Apr 4, 2014

Lower House stamps nuclear pacts with Turkey, UAE

The House of Representatives on Friday approved bilateral pacts that authorize the export of Japanese nuclear power plants to Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. The Lower House approved the pacts by majority votes, backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner ...

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Apr 4, 2014

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

Turkey’s telecommunications authority lifted a 2-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local ...

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

Apr 3, 2014

Twitter still blocked in Turkey despite court order

Turkey’s government faced growing pressure Thursday to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter, which it had banned after corruption claims went viral on the social media site. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the block on March 20 in the lead-up ...

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

| Mar 29, 2014

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Mar 28, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey’s technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block ...

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

Mar 26, 2014

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

A Turkish court on Wednesday overturned the government’s controversial Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings spread via the social media site implicated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a corruption scandal. The Ankara administrative court was set to inform telecommunications regulator TIB of the ...

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

Mar 25, 2014

Turkey's Twitter ban backfires on Erdogan, U.S. says

The United States noted Monday that the number of online tweets posted in Turkey has risen since the prime minister controversially banned the micro-blogging service. Turkey’s telecommunications authority blocked local access to the U.S. social network Thursday under orders of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after ...

Mar 24, 2014

Syrian warplane shot down, Turkish leader says

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey’s airspace Sunday, Turkey’s prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries already deeply at odds over Syria’s civil war. A spokesman for Syria’s military confirmed ...

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Mar 22, 2014

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Turkey’s attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire Friday, with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey’s telecommunications authority said ...