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Turkey ends 2-year state of emergency, seeks to keep some powers

Turkey’s state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup came to an end on Thursday, but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the state of emergency on July 20, 2016, five days after warplanes bombed Ankara and bloody clashes broke…

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US wants Turkey to buy Patriot missiles, not Russian system

The United States is trying to persuade NATO partner Turkey to purchase the Patriot surface-to-air missile system, a US official said Monday, instead of rival Russian equipment. The NATO alliance is worried Turkey’s intent to deploy Russia’s S-400 anti-aircraft missile system could provide Moscow with a trove of intelligence on Western war equipment. The planned…

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Turkish attack helicopter deal with Pakistan worth around $1.5 billion

Turkey’s deal with Pakistan to sell 30 Turkish T129 attack helicopters is worth around $1.5 billion, sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday. The helicopters will be delivered gradually over five years, the sources also said. The deal is the biggest export deal of Turkey’s defense industry, the country’s defense industry directorate…

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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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Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees, including policemen, soldiers and teachers

Turkish authorities ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees including police officers, soldiers and academics, in a decree published on Sunday. The Official Gazette said 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers in the emergency decree over suspected links to terror organisations and groups that “act against national security”. Some 3,077…

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US urges Turkey to strengthen its democracy

The United States greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s re-election with little enthusiasm Monday, calling for measures to strengthen the country’s democracy. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump had not yet found time to talk to Erdogan, after a win that granted the Turkish leader sweeping new powers. “We’re working to set…

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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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Turkey lira pares dollar gains after Erdogan victory

Turkey’s embattled lira on Monday pared gains against the US dollar after a surge following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decisive election victory, as analysts warned the economy still faced troubled waters. The lira was trading at 4.66 to the dollar, gaining only 0.1 percent in value on the day. It was trading at 5.45 to…

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Erdogan declared winner of Turkey’s presidential polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won the tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said Monday, extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count. Turkish voters had for the first time cast ballots for both president and parliament in the snap elections, with Erdogan looking…

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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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Turkey opposition candidate challenges Erdogan again in giant rally

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s main rival in Sunday’s polls on Friday challenged the Turkish strongman in a mass rally in the capital Ankara, inviting him for a television debate as a “last chance.” “Tomorrow is the last evening. If you have the courage, confront me,” Muharrem Ince, a fiery lawmaker from the secular Republican People’s…

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Wajood – A trip back in time for Jawed Sheikh

Jawed Sheikh is one of those directors who like to experiment and he has been doing that ever since he decided to go behind the camera in Mushkil way back in the mid-90s. His trademark – amazing songs, brilliant locations and good acting – is what made him a first-rate director back in the day…

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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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Austria to expel up to 60 imams, shut 7 mosques

Austria said Friday it could expel up to 60 Turkish-funded imams and their families and shut down seven mosques as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”, triggering fury in Ankara. “The circle of people possibly affected by these measures – the pool that we’re talking about – comprises around 60 imams,” said Interior Minister…

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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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Tunisian footballers find creative way to break fast during match

The Tunisian World Cup team have found an innovative way on how to break their fast while playing a football match. In their friendly match against Portugal, Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen faked an injury during sunset. His team mates, on the other hand, rushed off the sidelines to drink water and eat dates in order…

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Pakistani wins award in Turkey for research paper on telecommunications

A Pakistani student, Areeb Ahmed, earned the second prize for his research paper on telecommunications in Turkey. Ahmed is a PhD fellow and research assistant at Izmir Institute of Technology. His research paper was evaluated among 730 papers in three different categories: signal processing, communications and biomedical. As many as 1,488 authors from 417 top…

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Roadside bomb kills two village guards in Turkey’s southeast: sources

Two Turkish village guards were killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded on Thursday as their vehicle was traveling in an area near Turkey’s border with Iraq and Iran, security sources said. The Turkish military launched an air-backed operation in the southeastern province of Hakkari to find those responsible for the attack,…

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Gundogan, Ozil meet German president after Erdogan controversy

Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan met Germany president Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday in a series of clear the air talks following their controversial photos alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil expressed a desire to visit me,” Steinmeier posted on Facebook alongside a picture of him with the Germany stars in…

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