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Facing Biden, Erdogan extends olive branch to EU

Ankara - Facing a potentially hostile US administration, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is trying to break his isolation by mending EU relations, torn by what the bloc views as his bellicose foreign policy.

Erdogan pledges to put EU ties 'back on track'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he wanted to improve relations with the European Union and was hoping for the same "goodwill" from the 27-nation bloc.

World's longest prison sentences

Istanbul - As a Turkish Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily-clad women he called "kittens" starts a 1,075-year jail term for sex crimes, we look at some of the world's longest prison sentences.

Turkish TV preacher jailed for 1,000 years for sex crimes

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily clad women he called "kittens" to more than 1,000 years in jail for sex crimes.

Students march in Istanbul against Erdogan university pick

Istanbul - Hundreds of Turkish students ignored police warnings and marched across Istanbul on Wednesday to protest President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's appointment of a loyalist as the head of a top university.

Turkey's social divides laid bare in Netflix hit

Istanbul - One is a headscarf-wearing cleaning lady from the poor suburbs of Istanbul, the other a jet-setting psychiatrist who breaks glass ceilings and harbours suspicions about conservative Islam.

Turkey's top court backs jailing of rights defender Kavala

Istanbul - Turkey's top court on Tuesday signed off on the controversial three-year detention of rights activist Osman Kavala in a case watched closely for signs of a political thawing under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish opposition TV station shuts after 26 days

Istanbul - A private Turkish TV station that aired pro-Kurdish opposition views has shut down less than a month after launch, underscoring press freedom concerns in a country often chastised by rights groups.

Libya's eastern strongman urges troops 'drive out' Turkish forces

Tripoli - Eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has called on his fighters to "drive out" Turkish forces backing the UN-recognised government, as talks drag on to end long-running war in the oil-rich nation.

Turkey bolsters influence across North Africa's Maghreb

Tripoli - Turkey is boosting its influence across North Africa, analysts say, intervening militarily in war-torn Libya and using "soft power", trade and investment in Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

Turkey hands exiled journalist 27-year jail sentence

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced the exiled former editor-in-chief of the Cumhuriyet daily to more than 27 years in jail on espionage and terror charges for one of the reputable paper's stories.

#MeToo rocks Turkey's literary world

Ankara - Sexual assault and harassment allegations have shaken Turkey's literary world, creating a rare #MeToo moment as women break taboos and speak out in the still largely patriarchal country.

Turkish court sentences Kurdish ex-MP to 22 years

Diyarbakir - A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a prominent Kurdish former lawmaker who went on a months-long hunger strike to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Turkish court keeps rights defender Kavala in jail

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday ordered civil society leader Osman Kavala to remain in jail pending trial on charges that rights groups say are part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bid to stifle dissent.

US makes good on threats of Turkey sanctions over Russia arms

Washington - The United States on Monday made good on months of threats to punish Turkey for buying a major Russian missile defense system, although it held off on the most drastic options.

US slaps sanctions on Turkey over Russian arms purchase

Washington - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Turkey's military procurement agency after the NATO ally defiantly bought Russia's S-400 air defense system.

Turkey rejects EU sanctions plan as Erdogan seeks calm

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday dismissed as "unlawful" a European Union plan for sanctions over its maritime disputes with Greece and Cyprus, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged calm.

EU plans more sanctions against Turkey

Apo - EU leaders decided on Friday to draw up a list of Turkish targets for sanctions in response to Ankara's prospecting for gas in Greek and Cypriot waters.

In Baku, Erdogan hails Azerbaijan's 'glorious' win over Armenia

Bakou - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on a visit to Azerbaijan Thursday that Baku's struggle with Armenia was not over, as he hailed his close ally's "glorious victory" in a bloody conflict with Yerevan.

Turkey hopes for 'good start' with Biden

Washington - Turkey hopes for a positive start with US President-elect Joe Biden, a senior official said Wednesday, after pre-election friction as the Democrat criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron' as soon as possible

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.

Macron attacks 'big lie' that France is eroding freedoms

Paris - President Emmanuel Macron on Friday denied claims that freedoms are being eroded in France under his rule as a "big lie", with controversy intensifying over a new security law.

Erdogan hopes France will 'get rid of Macron' as soon as possible

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday he hopes France will get rid of Emmanuel Macron as soon as possible, the latest salvo in an escalating war of words between the two leaders.

US clashes with Turkey at NATO talks

Apo - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo strongly criticised Turkey at a NATO ministerial meeting, participants told AFP on Wednesday, raising the hopes of some allies pushing for sanctions against Ankara.

Turks bristle at botched heritage renovations

Istanbul - With sloppy restoration work and damaged or disfigured historical monuments, experts say a race for profits, ideological considerations and favouritism are leaving sensitive upkeep of cultural heritage by the wayside in Turkey.

Turkish ship leaves disputed waters in east Med

Ankara - A Turkish research ship at the centre of a row with Greece over potential gas riches in the eastern Mediterranean has returned to port, Turkey's energy ministry said Monday.

Erdogan pushes tough foreign policy despite economic pain

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly assertive foreign policy is rankling Western allies and scaring away investors -- but few analysts expect him to slow down.

Turkey jails over 300 for life in mass 2016 coup trial

Ankara - A Turkish court jailed more than 300 former pilots and other suspects for life in a mass trial stemming from a bloody 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Bombings, minefield kill 29 in pro-Turkey north Syria

Beirut - Twenty-nine people were killed Tuesday by explosives in three separate incidents in parts of north Syria along the border with Turkey, a war monitor said.

Turkey blasts 'unauthorised' German search on Libya-bound ship

Istanbul - Turkey accused the German navy on Monday of conducting an "unauthorised" search on a Turkish-flagged cargo vessel in a bid to enforce a United Nations arms embargo on Libya.
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