Turkish police clash with Gay Pride activists in Istanbul

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.

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.

Istanbul Gay Pride organisers to stage rally despite ban

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”.

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 among those facing trial over failed Turkish coup

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.

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.

Turkey’s Erdogan returns as leader of ruling AK Party

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.

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.

Turkey sacks thousands of civil servants in latest post-coup purge

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 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.

Turkey ‘blocks access to Wikipedia’, says monitoring group

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.

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.

Thousands in Turkish police force suspended over alleged Gulen links

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.

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.

Top Turkish court rejects opposition’s referendum challenge

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.

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.

Opposition to challenge referendum at Turkey’s highest court

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.

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.

Turkey’s referendum result mirrors geographical divide

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.

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.

Erdogan hails ‘historic’ referendum victory, opposition cries foul

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.

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.

Live: Polls close in Turkey’s knife-edge referendum

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.

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 heads to polls in knife-edge referendum

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.

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.

Blast rocks Turkish police HQ in mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir

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.

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.

Erdogan stumps for ‘yes’ vote to controversial referendum in Kurdish city

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.

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.

Turkey’s Erdogan says may hold referendum on stalled EU membership bid

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.

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.

Top Twitter accounts hacked in pro-Turkey protest

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.

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.

Turkey referendum on boosting presidency powers set for April 16

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.

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.

Turkey detains hundreds of IS group suspects in nationwide raids

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.

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.

Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

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.

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.

Istanbul nightclub attacker arrested, Turkish media say

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.

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.

MPs back new Turkey constitution cementing Erdogan’s power

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.

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.

Turkey arrests two Chinese Uighurs over Istanbul nightclub attack

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 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 military officers sentenced to life in prison over failed Turkey coup

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.

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.

Blast hits Turkish coastal city of Izmir

An explosion wounded at least three people in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir on Thursday, according to local media reports.

An explosion wounded at least three people in the Turkish coastal city of Izmir on Thursday, according to local media reports.

Turkey identifies alleged Istanbul nightclub attacker

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.

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 to extend state of emergency by three months

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.

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 launch raids in Istanbul as hunt for nightclub gunman intensifies

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.

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.

IS group claims responsibility for Istanbul attack as manhunt continues

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.

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.

Foreign nationals counted among Istanbul attack victims

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.

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.

Manhunt underway after dozens are killed in Istanbul nightclub attack

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.

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.

Istanbul Governor: At least 35 killed in ‘terror attack’ in nightclub

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.

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.

Turkish lawmakers clear draft to expand Erdogan’s power

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 parliamentary commission on Friday cleared a set of draft constitutional amendments that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Prominent Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan released pending trial

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.

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.

Award-winning novelist Asli Erdogan goes on trial amid crackdown in Turkey

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.

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.

Erdogan accuses the West of backing the IS group

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.

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.

Turkish police go on trial for attempted coup

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.

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.

Turkey blames US-based cleric Gulen for envoy’s assassination

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.

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.

Deadly blast hits bus in Turkish city of Kayseri

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.

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.

Turkey detains more than 100 pro-Kurdish party officials

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.

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.

Explosion strikes near sports stadium in Istanbul

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.

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.

European lawmakers call for freeze on Turkey’s EU bid

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.

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.

Turkey withdraws child rape ‘loophole’ bill after street protests

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 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 detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

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.

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.