Turkey coal mine explosion kills, traps hundreds of miners

World 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 try ...

Turkey's Erdogan calls on U.S. to extradite rival Gulen

World / Politics Apr 30, 2014

Turkey's Erdogan calls on U.S. to extradite rival Gulen

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would ask the United States to extradite an Islamic cleric he accuses of plotting to topple him and undermine Turkey with concocted graft accusations and secret wiretaps. Such a move against Fethullah Gulen, whose followers say ...

Turkey ordered to lift Twitter ban

World 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 elections ...

Erdogan dominates Turkey election conversation

World / Politics Mar 30, 2014

Erdogan dominates Turkey election conversation

by Constanze Letsch

Turkey may be in turmoil and the vast city of Istanbul in ferment, bridling at the antics of a government struggling to cope with scandal and sleaze, but in Kasimpasa quarter, the prime minister's troubles raise barely a shrug. A conservative, lower-middle-class district bordering the ...

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

World / Politics | ANALYSIS Mar 29, 2014

In Turkey's elections, all eyes on Premier Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been ensnared in a corruption scandal that toppled four Cabinet ministers. He has provoked outrage at home and abroad with an attempt to block Twitter and YouTube. His incessant us-against-them rhetoric and conspiracy theories have alienated allies. ...

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

World / Politics Mar 28, 2014

Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey's technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block "as ...

World Mar 24, 2014

Syrian warplane shot down, Turkish leader says

Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane after it violated Turkey's airspace Sunday, Turkey's prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between the two countries already deeply at odds over Syria's civil war. A spokesman for Syria's military confirmed the ...

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Business / Tech Mar 22, 2014

Turkey's bid to ban Twitter fails

Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire Friday, with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's telecommunications authority said it ...

Fresh uprisings erupt across Turkey

World / Politics 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 pre-election ...

World / Politics 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 that ...