Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...

Jul 25, 2014

Group divorced from reality: top Turkish cleric

The declaration of a so-called caliphate by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civilization, Turkey’s top cleric, the successor to the last caliph’s most senior imam, said. The Islamic State last month declared its ...

Jul 11, 2014

Turkey passes bill to revive Kurdish peace talks

Turkish lawmakers Thursday adopted a bill to revive peace talks with Kurdish rebels, in a move the government hopes will rally Kurdish votes to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to win presidential elections next month. The jailed leader of the outlawed rebel Kurdistan ...

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

May 25, 2014

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

The richly ruminative Chekhovian drama “Winter Sleep” was awarded the Palme d’Or on Saturday, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor on an intimate, wintery epic set on Turkey’s Anatolian steppe. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and ...

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

May 19, 2014

Negligence cited in Turkey mining disaster

In the face of widespread anger over Turkey’s worst mining disaster, prosecutors arrested three people, including a company manager, on charges of negligence Sunday. The three were also accused of causing the death of more than one person, a charge that doesn’t imply intent, ...

Miner blames company for disaster

May 18, 2014

Miner blames company for disaster

Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey’s worst mining disaster: company negligence. And he knows one other thing — he is never going back down any mine again. Bicak, 24, had just ended his shift Tuesday ...

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, ...