Turkey

  • Turkey urges Israel to halt Gaza assault 09-07-2014 08:14 AM

    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...
  • Seven people abducted by Kurdish militants in Turkey 23-06-2014 08:04 AM

    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...
  • Thousands demonstrate against Austria visit of Turkish PM 20-06-2014 09:35 AM

    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...
  • YouTube still blocked in Turkey despite top court verdict 01-06-2014 08:25 PM

    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...
  • Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 25-05-2014 08:45 AM

    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...
  • Five sentenced for attacking, robbing Indian expatriate in Dubai 22-05-2014 05:01 PM

    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 laptop...
  • Fire in Turkish mine delays rescue work, death toll rises to 299 17-05-2014 04:30 PM

    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...
  • Turkey: Coal mine deaths rise to 282 15-05-2014 04:52 PM

    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;...
  • 274 dead in Turkey's worst-ever mine disaster 15-05-2014 07:11 AM

    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...
  • Turkey: Violent protest in Soma after miners death 14-05-2014 11:30 PM

    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...
  • 201 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine 14-05-2014 10:23 AM

    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...
  • Riot police clash with May Day protesters in Istanbul 02-05-2014 08:42 AM

    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...
  • 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 lifts Twitter ban after court ruling 03-04-2014 09:46 PM

    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...
  • Turkey moves to block YouTube after Twitter but attempt fails 28-03-2014 09:16 AM

    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 26-03-2014 04:43 PM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter 22-03-2014 12:55 PM

    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...
  • Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire 22-03-2014 12:50 PM

    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...
  • How Turkey is still tweeting despite ban on Twitter 22-03-2014 12:42 PM

    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 21-03-2014 01:18 PM

    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...
  • 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...
  • Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist groups: RPN Singh 19-02-2014 02:32 PM

    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....
  • Turkey: Passenger tries to hijack Istanbul-bound plane to divert it to Sochi 07-02-2014 11:12 PM

    Ankara: A passenger on board an Istanbul-bound flight on Friday claimed there was a bomb on board and tried to hijack the plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off, an official said. The plane from Kharkov, Ukraine, landed safely at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, but 110 passengers...
  • Egypt expels Turkish ambassador, scales back 23-11-2013 08:26 PM

    Egypt downgraded diplomatic relations with Turkey on Saturday and ordered its ambassador expelled from Cairo, a sharp escalation in tensions between the two countries that have mounted since the Egyptian military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi this summer. Egypt's Foreign Ministry said the Turkish envoy has been considered persona...
  • India, Turkey leads in 143.3m false Facebook accounts 01-11-2013 05:31 PM

    An estimated 14.3 crore accounts on the popular social networking site Facebook may be false or duplicate, with a major chunk of them coming from developing markets like India and Turkey. Facebook, which boasts of 119 crore accounts globally, in a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing said it...
  • 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...