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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.
JC Finley

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.
JC Finley

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.

10 injured in protests in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- At least 10 people were injured Sunday in Turkey in a march during which protesters accused police of killing two demonstrators two days earlier.

Turkey's PM calls leaking of documents 'treason'

TEKIRDAG, Turkey, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said people behind the leak of government documents to a newspaper are guilty of treason.

Report: Turkey tracked members of religious sects longer than claimed

ANKARA, Turkey, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Turkey monitored the activities of members of certain religious sects until this year despite government claims the practice stopped in 2010, documents say.

Swoboda says Turkey becoming authoritarian

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- A European Parliament official says Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government is becoming increasingly authoritarian.

Egypt expels Turkish ambassador over tensions from Morsi ouster

CAIRO, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Egypt said Saturday it had expelled the Turkish ambassador after months of tension over the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Turkish police nab suspect near Erdogan office

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Turkish police detained a man who said he planned to bomb Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office in Ankara Thursday, police said.

2 employees fired from Turkish broadcaster over Gezi protest tweets

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Two employees at Turkey's public broadcaster TRT have been fired for social media posts they made supporting the Gezi protests in May and June, officials said.

Lure of Israel's gas may dampen Turkish ire

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Israel's on the cusp of becoming an exporter of natural gas exporter and a key energy power in the Middle East, a move that could produce significant geopolitical changes in a region beset by turmoil.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in parliament

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Female lawmakers in Turkey wore headscarves to Parliament for the first time following the end of a long-standing ban.
Iranian foreign minister meets top Turkish leaders

Iranian foreign minister meets top Turkish leaders

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed concerns about the Syrian civil war in meetings Friday with top Turkish officials.

Turkey celebrates 90th anniversary on Republic Day

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey kicked off its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a ceremony at the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
NATO needs to talk Turkey

NATO needs to talk Turkey

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 29 (UPI) -- It is time to "talk turkey" about Turkey's role in NATO.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

EU opens door for Turkish accession

BRUSSELS, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Council of the European Union confirmed Tuesday it was opening a new chapter for Turkish accession to the EU.

U.S. said to have canceled drone delivery to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Washington canceled delivery of 10 Predator drones to Turkey after Ankara divulged the names of 10 Iranians who spied for Israel, a Turkish newspaper reported.

Turkish pilots freed after release of Lebanese hostages

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Nine Lebanese nationals held hostage in Syria for nearly 17 months were freed in exchange for the release of two Turkish Airlines pilots, officials said.
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