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Turkish court sentences 72 defendants to life in coup bridge trial

More verdicts are expected to be issued for 71 other defendants in the case, which charged the defendants of deliberately killing civilians

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Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet. Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of…

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Erdogan takes on new powers, names son-in-law finance chief

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday took on greater powers than any Turkish leader for decades as he was sworn in for a second presidential term, naming his son-in-law to the key post of finance minister in a revamped cabinet. Erdogan, who has already transformed Turkey in 15 years of rule, took his oath of…

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Erdogan win ushers in new era in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is taking on extensive new executive powers following his outright election victory in Sunday’s poll. Erdogan polled nearly 53% in the most fiercely fought election in years. His closest rival Muharrem Ince received just 31%.  

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Erdogan leads early count in Turkey poll

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on Sunday leading a tightly-contested presidential election in early counting as he seeks a new mandate in the face of a revitalised opposition and weakening economy. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament in the snap polls, with Erdogan looking for a…

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Turks vote for president, parliament in crucial test for Erdogan

Turks vote for a new president and parliament on Sunday in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed…

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Erdogan’s election rivals struggle to be heard in Turkey’s media

Turkey’s main state-run TV station devoted 67 hours of airtime to President Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party last month in the run-up to elections, according to two opposition members of television watchdog RTUK. His main presidential rival, Muharrem Ince, had less than seven. “They make pro-government broadcasting with the taxes we pay,” Umit Ozdag,…

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Turkey opposition launches Google ads campaign to target Erdogan

Turkey’s nationalist opposition Iyi Parti (Good Party) has launched a Google advertisement campaign with mischievous slogans targeting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government ahead of June 24 polls. The unprecedented campaign is led by party chief Meral Aksener, who split away from Turkey’s main nationalist group after it formed an alliance with Erdogan. Google searches of…

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Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘genocide’ over Gaza deaths

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest…

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Erdogan sends Turkey to snap polls on June 24

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called snap elections for June 24, bringing the polls forward by a year-and-a-half to accelerate the transition to a new system critics fear will lead to one-man rule. The announcement by the strongman leader, who has ruled his country since 2003, upended the political timetable in Turkey…

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Turkish President Erdogan calls Netanyahu terrorist

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday of being “a terrorist” after the Israeli prime minister rejected Ankara’s “moral lessons” over deadly clashes in Gaza. “Hey Netanyahu! You are an occupier. And it is as an occupier that are you are on those lands. At the same time, you are a terrorist,”…

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Tillerson meets Erdogan to ease Turkey tensions

ANKARA: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, seeking to ease tensions between the NATO allies that reached new heights over Ankara’s ongoing operation inside Syria. A prime task of President Donald Trump’s top diplomat is to allay Turkish anger over US policy in…

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Trump warns Erdogan to avoid clash between U.S., Turkish forces

U.S. President Donald Trump urged Turkey on Wednesday to curtail its military operation in Syria and warned it not to bring U.S. and Turkish forces into conflict, but a Turkish source said a White House readout did not accurately reflect the conversation. Turkey’s air and ground operation in Syria’s Afrin region, now in its fifth…

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Turkey ready to take ‘any steps’ against Syrian Kurdish militia

NEWS DESK: Turkey on Wednesday said it was ready to take any steps necessary against a Syrian Kurdish militia to ensure the security of its borders, as speculation mounted of an imminent cross border operation, reported AFP. The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia controls key Syrian northern towns including Manbij and Afrin and is…

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Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to cut ties with US over jailing of banker

NEWS DESK: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to cut bilateral agreements between his country and the US after denouncing America’s justice system, reported The Independent with additional input from Reuters. A US court convicted a Turkish banker on Wednesday following a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials. In his…

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Erdogan phones Mamnoon, expresses solidarity with Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday made a phone call to President Mamnoon Hussain and expressed solidarity with Pakistan in the wake of recent statements by the US leadership. Turkish president expressed his disappointment over the recent statements of the US leadership about Pakistan and said Pakistan had rendered unprecedented and historic sacrifices…

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Putin, Erdogan agree on creation of Palestinian state

Moscow: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said they both supported creating a Palestinian state, the Kremlin said the day after the UN rejected the decision by Washington to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. In a phonecall, the two leaders “discussed the situation of Middle East peace talks in…

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Turkey wants NBA star jailed for insulting President Erdogan

FILE PHOTO – Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter speaks about the revocation of his Turkish passport and return to the United States at National Basketball Players Association headquarters in New York, U.S. on May 22, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo ANKARA: A Turkish prosecutor asked for NBA’s New York Knicks star Enes Kanter to be jailed…

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Muslim leaders urge recognition of East Jerusalem as Palestine capital

ISTANBUL: Leaders from the the world’s main pan-Islamic body on Wednesday urged the international community to recognise East Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital after US President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel. The emergency summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul said it declared “East Jerusalem as the…

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Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday chairs an emergency summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, seeking to marshal Muslim leaders towards a coordinated response to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will be hoping to unite…

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Erdogan, Putin warn of further tension over US Jerusalem move

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel risks escalating tension in an already tense region. Trump’s decision and his plan to move the US embassy to Jerusalem sparked violence in Jerusalem, with a fifth day of protests…

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