Iranian president makes historic visit to Turkey

Iranian president makes historic visit to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, June 10 (UPI) --Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an historic visit to Turkey on Monday, marking the first visit by an Iranian head of state to Turkey in 18 years.
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Turkey restores Twitter, YouTube still banned

Turkey restores Twitter, YouTube still banned

ANKARA, Turkey, April 3 (UPI) -- Turkey has lifted its ban on Twitter after a court ruled the ban unconstitutional, though YouTube remains blocked.
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Turkish PM Erdogan vows to 'eradicate' Twitter, blocks access

Turkish PM Erdogan vows to 'eradicate' Twitter, blocks access

ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Tweets from Turkey haven't dropped despite blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to 'eradicate' it, statistics indicated.
Erdogan hints social media websites could go dark after elections

Erdogan hints social media websites could go dark after elections

ANKARA, Turkey, March 7 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister hinted Facebook and YouTube may go dark after March 30 elections to prevent what he says are the Internet's negative effects on society.

President signs law giving government power to block websites

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signed a law that gives the government power to block websites and monitor user activity.

U.N. voices concern over Internet website bill in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A bill proposed in Turkey that allows the government to block any website without a court order has drawn criticism from the United Nations.

Turkish police use tear gas against Internet bill protesters

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Groups protesting a bill they said would violate Internet privacy were dispersed by Turkish police in Istanbul using water cannons and tear gas, officials say.

Opposition protests new Internet ban in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish opposition parties and the international community are calling on the government to scrap a new bill they say would severely limit Internet free speech.

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador over tensions from Morsi ouster

CAIRO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Egypt said Saturday it had expelled the Turkish ambassador after months of tension over the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Turkish president: Muslims must solve Syria crisis

Turkish president: Muslims must solve Syria crisis

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- President Abdullah Gul of Turkey Thursday called on Muslim countries to take on more responsibility in solving the crisis in Syria.

Turkish president speaks against 'Islamophobia' during COMCEC speech

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul said he is calling on Muslim countries to flight prejudice against Islam.

Turkish military convoy attacked in apparent PKK ceasefire break

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul warned the Kurdistan Workers' Party Saturday the government will respond in kind if it breaks the current truce.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in parliament

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Female lawmakers in Turkey wore headscarves to Parliament for the first time following the end of a long-standing ban.
Iranian foreign minister meets top Turkish leaders

Iranian foreign minister meets top Turkish leaders

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed concerns about the Syrian civil war in meetings Friday with top Turkish officials.

Turkey celebrates 90th anniversary on Republic Day

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey kicked off its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a ceremony at the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
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Abdullah Gul
U.S. President George W. Bush (R) poses with Turkish President Abdullah Gul on the third day of the NATO Summit conference in Bucharest on April 4 2008. (UPI Photo/Ekaterina Shtukina) ..

Abdullah Gül (Turkish: ; born 1950) is the 11th and current President of the Republic of Turkey, serving in that office since 28 August 2007. He previously served for four months as Prime Minister from 2002 to 2003, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2003 to 2007.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's nomination of Gül as a presidential candidate drew strong and highly vocal opposition from ardent supporters of secularism in Turkey. In May 2007, Gül's first bid for presidency was blocked by the Constitutional Court, in a climate of secularist concern regarding views Gül had expressed during his Welfare Party years, and the fact that his wife, Mrs. Hayrünnisa Gül, wears a headscarf. However, following the parliamentary elections in July the same year, which were won by the Justice and Development Party with 46.6% of the popular vote, he was eventually elected President on August 28, 2007 and was sworn in the same day, becoming the first devout Muslim President in the modern history of Turkey.

President Gül was born in Kayseri, a city in central Anatolia. His father is Ahmed Hamdi Gül, a retired air force mechanic, and his mother is Adviye Gül (née Satoğlu). His family has lived in the Güllük district of Kayseri for about a century. His ancestry/ethnicity according to a Çankaya Presidential Residence statement is "Turkish Muslim." Gül was also called with the name Cumhur (which means 'people') by his family.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Abdullah Gul."
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