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Turkey's Erdogan praises 'clean' crackdown on foes

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday praised the "clean" legal process against his opponents that has been sharply criticised by the EU and included a warrant for arch-foe Fethullah Gulen as well as a wave of arrests.

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen

Istanbul - An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.

Erdogan says EU can't give Turkey 'democracy lesson'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a bitter row with the European Union over arrests of opposition media, saying the bloc has no right to give lessons in democracy and should itself "look in the mirror".

Turkish football fans put on trial over 'coup bid'

Istanbul - Thirty-five supporters of Turkish top-flight football side Besiktas went on trial Tuesday facing life imprisonment on charges of seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in 2013 protests.

Turkey says EU criticism over arrests unacceptable

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.

Mystery Twitter leaker of raids has Turkey guessing

Istanbul - He has access to top secret information, has been able to stay one step ahead of the authorities and is nearly always right.

Turkey's Gulen movement: Nebulous group opposing Erdogan

Istanbul - The vast but nebulous movement of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim cleric living in self-exile in the US, brings together interests ranging from finance to schools to media, and has emerged as enemy number one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan tells EU to 'mind own business' over Turkey arrests

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday told the European Union to "mind its own business", in a blistering attack against the bloc over criticism by EU officials of police raids against opposition media.

Editor of top Turkish daily, Erdogan critic, detained: Reports

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained the chief editor of a top newspaper as part of an ongoing operation to round up supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen, reports said.

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.

Top Turkey cleric under fire over luxury Mercedes

Istanbul - Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car -- the latest government splurge to cause a public outcry.

Erdogan vows to impose 'Arabic' Ottoman lessons in schools

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday to make lessons in the Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools -- a highly symbolic move which enraged secularists who claim he is persuing an increasingly Islamist agenda.

Turkish Nobel laureate slams climate of 'fear' in Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2006, denounced what he called a climate of "fear" in his country, in an interview published Sunday."The worst is that there's a fear.

Kurdish protester killed in clashes with Turkish police

Ankara - An 18-year-old Kurdish protester was killed Saturday in unclear circumstances during clashes with police in the majority Kurd region of southeast Turkey, local authorities and witnesses said.

Great Horned Owl caught doing breast stroke

After narrowly escaping the attack of two falcons, a Great Horned Owl is caught swimming to safety in style. How you ask? By doing the breast stroke of course.

Putin scraps South Stream gas pipeline on Turkey visit

Ankara - President Vladimir Putin on Monday unexpectedly announced Russia was shelving the multi-billion dollar South Stream pipeline project to deliver Russian gas to the Europe, blaming the EU for throwing obstacles in its path.

Video of deadly attack on German girl who died a hero is released

A surveillance video that captured the attack on a young, heroic woman in Germany has been released by police there as they seek more witnesses in her death. The Turkish-German woman, Tugce Albayrak was killed by an irate man in a town near Frankfurt.

Putin meets Erdogan to strengthen Russia-Turkey ties

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday held talks in Ankara with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin aimed at boosting trade and strengthening relations, despite sharp differences over the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Istanbul - Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.
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