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Twelve arrested at Ankara protest against mass academic sackings

Twelve people were arrested on Friday at a demonstration in the capital Ankara against the mass sacking of academics, Turkish media reported.

Turkish police detain 400 suspected IS members in nationwide raids

Turkish police have arrested 400 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist organization in several provinces, news agencies reported on Sunday.

Erdogan's presidential system will be a 'sultanate,' top jurist warns

The new constitution that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to pass in Turkey would effectively turn the country into a "sultanate," spelling the end of democracy, the head of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations warned.

Scuffles in Turkish parliament during constitutional reform vote

Scuffles broke out on Thursday during a vote in the Turkish parliament on planned constitutional reforms that will deliver more power to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israel appoints first ambassador to Turkey since 2010

Israel on Tuesday appointed its first ambassador to Turkey since the two countries agreed to resolve their diplomatic crisis over the summer, ending six years of strife, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

EU willing to continue Turkey membership talks, despite crackdown

The European Union is willing to continue its political engagement with membership candidate Turkey, despite its "grave concern" over the latest clampdown on opposition media and politicians, the bloc said in a statement Tuesday.

Berlin, Ankara spar over opposition arrests; Germany summons envoy

Turkey's envoy to Berlin was summoned by the German Foreign Ministry on Friday to explain what Germany calls a "dramatic aggravation," Turkey's detention of 12 pro-Kurdish lawmakers, a move the West fears will worsen an already simmering conflict there.

Report: Turkish police kill Islamic State suspect who plotted attack

Turkish police thwarted a suicide bombing when they killed a suspected Islamic State supporter during a raid and shootout in Ankara, the Dogan news agency reported Wednesday, citing the governor of Ankara.

Two suicide bombers blow up car during Ankara police operation

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a car on Saturday in the Turkish capital Ankara after police tried to search the vehicle, according to Ercan Topaca, the governor of Ankara.

Moody's ratings agency downgrades Turkey to junk

Ratings agency Moody's has cut Turkey's key bond ratings to what is effectively junk status, citing risks including slowing economic growth.

Security officer thwarts knife attack at Israeli embassy in Turkey

A Turkish security officer on Wednesday shot a knife-wielding man as he tried to attack another guard near Israel's embassy in Ankara, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Turkish army continues to pound northern Syria amid strong US rebuke

Turkish forces continued to pound 21 targets in northern Syria, the private Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday, amid a sharp rebuke from the United States over Ankara's actions against Kurdish fighters and a prodding to refocus on Islamic State.

Merkel: I am also chancellor for Turks in Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Turks living in Germany against importing the political tensions that have gripped Turkey following last month's failed military coup, and called on them to show loyalty.  

Berlin stresses anti-terror partnership with Ankara fearing fresh row

Berlin attempted on Wednesday to head off the renewed tensions with Turkey after Ankara lashed out at a confidential German government document accusing the nation of promoting radical Islamic groups.

Turkey asks Germany to clarify "Islamist platform" claim after leak

Turkey called on Germany for clarification Wednesday, after a confidential government document leaked to the German press referred to the country as a "central platform" for Islamist groupings.

Turkey pledges no gaps in child sex abuse laws amid criticism

Turkey pledged Monday that there would be no gaps in its laws meant to protect children from sexual abuse, following domestic and international criticism of a top court's ruling which annulled existing legislation.

Turkey wants crackdown on Gulen supporters in Berlin, mayor says

Turkey has tried to extend its post-coup crackdown to Berlin and influence the city's politics, the Berlin mayor told the Sunday edition of popular German tabloid Bild.

After Turkey's 1980 military dictatorship, no desire for a repeat

As a prisoner after the 1980 putsch in Turkey, Huseyein Esenturk suffered torture and the deaths of his friends. He's proof that being against a coup in Turkey doesn't automatically mean backing the country's increasingly autocratic leader.

Two constitutional court judges removed as Turkey purge spreads

Turkey removed two constitutional court judges on Thursday, as the government earlier in the day expanded its purge of suspects following the recent attempted coup to include the country's business community.

Turkey arrests "tip of the iceberg" as purge spreads to business

The Turkish government on Thursday expanded its purge of suspects following the recent attempted coup to include the country's business community, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the recent wave of arrests "just the tip of the iceberg."

German political leaders rule out early visa-free travel for Turks

German political leaders have ruled out the European Union granting Turkey visa-free travel until Ankara fulfills certain requirements.

Turkey declares July 15 day to commemorate martyrs of attempted coup

The 15th of July, the day an attempted coup began in Turkey, has been designated as a day to commemorate martyrs, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday.

Report: Police "neutralize" armed man near Ankara courthouse

Turkish police have "neutralized" an armed man near a courthouse in Ankara and are searching for additional suspects, CNN Turk reports.

Why do we care about a failed coup in Turkey?

Turkey is seen as a key state and a bridge between Europe and Asia. Its large population, emerging economy and powerful military make it an important partner for dozens of countries in trade and security.

Merkel, EU leaders praise migration deal after visit to refugee camp

German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited a refugee camp in south-eastern Turkey on Saturday in an attempt to bolster a migration deal between the European Union and Ankara that is drawing heavy criticism from rights groups.

Turkey will "defend" against Syrian Kurds, even after ceasefire

Turkey reserves the right to retaliate against the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) militia in Syria if the group attacks Turkish territory, despite a US-Russian ceasefire deal set to go into effect later this week, a government minister says.

Report: DNA evidence shows Ankara bomber came from Turkey, not Syria

DNA evidence secured by Turkish prosecutors shows the bomber in Ankara who killed 28 people in a February 17 attack targeting a military convoy came from eastern Turkey and was not a Syrian refugee, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Kurdish splinter group in Turkey claims Ankara bombing as "revenge"

A Turkish armed splinter group on Friday claimed responsibility for the car bombing this week in Ankara, which targeted a military convoy in the heart of the capital and killed 28 people.

Turkey blames Kurdish militants for Ankara bombing, vows retaliation

The Turkish government Thursday blamed Syria's main Kurdish militia as well as Kurdish separatists in Turkey for the bombing in Ankara that killed 28 people, and vowed retaliation.

Merkel says "appalled by human suffering" caused by Aleppo bombings

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu condemn the Russian airstrikes and the attacks by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces on Aleppo.

Merkel in Turkey for crisis talks as Syrian refugees amass at border

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Ankara to discuss efforts to manage the migration crisis as some 35,000 Syrians fleeing fresh attacks by regime forces are stranded at the Turkish border.

Merkel in Ankara for talks on migration crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has arrived in Ankara for talks about the migration crisis with Turkey's leaders.

NATO confirms Russian jet violated Turkish airspace

A Russian jet has violated Turkish airspace, Ankara and NATO said Saturday, adding to recent strains in the traditionally friendly relationship between the two countries.

Turkey grants Syrian refugees access to work permits

Turkey passed a regulation on Friday granting Syrian refugees access to work permits, a move aimed at stemming migration flows to the European Union as part of a deal reached last year between the bloc and Ankara worth about 3 billion dollars.

Turkish minister says expects visa deal with EU by October

Many of the refugees are coming from Syria and Afghanistan and using Turkey, which hosts the largest number of refugees in the world, as a gateway.

Turkey accuses Russia of "ethnic cleansing" in Syria

Turkey's prime minister accuses Russia of the "ethnic cleansing" of Sunni Arabs and Turkmen in northern Syria, where Moscow has been carrying out airstrikes for two months.

Arrested journalists urge EU not to compromise on rights in Turkey talks

Turkey hosts more than two million Syrian refugees and is the main gateway for people trying to get to the EU, via the short sea crossing to the Greek islands.

Turkey downs Russian warplane near Syria border

A Kremlin spokesman said it was a "very serious incident" but that it was too early to draw conclusions.