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Turkey's Erdogan slams birth control as 'treason'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described efforts to promote birth control as "treason", saying contraception risked causing a whole generation to "dry up", reports said Monday.

Turkey delays decision on ministers accused of corruption

Ankara - A Turkish parliamentary commission on Monday unexpectedly delayed until January a decision on whether four former Turkish cabinet ministers will stand trial on accusations of corruption that rocked the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey-based AFP photographer wins Time laurel

Washington - Time magazine named AFP's Bulent Kilic as its Best Wire Photographer for 2014 on Monday for his powerful images from the Syrian border, Ukraine and his native Turkey.

Turkish PM accuses EU of 'dirty campaign' against Turkey

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Sunday accused the European Union of starting a "dirty campaign" against Turkey by criticising the arrests of opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey's Erdogan praises 'clean' crackdown on foes

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday praised the "clean" legal process against his opponents that has been sharply criticised by the EU and included a warrant for arch-foe Fethullah Gulen as well as a wave of arrests.

Turkey court issues warrant for Erdogan foe Gulen

Istanbul - An Istanbul court issued an arrest warrant for US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen who President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regards as his top enemy, in a controversial case that has strained ties with the EU.

Turkey court releases anti-Erdogan editor, arrests TV chief

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of an anti-government newspaper editor but remanded the head of a national television network in custody in a controversial case that has strained relations with the European Union.

Erdogan says EU can't give Turkey 'democracy lesson'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his rhetoric in a bitter row with the European Union over arrests of opposition media, saying the bloc has no right to give lessons in democracy and should itself "look in the mirror".

Turkish football fans put on trial over 'coup bid'

Istanbul - Thirty-five supporters of Turkish top-flight football side Besiktas went on trial Tuesday facing life imprisonment on charges of seeking to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in 2013 protests.

Turkey says EU criticism over arrests unacceptable

Ankara - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.

Mystery Twitter leaker of raids has Turkey guessing

Istanbul - He has access to top secret information, has been able to stay one step ahead of the authorities and is nearly always right.

Turkey's Gulen movement: Nebulous group opposing Erdogan

Istanbul - The vast but nebulous movement of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Muslim cleric living in self-exile in the US, brings together interests ranging from finance to schools to media, and has emerged as enemy number one of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan tells EU to 'mind own business' over Turkey arrests

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday told the European Union to "mind its own business", in a blistering attack against the bloc over criticism by EU officials of police raids against opposition media.

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.

Top Turkey cleric under fire over luxury Mercedes

Istanbul - Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car -- the latest government splurge to cause a public outcry.

Erdogan vows to impose 'Arabic' Ottoman lessons in schools

Istanbul - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday to make lessons in the Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools -- a highly symbolic move which enraged secularists who claim he is persuing an increasingly Islamist agenda.

Turkish Nobel laureate slams climate of 'fear' in Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 2006, denounced what he called a climate of "fear" in his country, in an interview published Sunday."The worst is that there's a fear.

Kurdish protester killed in clashes with Turkish police

Ankara - An 18-year-old Kurdish protester was killed Saturday in unclear circumstances during clashes with police in the majority Kurd region of southeast Turkey, local authorities and witnesses said.

Greece's fight for Elgin Marbles gets backing from rival Turkey

Athens - Turkey on Saturday announced its support for Greece's fight to get back from Britain the famous Elgin Marbles -- ancient Greek sculptures also known as the Parthenon Marbles which were taken from Athens in the 19th century.

Germans mourn young heroine

Berlin - Germans flocked to the funeral Wednesday of a young woman of Turkish origin who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life while trying to protect two teenage girls.

Germans mourn young heroine who died helping teens

Berlin - Mourners flocked to the funeral Wednesday of a young German-Turkish woman who has become a symbol of civic courage for giving her life trying to protect two teenage girls.

U.S. lawmaker's aide to quit over Obama daughters rant

Washington - A communications director for a Republican lawmaker said she would resign after she posted a Facebook rant about U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters.

Germany mourns student killed after defending teens

Berlin - Mourners in Germany stepped up their calls on Monday for the state to honour a young woman who was killed after defending two teenage girls from a group of aggressors at a fast food restaurant.A petition on the website change.

Putin scraps South Stream gas pipeline on Turkey visit

Ankara - President Vladimir Putin on Monday unexpectedly announced Russia was shelving the multi-billion dollar South Stream pipeline project to deliver Russian gas to the Europe, blaming the EU for throwing obstacles in its path.

Putin meets Erdogan to strengthen Russia-Turkey ties

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday held talks in Ankara with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin aimed at boosting trade and strengthening relations, despite sharp differences over the crises in Syria and Ukraine.

Pope urges Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Istanbul - Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Putin, Erdogan turn blind eye to Russia-Turkey differences

Istanbul - Shrugging off disputes that could have wrecked other relationships, the strongmen leaders of Russia and Turkey are pursuing a tight alliance at a time of chilly relations with the West.

Kurdish leader hopeful for Turkey peace deal within 5 months

Istanbul - The jailed leader of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said Sunday he was hopeful the peace process with the authorities would be concluded successfully within five months with enough determination.

Pope and patriarch say 'no Middle East without Christians'

Istanbul - Pope Francis and Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday issued a rare joint plea against anti-Christian violence, saying the world cannot stand by and allow "a Middle East without Christians.

U.S. lawmaker's aide draws ire over first daughter scolding

Washington - A U.S. lawmaker's communications director was facing social media calls she be sacked after her Facebook rant about President Barack Obama's daughters prompted widespread anger.
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Gold-leaf details of the mausoleum
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A live soldier stands inside his glass post
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy  on the Asian side of Istanbul
Start your tour at the ferry dock at Kadikoy, on the Asian side of Istanbul
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Wild Turkeys
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Sail past the lighthouse
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Some traditional fishing boats are harbored near a navy ship in the Marmara Sea
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I restaurant atop the castle walls overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and mountains
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Police face demonstrators in Istanbul
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Turkish police near Istanbul
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View of the lighthouse from the dock; you can see Alanya city center behind it
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Walk along the seaside park in Izmir, toward the Aegean ferry
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Huge flags and Atatürk banners adorned apartment buildings in the Lara section of Antalya
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OWS and American Turks take Zucotti Park in support of the people of Turkey - June 1, 2013
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The famous "Dur" sign on the hillside memorial of Çanakkale
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles at photographers during the 12th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting in Manama
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A rug merchant stands in the doorway of his shop in Izmit, Kocaeli
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A swimming cove beneath the castle walls
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My students at Kocaeli University would sometimes meet me outside at the cafeteria