ANKARA (Reuters) – A row over Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s description of Zionism as a crime against humanity risked overshadowing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Turkey on Friday, his first to a Muslim nation since taking office.
Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Scores of Turkish air force officers have quit since the start of the year, according to opposition lawmakers and media reports, a further sign of weak morale after a top naval commander quit over the jailing of hundreds of his colleagues.
Turkey has detained several hundred serving and retired officers in recent years under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, including as many as a fifth of its top military chiefs, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.
ANKARA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Turkey must speed up its reforms
of legislation such as the sweeping anti-terrorism laws under
which dozens of journalists have been jailed, the head of the
Council of Europe said on Tuesday.
Since coming to power in 2002, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
has earned praise for reforms aimed at bringing the EU candidate
nation closer to European Union norms and for liberalising an
economy that has seen unprecedented prosperity.
ANKARA (Reuters) – A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.
The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse. The blast could be heard a mile away. A lower leg and other human remains lay on the street.
ANKARA (Reuters) – An explosion at a side entrance to the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least one person and wounded several others on Friday and Turkish state media cited witnesses as saying was the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
A Reuters witness saw one wounded person being lifted into an ambulance as police cordoned off the area following the explosion, which sent smoke and debris flying into the street.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey plans to offer incentives including free fertility treatment to try to reverse a slowing birth rate after official figures showed the median age of its population has crept above 30 for the first time.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wants Turkey, a nation of more than 75 million people, to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2023 when the Turkish Republic turns 100 years old.
ANKARA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Turkey’s number-two naval
commander said he had resigned in protest over the “shameful”
jailing of hundreds of colleagues on coup plot charges, fearing
he would be the next victim.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government has detained
several hundred serving and retired officers over the past few
years, including as much as one fifth of Turkey’s top military
chiefs, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s number-two naval commander retired on Monday in what some took as proof of deepening frustration in the military high command over the jailing of hundreds of their colleagues.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has detained several hundred serving and retired officers over the past few years, including one fifth of Turkey’s military generals, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.
ANKARA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan has criticised the lengthy pre-trial detention of
hundreds of military officers, suggesting it was sapping army
morale just as Ankara vows to keep up pressure on Kurdish
During his 10 years in power, Erdogan, whose party has
moderate Islamist roots, has brought to heel the once
all-powerful armed forces, which see themselves as guardians of
secularism and regularly intervened in politics and carried out
coups in previous decades.
ANKARA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Turkey is scrambling to push
through a long-awaited anti-terrorism financing law before a
deadline next month to avoid being expelled from an
international watchdog and placed on its blacklist alongside
Iran and North Korea.
Turkey is already on a “grey list” of countries drawn up by
the 36-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a
money-laundering watchdog, for not implementing the legislation
required by its members despite pressing Ankara for years.