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Turkish police accused of spying on prime minister are arrested

Turkish police raided colleagues' homes on Tuesday, detaining dozens of officers on suspicion of illegally wiretapping government figures including prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Turkey's spy chief.<p>Police conducted raids in 25 provinces, detaining officers including at least one former …

Iran and Turkey: Unlikely duo amid regional turmoil | US & Canada

On every continent, there is a pair of neighbouring countries that are very similar, yet different. And throughout history, their rivalry or cooperation has made all the difference between turmoil and stability, between war and peace. Take France and Germany in Europe, China and India, Japan and …

Protesters Attack Turkish Police Chief as Unrest Grows

In Turkey, tensions between citizens and police are flaring up once again in the aftermath of the tragic mine disaster that left 301 people dead.<p>On …

Erdogan visit brings Turkey's divisions to streets of Cologne

BERLIN (Reuters) - A visit by Tayyip Erdogan to Cologne on Saturday to address thousands of expatriate Turks threatens to bring Turkey’s political tensions to German streets, despite an appeal by Chancellor Angela Merkel for him to adopt a sensitive tone.<p>Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan makes …

Turkish Government Official Accused of Kicking Man at Mine Protest

<b>UPDATE: May 15, 2014 at 7:34 a.m. ET</b> — Yusuf Yerkel acknowledged it is him in the photo and he plans to make a statement.<p>Turkish media, backed by …

Fury as Turkish PM's Aide Kicks Soma Mine Protester

New pictures emerged Thursday of a senior Turkish government aide apparently kicking a grieving protester, adding to anger at prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s handling of the Soma coal mine disaster.<p>Erdogan’s adviser, Yusuf Yerkel, clashed with the unidentified man during protests when the leader …

Turkey in Final Push to Save Miners as Hopes Dim

Turkey mine disaster: police use riot tactics at protests about mine safety

Turkish police used teargas, plastic bullets and water cannon to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who gathered on Friday at the scene of the country's worst industrial accident to protest the country's dismal work safety record, and the prime minister's apparently offhand attitude towards victims …

Death toll at Turkey mine blast passes 200

The death toll in a coal mine disaster in western Turkey has risen to 238, the country's prime minister said, adding that the accident would be "investigated thoroughly".<p>At least 80 others have been injured while 120 remain trapped inside the mine in the town of Soma, Recep Teyyip Erdogan said on …

Turkey rules out compensation to Cyprus

Turkey has no plans to pay $124m to Cyprus as ordered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Ahmet Davutoglu, the foreign minister, has said.<p>The money was ordered in compensation for Turkey's invasion of the island 40 years ago.<p>The Mediterranean island has been split since 1974 - when Turkey …

The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

Turkey PM Erdogan's party turn on him as corruption probe deepens

More ministers resign as army says it will 'not be dragged into politics'<p>The Turkish prime minister’s own ruling party began to turn on him on Friday as he tried to ward off a corruption investigation that threatens his political survival.<p>Three MPs from Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and …

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