request to extradite him last October

HARLEM DESIR. Human rights activist focused in media law Fultura Kusar, OSCE Media Freedom Representative Harlem Desir. Photo by Vladimir Simicek/AFP

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:38 PM

But the opposition is angered by the government's submission of new legislation to parliament that apparently seeks to formalize some of the harshest aspects of the emergency

COUP ANNIVERSARY. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at a ceremony site on "July 15 Martyrs Bridge" (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul on July 15, 2018. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:30 PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, takes his oath of office in parliament under the new presidential system denounced by opponents as a one-man regime

2ND TERM. This hand out picture taken and released on July 9, 2018 by Turkish President Office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, next to his wife Emine Erdogan, gesturing while he makes a speech at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Turkish President Office/AFP

Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds hurt

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Turkey's transport ministry says the train was carrying 362 passengers when it derailed as recent heavy downpours caused the ground beneath the track to erode away

This photo take on July 8, 2018 shows a derailed train following a train accident at Corlu district, in Tekirdag. Ten people were killed and 73 injured on July 8 when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, sate-run TRT Haber television said, quoting the health ministry. DHA / AFP

Turkey sacks 18,500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Official Gazette says 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers over suspected links to terror organizations that 'act against national security'

LEADER. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Erdogan to be sworn in on July 9 with new powers

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Erdogan will be sworn at the parliament, a presidential source, who asked not to be named, tells AFP. State media reports said the oath ceremony would be at 1300 GMT (9 pm, Manila time).

VICTORY. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. File photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

The week in photos: June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018 - 10:30 AM

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

People take part in the annual 2018 New York City Pride Parade on June 24, 2018 as they make their way down 7th Avenue in New York. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY

Erdogan declared winner of Turkey presidential polls

Jun 25, 2018 - 7:31 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Recep Tayyip Erdogan defeats his nearest rival Muharrem Ince with an 'absolute majority' of more than half the vote without needing a second round, saiys the chief of Turkey's election authority, Sadi Guven

VICTORY. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul, after initial results of Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey votes in pivotal test for Erdogan

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:53 PM

(UPDATED) Analysts say the opposition's performance is all the more troubling for the authorities given how the campaign has been slanted in favor of Erdogan, who has dominated media airtime

OPPOSITION. Republican Peoples Party's (CHP) presidential candidate Muharrem Ince speaks to the press after casting his ballot at a polling station during the parliamentary and presidential elections, in Yalova on June 24, 2018. Photo by Uygar Onder Simsek/AFP

Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows on eve of crunch Turkey polls

Jun 23, 2018 - 10:19 PM

High security is expected across the country for Sunday's snap twin presidential and parliamentary elections

Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:39 PM

'Our Prime Minister made the announcement. We have our system of taxis,' adds the Turkish President

ROADBLOCKS. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber. Since its debut in 2010, Uber has grown into a worldwide phenomenon despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from traditional taxi operators. File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

May 28, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Built at the end of the 19th century, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

The week in photos: May 19-25, 2018

May 26, 2018 - 2:59 PM

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

In this photograph taken on May 21, 2018 an internally displaced Afghan child looks on from a windows in her temporary home at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Herat. / AFP PHOTO / HOSHANG HASHIMI

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Russia, Turkey, Iran stress unity at Syria talks

Apr 28, 2018 - 1:39 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the 3 countries 'must help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists'

SYRIA CRISIS. In this file photo, the former rebel Syrian town of Douma on the outskirts of Damascus is seen on April 17, 2018 after the Syrian army declared that all anti-regime forces have left Eastern Ghouta, following a blistering two-month offensive on the rebel enclave. AFP/STRINGER

Turkey and EU fail to reach 'concrete solutions' after talks

Mar 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

European Union President Donald Tusk says improved relations would depend on progress on issues, including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria

UN reports mass rights abuses in Turkey

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) The report cautions that the extraordinary powers handed to the authorities following the failed coup attempt had caused 'a continued erosion of the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation'

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns that his troops will not step back. File photo by AFP

Syria army cuts off main town in Ghouta rebel enclave

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria

Turkey releases 2 more journalists in newspaper trial

Mar 10, 2018 - 1:04 PM

'Turkey's problems are not resolved just because we are set free. As journalists, our mission is to do our job fearlessly as we did before,' says Sabuncu

Bourbon whiskey should be the star of your next bar crawl

Mar 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Here’s why you should get yourself a snifter of bourbon stat

BOURBON. The American whiskey makes for a good weekend drink. Photo courtesy of Wild Turkey

Turkey detains 12 in anti-ISIS raids after U.S. embassy closure

Mar 05, 2018 - 4:06 PM

The Ankara prosecutor says 12 suspects had been detained after it issued 20 arrest warrants as part of an operation against ISIS, state news agency Anadolu reports

Turkish air strikes kill 36 pro-regime fighters in Syria's Afrin

Mar 03, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes on Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave in less than 48 hours

Turkish pedophile given 'record 572-year sentence'

Feb 27, 2018 - 11:06 PM

The court in the southern province of Adiyaman convicted the janitor after it was found he raped children and would sneak into some of the pupils' beds, Hurriyet daily says

Turkey says U.S. embassy Jerusalem opening in May 'extremely worrying'

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Ankara says the decision showed the US does not hear, 'and worse still, does not care about the voice of the international community’s conscience'

'WORRYING.' Turkey says the United States' decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem is 'extremely worrying'. AFP file photo

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Turkey considers chemical castration for child abusers

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Chemical castration, which involves using drugs to reduce libido, does not prevent a person from experiencing sexual urges indefinitely

Turkey, U.S. to 'work together' in Syria after crisis

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another,' US State Secretary Rex Tillerson says after the talks. 'We will work together... we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this,' he adds.

WORKING TOGETHER. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) shake hands during a press conference following their meeting in Ankara on February 16, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

2 pilots killed in Turkey military training jet crash

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The plane's debris and the bodies of the pilots are found by search and rescue teams 3 kilometers (less than two miles) from the base

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/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

Erdogan rejects option of partnership with EU

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Erdogan: 'We want full membership [in the EU]. Other options are not satisfactory.'

NO TO EU PARTNERSHIP. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. Adem Altan

Turkey says Assad must go 'at some point'

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:31 PM

But there needs to be a 'political transition in Syria', leading to a new constitution and elections, says President Erdogan's spokesperson

ASSAD. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo from AFP

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey detains 24 over 'terror propaganda' against Syria operation

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Those detained are accused of making propaganda for the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia, deemed a terror group by Ankara and the target of Turkey's operation

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony on November 24, 2016 File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The launch comes despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow

WITH TURKEY'S BLESSING. Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Russia voices concern over Turkey operation in Syria

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Russia said its troops were withdrawing from the area "to prevent potential provocation and exclude the threat to the life and wellbeing of Russian military"

OPERATION. In this file photo, smoke rises on November 13, 2014 after shelling in the Syrian city of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Erdogan: Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Turkey has sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation could be launched soon

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ground operations to oust Kurdish militia in Syria has begun. Photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Turkey accuses the YPG of being the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a rebellion in the Turkish southeast for more than 3 decades

ERDOGAN. A banner bearing the Turkish flag and a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen hanging from a building while Syrians wave rebel flags during a demonstration below in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on January 19, 2018, in support of a joint rebel and Turkish military operation against Syrian-Kurdish forces in Afrin. Photo by Nazeer al-Khatib / AFP