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  • Turkey increases spy agency's powers

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy. The bill, which requires presidential approval, would give...

  • Turkish government lifts Twitter ban

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government lifted its ban on Twitter on Thursday — a day after the country's highest court ruled that the block was a violation of freedom and must be restored. Turkey blocked access to the social media website two weeks ago after some users posted links...

  • Syrian army pounds rebels in Assad's home province

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces backed by militia fighters and warplanes pounded rebel units in Latakia province on Monday in a desperate effort to regain control of towns and villages in President Bashar Assad's ancestral homeland recently lost to an opposition offensive. Activists...

  • Turkey PM has boost in apparent local election win

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday hailed what appeared to be a decisive victory for his party in local elections, providing a boost that could help him emerge from a spate of recent troubles. Erdogan was not on the ballot in the countrywide polls, but he...

  • Turkey moves to block YouTube but attempt fails

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish authorities pressed Thursday to block access to YouTube following similar action against Twitter, a move sure to provoke further outrage in a country where social media is widely used. Turkey's technology minister, Fikri Isik, said the national telecommunications...

  • Syrian rebels capture town near Turkish border

    BEIRUT (AP) — Hard-line Islamic rebels captured a small town in northwestern Syria near the Turkish border as part of their offensive in the rugged coastal region that is a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad, activists said Monday. Fighters from an array of armed opposition groups...

  • Turkey says Syria 'harassed' Turkish jet

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says a Syrian missile system "harassed" a Turkish fighter jet for more than four minutes by locking radar onto it. Monday's military's announcement said the incident happened on Sunday, the same day that Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane...

  • Turkey: Twitter allows 'character assassination'

    Turkey's government on Saturday accused Twitter of allowing "systematic character assassinations" a day after social media users easily evaded a government attempt to block access to the network.

  • Turkish jet downs Syrian warplane near border

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish fighter jets shot down a Syrian warplane Sunday after it violated the country's airspace, Turkey's prime minister said, in a move likely to ramp up tensions between two countries already deeply at odds over Syria's civil war. A spokesman for Syria's military confirmed...

  • Erdogan says Twitter shutdown order came from him

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed that he gave the orders to shut down Twitter in Turkey. At a campaign event in Istanbul Sunday ahead of March 30 municipal elections, Erdogan said he had given the order because Twitter was not obeying Turkey's laws....

  • Turkish attempt to ban Twitter appears to backfire

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's attempt to block access to Twitter appeared to backfire on Friday with many tech-savvy users circumventing the ban and suspicions growing that the prime minister was using court orders to suppress corruption allegations against him and his government. Turkey's...

  • White House urges Turkey to lift Twitter ban

    The White House on Friday said they were “deeply concerned” by the Turkish government's move to block access in their country to Twitter and urged them to lift the ban. “The United States is deeply concerned that the Turkish government has blocked its citizens’ access to basic...

  • 10 dead after train crashes into minibus in Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A passenger train crashed into a minibus that was carrying workers to a factory in Turkey, killing 10 people and injuring five others, officials said. Basri Guzeloglu, the local governor, said the train slammed into the vehicle on Thursday at a level crossing near the...

  • Turkish gunman kills 7 in suicide attack

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A gunman on Wednesday stormed a branch of Turkey's statistics agency and opened fire on his former colleagues, killing six of them before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life, officials and reports said. Eyup Tepe, the governor for Kars where the attack...



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