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Turkish pupils go to school under shadow of political row

Ankara - A radically changed curriculum. Teachers who vanished from one year to the next. And a greater emphasis on religion.

Erdogan, Putin push 'de-escalation' zone in key Syria province

Ankara - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday agreed to push for the creation of a "de-escalation" zone in Syria's key northern province of Idlib to help end the civil war.

Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish independence

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdistan region against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying it risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the region.

Erdogan condemns abuses of Rohingya in call to Suu Kyi: presidency

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday condemned escalating human rights violations targeting the Rohingya Muslim minority during a phone call with Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Turkish presidential sources said.

Turkey's Erdogan blasts 'scandalous' US indictment of bodyguards

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised the indictment in Washington of members of his security detail who were charged with assaulting protesters during an official White House visit in May.

Turkey opposition chief challenges Erdogan with 'justice' congress

- Turkey's main opposition leader warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday that the whole country has a "thirst for justice", opening an unprecedented four-day meeting protesting alleged violations under his rule.

Opposition chief says Turkey has a 'thirst for justice'

- Turkey's main opposition leader on Saturday opened a four day "justice congress" highlighting alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, saying the country has a "thirst for justice".

Turkey opposition chief hosts 'justice congress' in challenge to Erdogan

- Turkey's main opposition leader on Saturday begins hosting a four day "justice congress" in a bid to keep up the momentum from the success of a month-long foot march protesting against alleged injustices under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan says top Turkish general must accept demotion

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday warned a top Turkish general who played a key role in defeating last year's failed coup and led a cross-border operation in Syria that he must accept a surprise demotion without rancour.

Erdogan urges 'slap' for German ruling parties in polls

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday called on Turkish-origin Germans to give a "slap" to both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition in September polls, pressing on with what Berlin has condemned as unprecedented meddling.

Erdogan slams German rebukes over election 'interference'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at the German government on Saturday for criticising his call to ethnic Turks to vote against Germany's two ruling parties in September elections, warning the foreign minister to "know your limits".

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday urged ethnic Turks in Germany to reject its main parties in upcoming elections, prompting a sharp warning from Berlin to stop the "unprecedented" meddling.

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday urged ethnic Turks in Germany to reject its main parties in upcoming elections, prompting a sharp warning from Berlin to stop the "unprecedented" meddling.

Progress with Russia over air-defence system: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced progress in talks to get Russia to supply its latest S-400 air-defence system to Ankara."We have signed with Russia.

Swedish lawmakers file 'genocide' complaint against Erdogan

Stockholm - A group of Swedish lawmakers said Monday they have filed a legal complaint accusing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in the southeast of his country.

Turkey's Erdogan says fine after feeling unwell in prayers

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he was in good health after briefly feeling unwell during morning prayers in Istanbul.

Erdogan criticises Qatar sanction, wants stronger ties

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood to defend Qatar on Tuesday, saying he intends to "develop" ties with the embattled Gulf state hit by sanction from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

Turkey ruling party elects Erdogan as chairman after referendum win

Ankara - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sunday elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman, returning him to the post he held for over a decade up until August 2014, party officials said.

Turkey's Erdogan returns as ruling party boss after referendum

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Sunday reappointed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its chief after a nearly three year break, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in a controversial referendum on expanding his powers.

Erdogan to return as ruling party chief after vote victory

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey's ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers.

Erdogan urges US to 'immediately' reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

Damas - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the United States to reverse a decision on arming Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists, saying he would raise the issue in talks with Donald Trump next week.

Erdogan warns Turkey could 'say goodbye' to EU

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that Turkey would bring the curtain down on its over half-century bid to join the European Union if new accession chapters were not opened.

Erdogan rejoins Turkey ruling party after near 3-year absence

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejoined the Turkish ruling party after a nearly three-year absence, in the first major change to come into effect following the referendum victory on expanding his powers.

Erdogan accuses French researcher of inciting assassination

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's lawyer has lodged a complaint against a former French diplomat accusing him of inciting the assassination of Turkey's leader, his spokesman confirmed Monday.

Turkey's opposition down but not out

Istanbul - Turkey's embattled opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can still find glimmers of hope in a shifting political landscape despite the strongman winning a controversial referendum that will hugely enhance his powers.The 'No' vote polled 48.

Erdogan says Turkey could hold referendum on EU membership bid

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said Turkey could hold a referendum on its long-stalled EU membership bid after Turks voted to approve expanding his powers in a plebiscite."For 54 years, what did they make us do at the EU's door? Wait!

Erdogan must heal divided Turkey after bitter referendum: analysts

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan must heal a divided country after narrowly winning a contested referendum, but it is unclear whether he is interested in forging the compromises needed for reconciliation, analysts say.

Erdogan says referendum is vote for Turkey's future

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the tightly-contested referendum on expanding the powers of the head of state was a vote for the future of Turkey.

Erdogan: Turkey's pugnacious 'chief' wins again

Istanbul - If there were a global contest for winning elections, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would see himself as the undisputed -- and undefeated -- heavyweight champion of the world.

Brittle economy risk for Erdogan ahead of Turkey poll

Ankara - At rallies ahead of Sunday's referendum on expanding his powers, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is fond of reciting the economic achievements of his one-and-a-half decades in power.
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CNN Turk s Hande Firat transmitted a message from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish peop...
CNN Turk's Hande Firat transmitted a message from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Turkish people via a FaceTime call on the night of the coup on July 15, 2016.
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Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an election rally in Ankara, on August 8, 2014
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 For better and worse  the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs  ...
"For better and worse, the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs," says Brian Felsen, "and the current trends in Turkey, towards encroachments on privacy and curtailing expression and assembly, may continue unabated for a time. But Turkey’s a fascinating place, and the only constant is change – so, perhaps, this too shall pass."
Brian Felsen
Ak Party Prime Minister Erdogan places his banner next to Ataturk at the Kocaeli Book Fair in 2012. ...
Ak Party Prime Minister Erdogan places his banner next to Ataturk at the Kocaeli Book Fair in 2012. This is the photo that almost got me arrested in Turkey.
A man collecting rubbish walks past a giant campaign poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...
A man collecting rubbish walks past a giant campaign poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on display in Istanbul, on August 8, 2014
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Several hundred people hold placards  reading : "Erdogan  the murderer is not welcome in Lyon  ...
Several hundred people hold placards, reading : "Erdogan, the murderer is not welcome in Lyon, Turkish dictator, Get out!", on June 21, 2014 in Lyon, France
Jean-Philippe Ksiazek, AFP
German celebrity comedian Jan Boehmermann is being ivestigated over his so-called "Defamatory P...
German celebrity comedian Jan Boehmermann is being ivestigated over his so-called "Defamatory Poem"
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Felsen says he hasn t seen very many Erdogan supporters.  (The) restaurants  hotels  and mosques hav...
Felsen says he hasn't seen very many Erdogan supporters. "(The) restaurants, hotels, and mosques have been providing shelter and aid; even taxi drivers and minibus drivers were supportive to the "capulcu" (Turkish slang for raiders or marauders) -they carry (them) to and from the protests."
Brian Felsen
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Vincent LEFAI, Jean Michel CORNU, Jonathan JACOBSEN, AFP
Photographed at the protest in Istanbul June 7th  2013. The man on the left is  according to Felsen ...
Photographed at the protest in Istanbul June 7th, 2013. The man on the left is, according to Felsen, a supporter of Ataturk (considered by many to be the founder of modern Turkey); the boy on the right is with the country's worker's union.
Brian Felsen