Tayyip Erdogan

  • Turkish government lifts Twitter ban 04-04-2014 08:10 AM

    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....
  • Turkey: Twitter allows 'character assassination' 23-03-2014 12:09 PM

    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...
  • Turkey blocks access to Twitter 21-03-2014 10:06 AM

    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 26-02-2014 07:32 AM

    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...
  • Turkey realises Ottoman dream with rail tunnel linking Europe to Asia 30-10-2013 10:01 AM

    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...
  • Concern in Turkey over new detention law 09-10-2013 05:03 PM

    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 08-10-2013 01:01 PM

    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...
  • Islamists call Cairo protest march as Egypt death toll mounts 15-08-2013 03:58 PM

    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...
  • Turkey: Thousands protest demonstrator's death in Istanbul 30-06-2013 07:52 AM

    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...
  • Turkey: Security forces fire at protesters; one dead,10 injured 29-06-2013 07:41 AM

    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 Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey, a Kurdish party lawmaker said. The incident, in Kayacik village in Diyarbakir province, appeared to be the most violent...
  • Dozens arrested in Turkey, silent protester goes viral 19-06-2013 06:35 AM

    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...
  • Turkey: PM's supporters take out rally in his support 17-06-2013 01:42 PM

    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 flag-waving rally. ...
  • Turkish protesters defiant as Erdogan delivers ultimatum 16-06-2013 06:20 AM

    Ankara: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned anti-government 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...
  • Turkish government open to referendum to end protests 13-06-2013 02:05 AM

    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...
  • Turkish police battle protesters in Istanbul square 12-06-2013 06:09 AM

    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...
  • Turkish riot police enter Istanbul Taksim Square 11-06-2013 11:01 AM

    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...
  • Turkish leader Erdogan to meet Istanbul protesters 11-06-2013 06:49 AM

    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 anti-government demonstrations across Turkey. Erdogan has repeatedly dismissed the protesters as "capulcular", or riff-raff. But Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Monday leaders...
  • Turkey PM warns patience with protests will run out 10-06-2013 08:42 AM

    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 anti-government protesters...
  • Turkish PM's AK Party rules out early elections 09-06-2013 06:57 AM

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party on Saturday ruled out early elections as thousands of anti-government 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...
  • Thousands of Turks defy Erdogan as protests rumble on 08-06-2013 06:46 AM

    Istanbul: Thousands of Turks dug in on Saturday for a weekend of anti-government 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...
  • Turkey: PM calls protests unlawful, Istanbul stock market crashes 07-06-2013 09:16 AM

    Thousands of protestors held demonstrations against the Turkish Prime Minister during his visit to Tunisia. ...
  • Turkey protests unite people across the social spectrum 06-06-2013 10:05 AM

    Istanbul: Office workers in business suits chant anti-government slogans alongside pious women wearing Muslim headscarves. Schoolchildren and bearded anarchists rub shoulders with football fans, well-heeled 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...
  • Turkey seeks to reassure investors over protests 06-06-2013 09:55 AM

    London: Turkey's President and the country's international trade group sought to reassure foreign investors that the days of violent anti-government 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...
  • US concerned about Turkey protests, says Biden 05-06-2013 11:17 AM

    Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden says only Turks can solve the problem of anti-government 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 10-year rule. The protests spread...
  • Turkish government offers apology as protests continue 05-06-2013 06:48 AM

    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 anti-government rallies in the country's major cities. The message was a bit mixed, however, as hundreds of riot police deployed with water cannons around...
  • Turkish deputy PM seeks to calm anti-government protests 04-06-2013 09:00 PM

    Istanbul: Turkey's deputy prime minister sought to mollify tens of thousands of anti-government 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...
  • Turkish unions join fierce protests against government 04-06-2013 01:30 PM

    Istanbul: Pockets of protesters clashed with Turkish riot police overnight and a union federation began a two-day strike on Tuesday as anti-government demonstrations in which two people have died stretched into a fifth day. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to halt construction...
  • Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan brands protesters extremists 04-06-2013 06:10 AM

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism" in remarks that risked further inflaming public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday, when a demonstration to...
  • Turkish premier brands protesters extremists 03-06-2013 08:20 PM

    Istanbul: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused anti-government protesters on Monday of walking "arm-in-arm with terrorism", remarks that could further inflame public anger after three days of some of the most violent riots in decades. Hundreds of police and protesters have been injured since Friday in the riots, which began...
  • Turkey: Simmering anger at Erdogan's authoritarianism boils over 03-06-2013 09:11 AM

    Istanbul: Turkey's most violent riots in decades may have been started by the destruction of a small Istanbul park, but they have exploded in a show of defiance at what many see as the creeping authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. In power for more than a decade, Erdogan's Islamist-rooted...