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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.

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.

Erdogan says Uber 'finished' in Turkey

Istanbul - Uber faces being banned in Turkey after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the ride hailing app was "finished" on Saturday following an intense lobbying campaign from Istanbul taxi drivers.

Erdogan hits Turkey currency storm month before polls

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing a potentially severe crisis just a month ahead of elections over the sharp depreciation of the lira which risks buffeting his campaign and even influencing voters.

Erdogan compares Israel's Gaza 'brutality' to Nazi persecution of Jews

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday compared Israel's actions against the Palestinians in Gaza to the Nazi persecution of the Jews in World War II.

Erdogan slams world's 'silence' on 'Israel's tyranny'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the international "silence" over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border.

Erdogan vows 'strong message' from Islamic summit on Palestinians

London - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Tuesday that a planned summit this week of the world's main pan-Islamic body would send a "strong message" after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians along the Gaza border.

Erdogan lambasts French call for removing Koran passages

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit out at a French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Koran to be removed in response to rising anti-Semitism.

Erdogan rejects main Turkey opposition's TV debate challenge

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday rejected a challenge from the main opposition party's presidential candidate to hold televised debates ahead of snap polls on June 24.

Erdogan vows more cross-border offensives in election manifesto

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday vowed to launch further cross-border offensives against terror groups as he revealed his ruling party's manifesto ahead of snap elections on June 24.

Erdogan's snap polls: bold gambit or checkmate?

Ankara - With his stunning call for elections in just over two months, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking to wrong-foot an unprepared opposition and capitalise on surging nationalist sentiment after his operation in Syria, analysts say.

Erdogan meets Turkey nationalist chief on snap poll call

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday met with his key ally and leader of Turkey's main nationalist party for critical talks on a proposal to hold snap elections this August.

Erdogan to visit Britain in May: Ankara

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Britain in May, a top official said Saturday, as Ankara sticks to its position of refusing to blame Russia for an attack on an ex-spy.

Russia, Turkey agree to speed up delivery of S-400s: Putin

Ankara - Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday said he had agreed with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speed up the delivery of S-400 air defence missile systems to Ankara, a purchase that has alarmed Turkey's NATO partners.

Turkey and Russia: repairing ruptured ties

Ankara - Turkey and Russia have bolstered cooperation since the 2015 downing of a Russian jet caused a major rupture, their leaders launching Tuesday the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant.

Putin, Erdogan launch construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday launched the construction of Turkey's first nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean Mersin region."In the name of God!

Turkey 'to expand Syria op' to other Kurdish-held towns

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to expand Turkey's Syria campaign to other Kurdish-held areas up to the Iraqi border, a day after ousting Kurdish militia from their former enclave of Afrin.

Turkey's Erdogan says Afrin city centre under 'total' control

Istanbul - Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have taken "total" control of the centre of Afrin, a Kurdish-majority city in northern Syria, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

Erdogan hopes Afrin will be 'totally encircled' by evening, not seized: presidency

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes Turkish forces will have completely encircled Afrin by Wednesday evening, a presidential source said, clarifying his earlier comments in a speech indicating the Kurdish-held Syrian city would fall by then.

Erdogan says Turkey can enter Syrian town of Afrin 'at any moment'

Ankara - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkish forces and allied rebels could enter the centre of the Kurdish-held Syrian town of Afrin "at any moment", a day after capturing another strategic town.

Erdogan says premature to say who supplied Syria tank weapon

Istanbul - Turkey has information concerning the source of an anti-tank missile that killed five Turkish soldiers in Syria but it is too early to announce its country of origin, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.

US-Turkey tensions escalate over Syria operation

Kirikhan - Tensions between Ankara and Washington over the Turkish army's operation in Syria escalated further on Thursday as Turkey accused the White House of misrepresenting a phone call between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump.

Turkey disputes US account of Erdogan-Trump call

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday bitterly questioned the White House's account of a telephone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Syria, saying it did not "accurately reflect" the conversation.

Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Ankara has launched an operation on the ground to oust Kurdish militia from the Syrian town of Afrin.

Erdogan vows to uproot 'terror nests' in Kurd-controlled Syria

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed Turkey would soon begin an operation against towns in Syria controlled by Kurdish militia, calling the areas "nests" of terror.

Ankara changes embassy street name after UAE spat

Ankara - Ankara on Tuesday renamed the street in the Turkish capital where the United Arab Emirates' embassy is located after an Ottoman governor, in a symbolic riposte to Abu Dhabi following weeks of tensions.

Ankara-Paris partnership 'vital' for peace: Erdogan

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that a strong partnership between Ankara and Paris was vital for world peace as he headed on a key visit to France.

Erdogan says US verdict part of 'plots' against Turkey

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday slammed the conviction in the US of a top Turkish banker in a trial on Iran sanctions busting, saying it was part of a "chain" of plots against his nation.

Erdogan's tensions with predecessor erupt into open feud

Istanbul - A long simmering feud between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his predecessor and one-time comrade Abdullah Gul has erupted into an acrimonious public row, raising questions about the former head of state's future political intentions.
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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
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Vincent LEFAI, Jean Michel CORNU, Jonathan JACOBSEN, AFP
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.
Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an elect...
Supporters of Turkish Prime Minister and presidential candidate Recep Tayyip Erdogan during an election rally in Ankara, on August 8, 2014
Adem Altan, AFP/File
 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
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
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
Ozan Kose, AFP
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.
© CNN TURK/AFP
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
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"
Britta Pedersen, dpa/AFP/File