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Turkey arrests 43 in new sweep against Erdogan foes

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday arrested 43 people in the central city of Konya in new raids against suspected supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch foe, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, reports said.

Turkish paper fined, model on trial for 'Erdogan insults'

Ankara - A Turkish court fined a leading newspaper Thursday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while a top model went on trial on similar charges, as controversy grows over eroding freedoms ahead of June elections.

Turkey opposition vows to build new 'mega-city' in Anatolia

Istanbul - Turkey's main opposition party on Thursday unveiled a plan to build a new mega-city in the centre of the country, in a bid to outflank the ambitious infrastructure projects of the ruling party ahead of elections.

Turkey charges ex-boyfriend of shot singer with attempted murder

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday charged with attempted murder the ex-boyfriend of a teenage talent show hopeful who was shot in the head in an attack that has highlighted concerns over violence against women.

Top Turkish advisor has 'two guns, 100s of bullets' to defend Erdogan

Ankara - A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would personally defend the head of state with his own weapons and ammunition, as political tensions intensify ahead of June 7 elections.

Three men held after Turkish TV contestant shot: Report

Ankara - Police have arrested three men after over the shooting of a 19-year-old Turkish woman who had been competing in a national televised song contest, local media reported Tuesday.

Turkish police crack down on swinger clubs

Ankara - Turkish police have arrested dozens of people on suspicion of pimping and prostitution after raiding swinger clubs in several cities, the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday.

Turkey teen talent show singer shot in head: reports

Istanbul - A 19-year-old Turkish woman competing in a national televised song contest was in a critical condition in hospital Monday after being shot in the head by an unknown attacker, reports said.

Turkey's Kurdish party rocked by twin attacks

Ankara - Twin bomb attacks on Monday hit the regional headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party in two cities, injuring more than half a dozen people and escalating tensions ahead of June 7 legislative elections.

Turkey PM seeks to rouse voters in giant Istanbul rally

Istanbul - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday hosted the biggest rally yet of Turkey's legislative election campaign, as the ruling party battles three weeks ahead of the polls to maintain its total dominance of politics.

Turkey says it shot down 'Syrian helicopter'

Istanbul - Turkish fighter jets on Saturday shot down a Syrian helicopter that crossed into Turkey's airspace in the south of the country, the government and army said.

Turkey arrests former top policeman in eavesdropping case

Ankara - Turkey has placed under arrest the powerful former police chief of the southeastern city of Diyarbakir and nine others as part of a case into eavesdropping of top officials, reports said Saturday.

Turkey detains soldiers in 'Syria arms interception' case

Istanbul - Turkish police have detained eight serving members of the army in the latest wave of arrests in a hugely controversial case over the interception last year of an alleged consignment of arms bound for Syria, reports said Saturday.

NATO, EU work to tighten cooperation against 'new threats'

Antalya - NATO and the European Union on Thursday vowed to tighten cooperation against the "hybrid warfare" that the West accuses Russia of using in the battle for influence in the former Soviet Union.

Erdogan urges Europe to take in more migrants

Tirana - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged Europe to accept more migrants and refugees coming in an unprecedented wave across the Mediterranean, adding that his country has taken in more than two million."Turkey has spent $5.

Turkish leader inaugurates grand Tirana mosque construction

Tirana - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Albanian counterpart Bujar Nishani inaugurated on Wednesday the construction project of a grand mosque which Turkey is financing.

Turkey remembers victims of Soma mine tragedy a year on

Soma - Turkey on Wednesday sombrely marked the first anniversary of a mine disaster that left 301 miners dead in the country's worst ever industrial accident.

NATO warns Putin 'critical' to implement Ukraine truce

Antalya - NATO leaders on Wednesday warned President Vladimir Putin to waste no time in implementing a fragile peace deal to end the fighting in Ukraine, after the Russian strongman's meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry raised hopes of a slackening in ...

Turkey says 'nothing justifies' Russia policy ahead of NATO talks

Antalya - Turkey on Tuesday said nothing can justify Russia's actions in Ukraine and other ex-Soviet states, in a rare strong criticism of its increasingly close ally ahead of a NATO meeting.

Turkey urges action against 'IS threat' at NATO talks

Antalya - Turkey on Tuesday called for determined action from NATO member states against the "significant" threat posed by Islamic State jihadists who have taken swathes of Iraq and Syria up to its borders.

Greek FM says Cyprus talks are 'opportunity' for settlement

Ankara - Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias on Tuesday said the resumption of UN-brokered peace talks present a "window of opportunity" to reunify the divided island of Cyprus.

Turkey's religious body publishes Koran in Armenian

Ankara - Overwhelmingly Muslim Turkey's top religious authority Diyanet said it has published thousands of copies of the Koran translated into Armenian for the first time, as it seeks to reach out to minority communities.

Turkey's Erdogan rallies supporters in Germany

Karlsruhe - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rallied thousands of supporters in Germany, weeks before his Islamic-rooted party will contest June parliamentary elections.

Turkey ex-president Evren, 1980 coup leader, dies aged 97

Ankara - Turkish former president Kenan Evren, convicted last year for his key role in the country's bloody 1980 coup, died Saturday in the capital Ankara, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. He was 97.

Erdogan plays religion card in tight Turkey polls

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has controversially turned religion into a campaign issue in the officially secular country's upcoming polls, which promise to be the biggest election challenge yet for the ruling party.

Turkey detains 'Syria arms interception' prosecutors

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Thursday detained four prosecutors and one military officer in a controversial case over the interception last year of trucks that allegedly contained arms bound for neighbouring Syria.

U.S. envoy urges Turkey to safeguard freedoms

Ankara - The top U.S. diplomat to Turkey on Monday called for the protection of fundamental freedoms, no matter whether the NATO ally is ruled by a presidential or parliamentary system.

Turkey detains two judges over release order

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday was holding in detention two judges who issued a controversial release order that would have allowed the liberation from custody of dozens of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the official Anatolia news agency reported.

'We're all blonde': US envoy hits back at Ankara mayor

Ankara - The US ambassador to Turkey on Friday hit back at sexist remarks by Ankara's maverick mayor to the US State Department spokeswoman by posting a picture of himself with blond hair.

Istanbul in security shutdown on tense May Day

Kayseri - Turkish police on Friday put Istanbul under a security shutdown to thwart unauthorised demonstrations on a tense May Day, as tens of thousands of labour activists turned out worldwide to defend their rights at a time of austerity.
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