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Erdogan says luxury jumbo is 'gift' from Qatar emir

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the emir of Qatar gave a luxury jumbo jet as a "gift" to Turkey, rejecting opposition claims the plane had been bought in a costly purchase for the presidency.

Turkey bans property rent, sales in foreign currency

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday ordered by decree that property agreements must be made in Turkish lira, in a new bid to prop up the beleaguered currency.

Erdogan warns of 'massacre' in Syria's Idlib

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that dropping bombs and missiles on Syria's last rebel-held province of Idlib could cause a "massacre," in remarks published Wednesday.

Erdogan says Turkey to boycott US electronic goods

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods like the iPhone in retaliation for punitive sanctions from Washington, as the Turkish lira finally clawed back some ground after going into a tailspin over the tens...

Erdogan says Turkey to 'boycott' US electronic goods

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Turkey would boycott US electronic goods in retaliation for punitive sanctions by Washington against Ankara over the detention of an American pastor.

Erdogan accuses US of seeking to stab Turkey 'in the back'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey "in the back" over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin.

Erdogan says lira crash 'political plot' against Turkey

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said the crash of the Turkish lira, sparked by a bitter dispute with the United States, was a "political plot" against Turkey and warned Ankara would now seek new markets and partners.

Erdogan says crash of lira 'political plot' against Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday slammed the crash of the lira amid a widening spat with the United States as a "political plot" and said his country would instead seek new markets and new allies.

Erdogan vows to defy US 'threats' over detained pastor

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Saturday at US "threats" over a detained American pastor which has escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and piled pressure on the Turkish currency.

Erdogan calls Ozil, praises exit from German team

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had backed Mesut Ozil's decision to quit the German national team on racism grounds in a telephone call with the Turkish-origin football star, wading into a controversy that caused uproar in Germany.

Five reasons why Erdogan won Turkey's polls

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won a decisive victory in weekend elections, scuppering predictions that his popularity was on the wane after 15 years in power.

Erdogan: Turkey's pugnacious 'chief' with eye on history

Istanbul - After 15 years in power that have already seen Turkey transformed, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to win a new mandate and rank as the key figure of his country's modern history alongside its founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

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.
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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
 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
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
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
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
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.
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Five key dates since Erdogan came to power
Vincent LEFAI, Jean Michel CORNU, Jonathan JACOBSEN, AFP
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