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Erdogan, rival Ince trade blows on eve of crunch Turkey polls

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Muharrem Ince on Saturday traded blows in mass rallies on the final day of campaigning for Turkey's most fiercely contested elections in years.

Turkey opposition candidate challenges Erdogan again in giant rally

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's main rival in Sunday's polls on Friday challenged the Turkish strongman in a mass rally in the capital Ankara, inviting him for a television debate as a "last chance.""Tomorrow is the last evening.

Erdogan showcases new Istanbul airport ahead of elections

Istanbul - A plane carrying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday touched down at Istanbul's new airport, the first such landing by a passenger aircraft ahead of its official opening in October.

Istanbul court rules to keep Amnesty's Turkey chair in jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Thursday ruled to keep the chair of Amnesty International's Turkey branch in jail after over one year behind bars on terror charges, in defiance of complaints by the rights group that the case has no foundation.

Turks mobilise to ensure fair play in tight poll

Istanbul - One hundred people listen to presentations crammed into a room in Istanbul, defying the oppressive summer heat and attentively taking notes. Their aim -- to ensure Sunday's elections in Turkey are not marred by election fraud.

Five scenarios for Turkey's finely-balanced polls

Istanbul - The outcome is far from certain in Turkey's elections Sunday, seen as the biggest test for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the ballot box in his one-and-a-half decades in power.

Turkish rapper Ezhel freed after drugs charge acquittal

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted and freed a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm.

Religious Turkish party turns against ex-ally Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sunday's elections risks seeing his vote critically eroded by an unlikely foe -- a religiously conservative party with roots in the same Islamic political ideology as his own.

From Ataturk to Erdogan: Five things to know about modern Turkey

Ankara - The modern state of Turkey emerged out of the wreckage of the Ottoman Empire to become a powerful strategic nation that borders Greece to the west and Iran to the east.

Displaced Syrians find relief in tent-side World Cup screenings

Ak - At a camp for the displaced in northern Syria, men and boys huddled near a projector to watch some of the world's best footballers play on the side of a tent.

Erdogan faces biggest challenge in tight Turkey polls

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday faces the biggest ballot box challenge of his 15-year grip on Turkey, seeking to overcome a revitalised opposition against the background of an increasingly troubled economy.

Turkey begins military patrols around Syria's Manbij: army

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday said it had started military patrols in an area around the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, in line with an agreement with the United States to scale down tensions in the region.

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Jailed Kurdish presidential candidate appears on TV from jail

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Erdogan in major Istanbul rally ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday was cheered on by tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in Istanbul ahead of next weekend's election, after facing tough opposition in the campaign.

Erdogan, Ince square up for heavyweight Turkey poll fight

Yalova - With a week to go to crucial Turkish elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival Muharrem Ince are trading blows in an unexpectedly bruising fight to win control of the country.

Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and 'unite' country

Yalova - For a man attempting to sweep away Turkey's long serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition leader Muharrem Ince seems remarkably relaxed just over a week ahead of crucial elections, vowing to be a leader "who unites".

Four killed in Turkey campaign clash ahead of polls

Istanbul - Four people were killed in southern Turkey Thursday in clashes that erupted when a lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was campaigning in a mainly Kurdish town near Syria, 10 days ahead of tightly-contested polls.

Three shot dead in Turkey during ruling party MP visit: reports

Istanbul - Three people were shot dead in southern Turkey on Thursday during an election campaign visit to a mainly Kuridsh town near Syria by an MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, reports said.

Erdogan vows to lift Turkey's state of emergency if re-elected

Ankara - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged for the first time that he would immediately lift the almost two-year state of emergency in place since the 2016 failed coup if he is re-elected in this month's polls.
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