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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

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

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

Human rights activists released from Turkish jail

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Eight human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser, were greeted by celebrating relatives and supporters as they were released from jail near Istanbul

FREE. Activist Peter Steudtner (2nd R) of Germany and Ali Gharavi (2nd L) of Sweden talk to the media after their release from Silivri prison in Istanbul on October 26, 2017. Yasin Akgul/AFP

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 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

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

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 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

Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers

Jan 21, 2017 - 12:20 PM

The government insists the proposals to create an executive presidency will ensure simpler and more effective administration but critics say it will give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power that is unchecked

MORE POWER? Lawmakers cast their votes during the second round of debate in the proposed changes to the Turkish constitution, at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on January 21, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey fires 15,000, shuts 375 NGOs in latest coup purge

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:39 AM

More than 100 000 people have already been suspended or sacked so far in a crackdown on those alleged to have links to coup plotters while dozens of media outlets have been shut down

PURGE CONTINUES. In this file photo, people walk on Galata bridge next to a giant Turkish national flag at Eminonu district on July 26, 2016 in Istanbul. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Controversy on campus as Erdogan handpicks Turkey rectors

Nov 21, 2016 - 1:29 PM

The direct appointment of university rectors by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since July s failed coup has stirred up tensions on campus and prompted claims of political interference in the education sector

Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

Nov 14, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The prime political concern of Erdogan following the failure of the coup has been winning support to change the existing constitution to create a presidential system

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. Adem Altan/AFP

Cyprus leaders set for make-or-break talks

Nov 07, 2016 - 1:58 PM

The talks are billed as the last best chance to end one of the world s longest running political crises

A man bicycles past the Greek Orthodox church of Saint Mamas in the town of Morphou in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on November 2, 2016. Florian Choblet/AFP

Turkey detains editor of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet

Oct 31, 2016 - 2:15 PM

UPDATED Murat Sabuncu is detained while authorities are looking for executive board chairman Akin Atalay and writer Guray Oz the official news agency Anadolu reports

With coup defeated, Erdogan eyes vote on revamped powers

Oct 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM

The plan to create a presidential system means Turkey is likely to be heading to a referendum in the first half of next year analysts say

MORE POWERS SOON? 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

Turkey set to extend state of emergency, 32,000 jailed

Sep 29, 2016 - 7:39 AM

The state of emergency has provided the legal framework for the biggest crackdown in Turkey s modern history but also raised alarm among its partners in the European Union and United States

Turkish police arrest a teacher wearing a T-shirt reading 'Don't touch my teacher!' in Diyarbakir on September 24, 2016, during a protest against the suspension of teachers for suspected links with militants. Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Sep 27, 2016 - 8:16 PM

The National Intelligence Organization has suspended 141 personnel in an internal probe over links to US based preacher Fethullah Gulen

FAILED COUP. People take streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / GURCAN OZTURK

Biden says US understands 'intense feeling' in Turkey over Gulen after coup

Aug 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

Biden s one day trip to Ankara is largely aimed at repairing damage to ties caused by the botched coup and Turkey s impatience over the failure of the US to rapidly surrender Fethullah Gulen

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C-R) pose with US Vice President Joe Biden (L) just before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, August 24, 2016. Stringer/EPA

3 killed, 40 wounded in PKK car bomb attack in eastern Turkey – official

Aug 18, 2016 - 1:15 PM

The Turkish security forces have been hit by near daily attacks by the PKK since a two and a half year ceasefire collapsed in 2015 leaving hundreds of police and soldiers dead

Europe is 'humiliating' Ankara – Turkish FM

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:42 AM

EU Turkish relations have soured since the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Europe concerned by Ankara s subsequent crackdown

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Ankara on August 12, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey admits some crackdown dismissals may be 'unfair'

Aug 02, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Turkey admits there may have been some unfair treatment in its post coup crackdown as it voices anger at Germany for barring President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from addressing a rally in Cologne

BACKING ERDOGAN. Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a rally on July 31, 2016 in Cologne, as tensions over Turkey's failed coup put authorities on edge. The placard reads: 'Erdogan is a hero of democracy.' Henning Kaiser/DPA/AFP

3-month state of emergency declared in Turkey

Jul 21, 2016 - 7:41 AM

The state of emergency is needed in order to remove swiftly all the elements of the terrorist organization involved in the coup attempt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference following the National Security Council and cabinet meetings at the Presidential Palace in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016. Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey targets media and schools in escalating post-coup purge

Jul 20, 2016 - 9:30 AM

The government suspends 15 200 state education employees demands resignation of almost 1 600 deans and cancels licenses of radio and TV stations allegedly linked to Fethullah Gulen

A man waves a Turkish flags during a meeting in support of the Turkish president on Taksim Square in Istanbul on July 19, 2016. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP

Turkey presses post-coup purge

Jul 19, 2016 - 12:09 PM

Turkey has so far detained over 7 500 people and sacked almost 9 000 officials in its relentless purge of suspected plotters

BACKING ERDOGAN. A Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15. Aris Messinis/AFP

Nearly 200 soldiers at Turkey military HQ surrender

Jul 16, 2016 - 3:20 PM

At least 60 people are killed and 336 detained in a night of violence across Turkey sparked when elements in the military staged an attempted coup against the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s government on July 16

PANIC. Turkish military control a road in Istanbul on July 16, 2016, after Turkish troops launched a coup. Photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Jul 16, 2016 - 2:53 PM

UPDATED President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urges his backers to stay on the streets to prevent a possible flare up of Friday s chaos

People take to the street in support of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan July 16, 2016 in Antalya, Turkey. Chris McGrath/Getty Images/AFP

Erdogan approves lifting of MPs' immunity

Jun 08, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The move critics believe is aimed at evicting pro Kurdish MPs from parliament

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures during a press conference on May 24, 2016, in Istanbul during the World Humanitarian Summit.  Ozan Kose/AFP/File

Leaders, NGOs meet in Istanbul for first humanitarian summit

May 23, 2016 - 10:59 AM

With some 60 million people displaced around the world and at least 125 million requiring assistance and protection all participants agree the need for action is more urgent than ever

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (4th from right) arrives at the Istanbul Congress Center (ICC), venue for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 22, 2016. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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

PKK bomb attack kills 6 Turkish security forces – report

Apr 03, 2016 - 10:05 AM

The members of the security forces were carrying out a military operation in Nusaybin in the southeastern Mardin province when a bomb left by rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party PKK was detonated

Greece seeks answers to migration crisis after EU ultimatum

Jan 28, 2016 - 11:30 AM

Greece cannot hope to manage the influx unless Brussels and neighboring Turkey keep their side of the bargain experts say

Refugees and migrants walk after disembarking from the ferry 'Eletherios Venizelos' at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, January 23, 2016. Yanis Kolesidis/EPA

Erdogan cites Hitler's Germany to defend presidency plans

Jan 02, 2016 - 7:16 AM

But in a statement published later the Turkish presidency says it was unacceptable to interpret Erdogan s remarks as endorsement of Nazism

REMARKS. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a rally marking the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 30, 2015. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

Merkel declares EU asylum rules 'obsolete' as navies tackle smugglers

Oct 08, 2015 - 7:58 AM

Merkel made the call in a speech with French President Francois Hollande to the European Parliament in which they urged the increasingly divided EU to unite to tackle a wave of problems including migration and the war in Syria

JOINT ADDRESS. French President Francois Hollande (R) sits next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) during their joint address at the European Parliament on October 7, 2015 in Strasbourg, eastern France. Patrick Hertzog/AFP

EU offers to ease Turkey migrant burden for tighter border controls

Oct 07, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Under the draft action plan – which Turkey has not yet formally approved – the EU will offer Turkey a series of incentives in return for its help in tackling the worst crisis of its kind since World War II

FREE. A Syrian child fleeing the war is lifted over border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on June 14, 2015. Photo by Bulent Kilic / AFP

EU, Turkey's Erdogan try to hammer out migrant crisis plan

Oct 06, 2015 - 8:53 AM

The European Union pushes Erdogan to do more to stop the flow of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have landed on Europe s shores from Turkey

IN BRUSSELS. European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker (R) speaks to the media as he welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium, October 5, 2015. Olivier Hoslet/EPA

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

Powerful Islamist group says it backs IS-free Syria zone

Aug 12, 2015 - 12:31 AM

A major conservative Islamist rebel group in Syria announces its support on Tuesday for a joint US Turkish plan to establish a border zone free of the jihadist Islamic State group

ALLIES? Members of the Islamist Syrian opposition group Ahrar al-Sham point at a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG), a militia set up to protect Kurdish areas in Syria from opposing forces, in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013. Photo by Alice Martins / AFP

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

Turkey's Erdogan warns of snap vote if coalition talks fail

Jun 22, 2015 - 7:50 AM

Erdogan cites the chaos engulfing neighbors Syria and Iraq to encourage the parties to form a government quickly

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

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

Turkey's Erdogan dares opposition to 'find my golden toilet'

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:17 AM

Erdogan s 1 150 room palace has been condemned by critics as an absurd extravagance and held up as proof he is slipping further into authoritarianism

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a rally marking the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, in Istanbul, Turkey, May 30, 2015. Sedat Suna

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

5 Turkish deputies hurt as tensions spiral over protest bill

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:34 AM

The scuffles saw MPs brandishing ceremonial gavels exchanging punches and one deputy even dumped in a flowerbed

A session of the Turkish Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/EPA

Turkey government battles to push protest bill into parliament

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:46 AM

The opposition fears so called homeland security reform bill introduced by the ruling Islamic rooted Justice and Development Party AKP will effectively create a police state under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

A session of the Turkish Parliament, at the Parliament in Ankara on October 2, 2014. Adem Altan/AFP