Turkey gets mixed report card from EU

BRUSSELS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The Turkish government is commended for work on resolving issues with the Kurdish minority though the political climate is polarized, the European Union said.

Kurds united, Turkish party leader says

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Staying out of a weekly delegation to meet jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan doesn't translate to party division, a pro-Kurdish lawmaker said Monday.

Turkish court upholds 'Sledgehammer' coup convictions

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A Turkish appeals court upheld the convictions Wednesday of a group of military leaders charged with participating in an attempted coup.

Hamas leader calls to unite against Israel

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mashaal called on the Muslim world to unite and free Jerusalem.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in public

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Among several policy changes announced Tuesday, the Turkish government has lifted its ban on wearing religious headscarves in public places, officials said.
Turkey PM Erdogan calls Assad a terrorist

Turkey PM Erdogan calls Assad a terrorist

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for praising Syrian President Bashar Assad for agreeing to destroy his chemical weapons.

Writer faces charges for making pun about Turkish PM's middle name

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Turkish writer has been charged with insulting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan by making a pun about his middle name, officials say.

Turkey seeks extension of PKK attack mandate

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- The Turkish government told lawmakers Friday it wanted an extension to a mandate for cross-border operations to fight members of the PKK in northern Iraq.

Slow progress in Israel-Turkey talks threatens gas pipeline plan

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The pace of the supposed rapprochement between onetime strategic allies Israel and Turkey is almost glacial, casting doubts on the prospect the Jewish state may build a $2 billion gas pipeline under the eastern Mediterranean to feed the European market.

Ankara praised for addressing Kurdish issues

GENEVA, Switzerland, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- The U.N. rights commission said Tuesday it was encouraged by Turkish efforts to resolve a simmering conflict with members of the Kurdish minority.

Turkish reforms aim to increase democracy in country

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Headscarves will be allowed in public institutions and rights for ethnic minorities improved in a package of reforms revealed Monday by Turkey's prime minister.

Israel sees Turkey-Cyprus settlement as key to gas exports

TEL AVIV, Israel, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Israelis are still trying to figure out how to export natural gas from their big offshore fields under the eastern Mediterranean, and their thinking these days seems to be moving along radical lines -- like playing peacemaker.

18 PKK members dig 230-foot tunnel to escape from Turkish prison

BING, Turkey, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- Eighteen members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party escaped from a Turkish prison by digging a 230-foot tunnel, police said Wednesday.

Turkish prosecutor wants 6-year terms for students in 2012 protest

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- A Turkish prosecutor requested that six-year prison sentences be given to 45 students involved in a violent protest last year .

Turkish and Kurdish officials working on peace package

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Kurdish lawmakers in Turkey say they are hopeful going into continued talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a democratization package.
Muslim Brotherhood's world domination blueprint

Muslim Brotherhood's world domination blueprint

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Egyptian army has taught the Muslim Brotherhood the meaning of putting the cart before the horse.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Turkey's P.M.: U.S. has double standards

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused America of "double standards" in its response to comments he made accusing Israel of the turmoil in Egypt.

Turkey's PM condemned for comments

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who accused Israel of being responsible for the turmoil in Egypt was harshly criticized in Israel and America.

PKK peace initiative hits snags

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Improving the prison conditions for jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan will help advance the peace process with Ankara, a pro-Kurdish leader said.

France, Germany call for immediate end to Egyptian clashes

BRUSSELS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The leaders of France and Germany on Friday called for an immediate end to the violence in Egypt and a return to dialogue between the opposing sides.

Turkish military calls for respect for rule of law following verdicts

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Turkish military called for calm Tuesday following the sentencing of several retired generals to long prison terms.
Egypt cancels Turkey PM's Gaza visit

Egypt cancels Turkey PM's Gaza visit

CAIRO, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Egypt canceled Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the Gaza Strip because of his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, officials said.

Turkish officials seek to combat Syrian smugglers

ANKARA, Turkey, July 30 (UPI) -- Turkish military officials said they are defending the nation's Syrian border from as many as 2,000 smugglers per day trying to enter the country illegally.

Syria's Kurds wage their own war, and weaken rebels

BEIRUT, Lebanon, July 30 (UPI) -- In recent days, Syria's Kurdish rebels have been fighting hard-line Islamists in an internecine mini-war in what seems to be part of their effort to carve out a Kurdish self-rule statelet in the northeastern corner of the battle-ravaged country.

Three Turks injured in fatal Somalia bombing are returned home

ANKARA, Turkey, July 29 (UPI) -- Three Turkish security agents injured in a bomb attack on the country's embassy in Somalia that killed another agent, were flown back to Turkey, officials said.
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