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, ...

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 ...