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Turkey hands jail sentences to journalists

Silivri - A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet daily for helping outlawed "terrorist" organisations but editors remained defiant vowing their "honourable" journalism would not stop.

Turkey's oldest national daily remains bastion of press freedom

Istanbul - Founded less than a year after the creation of modern Turkey, the daily newspaper Cumhuriyet whose journalists were convicted on Wednesday of terror-related charges remains one of the country's last bastions of press freedom.

Turkey opposition journalists demand acquittal in terror trial

Silivri - Defence lawyers for journalists from one of Turkey's biggest opposition newspapers on Wednesday called for their acquittal of terror-related charges in a case condemned by critics as an attack on press freedom.

Turkey newspaper chief slams journalist terror trial

Silivri - The chairman of the Turkish opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on Tuesday denied charges his staff aided a terrorist organisation, days before a final verdict in a trial dismissed by critics as an attack on press freedom.

Greek president rejects soldier swap with Turkey

Atenas - Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Sunday rejected the suggestion of a swap deal involving two Greek soldiers jailed in Turkey in exchange for Turkish soldiers wanted by Ankara over the 2016 failed coup.

Turkey's heated economy: trigger and key factor in snap polls

Istanbul - Turkey's economy, the fastest growing in the G20 but haunted by an uncertain long-term outlook, is key to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision to call snap polls and will also be decisive for the outcome.Turkey recorded stellar growth of 7.

Taxi drivers, Uber square up on Istanbul's roads

Istanbul - Istanbul's bright yellow taxis, ubiquitous and perennially honking for custom, appear ingrained in the daily life of the Turkish metropolis.But could the fast-growing ride sharing app Uber make them a thing of the past?

Turkey's Erdogan chides Austria over election campaigning

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Saturday criticised Austria for planning to ban any possible campaigning for the June elections, saying that countries attempting to undermine his country's democratic struggle would "pay a price".

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.

Life sentences in Turkey trial over coup death of 'hero' soldier

Ankara - A Turkish court Thursday sentenced 18 people to life in prison over the killing of a soldier who became a national hero for shooting dead one of the suspected leaders of a 2016 failed coup, state media reported.

Erdogan sends Turkey to snap polls on June 24

Ankara - -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year-and-a-half to accelerate the transition to a new system critics fear will lead to one-man rule.

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.

EU tells Turkey to be 'neighbourly' to win membership

Apo - The EU on Tuesday criticised Turkey's efforts to win membership of the bloc, saying recent spats with European states were "not conducive to good neighbourly relations".

Erdogan's nationalist ally ignites Turkey snap poll talk

Istanbul - The main nationalist ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday ramped up expectations that elections could be brought forward by over a year by urging snap polls in August.

France's Macron won't 'break' Turkey-Russia alliance: Ankara

Ankara - Turkey on Monday said French President Emmanuel Macron will be unable to "break" its partnership with Russia, after he argued the weekend's air strikes against the Syrian regime had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow.

Turkey rules to keep US pastor in jail

Izmir - A Turkish court ruled Monday to keep an American Christian pastor in custody, deeming him to be a flight risk, after his trial opened in a case that has raised tensions with Washington.

Detained American pastor goes on trial in Turkey

Izmir - An American pastor will go on trial in Turkey on Monday on terror-related charges after spending the last one-and-a-half years behind bars, in a case that has raised friction between Ankara and Washington.

Erdogan welcomes Syria strikes against Assad regime

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday welcomed Western strikes against Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime as "appropriate" in retaliation for Damascus' "inhumane" attacks.

Giant new Istanbul airport '85 pct done, to open on time'

Istanbul - Istanbul's giant new airport, which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hopes will make the city a global air traffic hub, is 85 percent finished and will open on time this year, the transport minister said Friday.

Greek fighter pilot killed in crash after Turkish intercept mission: officials

Atenas - A Greek fighter pilot died Thursday when his plane crashed in the Aegean while returning from a mission to intercept Turkish jets, officials said."A Greek pilot (has entered) the pantheon of heroes," Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said in a tweet.

Erdogan worried by world powers' 'arm wrestling' on Syria

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said Turkey was worried by the "arm wrestling" of world powers over Syria, adding he will discuss with Russian President Vladimir Putin how to stop chemical attacks in the country.

Turkey flies 3 suspected Gulenists from Gabon in covert swoop

Istanbul - The Turkish spy agency has flown three suspected members of the movement blamed for the 2016 failed coup back to Turkey from the African state of Gabon in a covert operation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Turkey flies 3 suspected Gulenists from Gabon in covert swoop

Istanbul - The Turkish spy agency has flown three suspected members of the movement blamed for the 2016 failed coup back to Turkey from the African state of Gabon in a covert operation, state media said Tuesday.

Erdogan presses Kyrgyzstan for action against Gulen group

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged Kyrgyzstan to take stronger action against the group blamed for a failed 2016 coup, as new President Sooronbai Jeenbekov visited Ankara in a bid to ease tense ties.

Turkey deports hundreds of Afghan migrants after influx

Istanbul - Turkey was on Sunday deporting hundreds of Afghan migrants back home on special flights, in a major operation after thousands illegally entered the country in recent weeks.

'Strong suspicion' Syrian regime behind Douma chemical attack: Turkey

Ankara - Turkey on Sunday strongly condemned what it said was a chemical weapons attack in the Syrian city of Douma, saying there was a "strong suspicion" the regime of President Bashar al-Assad was responsible.

Famed Istanbul modern art museum enters new era

Istanbul - It's a busy afternoon at Istanbul Modern, Turkey's premier modern art museum, and the gallery is packed with visitors taking selfies or discussing the artworks in hushed tones.

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.

Turkey urges US to clear Syria 'confusion', says deal possible

Istanbul - A deal with the United States to reduce tensions over the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in Syria is "doable" but requires Washington to clear up confusion in its policy, a top Turkish official said Saturday.

Stricken ship crushes wooden mansion on Istanbul's Bosphorus

Istanbul - A cargo vessel crossing through the Bosphorus in Istanbul crashed into a waterside mansion on Saturday due to a technical fault, crushing the fragile wooden building.The Maltese-flagged Vitaspirit lost control and ploughed into the edifice.
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men wearing skirts at demonstration in Turkey for women s rights.
men wearing skirts at demonstration in Turkey for women's rights.
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Turkish lady cooking.
Turkish lady cooking.
The Santa Barbara Restaurant put a door over this ancient Nicomedia tower and used it for storage
The Santa Barbara Restaurant put a door over this ancient Nicomedia tower and used it for storage
Turkish shoe maker
Turkish shoe maker
Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
Some big  native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
Some big, native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
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Our group of friends and family inside the restaurant
Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
Izmir has a mix of old and new buildings
Izmir has a mix of old and new buildings
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Relax like this sailor
Nestled in the ancient Nicomedia walls and tower is the modern Santa Barbara Restaurant
Nestled in the ancient Nicomedia walls and tower is the modern Santa Barbara Restaurant
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The groom and bride sign the wedding book with the marriage commissioner
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.
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Glass blowers demonstrate their craft
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We followed the seaside walking path toward Izmir city center
One of the many grand hotels of Antalya
One of the many grand hotels of Antalya
An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
An evening walkway by the Marmara Sea
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Pink tulips
A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
As you walk down the ravine  you see people on the other side of the river
As you walk down the ravine, you see people on the other side of the river