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Turks in Germany start voting in Erdogan referendum

Berlin - Turkish voters in Germany, as deeply split as those in their ancestral homeland, started casting early ballots on Monday in a referendum that could vastly boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Turkey summons Swiss envoy over Kurdish rally

Istanbul - Turkey summoned the Swiss ambassador on Sunday to protest at a Kurdish rally in Bern which Ankara dubbed a "terrorist gathering", a diplomatic source said.

Erdogan urges quick EU decision on membership bid

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday it would be "easier" if the EU blocked Ankara's bid to join the bloc, suggesting he could even hold a referendum on the matter.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

Turkey vote a 'test' for Kurds says veteran Kurdish politician

Mardin - Jailed by the junta after Turkey's 1980 military coup and again after last year's failed putsch, veteran Kurdish politician Ahmet Turk still hopes for peace but fears the consequences of next month's referendum.

11 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey coast: coast guard

Ankara - Eleven Syrian refugees drowned after a migrant boat sank off Turkey's Aegean coast on Friday, the coast guard command said, with local media reporting that five children were among the dead.

Swiss open probe into spying on Turks in Switzerland

Geneva - Swiss prosecutors said Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged spying on members of the Turkish community in Switzerland by an unspecified "intelligence service".

Bulgarian nationalists block Turkish border crossings

Kemal - Bulgarian nationalists blocked for several hours Friday the three main crossing points with Turkey to prevent coaches bringing in thousands of Turks with Bulgarian passports to vote in Sunday's elections, organisers said.

Erdogan: I'll keep up 'Nazi' taunts if I'm called 'dictator'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he will keep up his 'Nazi" taunts targeting European leaders as long as they keep on calling him a "dictator".

Turkish minister visits Switzerland as Europe row simmers

Geneva - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with his Swiss counterpart Thursday after having to call off a campaign appearance amongst diaspora voters, in a bitter row between Ankara and Europe.

Erdogan wants carry-on laptop ban lifted 'as soon as possible'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged the US and Britain to lift their bans on laptops and tablet computers in the cabin of flights from many Middle East and North African airports, including Istanbul.

Erdogan slams 'pressure' on Turks in Bulgaria ahead of vote

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back Thursday at what he called "pressure" on the 700,000 Turks in Bulgaria, as tensions mounted between Ankara and Sofia ahead of elections in the EU state.

Erdogan warns Europeans' security at risk as EU feud rages

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Wednesday that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world's streets, as a crisis between Ankara and the EU showed no signs of abating.

Israel arrests Turkish aid agency official for 'aiding Hamas'

Jerusalem - Israeli authorities said Tuesday they have arrested a Palestinian employee in Gaza of Turkey's international aid agency TIKA on accusations of diverting its project funds to Hamas.

Turkey links Gulen to Armenian journalist's murder

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday formally linked the alleged mastermind of the failed July 15 coup attempt, Fethullah Gulen, to the 2007 killing of the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink that shook the country.

Turkey calls in German envoy to protest Gulen coup comments

Ankara - The Turkish foreign ministry on Tuesday said it had called in the German envoy to protest comments by Berlin's foreign intelligence chief expressing scepticism that US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen was behind the July 15 failed coup.

EU-Turkey migrant deal working in full: top official

Varsovia - The EU's migration chief said Tuesday that a landmark border deal with Turkey remained fully operational despite Ankara's recent threat to "blow the mind" of Europe and renege on it.

Turkey's Kurds fete New Year under shadow of referendum

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, with many calling for a 'no' vote in next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Turkey's Kurds fete New Year under shadow of referendum

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, with many calling for a 'no' vote in next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Turkey's Kurds fete New Year under shadow of referendum

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's majority Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, with many calling for a 'no' vote in next month's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Kurdish festival goes on in Turkey's southeast despite shooting

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands of people celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, even as police killed a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb.

Kurdish festival goes on in Turkey's southeast despite shooting

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands of people celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, even as police killed a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb.

Kurdish festival goes on in Turkey's southeast despite shooting

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands of people celebrated the New Year festival of Newroz in Turkey's overwhelmingly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday, even as police killed a man who claimed to be carrying a bomb.

Turkey scraps rallies in Germany before vote as row rages

Berlin - Turkey on Tuesday scrapped all future campaign appearances by its politicians in Germany ahead of April's referendum on expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers, amid a heated diplomatic row.

Erdogan says yes vote best response to 'fascist Europe'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that voting 'yes' in next month's referendum on expanding his powers was the best response to what he called a "fascist and cruel" Europe.

Denmark summons Turkey envoy over claims of anti-Erdogan list

Stockholm - Denmark on Monday summoned Turkey's charge d'affaires for talks after local media reported that Danish citizens of Turkish origin critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed they had been denounced to Ankara.

Merkel says Germany could ban Turkish campaign events

Berlin - Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Monday that Germany could ban future campaign events by Turkish politicians on its soil unless Ankara stops "Nazi" jibes aimed at Berlin.

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it had the ability to hold any sporting event.

Erdogan bitter Turkey has yet to host Olympics

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday acknowledged he was still rankled by Turkey's failure to win the right to host the Olympic Games, saying it had the ability to hold any sporting event.
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