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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.
JC Finley
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.
Aileen Graef
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.
Aileen Graef
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.
Aileen Graef
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.
JC Finley
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.
JC Finley
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.
Aileen Graef
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.
Danielle Haynes
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."
JC Finley

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.

Turkish PM says his phone was tapped by someone in his government

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said evidence has surfaced his secure telephone line was tapped by elements within his own government.

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014.
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Opposition calls for Erdogan's resignation following release of tapes

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that tapes allegedly featuring his voice were fabricated and illegally distributed.

President signs law giving government power to block websites

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Turkish President Abdullah Gul has signed a law that gives the government power to block websites and monitor user activity.

Turkish PM accuses media of smear campaign against veiled woman

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said footage of a veiled woman walking unharmed near docks in Istanbul doesn't prove she wasn't attacked by protesters.

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.

Turkish judge jails 17 for as much as 2 years for anti-Erdogan slogan

ESKISEHIR, Turkey, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A lawyer for Turkish protesters sentenced to jail for chanting a slogan critical of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the sentences were "harsh."

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.
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