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Erdogan loyalist chosen as ruling party chief, set to be Turkey PM

May 22, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Analysts expect Binali Yildirim to be a more pliant figure for Recep Tayyip Erdogan than Ahmet Davutoglu as the head of state presses on with his plan to create the presidential system

AKP LEADER. Turkey's Minister of Transport, Maritime and Communication and new chairman candidate for ruling AK Party Binali Yildirim (C), flanked by wife Semiha Yildirim (L), throws red carnations to supports as he arrives for the second extraordinary congress of the AK Party at the Ankara Arena in Ankara, on May 22, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey PM 'to quit' as Erdogan tightens grip

May 05, 2016 - 7:16 PM

Divisions between Davutoglu and Erdogan erupt into the open with the two leaders holding crisis talks at the presidential palace that fail to resolve the conflict

QUITTING. Ahmet Davutoglu, Prime Minister of Turkey delivers his speech to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, April 19, 2016. File photo by Patrick Seeger/EPA

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Apr 27, 2016 - 10:00 PM

UPDATED Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vows to ensure that the state is at an equal distance from all faith groups

Turkish Prime Minister and the leader of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Ahmet Davutoglu delivers a speech during AK Party's provincial chairmen meeting in Ankara on April 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

Turkey's Erdogan rejects 'lessons in democracy' from West

Apr 05, 2016 - 7:32 AM

Erdogan: Those who attempt to give us lessons in democracy and human rights must first contemplate their own shame

A handout picture provided by the Turkish President's Press Office on February 17, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking on various topics during a meeting with representatives of local authorities at the Presidential Palace, in Ankara, Turkey, February 17, 2016. Turkish President Press Office handout/EPA

At least 4 killed in suicide attack in Istanbul shopping hub

Mar 19, 2016 - 5:51 PM

5th UPDATE No group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack that also injured 36 people

BLAST. Crime scene police investigators inspect the site after an explosion in Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey, 19 March 2016. EPA/STR

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

Turkey PM says evidence points to PKK being behind Ankara attack

Mar 15, 2016 - 9:48 AM

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu: There are very serious almost certain findings that point to the separatist terrorist organization

AFTERMATH. Scenes of crime officers search the area after an explosion in Ankara, Turkey, March 14, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

EU pushes for 'breakthrough' Turkey migrant deal next week

Mar 08, 2016 - 8:32 AM

UPDATED The next summit will now take place on March 17 18 with the pressure on Europe to reach a deal that will stem a crisis that has seen more than a million refugees and migrants flood its shores

SUMMIT. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3-R) sits amongst EU Leaders with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (4-L) at a meeting during an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders with Turkey in Brussels, Belgium, March 7, 2016. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Pool/EPA

EU leaders 'to declare Balkan migrant route closed at summit'

Mar 06, 2016 - 1:45 PM

UPDATED The European Union s 28 leaders are pinning much of their hopes for reducing the chaos on new commitments from Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

In this file photo, a Syrian migrant reacts after members of Turkish Coastal Guard ship UMUT captured them on a boat as they attempted to reach Greek Island Chios at the Agean Sea in Cesme district near Izmir, coastal city of Turkey, December 10, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Turkey police fire plastic bullets at opposition paper rally

Mar 05, 2016 - 8:38 AM

4th UPDATE The Turkish press has experienced one of the darkest days in its history says the Zaman newspaper

RAID. A handout picture released by the Zaman Daily News shows Turkish riot police raid Zaman newspaper building to take over the control, in Istanbul, Turkey, March 4, 2016. Handout photo by Talha Sertturk/Zaman Daily News/EPA

Turkey: Russian bombings in Syria 'barbaric'

Feb 16, 2016 - 7:37 PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says the bombings have killed innocent civilians

A picture shows the rubble of a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) near Maaret al-Numan, in Syria's northern province of Idlib, on February 15, 2016, after the building was hit by suspected Russian air strikes.  MSF confirmed in a statement that a hospital supported by the aid group in Idlib province was "destroyed in air strikes". / AFP / STRINGER

Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

Feb 11, 2016 - 12:17 AM

On a visit to the Netherlands Davutoglu insists the borders of his country had always been open to those fleeing Syria s civil war

DAVUTOGLU SPEAKS. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (not pictured) in Ankara, Turkey, February 8, 2016. Photo by EPA

Tens of thousands flee as Syria regime advances near Aleppo

Feb 05, 2016 - 10:32 AM

Turkey Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and activists say 300 000 people are isolated in Aleppo after the rebels main supply route from Turkey was severed by regime forces backed by Russian warplanes

'CATASTROPHIC.' Abdallah, 12, and Dania, 10, whose school was bombed in Aleppo in Syria sit in a mock up of a destroyed classroom outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain February 3, 2016. Activists say the situation in the north countryside of Aleppo is 'catastrophic'. File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Biden: PKK is terror group 'plain and simple,' threat to Turkey like ISIS

Jan 23, 2016 - 10:35 PM

The US Vice President also praises Turkey for taking very important steps to counter ISIS jihadists

BIDEN IN TURKEY. US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a press conference with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) at the Prime Minister's Office in Istanbul, Turkey, January 23, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA/POOL

Under pressure, Merkel looks to Turkey for help in migrant crisis

Jan 22, 2016 - 12:19 PM

Germany and Turkey have emerged as key players in the biggest migration crisis to rock Europe since World War II

TURKEY'S HELP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press statement in front of the conference building of the Winter Conference of CSU state parliamentary group in Kreuth, Germany, 20 January 2016. File photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA

9 Germans among 10 killed in Istanbul suicide attack

Jan 12, 2016 - 4:46 PM

5th UPDATE Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber of Syrian origin while Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says he belongs to ISIS

CASUALTIES. Dead bodies lie on the ground after an explosion near the Blue Mosque, in the Sultanahmet district of central Istanbul, Turkey, January 12, 2016. Deniz Toprak/EPA

Turkey will not apologize for downing Russian fighter jet: PM

Nov 30, 2015 - 9:15 PM

Protection of our airspace our border is not only a right but a duty Turkish premier Davutoglu says

A still image made available on 24 November 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, 24 November 2015. EPA/HABERTURK TV CHANNEL MANDATORY CREDIT: HABERTURK TV CHANNEL

EU, Turkey strike migrant deal as Afghan shot dead

Oct 16, 2015 - 11:25 AM

The death believed to be the first of its kind during the crisis forces Bulgaria s premier to fly home from a summit of European leaders in Brussels where the agreement with Turkey is announced

BORISSOV. Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borissov leaves after an European Council leaders' summit, at the European Council in Brussels, on October 15, 2015. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Turkey PM says IS prime suspect over worst attack

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Turkish authorities are investigating 3 groups including the Islamic State in the aftermath of Saturday s suicide bombings in Ankara

LAID TO REST. Relatives of Uygar Coskun, who was killed the previous day in a twin blast in Ankara, mourn over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, October 12, 2015. Mourners anxiously began to gather to commemorate the 95 people killed in twin blasts the previous day at a pro-Kurdish peace rally, the worst attack in Turkey's modern history. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which came three weeks before snap general elections set for 01 November and the G20 heads-of-government summit later next month, raising security concerns. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey warns Russia over air space violations from Syria

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:32 PM

NATO member Ankara protests to Moscow after its F 16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter plane that violated its air space near the Syrian border over the weekend forcing it to turn back

Turkey PM forms election government including pro-Kurdish party

Aug 29, 2015 - 9:31 AM

The newly appointed cabinet will not have to undergo a vote of confidence in parliament as required in the constitution The president s approval is considered enough for interim governments

ELECTION GOVERNMENT. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan approves the makeup of the provisional government that will run the country until November 1 elections. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan calls snap polls

Aug 25, 2015 - 9:13 AM

A presidential statement released after a meeting between Erdogan and parliament speaker Ismet Yilmaz gives no date for the elections but the president had previously said he expected the polls to be held on November 1

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Erdogan vows Turkey will fight PKK 'to last terrorist'

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:58 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows that Turkey will press on with its relentless campaign against Kurdish militants until not one terrorist is left

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Riga, Latvia on October 23, 2014. File photo by Ilmars Znotins/AFP

NATO vows solidarity with Turkey over ISIS

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:26 AM

The rare meeting held at Turkey s request comes as an uncompromising President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he could not continue negotiations with the Kurds amid attacks on Turkish targets

SOLIDARITY. Flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Julien Warnand/EPA

US, Turkey join forces to drive ISIS from Syria

Jul 28, 2015 - 9:27 AM

The potentially game changing accord with the US is revealed as Turkey fuels the growing anger of its Kurdish minority

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers guard near Turkish-Syria border line after renewed attack by Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, 25 June 2015. Stringer/EPA

Turkish warplanes bomb ISIS positions in Syria: PM

Jul 24, 2015 - 1:15 PM

Three Turkish F 16s take off from the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir and conduct an early morning bombing raid against 3 ISIS targets dropping 4 guided bombs

Turkey identifies suspect in suicide attack as dead activists mourned

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:21 PM

UPDATED Turkey says it has identified a suspect over a devastating suicide bombing on the border with Syria blamed on Islamic State jihadists as the government rushes to bolster security on the porous frontier

LOST. The mother of a victim cries for her son on his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Gaziantep on July 21, 2015, following a suicide bomb attack the day before which killed at least 31 in the southern Turkish town of Suruc. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

Suicide bomber kills 31 in Turkey attack blamed on ISIS

Jul 21, 2015 - 8:09 AM

The blast ripped through the center in Suruc – a town just across the border from Kobane which was itself later hit by a suicide car bombing – blowing out the windows and starting a fire

INVESTIGATION. Turkish police officers search the area after a explosion in Suruc, Sanliurfa province, Turkey, July 20, 2015. Depo Photos/Stringer/EPA

Turkey's new-look parliament opens as coalition nears

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:20 PM

The meeting also fires a starting shot for the parties formal efforts to agree a coalition after an election seen as one of the seismic events in Turkish politics in recent decades

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

With wary eye, Turkey readies for return of coalition rule

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:46 AM

AKP leader and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said that the party will work to form a coalition while warning that early elections cannot be ruled out should the discussions fail

A Turkish worker passes in front a huge Turkish flag picture in Istanbul, Turkey 07 September 2014. Sedat Suna/EPA

Erdogan breaks silence as Turkey PM seeks coalition

Jun 11, 2015 - 1:08 PM

The ruling Justice and Development Party is set to talk to the opposition on forming a coalition after it lost its parliamentary majority in the poll

LOSING POWER? Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), waves to supporters as he arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey on June 7, 2015. Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

Turkey ruling party loses majority in blow for Erdogan

Jun 08, 2015 - 8:02 AM

The results wreck Recep Tayyip Erdogan s dream of agreeing a new constitution to switch Turkey from a parliamentary to a presidential system that he had made a fundamental issue in the campaign

STRONG SUPPORT. Supporters of Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) wait for Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (not pictured) in front of the party's headquarter in Ankara, Turkey, June 7, 2015. Depo Photos/EPA

Turkey votes in crunch test for Erdogan

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:19 PM

The legislative elections is a crucial test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s plan for a new constitution to give him greater powers

CAMPAIGN FIESTA. People walk under campaign flags and posters in Istanbul, Turkey, June 5, 2015. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Erdogan rift with Turkey government widens as threats fly

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:02 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan digs in his heels in what appears to be a widening rift with his own government over the Kurdish peace process

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference at National Palace in Mexico City, on 12 February 2015. Mario Guzman/EPA

Erdogan at odds with government over Kurdish peace process

Mar 23, 2015 - 8:53 AM

An unprecedented rift emerges between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government over the handling of the peace process to end the decades long armed struggle by Kurdish militants

PRESIDENT AND PM. In this file photo, Turkish President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) sit next to each other during a congress of Turkey's ruling Party AKP in Ankara, Turkey, August 27, 2014. Rasit Aydogan/Pool/EPA

Turkish military enters Syria to evacuate soldiers, relocate tomb

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:06 PM

UPDATED The operation is the first such incursion by Turkish troops into Syria since the start of the civil war there nearly 4 years ago

SECRET MISSION. Turkish soldiers salute after placing a Turkish flag in Esme region in Syria where the new tomb of Suleyman Shah will be placed, after they made an evacuation operation in Syria early 22 February 2015. Okan Ozer/Anadolu Agency/EPA

Turkey wants 'good morals' condition for citizenship

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:25 PM

The text of the bill does not yet specify how good general morality is to be assessed by officials processing citizenship applications

Turkey, Philippines sign air services agreement

Nov 17, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Aside from increasing tourism and trade between the two countries President Aquino and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu discuss security issues and economic cooperation

STRONGER TIES. Turkey and the Philippines agree to strenghten tourism, trade and economic ties among others. Malacanang Photo Bureau

More travel for Aquino

Nov 15, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Next stops for President Aquino: Singapore and South Korea

PRESIDENT BENIGNO AQUINO III. File Photo from Malacanang

Turkish Prime Minister says 'no one has right' to criticize Turkey on Syria

Oct 06, 2014 - 12:51 AM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu slams US Vice President Joe Biden s accusation that Turkey is financing and even arming jidahists

Turkey opens border to Syrian Kurds fleeing IS

Sep 19, 2014 - 8:51 PM

Syrian Kurd refugees mostly women and children are crossing to the Turkish side of the border in the southeastern village of Dikmetas under tight security

Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president as opposition walk out

Aug 28, 2014 - 8:47 PM

The election was a triumph for Erdogan – who first become premier in 2003 – after surviving a tumultuous 2013 that saw mass anti government protests and corruption allegations against his inner circle

ERDOGAN. Turkish President- elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) throws flowers to his supporters during a congress of Turkey's ruling Party AKP for the election of a new new Prime Minister in Ankara, Turkey, 27 August 2014. Rasit Aydogan/EPA

Erdogan vows no change ahead of Turkey handover

Aug 27, 2014 - 7:34 PM

The Turkish strongman rejected suggestions that Ahmet Davutoglu would simply be a puppet premier and said that the AKP would never be a one man party

TURKEY'S MOST POWERFUL. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shake hands during meeting in Ankara, Turkey 21 August 2014. Hakan Goktepe/Anadolu Agency/EPA

Turkey's Erdogan risks bumpier economic ride during presidency

Aug 24, 2014 - 11:06 PM

A tricky external environment and concerns about the wisdom of some policies means Recep Tayyip Erdogan may have a bumpier ride ahead as Turkey s president

MR PRESIDENT. Recep Tayyip Erdogan acknowledged cheers of supporters during an election rally in Konya, Turkey, 09 August 2014. Kayhan Ozer/EPA

Turkey ruling party set to name Davutoglu as PM

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:54 AM

The executive committee of the Justice and Development Party AKP will meet in Ankara at 1100 GMT to agree a successor for Recep Tayyip Erdogan

'NEXT TURKISH PM.' Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Davutoglu will be new Turkish PM, says Gül

Aug 20, 2014 - 11:20 AM

Abdullah Gül: We must all help him with his task It was I who convinced him to go into politics I am going to support him

'NEXT TURKISH PM.' Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, at the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2014. Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Turkey raises fears over potential spillover from Iraq

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:19 PM

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which Turkey included in its list of terrorist organizations in early June has also kidnapped 31 Turkish truck drivers

End Syria 'cycle of horror', swamped neighbors, UN say

Sep 05, 2013 - 8:45 AM

UN MidEast diplomats: A political solution to end this cycle of horror is urgently needed

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres flanked by the ministers from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan at the start of today's meeting in Geneva. © UNHCR/J-M. Ferre

Stalled EU-Turkey talks to resume but delayed by crackdown

Jun 25, 2013 - 10:02 PM

EU chair Ireland says EU ministers agreed to resume entry talks with Turkey but that negotiations proper will take place later this year

The European Union flag at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 21 May 2013. Photo by EPA/Patrick Seeger

Thousands defy Turkey PM with fresh protests

Jun 09, 2013 - 8:20 AM

UPDATE The government said the protests were under control even as the largest crowds yet packed every inch of Istanbul s Taksim Square

DEFIANCE. Anti-government protesters attend a demonstration in central Ankara, Turkey, June 8, 2013. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP