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Twitter Blocks Two Accounts on its Turkish Network

The social networking site Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday, after the users were accused of spreading corruption allegations about Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his aides.

The move came after a series of high-level meetings between the Turkish government and executives from the company last week, and after Ankara provoked a storm in March by trying to ban the network in the country entirely.

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Greek Cypriots Hold Historic Mass in Turkish-Held North

For the first time in almost 60 years Greek Cypriots thronged a church in the Turkish-held north for a Good Friday mass amid a drive to reunify the Mediterranean island.

The church of St George Exorinos in Famagusta on the east coast was packed with crowds of worshipers for the historic mass.

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Turkey President Rules Out Russia-Style Job Swap

Turkish President Abdullah Gul ruled out Friday a Russia-style job swap with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan but said he had no firm plans yet for his political future.

Gul is tipped as a possible prime minister should Erdogan run in the August presidential election, the first time voters will directly elect the country's head of state.

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Turkish Parliament Approves Law Expanding Secret Services

Turkey's parliament approved a controversial law on Thursday expanding the powers of the national spy agency and setting prison terms for publishing leaked information as the government fights back against a widening corruption scandal.

The new legislation, passed after a heated debate in parliament, is the latest ammunition being deployed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he seeks to push back against the greatest challenge yet to his 11-year rule.

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Greek Cypriots in Landmark Easter Mass in Turkish-Held North

Greek Cypriots have been authorized to hold a Good Friday mass at a church in the Turkish-held town of Famagusta on divided Cyprus for the first time in decades.

Famagusta mayor-in-exile Alexis Galanos said Friday’s landmark service at Saint George Exorinos church will send a message of reconciliation on one of the most important dates in the Greek Orthodox calendar.

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Eight Drown as Immigrant Boat Sinks Off Turkey

Eight people died, including a child, and five others were missing on Wednesday after a boat carrying migrants towards Greece capsized off western Turkey, local media reported.

The nationalities of those onboard were not immediately known but media reports said they were believed to be Syrians.

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Suspected Migrant Smuggler Shot Dead by Greek Coastguard

The Greek coastguard said on Tuesday it had shot dead a suspected smuggler who attempted to flee on a speedboat after ferrying migrants to an Aegean Sea island.

The incident occurred near the Greek island of Kos, which is less than 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the Turkish mainland.

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Turkey Urges Social Media Companies to Have Offices

Social media firms operating in Turkey should open offices there and pay taxes, authorities said Tuesday, amid a row with Twitter which the Turkish prime minister has branded "tax evaders".

Without mentioning Twitter by name, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said social media platforms were dodging taxes if they operated without opening a physical office.

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Turkey Rejects Russian Claims over U.S. Ships in Black Sea

Turkey on Saturday dismissed as "out of the question" claims from Russia that it had allowed U.S. warships to stay longer in the Black Sea than permitted under international law.

Russia has complained that U.S. warships have remained in the Black Sea longer than the 21 days allowed by an international treaty, amid ongoing tensions between Moscow and the West.

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Turkey PM Threatens to 'Go after' Twitter for Tax Evasion

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims.

In a televised speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also launched a tirade against the nation's highest court for ruling against a ban on Twitter, charging that it put the rights of businesses above that of Turkey's.

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