Turkey

Erdogan lashes out at newspaper over report on military unrest

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday slammed Hurriyet newspaper over a report saying that military top brass was "restless" over criticisms against its leadership.

Austria identifies US-based Turk as source of cyberattacks

A string of cyberattacks against Austrian institutions has been linked to a Turkish suspect operating out of the US state of Kentucky, an Austrian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing an investigation by the army's intelligence agency.

Protests planned across Germany after journalist jailed in Turkey

Protests are planned in 12 German cities on Tuesday after a Turkish court ordered a journalist from Die Welt newspaper to be jailed pending a trial on charges including spreading propaganda for a terrorist organization.

Minister: Erdogan not welcome in Austria for referendum campaign

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should not come to Austria to campaign to Turkish citizens living there ahead of a constitutional reform referendum in his country, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday.

Turkish judge remands German reporter in custody

A Turkish judge remanded German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in custody Monday, according to newspaper Die Welt, sparking strong condemnation from the German government and rights organizations.

Turkey has built 290 kilometres of wall on border with Syria

Turkey has erected 290 kilometres of a planned 511-kilometre wall along its border with Syria, local media reported Sunday, citing the head of the building authority in charge of the project.

Syrian forces close in on city held by Turkish-backed rebels

Syrian government forces on Sunday seized a town from the Islamic State extremist militia near the northern city of al-Bab already under the control of Turkish-backed rebels, Syrian state media and monitors reported.

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.

Consulates deny telling teachers, parents to denounce Erdogan critics

Turkish consulates in the German state of North Rhine Westphalia on Friday dismissed allegations that they instructed teachers and parents to denounce critics of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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.

Germany vows to do all it can to free journalist detained in Turkey

The German Foreign Ministry on Monday hailed German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel as a symbol of free speech as it vowed to treat his case with the "utmost importance" in order to secure his release.

Turkey's Erdogan to bring constitutional reform campaign to Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to bring a campaign for constitutional reform to Turks living in the European Union, his premier told journalists in Munich on Sunday.

Turkish PM scoffs at claims of 'one-man system' on visit to Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday poured scorn on accusations that potential reforms to Turkey's presidential system would set his country on the path to dictatorship.

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.

Turkish attacks on Syrian town kill 24 civilians, monitor says

Turkish attacks on the town of al-Bab held by the Islamic State extremist militia in northern Syria have killed at least 24 civilians over the past 24 hours, a monitoring group said Thursday.

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.

German police raid imams suspected of spying for Turkish government

German police conducted raids early Wednesday against four imams suspected of acts of espionage on behalf of the Turkish government.

Israel basketball team told by secret service not to play in Turkey

Israel's secret service Shin Bet has prohibited the nation's basketball club Ironi Nahariya from playing a FIBA Europe Cup last 16 match in Turkey over security concerns, a sports ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Turkish PM Yildirim to campaign for referendum to Turks in Germany

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim was set to address thousands of fellow Turks in western Germany Saturday in an effort to campaign for constitutional reform in his country that would extend the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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.

Turkish forces control most of al-Bab in Syria, prime minister says

Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebel forces control of most of al-Bab, a town in northern Syria previously held by Islamic State, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

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.

Amnesty: EU-Turkey refugee deal a disaster, must not be repeated

Amnesty International issued a plea to world leaders on Tuesday not to use the "disastrous" EU-Turkey refugee deal as a blueprint for similar schemes in Libya, Sudan and Niger.

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. 

Turkey's election commission confirms April 16 as referendum date

Turkey's Supreme Election Council confirmed Saturday that the country will hold a referendum on constitutional reforms on April 16, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

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.

Kremlin: Turkey gave coordinates for bombing that killed Turks

A Russian airstrike targeting Islamic State militants that killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria was based on coordinates provided by Turkey, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

German court issues partial ban of satirical poem about Erdogan

A German court has granted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan an injunction on parts of a satirical poem by a German comedian that sparked a diplomatic row between Ankara and Berlin.

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.

16 European states agree stronger cooperation to prevent new migrant flow

Sixteen central and southeast European countries, including Croatia, agreed in Vienna on Wednesday to draw up plans in late April for stronger military and civil cooperation so as to secure their borders in case the European Union-Turkey agreement on refugees failed, Reuters reported.

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.

Russia's Putin ratifies deal to build Turkish Stream gas pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ratified a deal to build the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline, state media reported Tuesday.

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.

Syria ceasefire enforcers Russia, Turkey map out terrorist-held areas

Russia, Turkey and Iran - the enforcers of a broad ceasefire in war-torn Syria - have mapped out the areas they believe are controlled by the moderate opposition forces included in the truce and the terrorist groups that aren't, a Russian general said Monday.

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.

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.

Monitor: IS regains key Syrian town from Turkey-backed rebels

Islamic State militants have recaptured a key town from Turkish–backed Syrian rebels in the northern part of the war-torn country hours after the opposition fighters seized it, a monitoring group reported Sunday.

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.

Greece extends detention of Turkish pilots pending asylum decision

Eight Turkish soldiers who applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a coup attempt in July must remain under temporary police custody, an Athens court ruled Wednesday.

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.

Fitch cuts Turkey's credit rating to junk

Ratings agency Fitch on Friday cut Turkey's credit rating to junk, citing political and security developments that had "undermined economic performance and institutional independence."

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.

Russia: Syrian peace talks in Geneva delayed to end of February

Syrian peace talks scheduled to take place in Geneva on February 8 have been postponed until the end of that month, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday.

More than 5,000 cases brought against Turkey since coup attempt

Thousands of applications have been submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on abuses in Turkey since the attempted coup last summer, the court said Thursday.

Greek Supreme Court blocks extradition of Turkish soldiers

Eight Turkish soldiers who sought asylum in Greece after a failed coup in the summer may not be extradited back to Turkey, the Greek Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, with Ankara quickly protesting the decision.

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.

Syria talks end with commitments to ceasefire, row over fighting

Key backers of the Syrian government and opposition on Tuesday said they were setting up a trilateral mechanism to monitor the country's shaky ceasefire, as two days of talks on bolstering the truce ended in the Kazakh capital Astana.

Militants in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen fuel rise in global attacks

The number of attacks worldwide by terrorists and militants soared by 26 per cent to more than 24,000 last year, fuelled by a huge escalation of violence in Ukraine, Turkey and Yemen, a closely-watched report has said.

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.

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.

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.

Report: Istanbul nightclub attack directed by Islamic State in Syria

The attack on an Istanbul nightclub just after midnight on January 1 was directed by Islamic State in al-Raqqa, Syria, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing a copy of the assailant's testimony to the authorities.

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.

Syrian government, opposition decide teams for peace talks in Astana

Syria's ambassador to the UN will lead his country's delegation to Russian- and Turkish-sponsored peace talks in Astana, while a top figure in the hardline Army of Islam faction will lead the opposition team.

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.

Istanbul suspect admits to New Year's attack, found with cash

The captured suspect in the Istanbul New Year's nightclub shooting which left 39 people dead has admitted to carrying out the attack, Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin said Tuesday, adding that his fingerprints matched.

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.

Report: EU has disbursed 748 million euros to aid refugees in Turkey

The European Union has disbursed 748 million euros (797.2 million dollars) of 1.45 billion euros already set aside to support refugees in Turkey, the European Commission stated in a report on Thursday.

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.

Greece, Turkey, Britain join historic Cyprus reunification talks

Negotiators from both sides of divided Cyprus were joined Thursday by the chief diplomats from Greece, Turkey and Britain for a historic conference that could define the future of the strategically located Mediterranean island.

UN mediator: Geneva Cyprus talks will not yet result in final deal

Even if negotiators reach a breakthrough on ending the separation of Cyprus this week in Geneva, they will not be able to work out all the details needed for a comprehensive final agreement, UN mediator Espen Barth Eide said on Wednesday.

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.

No breakthrough in sight at Cyprus talks

Negotiators have not been able to move closer to a final deal that would end the separation of Cyprus into a Greek and a Turkish side after 40 years, the Greek Cypriot side said on the second day of talks in Geneva.

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.

Negotiators tackle thorny obstacles on path to reuniting Cyprus

The Greek and Turkish leaders of Cyprus returned to the negotiating table Monday in Geneva to work on the few but divisive issues that stand in the way of an agreement to end the separation of the island after 40 years.

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.

Baghdad, Ankara resolve row over Turkish troops in Iraq

Iraq said Saturday it has reached a deal with Ankara on the withdrawal of Turkish troops from northern Iraq, resolving a dispute that has strained ties between the two neighbours in recent months.

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.

Kyrgyzstan working with Turkey to identify possible Istanbul attacker

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan are in "constant contact" with Turkish investigators to help identify the main suspect in the Istanbul nightclub attack, following media reports that he may hail from Central Asia.

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.

Syria truce in "critical period" amid airstrikes, monitor says

The Russian and Turkish-brokered ceasefire in Syria was "passing through a critical period," with airstrikes on rebel strongholds and government forces massing near a rebel-held area outside Damascus, a monitoring group said on Tuesday.