Turkey

  • 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 divert Istanbul-bound plane to Sochi, detained 08-02-2014 09:22 AM

    A Ukrainian plane bound for Turkey was forced to make an emergency landing on Friday after a suspected hijacker said that there was a bomb on board and tried to divert the flight to Sochi. However, the authorities tackled the situation and the plane landed safely in Turkey. The alleged...
  • 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...
  • Nawaz Sharif given Turkey's top award 17-09-2013 07:25 PM

    Islamabad: Turkish President Abdullah Gul Tuesday conferred his country's highest civilian award Jumhuriyet Nishan on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The award was bestowed on Sharif at a special investiture ceremony which was also attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported. Sharif...
  • Turkey sceptical about US-Russia deal on Syrian chemical weapons 15-09-2013 04:02 PM

    The US-Russia agreement designed to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria, though a positive step, could be exploited by the Syrian government, according to the Turkish foreign ministry. The deal should not turn into a process that would buy time for Syria, Xinhua quoted a foreign ministry official as saying citing...
  • Syria chemical weapons attack threatens Israel, Jordan: Obama 31-08-2013 01:32 AM

    President Barack Obama said on Friday the chemical weapons attack in Syria threatened US allies Israel, Turkey and Jordan and that while "nobody ends up being more war weary than me" he is considering a narrow, limited US response. Obama, speaking to reporters at a meeting he held with Baltic...
  • Turkey spends over $700 million for Syrian refugees 30-08-2013 03:15 AM

    Turkey has spent about $736 million to shelter Syrian refugees, whose number has exceeded 200,000, the government statistics have revealed. According to the data released by the Prime Ministry 's Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate, Turkey has spent the money on medical services, food and other types of humanitarian aid...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes 27-08-2013 03:12 AM

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's...
  • Players warned about football clubs in Cyprus, Greece and Turkey 21-08-2013 09:03 PM

    Hoofddorp, Netherlands: Professional footballers have been warned by the world players' union FIFPro to think twice before signing to play for clubs in Cyprus, Greece or Turkey. Players were advised to be especially wary of clubs who were not playing in European competition, with FIFPro saying many of those teams...
  • Need to improve ties with Turkey: Akhilesh Yadav 18-08-2013 08:38 AM

    Emphasizing on improving cultural and economic ties between India and Turkey, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday said relations of the two countries depend on strong ties between people. "India and Turkey have had good relations since a long time and both had influence on each other at...
  • Scientists create glow-in-the-dark rabbits using transgenesis technique 12-08-2013 06:15 PM

    Scientists have produced a litter of ordinary-looking rabbits but with a twist they glow green in the dark. Researchers believe the technique used to create glowing rabbits may lead to cheaper medicine for many diseases. The herd of rabbits was born two weeks ago in Istanbul, Turkey using an active...
  • Nine Turkish athletes suspended for banned drug use 01-08-2013 01:39 PM

    Ankara: Nine Turkish track and field athletes have been banned for two years after testing positive for anabolic steroids. The IAAF said Wednesday that six of the athletes are women, including two teenagers, reports Xinhua. Six cases involved field athletes testing positive for stanozolol at Turkey's national university championships held...
  • Nigerian pirates release MT Cotton with 24 Indians onboard 22-07-2013 12:30 PM

    New Delhi: Turkish tanker MT Cotton that had been hijacked by Nigerian pirates off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa has been set free. The ship, manned by an all-Indian crew of 24 people, was hijacked last week and released on Monday. A large number of ships, mainly cargo...
  • Turkey returns to normal after anti-govt protests 21-07-2013 09:35 AM

    Weeks after anti-government protests engulfed Turkey, the country is slowly returning to normal. ...