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Erdogan says drilling off Cyprus to continue despite warning

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Turkey would not back down from gas exploration in Cyprus after southern European leaders urged Ankara to stop.

Turkey's Erdogan says S-400s delivery for early July

Ankara - Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday."I believe (S-400s) will begin to arrive in the first half of July.

Turkey refuses Russian 'excuse' over Syria strikes

Ankara - Turkey said Friday that it did not accept Russia's "excuse" that it had no ability to stop the Syrian regime's continued bombardments in the last rebel bastion of Idlib."In Syria, who are the regime's guarantors?

Exiled Turkish journalist reunited with wife after 3 years

Istanbul - The wife of one of Turkey's best-known exiled journalists said Friday she had been reunited in Berlin with her family after three years of being denied a passport.

Turkey says US ultimatum on Russia missile deal 'inappropriate'

Ankara - Turkey's defence minister on Thursday described as "inappropriate" an ultimatum from the US urging Ankara to abandon its controversial purchase of a Russian missile defence system.

Freed Turkish-American scientist vows to clear name

Antakya - A former Turkish-American NASA scientist, detained in Turkey for nearly three years until his release last week, told AFP in an interview that he would do everything he couldThe arrest of Serkan Golge -- who took US citizenship in 2010 and has worked f...

Turkey's Erdogan says no backtracking on S-400 deal with Russia

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would not withdraw from a deal made with Russia to buy an S-400 missile defence system despite US threats of "devastating" consequences.

Car bombing kills 19 in Syria's Azaz: monitor

Kilis - At least 19 people were killed Sunday in a car bomb near a bustling market and mosque in a rebel-held city in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

Veteran Turkish journalist Gursel freed on probation

Ankara - One of Turkey's best-known opposition journalists, Kadri Gursel, was sent back to prison but then released on probation Wednesday after an appeals court upheld his sentence for "helping terror groups", his lawyer said.

Kurdish prisoners end hunger strike in Turkey after Ocalan call

Ankara - Thousands of inmates in Turkish prisons ended their mass hunger strike on Sunday, heeding a calling by militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan whose jail conditions they were protesting.

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey: lawyers

Istanbul - Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to hunger strikes by thousands of jailed supporters in Turkey protesting the conditions of his detention, his lawyers said Sunday.

Italian hostage freed in Syria

Erdem - An Italian hostage was on his way home Wednesday after more than two years in captivity in Syria, where an unknown number of foreigners remain missing eight years into the country's devastating war.

Deposed Istanbul mayor blasts 'lies' used to annul election

Istanbul - Istanbul's deposed mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said Wednesday that no one believed the "lies" used to overturn his recent election and called on voters to "correct this great shame" in next month's re-run.

CNN Turk criticised for cutting opposition mayor interview

Istanbul - CNN's Turkish channel was criticised Tuesday after it cut short an interview with the opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor as he began to talk about the municipality's "extravagant"Social media users lashed out at CNN Turk after it stopped Monday ni...

Turkey says to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 missile deal

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara's controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow.

US consular staffer in Turkey remains jailed as spy trial resumes

Istanbul - A US consular staffer was ordered to remain in custody by a Turkish court on Wednesday after the latest hearing in his trial on espionage charges -- part of a growing rift between Washington and Ankara.

Afghan refugee entrepreneurs thrive in Turkey

Istanbul - When Afghan businessman Haji Yakup Burhan fled the violence of his home country 30 years ago, he brought with him his family -- and all his money.

Erdogan refuses to budge over re-run of Istanbul vote

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Saturday that he would not bow to international criticism over a controversial decision to re-run mayoral elections in Istanbul.

Turkey urges end to regime attacks on Idlib

Ankara - Turkey on Friday called for an end to regime attacks on Idlib, accusing Damascus of seeking to extend its control of the province's south in violation of previously agreed boundaries.

Deposed Istanbul mayor vows 'revolution' for democracy: AFP interview

Istanbul - Istanbul's deposed mayor Ekrem Imamoglu, who was stripped of his election win this week, told AFP he would lead a "revolution" for democracy ahead of next month's re-run of the vote.
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