Melissa Bilodeau

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Turkey denies 'ludicrous' reports of plan to seize cleric from U.S. | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has dismissed what it said were ludicrous reports that Turkish officials may have discussed a plan to seize a wanted U.S.-based Muslim cleric and hand him over to Ankara in exchange for millions of dollars.<p>U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in …

South Asia

Erdogan swipes at Russia, U.S. missions in Syria | Reuters

ANKARA/SOCHI (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at U.S. and Russian interventions in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir …

North Africa

A fake news campaign blames an innocent American for a coup attempt in Turkey

On July 15, 2016, an American college professor named Henri Barkey convened an academic workshop about Iran at a hotel on an island near Istanbul. That night, elements of the Turkish military attempted a coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that quickly failed but triggered a massive …

Fake News

Syria providing ground for closer Turkey-Russia relations

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Turkey discussed their next steps in Syria during talks Monday that underlined the close coordination between …

Russia

Turkey's Erdogan says three more mayors to quit, including Ankara chief | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that three more mayors, including the high-profile mayor of the capital Ankara, are to resign soon, as he pushes to revitalise his ruling party ahead of 2019 elections.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is pictured during a ceremony …

North Africa

Economic adviser to Turkey's Erdogan resigns - party official | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - A chief economic adviser to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan resigned on Thursday, a senior official in Erdogan’s ruling AK Party said, without giving a reason for the resignation.<p>Saban Disli, who was Erdogan’s economic adviser within the AK Party, is the brother of Major General …

North Africa

EU will cut some money for Turkey as ties sour | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will cut some of the money earmarked for Turkey to join the bloc, reflecting increasingly sour ties with Ankara but stopping short of killing membership bid of the country it still sees as a strategic partner.<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the …

North Africa

Iraq’s Kurds need to put democracy before independence

THE LEADERS of Iraq’s Kurdistan region are suffering considerable consequences for their reckless staging of a referendum on independence late last month. The Iraqi government has teamed up with Turkey and Iran to impose tough sanctions, including a ban on international flights from Kurdish …

Middle East

Turkish minister says will work to improve ties with Germany | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday he would work towards a normalisation of relations with Germany after months of mutual recriminations on a range of issues between the NATO allies.<p>Turkey's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu arrives at a meeting …

North Africa

Turkey’s ‘voluptuous’ breakfast for one

Olives, chiles, cheese, rose petal jam… a full Turkish breakfast is decadent, to say the least. And Rick Stein discovers where you can eat it all day long.<p><i>Get the latest from BBC World News: international news, features and analysis from around the globe.</i><p><i>Join over three million BBC Travel fans by</i> …

Breakfast

Turkey's currency slumps on U.S. visa spat

Turkey's currency is suffering the effects of the country's escalating feud with the United States.<p>The Turkish lira slumped as much as 6.6% against the U.S. dollar on Monday after a spat over visas between the two countries intensified.<p>The nosedive in the currency came after the U.S. embassy in …

North Africa

Turkey to retry opposition lawmaker jailed on espionage charges: NTV | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will retry a lawmaker from the main opposition party after a court annulled his 25-year prison sentence but he will remain in custody, broadcaster NTV and opposition lawmakers said on Monday.<p>Enis Berberoglu became a symbol for more than 50,000 people detained in the wake …

North Africa

Turkey urges U.S. to review visa suspension as lira, stocks tumble | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey urged the United States on Monday to review its suspension of visa services after the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee sharply escalated tension between the two NATO allies and drove Turkey’s currency and stocks lower.<p>Relations between Ankara and Washington have been …

Turkish police detain 25 suspected Islamic State militants in Istanbul: Anadolu | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police detained 25 suspected Islamic State militants in operations across Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.<p>Three of the suspects were “high-level members” of the militant group, Anadolu said. It said 22 of the suspected jihadists were foreign …

North Africa

Turkey signs deal to get Russian S-400 air defence missiles

<b>Turkey has signed a controversial deal with Russia to arm its forces with Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missiles.</b><p>President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a deposit had already been paid. The deal is thought to be worth $2.5bn (£1.9bn).<p>Turkey has the second-largest army in Nato. The alliance reacted …

South Asia

Sara Netanyahu, Wife of Israeli Prime Minister, to Face Fraud Charges

JERUSALEM — Israel’s attorney general said Friday that he intended to bring fraud charges against Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing her of misusing some $100,000 in public funds in her management of the prime minister’s official residence.<p>But the nation’s top …

Israel

Turkey’s President Calls U.S. Indictments of His Guards a ‘Scandal’

Turkey’s president denounced what he called the “scandalous” American judicial system on Friday, responding to new indictments of his bodyguards over a brawl during his visit to Washington in May.<p>The remarks in Istanbul by the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, underscored his view of the indictments …

North Africa

Turkey’s complicated relationship with the Middle East, explained by one word

This weekend is Eid al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the hajj pilgrimage season. To nearly all Muslims, it's known simply as Eid. But to Turks and their kin in other nations, it's called Bayram.<p>The dividing line between the two names offers unexpected insight into how Turkey’s bid …

Middle East

Iran, Turkey, and Russia Aren't Natural Friends. It's Up to the U.S. to Keep It That Way.

One of the more curious and troubling developments in the course of the Syrian civil war has been Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia and cooperation …

Turkey's New Alliances

When Turkey welcomed Iranian Chief of General Staff Mohammad Bagheri to Ankara in mid-August, it was the first time since the Iranian revolution of …

Germany’s Turks Face Quandary in This Month’s Election

Turkish leader’s boycott call raises politicians’ ire, contributes to shift in diaspora’s party allegiances<p>BERLIN—Germany’s rapidly worsening relations with Turkey could scramble long-established voting patterns among the roughly one million German voters of Turkish origin, throwing a wild card in …

North Africa

Erdoğan calls Merkel’s stance on EU membership ‘Nazism’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday criticized German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her election rival Martin Schulz for discussing an …

Torture returns to Turkey - Bruised and battered

Bruised and batteredTorture returns to Turkey<p>THE masked special-ops officers barged into their apartment in Diyarbakir, in Turkey’s south-east, in …

Turkish court orders release of pro-Kurdish party's former spokesman: party official | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court has ordered the release of a parliamentarian who was the former spokesman for Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition party, a party official said on Friday.<p>The court ruled that Ayhan Bilgen be released after a monthly review of his detention since he was arrested in the …

North Africa

Turkey kills 99 Kurdish militants in latest operations: military | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish security forces have killed 99 Kurdish militants, including a high-ranking one, in operations in southeast Turkey over the last two weeks, the armed forces said on Saturday.<p>Security forces targeted outposts and caves used by the militants for shelter and storage in the …

North Africa

Turkey Tourism | TIME

THE WAGES OF TERROR<p><b>in turkey, the toll of terrorism can be counted in dollars</b><p>By <b>Jared Malsin/Istanbul</b> | Photographs by <b>EMIN OZMEN—MAGNUM for TIME</b><p>Over …

Chill in Relations Puts Much at Stake for Turks and Germans

ISTANBUL, Turkey — In the hushed reading room of the Turkish-German Bookstore, you’d hardly know Turkey and Germany are seething at each other.<p>“We are like a family here,” said Thomas Muhlbauer, the German-Austrian manager and co-owner, with his brother, of the store on Istanbul’s main shopping …

North Africa

Erdogan conveys Turkey's unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militants | Reuters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday told U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis that Turkey felt unease over U.S. support for Kurdish militant group YPG, presidential sources said.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at the …

North Africa

Germany's Gabriel hits back at Erdogan with call to back Turkish democracy | Reuters

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and the rest of Europe should back the “democratically minded” majority of Turks who do not support President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Germany’s foreign minister said in remarks likely to hurt Berlin’s relations with Ankara further.<p>German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor …

North Africa