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August 25, 2018 10:42 AM Erdogan says commitment of all Turks needed to combat attacks on economy

ANKARA: The commitment and determination of Turks is the guarantee needed to combat attacks on Turkey's economy, President Tayyip Erdogan said today, in his first comments on the ongoing currency crisis in days. "As we tackle attacks against the Turkish economy today, our biggest guarantee is the commitment and determination of every member of our people 7

August 10, 2018 11:32 AM Erdogan says Turkey 'won't lose economic war' after lira crash

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday pledged that Turkey would prevail in an "economic war" after the lira crashed to historic lows over Ankara's strains with Washington. "We will not lose the economic war," state-run TRT Haber television quoted Erdogan as saying in his first reaction to the latest lira plunge. The state-run Anadolu 15

August 1, 2018 10:31 AM Erdogan accuses US of 'evangelist, Zionist mentality' in pastor's case

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed Turkey would not give into threats from the US over the case of an American pastor being tried on terror charges, accusing Washington of showing an "evangelist, Zionist mentality". Andrew Brunson, who led a Protestant church in the Aegean city of Izmir, is at the centre of one of the most bitter 20

July 29, 2018 8:17 AM Turkey planning summit with France, Germany, Russia

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking to hold a summit in Istanbul with France, Germany and Russia on Sept 7 to discuss regional issues including the Syrian conflict, in comments published on Sunday. "We will discuss what we can do in the region together," Erdogan said, quoted by Hurriyet daily. He gave no further details on the issues 9

June 25, 2018 7:49 AM Turkey's Erdogan fetes poll triumph, opposition troubled

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday celebrated winning five more years in office with sweeping new powers after a decisive election victory, as Turkey's opposition raised bitter questions over the conduct of the polls. A night of triumph for Erdogan saw the man who has dominated Turkey for the last one-and-a-half-decades declared winner 13

June 24, 2018 5:15 AM Doctors: No visitors for Anwar except family

PETALING JAYA: The family of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pix) has been advised to decline any visitor requests. The family confirmed the PKR de facto leader was admitted to hospital for a severe prolapsed disc injury after he was unable to move after returning from Turkey. "He was rushed to University Malaya Medical Centre and the doctors are currently 13

June 19, 2018 9:00 AM Turkish rapper Ezhel acquitted on first day of drugs trial

ISTANBUL: An Istanbul court on Tuesday acquitted a popular Turkish rapper who faced up to 10 years in jail on charges of encouraging drug use, activists and lawyers said, on the first day of a trial that had sparked widespread alarm. Ezhel, 28, whose real name is Omer Sercan Ipekcioglu, was accused of inciting cannabis use through social media postings 9

May 15, 2018 12:36 AM Erdogan accuses Israel of 'genocide' over Gaza deaths

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of "state terror" and "genocide" after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest in Istanbul 23

May 14, 2018 12:05 PM Dismissal of Turkey academics creating 'climate of fear': HRW

ISTANBUL: Human Rights Watch on Monday said the dismissal of thousands of academics by the Turkish government after the 2016 failed coup was undermining academic freedoms and creating a 'climate of fear' on campus. "The Turkish government's crackdown is targeting academics and damaging its universities," said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director 28

May 6, 2018 1:38 AM Four Turkish parties unite to contest landmark polls

ISTANBUL: Four Turkish opposition parties Saturday announced they had formed a coalition to challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in snap elections on June 24. After the landmark vote, a new presidential system agreed in an April 2017 referendum will come into force, which the opposition says will give the head of state authoritarian powers. The main opposition 13