Turkey says it intercepted Syrian ship

Turkey says it intercepted Syrian ship

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country is enforcing an arms embargo against Syria over its brutal crackdown on protesters.
Erdogan lashes out at Israel

Erdogan lashes out at Israel

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had harsh words for Israel in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.

Cyprus begins drilling despite controversy

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Greek Cypriot government says it's going ahead with exploratory offshore oil drilling despite objections from Turkey, which calls the move provocative.
Obama's schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 20

Obama's schedule for Tuesday, Sept. 20

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- President Obama is in New York Tuesday, meeting other world leaders ahead of the opening of the U.N. General Session, the White House said.
Forces move on Gadhafi bastion Bani Walid

Forces move on Gadhafi bastion Bani Walid

BANI WALID, Libya, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Gunfire and explosions were heard around Bani Walid as Libyan rebel forces moved in on one of the remaining strongholds for fallen leader Moammar Gadhafi.

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Greek leader makes historic Turkish visit

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrived Wednesday in Turkey in what's seen as a historic trip between the two long-sparring countries.

Analysis: Turkey pits U.S. against Kurds

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Turkey's president made it clear during his visit to Washington this week that his country will continue a hard-line approach in dealing with the Kurdish guerrilla campaign in his country and ensuring Kirkuk, Iraq's oil-rich northern city, doesn't fall under control of Iraq's Kurds.
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Pakistan's Musharraf visits Iran

TEHRAN, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrived in Tehran Monday for talks with his Iranian counterpart on the Palestinians and other issues.

Abbas seeks Turkey's help in peace process

GAZA, May 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Monday Turkey should play a more important role in mediating the end of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Russia to increase gas exports to Turkey

MOSCOW, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Russia is increasing its natural gas exports to Turkey in an effort to bolster its energy sector, Interfax news agency reported.

The Bear's Lair: The Moral Hazard merchant

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The International Monetary Fund, which met this weekend, plays an important role in third world finance, bailing out countries in difficulties and acting as an

U.N. chief meets Greek, Turkish Cypriots

BURGENSTOCK, Switzerland, March 30 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan met separately Tuesday with Greek and Turkish Cypriot delegations to get reactions to his reunification plan for the island.

Turkey reclassifies suicide bombing

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Turkey will support a campaign by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to classify suicide bombing as a "crime against humanity," the Jerusalem Post said Tuesday.

Israel for closer defense with Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Israel hopes to bolster defense ties with Turkey during the IDEF-2003 military exhibition that opened Tuesday in Ankara, says a report.
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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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