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Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

Istanbul - One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.
In the Media by Stuart Williams (AFP)

Violence forces evacuation of US embassy in Libya

Tripoli - Around 150 officials, workers and military security guards were evacuated Saturday from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli to escape mounting militia violence in Libya's capital.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

Turkey charges 20 police in wiretapping probe

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have charged scores of police officers with illegally eavesdropping on top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, media said Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Erdogan suffers delay on new Turkey high speed train

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first high-speed train link between Ankara and Istanbul in his latest ambitious grand engineering project, but arrived late after a technical problem on the maiden trip.
In the Media by Stuart Williams (AFP)

Erdogan to be 'active' Turkish president: Deputy PM

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be an "active" head of state if he wins presidential elections in August and will play a particularly strong role in foreign policy, one of his government's most senior ministers said.
In the Media by Stuart Williams, Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

PrimeTrade launches new online investment service provider

A new online trading platform made its debut last month, joining the ranks of many others to service both new and seasoned investors.
In the Media by Simon Crompton

Erdogan chooses anti-Israel diatribes over Gaza mediation

Istanbul - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sacrificed any possibility of Turkey playing a mediation role in Gaza in favour of seeking to impress voters ahead of presidential polls with the toughest ever anti-Israeli rhetoric from a Turkish leader.
In the Media by Stuart Williams and Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

'I no longer talk to Obama': Turkey's Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

Turkey arrests 100 top police in wire-tapping probe

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested scores of senior police officers on suspicion of illegally eavesdropping on top officials, including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In the Media by Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

War in Gaza may widen as Netanyahu apologizes for civilian deaths

Gaza - One Israeli soldier has been killed, and 20 Palestinians are dead as the Israeli invasion of the Gaza Strip enters its second day.
In the Media by Eric Morales - 2 comments

Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

Ankara - Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings.
In the Media by Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

Turkey PM Erdogan slams Egypt's 'illegitimate tyrant' Sisi

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as an illegitimate tyrant, saying that Cairo could not be relied upon to negotiate a ceasefire with Israel. "Is Sisi a party (to a ceasefire)?
In the Media by AFP

Op-Ed: ISIS 'frequent fighters' and oil money fueling combat successes

Baghdad - ISIS is getting some of its ‘frequent fighters’ from the Taliban and other jihadi groups. It’s also getting big money, quite enough to manage the loyalties of Sunni tribes, from captured oil to fund its war.
In the Media by Paul Wallis - 5 comments

Erdogan vows to rewrite constitution for 'new Turkey'

Istanbul - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he planned to rewrite the Turkish constitution if elected president, as he outlined his vision for a booming and powerful "new Turkey" in the next decade.
In the Media by Stuart Williams , Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Ankara - Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to win presidential elections next month.
In the Media by Fulya Ozerkan (AFP)

Turkey candidate launches 'unity' campaign against Erdogan

Istanbul - The main rival of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey's presidential election launched his campaign on Thursday, positioning himself as a unifying figure against a dangerously polarising opponent.
In the Media by Dilay Gundogan (AFP)

Syrian opposition elects Hadi el-Bahra as new leader

Istanbul - The Syrian National Coalition, the main exiled opposition group seeking the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday elected Saudi-based Syrian opposition figure Hadi el-Bahra as its new president.
In the Media by AFP

Turkey PM vows to strengthen presidency as kicks off campaign

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan kicked off his presidential campaign on Saturday by promising to transform the role into a more powerful position if he wins the August polls.
In the Media by AFP

Kurdish rebels 'to resume Turkey withdrawal in September'

Ankara - Kurdish rebels will begin a stalled withdrawal from Turkey into their safe haven in northern Iraq after parliament passes reforms aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency, local media reported on Saturday.
In the Media by AFP

Turkey's Erdogan rebukes footballer over 'foreign' tattoo

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan chided a promising young footballer on Friday for having a tattoo on his wrist, warning such foreign-inspired body art could give him skin cancer.
In the Media by AFP
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