Turkish police on Sunday thwarted an attempt by Gay Pride activists to hold a parade in the country’s largest city Istanbul in defiance of an official ban from the local authorities.
Organisers of the annual Gay Pride march in Istanbul insisted Saturday that it would go ahead in the city’s Taksim Square despite a ban by the authorities over “safety concerns”.
Prominent journalists were among 17 people who went on trial in Istanbul on Monday on charges of links to the group allegedly behind last year’s failed coup, in a case that has amplified concerns over press freedom in Turkey.
French photojournalist Mathias Depardon returned home Friday after being freed by Turkish authorities who detained him near the Syrian border for a month.
The French president’s office says a French photographer has been freed after a month in custody in Turkey.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned as leader of Turkey’s ruling party Sunday, pushing back criticism that his tenure has curtailed freedoms and polarized the country as he vowed to serve the nation and combat terror.
Turkish authorities have expelled more than 3,900 people from the civil service, military and gendarmerie, the government said in its Official Gazette on Saturday, in what appears to be the latest large-scale purge related to last year’s failed coup.
Turkish authorities on Saturday blocked access to online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, an internet monitoring group said, the latest in what government critics say is a crackdown on free speech on the internet.
Turkey on Wednesday detained more than 1,000 people and suspended over 9,100 police in a vast new crackdown against alleged supporters of the US-based preacher accused of orchestrating the coup bid against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A top Turkish court on Tuesday rejected an opposition legal challenge to an April 16 referendum that gave President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers. Opposition activists had filed a complaint over last-minute changes to voting rules.
Days after Turkey’s election authority rejected a request to annul the referendum on boosting the president’s powers, the country’s main opposition party said Friday it would apply to the nation’s highest administrative court.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government may have won a narrow victory in Sunday’s constitutional referendum, but lost in the major urban centers, marking another first for the Turkish strongman.
Turkey’s referendum did not live up to standards set by the Council of Europe, a representative from the European human rights organisation’s
observer mission said on Monday.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in Sunday’s constitutional referendum granting him sweeping powers. But the opposition has challenged the razor thin poll victory.
Turks headed to the polls Sunday to cast their ballots in a landmark constitutional referendum on whether to greatly expand Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s presidential powers. Follow our live blog for all the latest developments.
Turkey goes to the polls Sunday in a controversial constitutional referendum, which if passed, would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping executive powers by replacing the parliamentary system with a presidential one.
A strong blast rocked Turkey’s largest Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir on Tuesday near the riot police headquarters, just days before a key referendum on boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.
Weeks ahead of a critical constitutional referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a campaign rally over the weekend for a “Yes” vote in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. But the Kurdish-dominated city is a predominantly “No” zone.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks, following a planned vote on April 16 that could give him sweeping new powers.
The diplomatic spat between Turkey and the Netherlands spread online on Wednesday when a large number of Twitter accounts, many with no apparent connection to the dispute, were hijacked and replaced with anti-Nazi messages in Turkish.
A trial of almost 50 suspects accused of plotting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the botched July 15 coup opened Monday in southern Turkey.
Turkey will hold a referendum on April 16 on replacing its parliamentary system with the stronger presidency long sought by incumbent Tayyip
Erdogan, electoral authorities announced on Saturday.
Turkish police on Sunday detained hundreds of suspected members of the Islamic State extremist group in nationwide raids, just over a month after an attack on an Istanbul nightclub claimed by the jihadists.
Turkey’s parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office.
A gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday.
The Turkish parliament on Sunday passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead to one-man rule.
Two Chinese nationals of Uighur origin were arrested on Friday for suspected links to the mass shooting in an Istanbul night club on New Year’s Eve, state-run Anadolu agency said.
Two senior Turkish military officers were jailed for life on Thursday for involvement in July’s failed coup attempt that killed almost 250 people, marking the first conviction related to the putsch, news agencies said.
An explosion wounded at least three people in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir on Thursday, according to local media reports.
Turkish authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the attack on an elite nightclub that killed 39 people celebrating New Year, the foreign minister said Wednesday.
Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday approved a government-backed motion to extend by another three months the state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Police launched a raid on an Istanbul neighbourhood late Monday in connection with the Reina nightclub attack, which left 39 people dead on New Year’s Day. Authorities have released a photo of the suspect and say they are close to identifying him.
They had come from France to celebrate the New Year in Istanbul at the exclusive Reina nightclub overlooking the Bosphorus.
Islamic State group claimed responsibility Monday for a gun attack on New Year’s Eve revellers at an Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded close to 70 more, as Turkish police struggled to track down the gunman.
Foreigners, including many nationals of Arab countries, were among the dead in the New Year shooting rampage at an Istanbul nightclub, officials said on Sunday.
Police in Turkey’s most populous city launched a huge manhunt on Sunday for a gunman who killed at least 39 people, many of them foreigners, at a nightclub packed with New Year’s revellers, in an attack officials described as a terrorist act.
An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and wounding 40 others.
A Turkish parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
A Turkish court on Thursday ordered the release of prominent novelist Asli Erdogan and linguist Necimye Alpay pending trial. Erdogan, who was on the board of a pro-Kurdish newspaper, was arrested August for allegedly belonging to a terrorist group.
Novelist and writer Asli Erdogan went on trial in Turkey on Thursday as part of a widespread crackdown by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, including the arrests of dozens of journalists and teachers.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said the West was breaking promises in Syria, accusing Ankara’s partners of backing “terror groups” including IS jihadists in the country.
Almost 30 Turkish police went on trial in Istanbul Tuesday charged with involvement in the July 15 coup, the city’s first trial of alleged putschists in the failed bid to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Turkish authorities last week detained 1,682 people for questioning over suspected links to militant organisations and arrested 516 of them, the interior ministry said on Monday.
Russian investigators arrived in Turkey on Tuesday to help investigate the assassination of Moscow’s ambassador as the Turkish government pointed the finger of blame at exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States.
A deadly car bomb attack hit the central Anatolian province of Kayseri on Saturday morning, Turkish media said. There were preliminary reports of fatalities amid a media blackout.
Turkish police have detained 118 people in raids across Turkey targeting officials from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) over allegations of links to Kurdish PKK militants, state-run Anadolu agency said on Monday.
A suspected car bomb outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday, hours after the end of a match between two of Turkey’s top teams, in what appeared to be an attack targeting riot police.
The leaders of the European Parliament’s two largest groups called on Tuesday for the European Union to halt membership talks with Turkey because of its post-coup purges.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday a controversial bill which could overturn men’s convictions for child-sex assault if they married their victim would be withdrawn after a public backlash.
Turkish police detained 73 academics in dawn raids on Friday targeting followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.