'Erdogan assassination plot' suspects go on trial in Turkey

Feb 20, 2017

'Erdogan assassination plot' suspects go on trial in Turkey

The trial opened Monday for almost 50 suspects accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury Aegean hotel on the night of the botched July 15 coup. Forty-four suspects, mainly soldiers, are under arrest, while three others still on ...

World Press Photo award goes to AP image of Turkish assassin

Feb 14, 2017

World Press Photo award goes to AP image of Turkish assassin

As an off-duty policeman who had just assassinated Russia’s ambassador to Turkey stood in front of Burhan Ozbilici waving a gun, the veteran Associated Press photographer summoned the composure to stand his ground and keep taking pictures. “I immediately decided to do my job ...

Feb 5, 2017

Turkey detains about 400 Islamic State suspects in nationwide raids

Turkish police on Sunday detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State extremist group in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the jihadis. Among around 400 detained in the biggest operation so far against ...

Jan 30, 2017

Greek, Turkish warships in brief standoff near disputed islets

Greek and Turkish warships were involved Sunday in a brief faceoff near a group of disputed Greek islets in the Aegean, coinciding with renewed tensions between Athens and Ankara. The Greek defense ministry said a Turkish navy missile boat, “along with two special forces ...

Jan 28, 2017

Turkish NATO soldiers seek asylum in Germany: report

Several dozen Turkish soldiers assigned to NATO have sought asylum in Germany, a media report said Saturday, quoting officers who said they fear jail and possibly torture back home. Around 43,000 people are under arrest in Turkey on charges or links to last year’s ...

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan's powers

Jan 22, 2017

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan's powers

Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029. The government insists the proposals to create an executive presidency will ensure simpler ...