Turkey to permit religious headscarves

ANKARA, Turkey, March 9 (UPI) -- Turkey's labor minister said he will work to remove a ban on women's religious headscarves in government buildings.

Turkey blasts Syrian 'war machine'

ANKARA, Turkey, March 7 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday he's no longer a friend to Syrian President Bashar Assad because of Syria's vast "war machine."

Turkey, Greece seek to bury hatchet

ANKARA, Turkey, March 5 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday he wanted to make acrimony with the Greek government a thing of the past.

Greece, Turkey seek accord on Cyprus

ANKARA, Turkey, March 5 (UPI) -- Turkey and Greece are determined to resolve and "bury" longstanding disputes over the island of Cyprus, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.

Turkish PM tamps down amnesty for PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, March 3 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister said no amnesty is planned for members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a sectarian group waging a guerilla campaign against the state.

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Kerry addresses Erdogan Zionism remark

ANKARA, Turkey, March 1 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday admonished Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for calling Zionism "a crime against humanity."

Turkey's PM says Zionism is humanity crime

VIENNA, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a speech in Vienna, described Zionism as "a crime against humanity,"

Israel 'seeks to repair ties with Turkey'

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Israel is reported to have sent messages to the Turkish government in recent days saying it's interested in restoring "a more positive dynamic" in badly strained relations with its onetime strategic ally.

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Aleppo violence ongoing after Scud attacks

ALEPPO, Syria, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar Assad said they killed "scores" of rebel fighters in Aleppo and the countryside surrounding Homs Sunday.

Turkey: PKK cease-fire first step to peace

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- The Turkish government says it wants insurgents to lay down their arms as a first step in establishing a permanent cease-fire with the Kurdish separatists.

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Turkey drops road privatization plan

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Turkey's Finance Ministry says it has dropped plans to privatize toll roads after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said a bid of $5.7 billion was too low.

Israel sends Turks EW systems despite rift

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Israel's Elta Systems has provided advanced electronic warfare units to Turkey despite a 3-year rift between the onetime strategic allies.
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on as he listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (not shown) after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Decemeber 2, 2006. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: ; born 26 February 1954) is a Turkish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Erdoğan previously served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He graduated in 1981 from Marmara University's Faculty of Economics and Commercial Sciences. Erdoğan was also a semi-professional footballer from 1969 to 1982.

Erdoğan was elected Mayor of Istanbul in the local elections of 27 March 1994. He was banned from office and sentenced to a prison term for reciting text (""The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers....") from a poem during a public address in the province of Siirt on 12 December 1997. The poem was allegedly quoted from a book published by a state enterprise and one that had been recommended to teachers by the Ministry of Education, but the lines recited do not appear in the original poem. After six months in prison, Erdoğan established the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on August 14, 2001. From its first year, the AK Party became the largest publicly-supported political movement in Turkey. In the general election of 2002 the AK Party won nearly two-thirds of the seats in parliament, forming the first single-party government for 19 years.

As prime minister, Erdoğan implemented numerous reforms. 45 years after Turkey signed an Association Agreement with the EU, the negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU started during Erdoğan's tenure. Parallel to this, inflation, which had for decades adversely affected the country's economy, was brought under control and the Turkish Lira regained its former prestige through the elimination of six zeros.

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