Turkey

  • Mumbai-Brussels plane's altitude drops as pilot sleeps, co-pilot says she was busy on her tablet 1 week ago

    New Delhi: In an alarming incident, a Jet Airways aircraft flying from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has summoned both pilots over the incident. At the time of the incident, the commander of the flight...
  • 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...
  • Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women July 30, 2014

    Istanbul: One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), made the comment...
  • Turkish PM says Israel is 'more barbaric than Hitler' July 20, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while lambasting Israel's ground invasion of Gaza,on Sunday accused the Israeli government of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler", a leading British daily reported. "(Israelis) have no conscience, no honour, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism," the Independent...
  • UN Security Council authorises cross-border aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebel-held areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • Watch: Heart-stopping moment a pregnant woman is caught on film jumping from a burning building into a waiting crowd July 14, 2014

    That was a narrow escape. Whew. A pregnant woman was filmed jumping from the first storey of a burning building in Turkey into a crowd waiting below with sheets and pieces of cardboard. The woman is in a hospital but in good condition. The fire in South St. Louis saw a...
  • Turkey urges Israel to halt Gaza assault July 9, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey called on Israel on Tuesday to "immediately" halt its assault against the Gaza Strip, following the deadly air campaign against the Palestinian enclave. "We are calling on Israel to immediately halt its attacks on Gaza," the foreign ministry said in a statement. It urged the international community, especially the United...
  • Seven people abducted by Kurdish militants in Turkey June 23, 2014

    Ankara: A group of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants have kidnapped seven people in southeastern Turkey, the media reported on Sunday. The PKK rebels on Saturday kidnapped seven people, including five from a same family who were collecting firewood in the forest area of Senoba zone in Uludere town...
  • Thousands demonstrate against Austria visit of Turkish PM June 20, 2014

    Vienna: As many as 10,000 people demonstrated in Vienna against a visit by Turkey's strongman Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, organisers and police said. Erdogan has been accused of autocratic tendencies in his home country and a similar trip to Germany last month ruffled feathers after he spoke out against assimilation...
  • YouTube still blocked in Turkey despite top court verdict June 1, 2014

    Ankara: Popular video-sharing site YouTube remained blocked in Turkey on Sunday despite the country's top court ruling that the blanket ban contravened the right to free speech. Turkey's constitutional court ruled Thursday that the ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for access to the service to...
  • Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes May 25, 2014

    Cannes: Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday for "Winter Sleep", a slow-burn domestic drama that mesmerised audiences despite its more than three-hour length. Jury president Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker, handed over the trophy to Ceylan, who beat out 17...
  • Five sentenced for attacking, robbing Indian expatriate in Dubai May 22, 2014

    Dubai: Five foreigners, including two women have been sentenced by a Dubai court for up to three years in jail for attacking and robbing a 24-year-old Indian in Dubai, a media report said. The Indian salesman was punched and hit with a lamp before the assailants fled with his...
  • Fire in Turkish mine delays rescue work, death toll rises to 299 May 17, 2014

    Soma: A fire broke out on Saturday in part of a mine where nearly 300 miners were killed in Turkey's worst industrial disaster, hindering efforts to find up to three remaining workers believed to be still underground, the energy minister said. The bodies of 15 miners were retrieved overnight, bringing the...
  • Turkey: Coal mine deaths rise to 282 May 15, 2014

    Rescue teams recovered eight more victims of Turkey's worst mining accident on Thursday, raising the death toll to 282 in a disaster that has thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions off stride. Hundreds of people were attending funerals for the victims in the western mining town of Soma; dozens...
  • 274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster May 15, 2014

    Soma: Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine on Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 - the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150 others still trapped deep underground in smoldering...
  • Turkey: Violent protest in Soma after miners death May 14, 2014

    A violent protest erupted on Wednesday in the Turkish city of Soma, where at least 238 coal miners have died after a mine explosion. Many in the crowd expressed anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Rocks were being thrown and some people were shouting that Erdogan was a "Murderer!"...
  • 201 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine May 14, 2014

    Soma: Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 201 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people...
  • 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 lifts Twitter ban after court ruling April 3, 2014

    Turkey's telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter on Thursday after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expression, an official in Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office said. Access to Twitter was blocked on March 21 in the run-up to local elections last Sunday to stem a stream...
  • Turkey moves to block YouTube after Twitter but attempt fails March 28, 2014

    Istanbul: Turkish authorities pressed on Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey's technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications authority was imposing the block "as a precaution" after...
  • Turkish court orders halt to Twitter ban: Report March 26, 2014

    Turkey's Dogan news agency and other media say a court has issued a temporary injunction ordering the telecommunications authority to restore access to Twitter, five days after the government blocked the social network. The telecommunications authority had accused Twitter of disobeying court orders to remove content. The ban came shortly after...
  • 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...
  • Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter March 22, 2014

    Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval. A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's defiant...
  • Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire March 22, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's telecommunications authority said it had blocked access to the social...
  • How Turkey is still tweeting despite ban on Twitter March 22, 2014

    New York: Not long after Turkey's prime minister imposed a ban on Twitter, Internet users in Turkey went on - what else? - Twitter to find ways to circumvent the blockade. Twitter and Turkish news media also shared some tips, as did Turkish residents through low-tech means such as graffiti...
  • Turkey blocks Twitter after PM threatens to 'root out' the social network March 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey restricted access to Twitter on Friday 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 key local elections this month. Many users trying to access the network early on Friday were confronted...
  • 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...
  • Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist groups: RPN Singh February 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey and a few other countries and possibility of their front outfits getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "The CPI(Maoist) have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey etc. The...