Tag: Turkey

Family: Turkey Holding North Carolina Pastor Prisoner for Being a Christian

Turkey Responds to Trump Pressure: Arrest of Christian U.S. Pastor ‘Legal’

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry responded Thursday to President Donald Trump’s characterization on Twitter of the arrest of American Pastor Andrew Brunson as a “total disgrace,” insisting that his prolonged detention is a “legal process” necessary for the country’s national security.

RAMON AIR FORCE BASE, ISRAEL - FEBRUARY 19: Israel's first F-16i jet fighter, called in Hebrew Sufa (Storm), taxis after landing February 19, 2004 at the Ramon Air Force Base in Israel's Negev desert. The air force took delivery of the first two of 102 of the long-range advanced American-made …

Israel Ranked World’s 8th Most Powerful Country

An international survey has ranked Israel as the eighth most powerful nation in the world for the second consecutive year, narrowly ahead of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, right, and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for cameras before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010. Tusk is in Turkey for a two-day official visit.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Turkey Renews Push for Full European Union Membership

Turkey’s push for full European Union (EU) membership will receive fresh impetus under reappointed Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who revealed Tuesday that changes are already being to better coordinate relations with the supranational body.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted Ankara would "have to do something" in response after Austria moved to close mosques and expel Turkish-funded imams, slamming the decision as anti-Islamic

Turkey: Erdogan Fires 18,000 Civil Servants Before Inauguration

The government of Turkey issued a blanket decree Sunday firing 18,632 state employees for unspecified “links with terror groups” and has increased the number of arrests for “insulting the president” ahead of the inauguration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Monday.

Erdogan's poll success tightened his 15-year grip on power in the face of a revitalised opposition

Turkey Tells U.S. Iran Sanctions ‘a Mistake’ While Forging Closer Ties with Tehran

Turkey denounced the embargo imposed by its NATO ally the United States on state sponsor of terror Iran as a “mistake,” arguing that America “does not have the right” to force other countries to implement its unilateral decision,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) on Friday.

Citizens wave Turkish Flags during a march towards July 15 Martyrs' Bridge to protest Parallel State/Gulenist Terrorist Organization's failed military coup attempt and to show solidarity with the Turkish government in Istanbul, Turkey on July 21, 2016. Parallel State is a terrorist organization leaded by U.S.-based cleric Fetullah Gulen, who …

Turkish Prime Minister Claims 2016 State of Emergency Will End Monday

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told the nation’s state-run Anadolu Agency on Thursday that the newly re-elected government of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will end the national state of emergency, imposed after a failed coup in 2016, on Monday.

A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter jet drops a laser-guided bomb during its first guided weapons release test at Edwards Air Force Base, California October 29, 2013. REUTERS/US Navy/Handout via Reuters

Russian Media Claims U.S. Sending Next-Gen Nuclear Bombs to Turkey

According to a Russian state media report related by Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News, the United States is planning to send next-generation B61 nuclear gravity bombs to NATO bases in several European countries, including Turkey. The bomb is said to be compatible with F-35 joint strike fighters, which Turkey is also due to receive amid some controversy.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to hold on to the presidency but the outcome is likely to be very tight

Erdogan Uses Violence to Contain Istanbul Gay Pride Parade

LGBT Turks staged a gay pride rally Sunday in Istanbul despite warnings by police that the event was not legal, after reportedly coming to a last-minute agreement to allow a smaller gathering. Police nonetheless attacked congregants with rubber bullets and arrested at least five, ending the event the same way it has for the past four years.

SOCHI, RUSSIA MAY 17, 2018: Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin (not in picture) at Bocharov Ruchei residence. Mikhail Klimentyev/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS (Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\TASS via Getty Images)

Turkey Lashes Out at Russia and Iran over Assad De-Escalation Zone Violation

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu blamed Syrian regime allies Russia and Iran, as well as the United States, on Friday for dictator Bashar al-Assad’s bombardment of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and other rebel forces in southern Syria in violation of the de-escalation zone established by Moscow and Washington.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, waves to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, early Monday, June 25, 2018. Erdogan won Turkey's landmark election Sunday, the country's electoral commission said, ushering in a new system granting the president sweeping new powers which critics say will …

Turkey Seeks Expanded Role in NATO Despite Looming U.S. Sanctions

Turkey and its freshly re-elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are not the most popular names at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization these days, but Turkey is reportedly seeking an expanded role in NATO nonetheless.

NEW YORK, USA - SEPTEMBER 21: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meets with US President Donald Trump (R) as part of his bilateral meetings, at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel in New York, United States on September 21, 2017. World leaders gathered in New York for the 72nd …

Pompeo: Maintaining U.S.-Turkey Ties During Syria War ‘Has Been Difficult’

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explicitly told a Senate panel on Wednesday that maintaining America’s relationship with its NATO ally Turkey “has been difficult” in recent years, citing the United States support for Syrian Kurds considered terrorists by Ankara as a hurdle.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, speaks to reporters as the GOP majority prepares to end its participation in the Russia probe, officially shutting down the panel's investigation, during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott …

Erdogan Spokesperson Tells Rep. Adam Schiff to ‘Shut Up’

A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Erdogan told Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to “shut up” on Tuesday after he urged people not to congratulate the Turkish strongman on his controversial election victory on Sunday.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the main opposition Republican People's Party leader, speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, two days after elections in Turkey. Kilicdaroglu maintained that the ruling party's loss of its majority would cripple president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (AP Photo)

Turkish Opposition Chief to Erdogan: ‘Congratulations for What?’

In remarks Tuesday, Turkish secular opposition leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu refused to congratulate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on his election victory Sunday, asking “congratulations for what?” and insisting that “one does not congratulate a dictator.”