TAYYIP ERDOGAN

  • Turkish president rounds on feminists, says men and women not equal November 25, 2014

    Istanbul: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting on women's rights on Monday that gender equality was contrary to nature and said feminists did not recognize the value of motherhood. Erdogan, whose conservative, Islamist ideology frequently raises hackles in more liberal segments of Turkish society, said women's "delicate" nature meant it...
  • Pranab Mukherjee congratulates Turkey's new President August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday congratulated Turkey's former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election as the country's president. "On behalf of the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes on your election as the...
  • Turkey set to elect Erdogan as strongman president August 10, 2014

    Istanbul: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to vanquish his two rivals in elections to become the next Turkish president on Sunday, promising to expand the post with new powers as opponents worry Turkey is creeping towards autocracy. Erdogan, a pious Muslim, has ruled Turkey as premier since 2003, a...
  • Riot police clash with May Day protesters in Istanbul May 2, 2014

    Istanbul: Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets on Thursday to stop May Day protesters, some armed with fire bombs, from defying Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and reaching Istanbul's central Taksim square. Citing security fears, authorities shut parts of the city's public transport system, erected steel barricades and...
  • Turkish government lifts Twitter ban April 4, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey's government lifted its ban on Twitter on Thursday - a day after the country's highest court ruled that the block was a violation of freedom and must be restored. Turkey blocked access to the social media website two weeks ago after some users posted links suggesting government corruption. Prime...
  • Turkey: Twitter allows 'character assassination' March 23, 2014

    Turkey's government on Saturday accused Twitter of allowing "systematic character assassinations" a day after social media users easily evaded a government attempt to block access to the network. The attempted crackdown came after links to wiretapped recordings suggesting corruption were posted on Twitter, causing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government major...
  • Turkey blocks access to Twitter March 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey has restricted access to Twitter hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government's reputation ahead of local elections. Many users trying to access the network early on Friday were confronted instead with...
  • Turkish PM faces probe, anti-corruption protesters clash with police February 26, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the subject of a corruption inquiry, state-run media said on Tuesday, as opposition parties demanded his government's resignation. Ankara's chief prosecutor initiated an investigation into audio recordings - purportedly of Erdogan and his son arranging to dispose of vast amounts of cash amid...
  • Turkey realises Ottoman dream with rail tunnel linking Europe to Asia October 30, 2013

    Istanbul: Turkey opened the world's first underwater rail link between two continents on Tuesday, connecting Asia and Europe and allowing Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to realise a project dreamt up by Ottoman sultans more than a century ago. The engineering feat spans 13 km to link Europe with Asia some 60...
  • Concern in Turkey over new detention law October 9, 2013

    Ankara: As the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes increasingly authoritarian, and assumes more and more powers, there is mounting concern in Turkey over a new law that will allow police to detain from 12 to 24 hours without any court order people who pose the "risk of...
  • Terrorism needs to be dealt individually and collectively, says Pranab Mukherjee October 8, 2013

    Raising the issue of cross border terrorism during his first visit to Turkey, a traditional ally of Pakistan, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the menace must be dealt both "individually and collectively" as it was a threat to global peace. The President also made it clear that India was against...
  • Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts August 15, 2013

    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday, after at least 421 people were killed in a security crackdown on the Islamist movement that has left the most populous Arab nation polarised and in turmoil. Cairo and other cities hit by shocking violence on Wednesday...
  • Turkey: Thousands protest demonstrator's death in Istanbul June 30, 2013

    Istanbul: Thousands of protesters returned to Istanbul's Taksim Square on Saturday, demanding justice for a demonstrator slain by police fire during demonstrations that have swept Turkey in June. Police later forced the protesters out of the square, pushing them back using their shields. In the capital, Ankara, police fired tear gas...
  • Turkey: Security forces fire at protesters; one dead,10 injured June 29, 2013

    Turkey: Turkish security forces killed one person and wounded ten on Friday when they fired on a group protesting against the construction of a new gendarmerie outpost in Kurdishdominated southeastern Turkey, a Kurdish party lawmaker said. The incident, in Kayacik village in Diyarbakir province, appeared to be the most violent in...
  • Dozens arrested in Turkey, silent protester goes viral June 19, 2013

    Istanbul: A lone, silent vigil by a man in Istanbul inspired copycat protests on Tuesday, as police detained dozens of people across Turkey in an operation linked to three weeks of often violent demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Overnight in Ankara, riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse...
  • Turkey: PM's supporters take out rally in his support June 17, 2013

    To the ongoing protests in Turkey, where even as demonstrators demand that Prime Minsiter Recep Tayyip Erdogan should step down, tens of thousands of his supporters took part in a massive flagwaving rally. ...
  • Turkish protesters defiant as Erdogan delivers ultimatum June 16, 2013

    Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned antigovernment protesters on Saturday that security forces would clear Istanbul's Taksim Square if they did not withdraw before a ruling party rally on Sunday. After two weeks of protests against his leadership, Erdogan vowed to crush his opponents at elections in 2014, in a...
  • Turkish government open to referendum to end protests June 13, 2013

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party ordered protesters out of an Istanbul park on Wednesday, while making a limited concession in the form of an offer to hold a referendum on redevelopment plans that caused nearly two weeks of riots. Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development...
  • Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square June 12, 2013

    Istanbul: Turkish riot police using tear gas and water cannon battled protesters for control of Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday night, hours after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan demanded an immediate end to 10 days of demonstrations. The governor of Istanbul went on television to declare that police operations would continue day...
  • Turkish riot police enter Istanbul Taksim Square June 11, 2013

    Istanbul: Hundreds of Turkish riot police entered Istanbul's Taksim Square on Tuesday, firing teargas to scatter small numbers of protesters who have been staging demonstrations against plans to redevelop an adjoining park, a Reuters witness said. Backed by armoured vehicles, police wearing white helmets and carrying shields massed in areas around...
  • Turkish leader Erdogan to meet Istanbul protesters June 11, 2013

    Ankara: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has agreed to meet on Wednesday with leaders of the movement whose peaceful protests in Istanbul spiralled into a wave of antigovernment demonstrations across Turkey. Erdogan has repeatedly dismissed the protesters as "capulcular", or riffraff. But Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday leaders of...
  • Turkey PM warns patience with protests will run out June 10, 2013

    Istanbul: Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned protesters who have taken to the streets across Turkey demanding his resignation that his patience has its limits and compared the unrest with an army attempt six years ago to curb his power. Riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse antigovernment protesters from...
  • Turkish PM's AK Party rules out early elections June 9, 2013

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party on Saturday ruled out early elections as thousands of antigovernment demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. Huseyin Celik, deputy chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party founded by Erdogan just over a decade ago, said local and presidential...
  • Thousands of Turks defy Erdogan as protests rumble on June 8, 2013

    Istanbul: Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of antigovernment demonstrations despite Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's demand for an immediate end to the worst political unrest of his decade in power. In central Istanbul's Taksim Square, where riot police backed by helicopters and armoured vehicles clashed with protesters...
  • Turkey: PM calls protests unlawful, Istanbul stock market crashes June 7, 2013

    Thousands of protestors held demonstrations against the Turkish Prime Minister during his visit to Tunisia. ...
  • Turkey protests unite people across the social spectrum June 6, 2013

    Istanbul: Office workers in business suits chant antigovernment slogans alongside pious women wearing Muslim headscarves. Schoolchildren and bearded anarchists rub shoulders with football fans, wellheeled women in designer sunglasses and elderly couples donating food. These disparate groups are united by alarm at what they consider unwarranted meddling and increasingly autocratic behavior...
  • Turkey seeks to reassure investors over protests June 6, 2013

    London: Turkey's President and the country's international trade group sought to reassure foreign investors that the days of violent antigovernment protests should not scare away multinational firms. Turkey's location as a gateway between Asia and Europe and its young, skilled, talent pool have attracted a growing number of multinationals to place...
  • US concerned about Turkey protests, says Biden June 5, 2013

    Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden says only Turks can solve the problem of antigovernment protests sowing unrest in Turkey. But he says the US is concerned and isn't indifferent to the outcome. Thousands have joined rallies voicing discontent with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's 10year rule. The protests spread after...
  • Turkish government offers apology as protests continue June 5, 2013

    Ankara: Turkey's deputy prime minister offered an apology on Tuesday for the government's violent crackdown on an environmental protest, a calculated bid to ease days of antigovernment rallies in the country's major cities. The message was a bit mixed, however, as hundreds of riot police deployed with water cannons around the...
  • Turkish deputy PM seeks to calm antigovernment protests June 4, 2013

    Istanbul: Turkey's deputy prime minister sought to mollify tens of thousands of antigovernment demonstrators on Tuesday by apologising for a police crackdown on a peaceful protest that triggered five days of rioting across the country. The comments by Bulent Arinc, who took charge of government after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan left...