Turkey

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...

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.

Erdogan warns EU about excluding Turkey from bloc

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his rhetoric against the European Union on Thursday, even as he insisted his country was still interested in joining the bloc.

Turkey to hold referendum on increased presidential powers in 2017

Turkey will aim to hold a referendum in the summer of 2017 on a constitutional amendment package that aims to increase the executive power of the presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim...

Turkey airstrike kills US and German citizens: Syrian Kurdish group

A Turkish airstrike in Syria has killed two militants - one from the United States and one from Germany - from a group allied with the main Kurdish militia in the country, according to a statement...

German edition of Erdogan-critical newspaper goes out of print

The German print edition of the Gulenist newspaper Zaman appeared for the last time on Wednesday after headquarters in Turkey were shut down as part of a crackdown on dissent by President Recep...

Six arrested over Turkey boarding school fire deaths

Six people have been arrested following a fire at a boarding school dormitory in southern Turkey, including the director of the school, the Dogan news agency reported on Wednesday.

Report: 12 killed, 22 injured in fire at girls' dormitory in Turkey

At least 12 people were killed and 22 injured in a fire at a girls' dormitory in a school in southern Turkey, state-run Anadolu news agency reported Tuesday citing the governor.

Prosecutor files first indictment against soldiers over Turkish coup

An Istanbul prosecutor filed a first indictment to a Turkish court over the failed July 15 coup, accusing 62 soldiers of involvement in the attempt, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported...

Turkey releases BBC correspondent detained in restive south-east

BBC correspondent Hatice Kamer was released by Turkish police on Sunday, a day after she was detained while reporting in the restive south-east of the country, the British Broadcasting Corporation...

Austria says Foreign Ministry targeted by Turkish cyber attack

The Austrian Foreign Ministry website has become the target of an online attack that originated in Turkey, Austrian government sources said Saturday.

Turkey detains BBC correspondent in restive south-east

Turkish police detained a BBC correspondent while she was reporting in the restive south-east of the country on Saturday, the network confirmed.

EU's Juncker says Turkey avoiding blame on EU membership troubles

The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, warned Turkish leaders on Saturday that they needed to think carefully about whether they wanted to become part of the EU, after a flare-...

Erdogan hints state-of-emergency may be extended by three months

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested Saturday that Turkey's sweeping state-of-emergency could be extended by an additional three months when the current period expires in January.