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Turkish ruling party launches campaign for constitutional changes

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Saturday formally launched its campaign for the upcoming referendum on core constitutional changes set to empower the presidency, with a mass rally at a sports arena in Ankara.

Top US general visits Syrian Kurds with focus on al-Raqqa campaign

A top US general visited Syrian Kurdish forces and their allies in northern Syria this week, amid signs the US military was increasing its support for anti-Islamic State forces, despite risks that such a move could anger neighbouring Turkey. 

Erdogan, in campaign mode, floats referendum on death penalty

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while campaigning Friday for a referendum on a constitutional reform package to empower his office, suggested he could put forward another popular vote to reintroduce the death penalty.

Syrian rebels claim full control of al-Bab, defeating IS

Syrian rebels backed by Turkey said Thursday they are fully in control of al-Bab, wresting it from Islamic State after a military campaign that began in November and cost hundreds of lives.

Turkey removes restrictions on Islamic headscarves in the military

Female members of the Turkish military, including officers, will be allowed to wear the Islamic headscarf as long as it is color-compliant with their uniform, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Turkey's top judicial body on Monday dismissed 227 judges and prosecutors who are accused of having links to a cleric blamed for last year's coup attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey detains 26 people after deadly car bomb attack in south-east

Turkish authorities have detained 26 people in connection with a car bombing in the south-eastern town of Viransehir, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Report: 3-year-old killed, 15 wounded in Turkey car bombing

A 3-year-old was killed and 15 people were wounded in a car bombing in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Friday citing the governor.

German newspaper correspondent detained in Turkey

A correspondent at Germany's Die Welt newspaper, who was being sought by the authorities in Turkey, has handed himself in to police and been formally detained, the newspaper confirmed to dpa on Friday.

Turkish satirical magazine shuts after drawing government criticism

A Turkish satirical and comics magazine was shut by its owner after publishing a cartoon that drew the criticism of a spokesman for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and others in the country, allegedly for offending religious beliefs.

Turkey hosting more than 3.5 million refugees, government says

Turkey is hosting more than 3.5 million refugees and migrants, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Wednesday, according to state news agency Anadolu.

Turkey detains 834 over links to Kurdish militants

Turkish forces have carried out simultaneous raids in 37 provinces and detained 834 people over alleged links to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Dogan news agency reported Tuesday, citing the security services.

French citizen arrested in Turkey over Istanbul nightclub attack

A French citizen of Turkish origin was arrested in Turkey in connection with planning the attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, which left 39 people dead and was claimed by Islamic State, the Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday.

Turkey arrests alleged New Year's night club attacker

Turkish authorities have remanded in custody the man accused of the deadly New Year's attack on an Istanbul night club, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday. 

Erdogan approves constitutional package, paving way for referendum

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved a constitutional reform bill, the presidency said Friday, in a move that paves the way for a referendum on the package that aims to vastly empower his office.

Russian strike accidentally kills three Turkish soldiers in Syria

A Russian jet conducting anti-Islamic State airstrikes accidentally hit a building housing Turkish soldiers in northern Syria on Thursday, killing three troops and injuring 11, though both sides appeared to be trying to head off tensions.

Erdogan nixes penalties for impartial TV, radio ahead of referendum

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued an executive order on Thursday cancelling the election commission's powers to impose penalties on private broadcasters who violated impartiality rules during election campaigns.

Erdogan: Switch to strong presidency is not for my benefit

A plan being pushed to bulk up the Turkish presidency is not for the benefit of sitting president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the leader said Wednesday, but for the good of the country.

Thousands of Turkish police, teachers fired under emergency decree

Nearly 4,500 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed by the latest emergency decree from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a series of purges that started after an attempted coup in July.

Turkey's Cumhuriyet journalists set to spend 100th night in jail

Journalists and executives from Turkey's Cumhuriyet newspaper, one of the country's oldest broadsheet-style dailies, are set to spend their 100th night in jail on Tuesday, as part of a crackdown in the country.

Turkey demands more access to German military imagery on Syria

Turkey stepped up demands Monday for access to high-resolution imagery from Syria taken by German army aerial reconnaissance, as Ankara seeks more information on a Kurdish militia.

Turkey detains 1,800 people in anti-terror raids in a week

Turkish authorities detained 1,829 people last week in anti-terror raids, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday, including 820 alleged members of Islamic State.

Turkey transfers shares in top companies to wealth fund

Turkey's government has begun to transfer its shares in top companies, including Turkish Airlines and Halkbank, to a sovereign wealth fund.

Eleven suspects remanded in custody over Istanbul night club attack

A Turkish court has remanded in custody 11 suspects accused of involvement in the attack on an Istanbul night club on January 1, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Saturday.

Merkel urges Erdogan to respect democracy ahead of referendum

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey to respect democracy and press freedom after meeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Thursday.

Turkish deputy premier: "Not possible to accept" US immigration ban

The new US immigration policy imposed by President Donald Trump is something that cannot be accepted, Turkey's deputy prime minister said in comments published by HaberTurk newspaper on Tuesday.

Turkey tourism revenue down 27 per cent in fourth quarter

Turkey tourism revenues were down 27.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016, state-run agency Turkstat said Tuesday, noting income was recorded at 4.7 billion dollars.

Passengers turned away at Istanbul airport after US travel ban

Confusion and surges of chaos have risen in recent days at Istanbul's Ataturk international airport as authorities moved to cope with a US travel ban imposed over the weekend that affects refugees and the citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Turkey and Britain sign fighter jet deal during May visit

Turkey and Britain reached a deal worth 100 million pounds (125 million dollars) to build fighter jets together, during a visit by Prime Minister Theresa May which was focused on boosting trade links.

British prime minister meets Turkey's Erdogan; trade in focus

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Turkey on Saturday and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with trade a key point on the agenda as Britain moves towards an exit from the European Union.

Turkey warns Greece, files second extradition request for soldiers

Turkey on Friday filed a second extradition request with Greece for eight soldiers who allegedly took part in a coup attempt last year, state-run Anadolu news agency reported a day after the Greek Supreme Court denied a previous demand for their handover.

US State Department warns of increased anti-Americanism in Turkey

The United States has updated its travel warning for Turkey, alleging an increase in anti-American sentiment in the country that it says could lead to violence.

Turkey arrests 610 on terrorism related charges in past week

Turkey has arrested 610 people on terrorism related charges in the past week, including 572 people who are alleged followers of Fethullah Gulen, a preacher the government blames for the coup attempt last year, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Erdogan: 43,000 arrested in six months over failed coup attempt

Turkey has arrested 43,000 people in the last six months over links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish preacher accused of orchestrating a coup attempt last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Two remanded in custody over assassination of Russia envoy in Turkey

Two people have been remanded in custody over the assassination last month of the Russian ambassador to Ankara, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday.

Former Turkish premier on "concerns" about constitutional changes

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu has hinted at concerns regarding the proposed constitutional changes currently being worked through parliament, with a focus on the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches.

Erdogan says lenders must improve access to credit or face government

Lenders in Turkey must increase access to credit for businesses or they will have to face the government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday, amid signs the economy is facing headwinds. 

Turkish prosecutor seeks up to 142 years in jail for Kurdish leader

A Turkish prosecutor is seeking up to 142 years behind bars for Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), the third-largest party in parliament, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday.

Turkish authorities capture main suspect in Istanbul nightclub attack

Turkish police Monday captured the man believed to be responsible for the New Year's Eve attack in an Istanbul nightclub, which left at least 39 people dead, according to Turkish state media.

Four Turkish police officers killed by blast in south-east

A blast killed four Turkish police officers in the south-eastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported, blaming Kurdish militants.

Kyrgyzstan sees possible pilot error in plane crash killing 37

Pilot error may have caused a Turkish cargo plane to crash Monday near Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, reportedly killing at least 37 people, mostly residents in their homes.

Turkey's sweeping presidential reforms clear first parliament vote

The Turkish parliament on Sunday gave its first approval to 18 constitutional amendments that grant expansive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Cyprus talks delayed as Turkey resists troop pullout

Turkey will not pull out of Cyprus unless Greece fully reciprocates, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday in Istanbul, after Geneva talks on reuniting the island were adjourned because of the issue.

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants fired since failed July coup

Nearly 100,000 Turkish civil servants have been dismissed amid a widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed military coup in July, the country's Labour Minister said on Tuesday.

Report: Man shot dead attacking south-east Turkey police building

A man was shot dead on Tuesday in the south-eastern Turkish city of Gaziantep while attempting to attack the police department building, Dogan news agency cited Governor Ali Yerlikaya as saying.

More than 600 flights cancelled due to snowfall in Istanbul

Heavy snowfall in Istanbul has prompted major delays at Turkey's largest airport, where all domestic flights have been cancelled up to Sunday night, according to airlines and Turkish media.

Turkey claims right to strip citizenship from accused overseas

Turks living abroad who are suspected of crimes against the state can have their citizenship revoked in some cases, according to new procedures created under the country's state of emergency.

Turkish army: 1,362 Islamic State fighters killed since August

Turkish troops and Sunni allies have killed 1,362 Islamic State fighters since Turkey entered northern Syria in August, army figures showed on Friday.

Four dead after bombing and shootout in western Turkish city of Izmir

At least two people were killed in a car bombing at a court in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Wednesday, before police killed two attackers in a shootout, the city's governor said.

Nine pro-Kurdish politicians arrested on terrorism charges

Nine more pro-Kurdish politicians from Turkey's Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) were arrested on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organization, Turkish media reported on Thursday.

Turkey arrests four over attack killing 14 soldiers

Four suspects were arrested in connection with a December suicide attack on Turkish soldiers by a Kurdish group, authorities said on Wednesday, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

Report: Turkey identifies Istanbul attack suspect

Turkish authorities have identified the man suspected of gunning down 39 people at a nightclub on New Year's Eve in Istanbul, state media reported on Wednesday, citing the foreign minister.

Turkish legislature extends state of emergency through April 19

The state of emergency imposed in Turkey after July's attempted coup will be extended until April 19 after the country's parliament signed off on a government proposal late Tuesday.

Police follow leads to Istanbul nightclub attacker

Two fresh leads to the man suspected of a massacre at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve emerged Tuesday, with the publication of a video filmed by the suspect and the reported detention of his wife.

Reports: 8 detained after Islamic State claims Istanbul club attack

Turkish police have detained eight suspects in connection with an Islamic State terrorist attack at a nightclub in Istanbul that left 39 people dead on New Year's Eve, local media reported.

After Ankara's Syria intervention, Islamic State set sights on Turkey

As in many parts of the Middle East and beyond, the influence of Islamic State had already been felt in Turkey last year, many months before the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack on New Year's Eve.

Islamic State claim for Istanbul nightclub attack published online

A member of Islamic State carried out a New Year's Eve attack that killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub, a statement published online by apparent supporters of the group says.

At least 39 dead in New Year's Eve shooting at Istanbul club

At least 39 people were killed in a shooting at a popular nightclub in Istanbul early Sunday, despite heightened security to prevent terrorist attacks during New Year's Eve celebrations.

39 killed in Istanbul nightclub massacre

An armed attacker killed at least 39 people in a New Year's Eve shooting at a nightclub in Istanbul, including 15 or 16 foreigners, according to Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.

US reporter freed after detention of more than two days in Istanbul

A reporter for the Wall Street Journal was arrested and detained in Turkey for two-and-a-half days without contact with his family or employer, the newspaper said Saturday.

Erdogan: Turkey fighting "new war of independence"

Ninety-three years since the foundation of the modern Turkish republic, Presdient Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in his new year's address Saturday that the country was fighting a "new war of independence."

Damaged power lines cut power to Istanbul

Power outages in temperatures hovering around freezing tested the patience of Istanbul's residents on Saturday as the Turkish Energy Ministry revealed that heavy snowfall and storms had damaged power lines to the metropolis.

Turkey closes another 94 registered societies in coup aftermath

More than five months after a failed coup attempt, Turkish authorities have closed another 94 registered societies due to a "threat to public order."

Report: 40 arrested in anti-Islamic State raid in Turkey

Turkish police have arrested 40 suspected members of the Islamic State terrorist militia in the southern province of Adana, the state news agency Anadolu reported Friday.

Turkey approves draft amendments giving Erdogan more power

A Turkish parliamentary commission approved draft constitutional amendments that would introduce a new executive presidential system, state news agency Anadolu reported Friday, giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more powers.

Istanbul court orders release of Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan

A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release of prominent novelist Asli Erdogan and two others from detention on the first day of their trial on terrorism-related charges.

Terrorism trial begins against Turkish novelist, eight others

Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan and eight others went on trial on Thursday on terrorism charges.

First trial in Istanbul over coup attempt starts

The first court case in Istanbul against suspected plotters of Turkey's July 15 coup attempt is taking place Tuesday, with 29 former policemen standing trial, broadcast CNN Turk reported.

Turkey commission accepts 1st article of sweeping presidential reform

Despite angry protests by the opposition, the constitutional commission of Turkey's parliament on Tuesday accepted the first article of a planned reform that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, the Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey detains 2,700 in terror probes in last two weeks

Turkey detained 1,682 people in the past week as part of raids against alleged Kurdish militants, Islamic State and followers of US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, according to data from the Interior Ministry released Monday.

Kurds enjoy their gains in Iraq, Syria, but eye Turkey nervously

The year 2016 brought a swirling tide of mixed fortune for the Kurds. They enabled the West to fight Islamic State forces in Syria, and grew stronger through their part in offensives in neighbouring Iraq. But those wins came as Turkey made life tough at home for its Kurds.

Turkey: 1,656 people arrested over social media posts

Turkish authorities have opened investigations into 3,710 people over social media posts, while 1,656 suspects are under arrest, according to data from the Interior Ministry pertaining to the past six months.

Turkey imposes new measures to restrict information over the internet

Turkey has been introducing new measures to restrict access to information and impose its censorship rules by blocking virtual private networks (VPNs) and the Tor network, a system designed to help users with anonymity and reach banned websites.

Foreign direct investment in Turkey slumps by 44 per cent

Foreign direct investment in Turkey was down 44.3 per cent in the first 10 months of the year, compared to the same period of 2015, the Economy Ministry said on Friday, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Russia mourns slain ambassador to Turkey with Moscow ceremony

Russia mourned Ambassador Andrey Karlov with a ceremony at the Foreign Ministry in Moscow attended by the country's leadership, three days after the career diplomat was gunned down in an art gallery in Ankara.

Turkey releases six family members of assassin of Russian ambassador

Turkish authorities have released from custody six family members of the man who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Ankara this week, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

First tunnel linking Europe and Asia opens in Istanbul

The first transport tunnel linking Asia and Europe opened Tuesday in the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.

Russian ambassador to Turkey dies after being shot in Ankara

Russia's ambassador to Turkey was shot and killed in Ankara on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, with video footage showing the attacker, said to be an off-duty police officer, shouting Islamist slogans and denouncing the situation in Aleppo.

Christmas will go ahead at German-Turkish school after controversy

Christmas will be considered an acceptable topic for discussion at an elite Turkish public high school in Istanbul, after an initial controversy at the Germany-funded school had sowed strife between Ankara and Berlin.

Turkish police detain more than 1,000 in raids on suspected militants

Turkish police detained more than 1,000 people in operations targeting alleged Kurdish militants and Islamic State activists in the past week, according to a statement from the Interior Minister on Monday.

PKK suspected after 13 soldiers killed, 55 injured in central Turkey

A car bomb killed 13 soldiers and injured 48 other people travelling on a bus in central Turkey early Saturday, the military said in a statement, adding that civilians were also wounded.

Erdogan: Syrian conduct in Aleppo "a disgrace to humanity"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday again accused the Syrian regime of sabotaging aid for people trapped in the Aleppo enclave.

Turkish journalist arrested over Twitter "insult"

A journalist has been arrested in Turkey for "insulting high-ranking government officials" in relation to messages he had sent on Twitter, the Dogan news agency and other media reported late Tuesday.

Turkey arrests 16 Islamic State suspects near Syrian border

Turkish authorities have arrested 16 foreigners believed to be members of the Islamic State extremist group, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

More than 235 people detained in Turkish raids on pro-Kurdish party

More than 235 members of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) have been detained in Turkey, a party spokesman said on Monday, warning against "revenge" amid upset in the country over a twin bomb blast.

Death toll in Istanbul attack rises to 44, including eight civilians

The death toll in the weekend Istanbul attack near a football stadium has risen to 44 people - 36 police officers and eight civilians - Health Minister Recep Akdag said on Monday, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkish raids target Kurdish lawmakers, 118 arrests reported

More than 100 people were arrested across Turkey early Monday as police staged raids against members of the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP), according to the Anadolu news agency.

Istanbul bombings claimed by Kurdish splinter group

A splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) claimed responsibility for Saturday night's double bomb attack in Istanbul, which left 38 people dead and scores injured.

Erdogan promises "yet higher price" to be paid for Istanbul attacks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday promised retaliation for twin terrorist bombings that left 38 people dead in an Istanbul football stadium the night before.

Kurds blamed after 38 killed, 166 injured in twin Istanbul attacks

Twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and injured 166, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Saturday, adding that 10 people have been detained in connection with the attack near a football stadium.

Turkish government imposes broadcast ban after explosions in Istanbul

The Turkish government has imposed a broadcast ban in the country on Saturday night, state-run news agency Anadolu reported, following explosions in Istanbul.

Israeli coalition chief: I prefer if Arab citizens do not vote

The head of the Israeli governing coalition sparked concern Saturday over comments that he would prefer if Arab citizens of the country did not participate in elections.

Turkey delaying German diplomats at passport control

Following delays experienced by a Turkish parliamentarian as she was leaving Germany, Turkey has been impeding the free travel of German diplomats in and out of the country, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Thursday.

Turkish police briefly detain pro-Kurdish member of parliament

Turkish police briefly detained on Thursday Huda Kaya, a member of parliament from the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), a movement coming under intense pressure from the government.

Report: Turkey starts operation against high-ranking Gulen followers

Turkish police began an operation Thursday to arrest a number of high-ranking followers of preacher Fethullah Gulen, the country's Anadolu news agency reported.

Erdogan says era of trade in local currencies set to begin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed up his ambitions for the lira Wednesday, saying the era of local currencies is set to begin.

Erdogan to rule by decree under proposed presidential system

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be able to rule by decree under a proposed new executive-presidential system, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

Turkish EU minister calls for opening of new accession chapters

Turkish EU Affairs Minister Omer Celik called for the opening of two new accession chapters in Turkey's bid to join the EU, despite tensions between Ankara and Brussels.

UN expert: Torture widespread after Turkey coup, overcrowded jails

Torture and abuse were "widespread" in Turkey in the immediate aftermath of the failed coup attempt in July, a UN expert warned on Friday while cautioning that prisons and police holding cells were overcrowded.

Erdogan calls on Turks to sell dollars and buy lira and gold

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turkish citizens on Friday to sell their dollars and buy gold and lira, as the local currency continued to decline against the greenback and euro.