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Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

ANKARA, Turkey, April 17 (UPI) -- Turkey's parliament voted Thursday to increase the powers of the National Intelligence Agency.
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Turkish court rules YouTube ban unconsitutional

Turkish court rules YouTube ban unconsitutional

ANKARA, Turkey, April 4 (UPI) -- A Turkish court ruled that the ban on YouTube was a violation of human rights after the government shut off access to both YouTube and Twitter.
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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 claims victory in local elections

Turkish PM Erdogan claims victory in local elections

March 31 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in local elections Monday, an important step in his and his party's retention of power.
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Turkish court reverses ban on Twitter

Turkish court reverses ban on Twitter

March 27 (UPI) -- A Turkish court ruled Wednesday that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government could not legally block Twitter access in Turkey.
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U.S. condemns Turkey's Twitter ban

U.S. condemns Turkey's Twitter ban

March 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State condemned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's decision Thursday to block Twitter access in Turkey.
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Turkey's Twitter ban is an epic fail

Turkey's Twitter ban is an epic fail

ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced a ban on Twitter in the country Friday, but that didn't stop people from circumventing his "futile" ban.
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EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

EU scolds Turkey for Twitter ban

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- European leaders said Friday they were frustrated by Turkey's decision to restrict access to the social media website Twitter.
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.
Turkey blocks access to Twitter

Turkey blocks access to Twitter

March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to block Twitter because site refuses to adhere to government's request to block links.
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Corruption indictment named 21 people reportedly readied in Turkey

Corruption indictment named 21 people reportedly readied in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, March 15 (UPI) -- A prosecutor in Turkey has completed a corruption indictment naming 21 people, including the mayor of Fatih township in Istanbul, Today's Zaman reports.
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.
Putin and Turkish prime minister discuss Ukrainian crisis

Putin and Turkish prime minister discuss Ukrainian crisis

MOSCOWMarch 4 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke Tuesday about "the acute crisis situation in Ukraine."
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Turkish Parliament moves to shut down prep schools

ANKARA, Turkey, March 1 (UPI) -- The Turkish Parliament passed a bill that will shut down preparatory schools, most of which are run by influential preacher Fethullah Gulen, officials said.

Fake Turkish banknotes given out in anti-corruption demonstration

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Members of a Turkish opposition party have distributed fake banknotes in a protest in Istanbul against alleged government corruption, officials say.
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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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