Turkish lawmakers approve tighter controls on judges, prosecutors

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Turkish parliament approved a law Saturday that supporters say gives the government more control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.

Talks on creating Cyprus federation resume in Nicosia

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Greek and Turkish leaders in Cyprus resumed reunification talks Tuesday after an 18-month hiatus.

Turkey deports journalist who criticized government

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- An Azerbaijani journalist left Turkey Friday after an order to deport him for posting messages critical of the Turkish government, an Istanbul newspaper said.

Tensions rise as Iraqi Kurds' oil flows to Turkey

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- As Iraqi Kurdistan exports oil northward to Turkey through its own pipeline despitef dire warnings from Baghdad about the consequences of such independent action, the prospect of a collision between Iraq's central government and the semiautonomous Kurds increases.

Documents allegedly link Turkey's prime minister, family to corruption

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister and his family were linked to bid-rigging and corruption charges in motions filed by public prosecutors, some Turkish websites say.
800 Turkish police officers reassigned, fired amid graft probe

800 Turkish police officers reassigned, fired amid graft probe

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- The Turkish government fired or reassigned 800 police Thursday in response to a far-reaching graft probe, and the purge included senior officers.
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Turkey, EU negotiations held amid recent purge of officials

BRUSSELS, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Brussels for negotiations with the European Union on his country's bid for EU membership, officials said.
350 police officers reassigned in Turkey following scandal

350 police officers reassigned in Turkey following scandal

Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A far reaching corruption investigation in Turkey prompted three ministers to resign in December and, as announced Tuesday, led to the removal of 350 police officers from their positions in Ankara.
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Erdogan: Corruption case an attempted coup by judiciary

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday an investigation into corruption in his government is a coup attempt by the judiciary.

Protesters in Istanbul denounce Turkish government's graft scandal

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- Demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey, protesting government corruption and bribery alleged in a graft probe, clashed with police Friday.

Prosecutor investigating Turkish government corruption removed

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A public prosecutor investigating Turkish government corruption was removed from his position Thursday, saying he was prevented by police from doing his job.

Two from Turkish cabinet resign amid corruption scandal

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Two Turkish cabinet members resigned Wednesday in a corruption scandal that has challenged the government and polarized the country.

Cyprus likely partner as Israel mulls gas exports, but Turkey beckons

TEL AVIV, Israel, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Israel is studying its options for exporting its natural gas riches in the east Mediterranean, but instability in neighboring Egypt and friction with former ally Turkey are blocking possible undersea pipeline links with them to take the gas to Europe.

Turkey-EU Readmission agreement seen opening path to visa-free travel

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A pact inked Monday between Turkey and the European Union should open up travel while allowing illegal Turkish immigrants to be sent back, officials say.

Showdown on Iraqi Kurds' oil, gas is looming

ERBIL, Iraq, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The thorny dispute over Iraqi Kurdistan's oil riches is likely to heat up in the weeks ahead, aggravating tensions in a flashpoint region at a time when al-Qaida bombers are wreaking havoc across the country spurred by the civil war raging in next-door Syria.
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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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