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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.

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.

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.

Cyprus escorts 61 Syrian refugees safely to shore: police

Nicosia - Cypriot authorities have safely escorted a boat carrying 61 Syrian refugees to shore after spotting it off the coast of the Mediterranean island, they said Thursday.

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, rivals woo Turkey's crucial Kurdish vote

Diyarbakir - Turkey's Kurds are set to play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections this month, with their votes coveted not just by the main pro-Kurdish party but also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his chief rival.

Turkey's economy delivers pre-poll growth boost for Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey's economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, official statistics showed on Monday, in a reading hailed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan two weeks ahead of elections but met with caution by economists.

Erdogan denounces Austrian decision to close mosques

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday strongly criticised Austria's move to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic and promising a response.

Over 2,000 suspects given jail terms in Turkey coup trials: minister

Ankara - Turkish courts have so far handed jail terms to more than 2,000 suspects over the failed 2016 coup aimed at unseating President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a government minister said Thursday.

Turkey hikes interest rate again as vote looms

Ankara - The Turkish central bank on Thursday hiked interest rates for the second time in two weeks, prompting the lira to rally strongly with elections on the horizon.

Erdogan facing genuine challenge in Turkey polls

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing an unexpectedly tight contest in this month's Turkish elections, with opponents showing a new-found unity and his charismatic main rival building campaign momentum.

Turks look to alternative media as news landscape shrinks

Istanbul - It's not an obvious location for a media organisation. A gritty area dominated by car repair workshops in the backstreets of Istanbul.

Turkey says Syria road map to 'rebuild mutual trust' with US

Antalya - A road map agreed with Washington for the withdrawal of a US-backed Kurdish militia despised by Ankara from a flashpoint Syrian town will help rebuild trust between the two NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Wednesday.

'Hello darling': Jailed Turkey candidate makes speech though wife's phone

Istanbul - It's not the most conventional way for a presidential candidate to address supporters. But Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is not facing a usual set of circumstances as he campaigns for June 24 elections from jail.

Turkey students reject 'terror propaganda' charge as trial opens

Istanbul - Twenty-two students from a prestigious Istanbul university went on trial Wednesday over a campus protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's military campaign in Syria, bitterly rejecting the charges they had spread "terror" propaganda.

Amnesty urges releases of its Turkey head after year in jail

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Wednesday vowed to intensify efforts to win the release of its Turkey chairman who has spent a year in jail on "baseless" charges of links to the group blamed for a failed July 2016 coup.

'You are my voice': Kurdish leader campaigns from Turkish jail

Ankara - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is facing not only President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this month's presidential elections but the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of having to campaign from jail.

Turkey says troops closing in on Kurd stronghold in Iraq

Istanbul - Turkish troops are advancing on the mountainous Qandil region of northern Iraq where the leadership of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is based, a senior minister said Monday, as military operations are stepped up.

Erdogan seeks to sway Turkey voters in Kurdish heartland

Diyarbakir - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday sought to persuade voters in the heartland of Turkey's Kurdish minority to vote for him in June 24 polls, arguing his party had done the most to rebuild the area and find peace after years of violence.

Nine migrants, mainly children, drown off Turkish coast: state media

Istanbul - Nine migrants, including six children, seeking to head to Europe in a speedboat drowned on Sunday when the vessel sank off Turkey's Mediterranean coast, state media reports said.

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.
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A yacht takes tourists for a ride on the Mediterranean Sea
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The Santa Barbara Restaurant put a door over this ancient Nicomedia tower and used it for storage
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