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Erdogan faces weak economy in path to greater power

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closer to getting a power boost after parliament's first approval of a bill to change the constitution, but the flagging economy could present an unexpected roadblock.

New Erdogan powers 'huge threat' to democracy, rights group warns

Ankara - Plans to dramatically bolster Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers pose a "huge threat" to human rights, law and the country's democratic future, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

Istanbul nightclub suspect 'received orders from IS'

Istanbul - The man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve has claimed he received the order to attack from Islamic State jihadists in Syria, local media reported Wednesday.

Turkey terror suspect found living in comfy Istanbul flat

Istanbul - Istanbul resident Ali Haydar Demir knew something was wrong when he heard a noise at midnight in his apartment block on 911 Street in the far-flung Istanbul district of Esenyurt.

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors Tuesday demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over freedom of expression.

Turkish-Armenian reconciliation elusive decade after journalist murder

Istanbul - Ten years after campaigning Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in Istanbul, Armenians and Turks have still not achieved the reconciliation of which he dreamt.

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect 'confesses'

Istanbul - A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of slaughtering 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve confessed to the massacre on Tuesday, hours after his capture in a police raid.

Turkish police catch nightclub gunman in Istanbul raid

Istanbul - Turkish police were questioning Tuesday the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, after capturing him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt.

Turkish police catch Istanbul nightclub attacker in city

Istanbul - Turkish police captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt.

Turkey takes key step to expanding Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey was a key step closer on Monday to dramatically expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after parliament approved, on first reading, a bill critics fear will lead to one-man rule.

What changes under Turkey's new constitution plan?

Istanbul - Turkey's parliament has passed in a first reading a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish MPs back new constitution bolstering Erdogan powers

Istanbul - The Turkish parliament on Sunday passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead to one-man rule.

Cyprus rivals reject each other's peace maps: Turkey

Istanbul - Rival Cypriot delegations have failed to agree on maps for new borders on the divided island state, each slamming the other's proposals as "unacceptable", Turkey's foreign minister said Saturday, after peace talks stalled.

If US wants Kurds at Syria talks, invite IS too, Turkey says

Istanbul - If the United States wants to invite Kurds to the upcoming Syrian peace talks it might as well invite the Islamic State jihadist group too, said Turkey's foreign minister Saturday whose country views Kurdish fighters in Syria as extremists.

Turkey arrests two Uighurs over nightclub attack

Istanbul - Turkey has arrested two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin in connection with a mass shooting in a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year's Eve claimed by the Islamic State group, media reports said.

Turkey's Erdogan rebukes MPs over 'leg-biting' brawl

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the country's lawmakers to task Friday over an "ugly" brawl in parliament during a vote on a hugely controversial bill bolstering his powers left several injured.

Fists fly as Turkey debates greater Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkish lawmakers on Thursday brawled and threw chairs as parliament approved three more articles in a hugely controversial bill bolstering the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Big investors in Turkey to be allowed citizenship

Istanbul - Turkey will grant citizenship to those who invest or buy valuable property in the country, the Official Gazette said Thursday, as it tries to boost its flagging economy.

Turkey's Erdogan equates lira fall to 'terrorism'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday blamed a conspiracy aimed at weakening Turkey for the recent plunge in value of the lira, saying those who worked to pressure the currency were no different from a "terrorist".

'This time is different': Istanbul tourism reels after attacks

Istanbul - Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.
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