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 initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Jan 23, 2014

Turkey initiates new mass purge of police and judiciary

Turkey launched a new mass purge of the police and judiciary on Wednesday, as parliament debated controversial legal reforms that have heightened the crisis engulfing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Around 470 police were sacked or reassigned in the capital Ankara, and another dozen ...

Turkey's embattled PM faces tough talks with the EU

Jan 21, 2014

Turkey's embattled PM faces tough talks with the EU

Turkey’s embattled Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Brussels late Monday, hoping to put his country’s EU accession talks back on track amid upheaval at home over his hotly contested judicial reforms. Erdogan’s trip to Brussels — his first in five years — ...

Corruption scandal puts Turkey's heavy hitters at odds

| Jan 12, 2014

Corruption scandal puts Turkey's heavy hitters at odds

The deepening corruption scandal shaking Turkey’s political establishment seems to have pitted Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against his longtime political ally President Abdullah Gul, observers say. Although the two leaders have never openly positioned themselves against each other, they now seem to ...

Dec 31, 2013

Turkey takes $100 billion hit from political turmoil

The political crisis engulfing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has cost the economy $100 billion, a top official said Monday, as financial markets rebounded from a massive freefall. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc also fired off a new salvo against a powerful group ...

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Dec 29, 2013

Turkish leader traces turmoil to ex-ally in U.S.

Faced with a deepening political crisis, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his allies have been squaring off with courts, police and prosecutors. But behind it all, Erdogan’s government largely sees the hand of Fethullah Gulen, a charismatic religious leader and former ally ...