Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

May 15, 2014

Anger erupts in Turkey as mine blast claims at least 274 lives

Anger erupted across Turkey on Wednesday as hopes faded for scores of workers trapped in a collapsed mine and the death toll rose to 274, in what has become the country’s worst mining disaster. Thousands of protesters clashed with police in Ankara and Istanbul, ...

Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

May 14, 2014

Turkey rejects criticism over press freedom

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday rejected criticism that his government is muzzling the press, telling parliament that media freedom is worse in the West. “We will not bow to these monuments of arrogance,” he said. Earlier this month, U.S.-based watchdog Freedom ...

Turkey coal mine explosion kills, traps hundreds of miners

May 14, 2014

Turkey coal mine explosion kills, traps hundreds of miners

An explosion and fire in a coal mine in western Turkey killed 157 miners and trapped hundreds more on Tuesday, a provincial mayor said, in what appeared to be the country’s worst mining accident in years. Rescue workers pumped oxygen into the mine to ...

Turkish PM offers unexpected condolences for 1915 Armenian massacre

Apr 24, 2014

Turkish PM offers unexpected condolences for 1915 Armenian massacre

Turkey’s prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it “our shared pain,” the country’s most significant overture yet on the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement — on the eve of ...

Apr 19, 2014

Turkey eyes burning pistachio nut shells to heat new eco-city

Turkey may have found a new way to exploit pistachios, the nuts that are a key ingredient in Turkish baklava — by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. Officials are examining plans to build the country’s first ecological city with buildings both ...

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 ...