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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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June 24, 2018


Spirits high as Turks camp out on streets for democracy

ANKARA: The Turkish public continues to rally for democracy 13 days after a Gülen-linked coup attempt was foiled, camping out in high spirits on the nation’s streets and squares in a sign of unity for democracy. Grabbing their flags at night, thousands of people have continued to fill the main squares of every city each…

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July 29, 2016


Erdogan’s gamble may not solve Turkey poll impasse

ISTANBUL: Less than five months after the last legislative elections, Turks on November 1 will vote again in one of the biggest gambles of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s political career.

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September 1, 2015


Turks to vote in election set to shape Erdogan's legacy

ISTANBUL: Turks go to the polls on Sunday (today) in the closest parliamentary election in more than a decade, one that could pave the way for President Tayyip Erdogan to amass greater power or end 12 years of single-party rule for the AK Party he founded. A deadly bombing in the mainly Kurdish southeast on…

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June 7, 2015


49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM

ISTANBUL: Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released and brought to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday. “Early in the morning our citizens were handed over to us and we brought them back into our country. At 5:00…

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September 20, 2014


Twittersphere rallies to help Turks by-pass block

WASHINGTON: The global Internet community rallied to help Twitter users in Turkey circumvent a block on the popular messaging service on Friday, as some experts said Ankara's efforts are backfiring. After Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to to “wipe out” Twitter and the site went dark there Thursday, there was no lack of…

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March 21, 2014


Erdogan rallies Turks to thwart 'plot' against nation's success

ISTANBUL: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks to rally around him in fighting what he termed a dirty plot by foreign-backed elements targeting “the bread on your table, the money in your pocket, the sweat of your brow”.”History will not forgive those who have become mixed up in this game,” Erdogan said in a televised…

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January 1, 2014


Thousands of Turks defy Erdogan as protests rumble on

ISTANBUL: Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's demand for an immediate end to the worst political unrest of his decade in power.In central Istanbul's Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armored vehicles clashed with protesters a week ago, activists spent…

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June 8, 2013


Turks clash with police despite deputy leader's apology

ISTANBUL: Protesters clashed with police across Turkey overnight despite an apology for police violence from the deputy prime minister designed to halt an unprecedented wave of protest against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc was due to meet on Wednesday with organisers of the original demonstration against plans to build a replica Ottoman-era…

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June 5, 2013


Secular Turks see red over airline's lipstick ban

ISTANBUL: Turkey's national airline has barred female flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish, striking a nerve among secular Turks worried the country is becoming more Islamic.Turkish Airlines, Europe's fourth-biggest carrier, said the ban was aimed at keeping crews “artless and well-groomed with makeup in pastel tones”, as a natural look improved communication…

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May 3, 2013


Helicopter carrying Turks forced down in Taliban-held Afghan east

GARDEZ, Afghanistan: A helicopter carrying at least six Turkish engineers and two foreign pilots made an emergency landing in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Monday, and it was possible they were being held by insurgents.The helicopter, owned by air charter company Khorasan Cargo Airlines, made an emergency landing in Logar province…

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April 22, 2013


MNAs pay great tributes to the hospitality of Turks

ISLAMABAD: The Parliamentarians presently visiting Turkey along with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani highly praising the hospitality of brotherly country said, they have found the Turks as they have heard about them. MNA Salauddin said that PM Gilani held meetings with his Turkish counterpart, the President, the Speaker and a number of people hailing…

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October 31, 2008