Tens of thousands mourn Turkey protest teen's death

Mar 12, 2014

Tens of thousands mourn Turkey protest teen's death

Tens of thousands of people turned out Wednesday for the funeral of a teenage boy whose death from injuries suffered during last year’s anti-government protests sparked violent countrywide demonstrations. Police were bracing for further clashes after they fired tear gas and water cannons at ...

Fresh uprisings erupt across Turkey

Mar 12, 2014

Fresh uprisings erupt across Turkey

Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer. Police unleashed water cannon and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators, another ...

Feb 15, 2014

Turkish legislators brawl over disputed bill

Turkey’s parliament has approved a bill that would tighten the government’s grip on a judicial body after a tense, all-night session that sparked a brawl in which two legislators were injured. The legislation, which would give the Justice Ministry increased control over a council ...

Pressure on emerging markets persists, despite currency hikes

Jan 30, 2014

Pressure on emerging markets persists, despite currency hikes

It’s proving contagious. First it was the central bank of India. A day later, on Wednesday, its counterparts in Turkey and South Africa followed suit in raising interest rates. But any hopes they may have had in seeing their currencies stabilize appear to have ...

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

Jan 25, 2014

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in New Delhi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Republic. His presence speaks volumes about closer diplomatic, security and economic ties and, at least from Tokyo’s perspective, a common agenda on responding to ...

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 — ...