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All Erdogan's meals tested at home and abroad: Doctor

Ankara - Every meal that goes before Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is rigorously tested both at home and abroad for fear of possible assassination, his personal doctor said.

Thousands throng funeral for Turkish author Yasar Kemal

Istanbul - Thousands of mourners, including a Nobel laureate and a former president, turned out for the funeral Monday of Turkish literary giant Yasar Kemal in Istanbul.

Turkey's Kurdish rebels hail 'historic' disarmament call

Istanbul - Kurdish rebels on Sunday hailed as "historic" a call for disarmament made by their jailed leader and said Turkey should speed up reforms to move the peace process forward.

Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms

Istanbul - The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency.

Turkish men in miniskirts take to streets for women's rights

Turkish men are protesting against a recent attempted rape and murder of a young women by donning miniskirts and taking to the Web and marching through the streets.

Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

Ankara - Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.

Turkish model faces jail term for 'insulting Erdogan'

Ankara - A former Miss Turkey beauty queen faces up to 4.5 years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a growing number of such cases, reports said Wednesday.

Op-Ed: When Syria becomes a spring break destination

London - Last week, a group of three teenage British girls, Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, left their homes in east London, and flew from Gatwick airport to Turkey.

Fists fly in rowdy 18-hour Turkey parliament session

Ankara - Ruling party and opposition lawmakers turned the Turkish parliament into a battlefield once again Tuesday during an 18-hour session debating a contentious bill to broaden police powers.

Turkey's evacuation of Syrian tomb 'no retreat'

Ankara - Turkey's decision to evacuate an historic tomb and the soldiers guarding it from Syrian territory was not a retreat, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, rejecting opposition claims Ankara had surrendered the area to jihadists.

Turkish troops enter Syria to relocate historic tomb

Ankara - Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria in an unprecedented incursion Sunday, relocating a historic tomb and evacuating the soldiers guarding the monument after it was surrounded by Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Fresh brawl in Turkish parliament over protest bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament descended into fresh chaos Thursday with lawmakers exchanging punches for a second time over a controversial bill to boost police powers against protesters, local media reported.

Five Turkish deputies hurt as tensions spiral over protest bill

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Wednesday struggled to push a hugely controversial bill boosting the powers of police against protesters through parliament, after tensions spilled over into fighting between MPs that left five deputies hurt.

Turkish journalist fatally stabbed 'over a snowball'

Ankara - A Turkish shop owner has allegedly stabbed a journalist to death after a snowball hit his store window in Istanbul, local media reported on Wednesday.

Mom murders son, 10, because his ears were too large

Ankara - A woman who allegedly strangled her 10-year-old son because she believed his ears were too big has been charged with murder. Nuray Sacan, 37, paid for her son to undergo cosmetic surgery but when she saw the results she told surgeons she was unhappy.

Turkey government battles to push protest bill into parliament

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday sought to push through parliament a contentious security bill boosting police powers to crack down on protests, with the opposition using delaying tactics to thwart the debate.

Turkey vows action after outcry over female student's murder

Istanbul - Turkey's leaders on Monday vowed to take action over the "open wound" of violence against women, after the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver unleashed a wave of public anger.

Turkey's Erdogan says not bothered by 'isolation' on world stage

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted in an interview published Sunday he was unconcerned by Turkey's "isolation" on the world stage, despite deteriorating relations with several former allies.

Erdogan sparks fears for Turkish economy with unorthodox views

Istanbul - Concerns are growing over the health of the Turkish economy, long seen as a star performer among emerging markets, partly due to unorthodox statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic policy that have rattled investors.

Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education

Ankara - Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system.
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