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Turkey's pro-Erdogan PM unveils new cabinet lineup

Ankara - Turkey's incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet line-up two days after being given a mandate by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with most key ministers keeping their jobs but the EU minister switched.

Anxious Merkel warns Turkey over rights, visa-free travel

Istanbul - German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.

Merkel calls for end to empty promises on humanitarian aid

Istanbul - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for an end to empty commitments on aid, on the opening day of a UN-backed summit in Istanbul.

Leaders seek to defy sceptics at Istanbul humanitarian summit

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy sceptics to find a breakthrough at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.

New Turkey PM: Erdogan's loyal servant and transport czar

Ankara - Turkey's incoming prime minister Binali Yildirim is a longstanding and faithful ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has shown the president unstinting loyalty even before he won the highest office.

UN says Istanbul humanitarian summit 'once in generation' chance

Istanbul - The world's first humanitarian summit in Istanbul next week is a "once in a generation" chance to alleviate suffering by improving the global response to crises, senior UN officials said Sunday.

Turkey's Erdogan gives loyal ally mandate to form new government as PM

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday gave his close ally and Transport Minister Binali Yildirim the mandate to form a government as prime minister in a move set to further consolidate the strongman's grip on power.

Erdogan loyalist chosen as ruling party chief, set to be Turkey PM

Ankara - Turkey's experienced transport minister Binali Yildirim, a steadfast ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was Sunday named ruling party chief and was set to be also appointed as prime minister in moves further consolidating the Turkish strongman's g...

Istanbul summit seeks to transform aid response, defy critics

Istanbul - Global leaders and key NGOs gather in Istanbul on Monday for an unprecedented UN-backed summit aimed at transforming the world's response to humanitarian crises, despite scepticism the talks will have little impact.

Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

Suspected IS suicide explosion during Turkish police raid

Istanbul - A suspected Islamic State insurgent carried out a suicide bombing during a Turkish police operation at a house near the Syrian border on Thursday, local media reported.

New Turkey PM: Erdogan's loyal servant and transport czar

Ankara - Turkey's incoming prime minister Binali Yildirim is a longstanding and faithful ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who has shown the president unstinting loyalty even before he won the highest office.

Turkey names new PM as Erdogan tightens grip

Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the new prime minister Thursday, with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.

Turkey party to reveal PM candidate, Erdogan ally favoured

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party will meet on Thursday to announce a candidate to replace outgoing Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu who is stepping down after a power struggle with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

Turkey parliament backs hotly-contested immunity bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved, in a preliminary vote, a controversial bill that would strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity and which pro-Kurdish lawmakers say is directly aimed at driving them out of the legislature.

Turkey buries victims of PKK blast last week that killed 16

Diyarbakir - Turkey on Tuesday buried over a dozen victims of a massive blast in its southeast last week that killed 16 people when a truck laden with explosives by Kurdish militants planning a major attack detonated prematurely.

Turkey military defends top general's attendance at Erdogan marriage

Istanbul - Turkey's army on Monday vehemently defended the attendance of its top general at the wedding of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's younger daughter, after a storm of criticism in the opposition press and on social media.

Turkey's Erdogan blasts Europe's silence on Bangladesh leader's execution

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday lashed out at Europe's silence over the execution of a veteran Islamist leader in Bangladesh, accusing the West of "double standards.

Turkish right-wing dissidents' bid to oust party leader foiled

Ankara - Members of Turkey's right-wing MHP party were prevented from holding a congress Sunday aimed at unseating longtime leader Devlet Bahceli and recovering ground lost to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party.

One Turkish soldier, two PKK militants killed in clashes: army

Ankara - One soldier and two Kurdish rebels were killed in clashes on Saturday in Turkey's restive southeast, the Turkish army said.
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