ISTANBUL, June 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s peace talks with
Kurdish rebels are advancing despite recent unrest in the
southeast, representatives of both sides said, and could boost
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of becoming president.
Erdogan is widely expected to run in Turkey’s first direct
presidential election in August and support from its Kurdish
minority, which accounts for around a fifth of the population,
could be key to his chances of success.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Opposition politician Ozgur Ozel held a miner’s helmet aloft in parliament last month as he demanded an investigation into a spate of mining accidents in the western Turkish town of Soma.
His call was rejected by deputies from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, whose overwhelming parliamentary majority enables them to block almost every opposition motion.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, expected to run for president in August, has signaled that he will intensify a purge of state institutions to curb the influence of an Islamic cleric he accuses of trying to topple him.
Erdogan used a speech on Sunday after a meeting of his ruling AK Party to make clear his battle with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen is far from over.
ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank kept
its main interest rates on hold on Thursday, brushing off
political pressure for cuts and saying it will keep monetary
policy tight until the inflation outlook improves significantly,
in comments that helped lift the lira.
The bank kept its overnight lending rate at 12 percent, its
one-week repo rate at 10 percent, and its overnight borrowing
rate at 8 percent, as predicted by all but one economist in a
ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP party appeared on Sunday to be heading for a clear victory in local polls that have become a referendum on a prime minister facing corruption scandals and security leaks he blames on “traitors” embedded in state bodies.
With about half of votes counted, results cited on Turkish television put his Islamist-rooted AK Party ahead with 44-46 percent, the main opposition CHP on 23-28 percent. If that result were borne out, Erdogan might claim at least for now to have ridden out the biggest challenges to his 12-year rule.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for control of a border crossing.
“A Syrian plane violated our airspace,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. “Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard.”
ISTANBUL, March 22 (Reuters) – Turkey said on Saturday that
Twitter was “biased” and had been used for “systematic
character assassinations” of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s
government, a day after Turkey’s ban on the site prompted an
The Turkish authorities blocked Twitter late on Thursday,
hours after Erdogan vowed to “wipe out” the social media service
during the campaigning period for local elections on March 30.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks faced fresh difficulties in accessing the Internet on Saturday after the government blocked access to Twitter, the site where tweets on a corruption scandal have angered Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
Twitter was blocked late on Thursday, hours after Erdogan vowed to “wipe out” the social media service. Leading international condemnation, the White House said the Twitter ban undermined democracy and free speech.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen said a crackdown on his followers by Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was “ten times worse” than anything meted out after coups by the secularist military.
Erdogan has accused Gulen’s Hizmet (“Service”) network, which has built quiet influence in the police and judiciary over decades, of orchestrating a graft investigation which has grown into one of the biggest challenges of his 11-year rule.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned anti-government protesters on Thursday as “charlatans” bent on sowing chaos in the run-up to local elections after Turkey’s worst civil unrest since mass protests last summer.
Two people died during protests on Wednesday, including a police officer in eastern Turkey who suffered a heart attack and a 22-year-old man shot in Istanbul in an apparent stand-off with a group of anti-government protesters.