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May 27, 2015

Erdogan’s war on critical media heats up ahead of Turkish election

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A veteran U.S. journalist and author said on Wednesday President Tayyip Erdogan had blocked his honorary citizenship and declared him an enemy of the state, as the Turkish leader’s war on critical media intensifies ahead of a June election.

In what opponents see as part of a campaign to muzzle dissent, Erdogan has berated news outlets including the New York Times and Turkish daily Hurriyet in recent days, while a prosecutor this month sought to shut two TV stations, seen as opposed to the government, on terrorism-related charges.

May 26, 2015

Insight – Erdogan’s ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s general election looks likely to push Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of an all-powerful presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to maintain his dominance.

Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before the June 7 parliamentary vote in a sign of how much he has riding on the outcome.

May 26, 2015

Erdogan’s ambition heralds turbulence after Turks vote

ISTANBUL, May 26 (Reuters) – Turkey’s general election looks
likely to push Tayyip Erdogan’s dream of an all-powerful
presidency further from his reach, and usher in a period of
turbulence as its most divisive modern leader jockeys to
maintain his dominance.

Barred by the constitution from party politics as head of
state, Erdogan has nonetheless campaigned across Turkey before
the June 7 parliamentary vote in a sign of how much he has
riding on the outcome.

May 21, 2015

Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas

ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters.

The witness testimony contradicts Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

May 21, 2015

Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas – court documents

ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters.

The witness testimony contradicts Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

May 10, 2015

Eyeing greater power, Erdogan rallies Turks in Europe before election

KARLSRUHE/ISTANBUL, (Reuters) – Defying opposition calls to stay out of campaigning, President Tayyip Erdogan rallied Turks in Europe on Sunday, urging them to vote in a June general election he hopes will help bring him greater powers.

Erdogan is constitutionally bound to remain above party politics after becoming head of state last August. But opponents say he has used rallies around Turkey, and now Europe, to lobby for the ruling AK Party before an election that could reshape Turkey’s political landscape.

May 10, 2015

Eyeing greater power, Erdogan rallies Turks in Europe ahead of vote

KARLSRUHE/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Defying opposition calls to stay out of campaigning, President Tayyip Erdogan rallied Turks in Europe on Sunday, urging them to vote in a June general election he hopes will help bring him greater powers.

Erdogan is constitutionally bound to remain above party politics after becoming head of state last August. But opponents say he has used rallies around Turkey, and now Europe, to lobby for the ruling AK Party ahead of an election that could reshape Turkey’s political landscape.

May 9, 2015

Former Turkish President Evren, symbol of military era, dies at 97

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s former army chief and president, Kenan Evren, who led a 1980 coup and came to symbolize the military’s decades-long dominance over politics, has died at 97, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Saturday.

Evren, who had been receiving treatment at a military hospital in Ankara, suffered multiple organ failure as a result of old age and was pronounced dead late on Saturday, Anadolu said, without citing its sources.

May 8, 2015

Regional crises push Turkey, Saudi closer despite ideological rift

ANKARA (Reuters) РTurkey is cultivating closer relations with Saudi Arabia’s new leadership, putting aside long-standing differences over political Islam and aligning efforts to solve regional crises including the war in Syria.

The rapprochement between two of the Middle East’s biggest powers already appears to be paying dividends in Syria, helping to drive advances by Islamist rebels fighting side-by-side with Western-backed groups against President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

May 6, 2015

Turkish econ min sees stronger growth, may act on food prices

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish growth will pick up as uncertainty over a June election clears, leaving more room for interest rate cuts, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said, adding the government may lift some food import restrictions to fight inflation.

In an interview with Reuters late on Tuesday, Zeybekci said he expected growth to accelerate to well above 1.5 percent in the second quarter and that a 4 percent government growth target this year remained attainable.

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