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Jettisoning PM, Turkey's Erdogan marches to one-man rule

Ankara - By letting go of his prime minister after just 20 months in the post, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has shown his iron will to create a presidential system where one man has total authority.

Turkey will not change anti-terror law for EU visa deal: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union Friday that Ankara will not change its anti-terrorism law, despite it being a condition laid down by Brussels to ensure visa-free travel for Turks.

Davutoglu: Turkey PM who struggled to escape Erdogan's shadow

Ankara - A bookish yet ambitious former academic, Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu tried to carve out a profile of his own under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but could never escape his master's shadow.

Turkey PM to quit as Erdogan tightens grip

Ankara - Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday announced he would step down in two weeks as ruling party chief and premier, in a shock exit set to further boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's growing powers.

Turkey PM's fate in doubt as party heads to congress

Istanbul - The future of Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was hanging in the balance Wednesday as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) prepared to head into an extraordinary congress that could signal his exit as premier.

Cracks emerge in Turkey's ruling tandem

Istanbul - After more than one-and-a-half years of cohabitation, cracks are emerging in Turkey's ruling tandem of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, sparking uncertainty over the premier's future.

Turkey Nobel laureate backs writer on trial for insulting Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey's internationally-acclaimed novelist Orhan Pamuk on Tuesday backed a fellow writer on trial for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the mounting number of such cases was aimed at intimidating the government's opponents.

Turkey police detain over 200 in tense May Day clampdown

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained over 200 people in a crackdown on unauthorised protests during a tense May Day in Istanbul, using tear gas and water cannon against demonstrators and imposing a heavy security blanket on the city.

Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack: army

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack Sunday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the army said.

Turkey car bomb kills two police, wounds 22 near Syria border

Istanbul - A car bomb on Sunday hit the Turkish city of Gaziantep, a major refugee hub near the Syrian border, killing at least two policemen and wounding 22 other people, with the country on edge after a succession of militant attacks.

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish news editor over tweets: channel

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the chief news editor of a pro-Kurdish television channel over tweets posted on his account, the broadcaster said, as concern grows over freedom of expression in the country.

Istanbul braces for police lockdown on May Day

Istanbul - Istanbul braced for a major security lockdown for May Day on Sunday, with almost 25,000 police on duty and numerous roads closed for an occasion that regularly sees clashes between Turkish protesters and police.

Turkey journalists jailed for publishing Mohammed cartoon

Ankara - An Istanbul court on Thursday sentenced two prominent Turkish journalists to two years behind bars for illustrating their columns with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed originally published by French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Turkey arrests 12 in bid to identify female bomber: Report

Ankara - Turkish police on Thursday arrested 12 suspects as they stepped up efforts to identify a female bomber who blew herself up in the city of Bursa, wounding 13 people, state media said.

Female suicide bomber wounds 13 in Turkey's Bursa

Ankara - A suicide bomber blew herself up in the Turkish city of Bursa on Wednesday, wounding 13 people in the latest attack to strike the country, officials said.

Turkey PM says draft constitution will guarantee secularism

Ankara - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday pledged that Turkey's draft constitution would guarantee secularism after calls for a religious charter sparked controversy in the predominantly Muslim country.

Religious push sparks secularism row in Turkey

Ankara - Turkish police on Tuesday fired tear gas to break up protests over a call for the country to adopt a religious constitution that has sparked concerns of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.

Turkey's parliament speaker seeks religious constitution

Istanbul - Turkey should have a religious constitution, parliament speaker Ismail Kahraman said Monday, in comments that will likely add to concerns of creeping Islamisation under the ruling AKP party.

Foreign reporters face tough times in turbulent Turkey

Ankara - Hasnain Kazim, German news weekly Der Spiegel's resident correspondent in Turkey, last year applied to renew his Turkish press card -- usually a mere formality. But when he had no reply, he knew something was wrong.

Turkish reporter in spy trial fined for 'insulting' Erdogan

Istanbul - Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Turkey's leading opposition daily Cumhuriyet, was fined nearly 9,000 euros Monday for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was prime minister.
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