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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 6

May 15, 2018 7:52 AM Turkey detains 54 IS suspects in Istanbul: Report

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained dozens of suspected members of Islamic State in a crackdown on the extremist group in Istanbul, the private Dogan news agency reported on Tuesday. Counter-terror police raided 19 addresses in over a dozen districts late on Monday, detaining 54 suspects who taken for interrogation at the city's police headquarters 24

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 12

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 16

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 8

April 27, 2018 3:37 PM Mahathir’s assassination hoax exposed

Vista Jet has denied the story that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s private jet was sabotaged in an attempt to assassinate him. On 6th April 2018, Mahathir said there is a plot to assassinate him. Today, he alleged ‘they’ sabotaged his private jet that was supposed to fly him to Langkawi where he will file his nomination papers tomorrow in an attempt to gain sympathy 53

April 18, 2018 1:58 PM Turkish main opposition calls for end of emergency rule after early election announcement

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has purged military and the civil service in a sweep after the coup. — Reuters picANKARA, April 18 — Turkey's main opposition party today called for an immediate end to a state of emergency imposed in the wake of a 2016 coup attempt, after President Tayyip Erdogan declared presidential and parliamentary elections would 10

April 18, 2018 3:11 AM Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, US who has been in jail in Turkey since December 2016, is seen in this undated picture taken in Izmir, Turkey. — Reuters picWEST PALM BEACH, April 18 — US President Donald Trump voiced his support yesterday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group 13

April 17, 2018 1:20 AM Dutch, Belgians arrest four for suspected terror plot

A plainclothes police officer patrols near an apartment building during the reconstruction of the recent attacks, in the Brussels district of Etterbeek, Belgium, June 17, 2016. — Reuters picTHE HAGUE, April 17 — Dutch and Belgian police arrested four men on terror-related charges yesterday, including plotting a possible attack on the Turkish consulate 16

April 14, 2018 9:43 AM Turkey welcomes strikes on Syria as 'appropriate'

ANKARA: Turkey on Saturday welcomed Western strikes targeting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime as an "appropriate response" to a suspected chemical attack that left dozens dead. "We welcome this operation which has eased humanity's conscience in the face of the attack in Douma, largely suspected to have been carried out by the regime," the Turkish 18