Two anti-government Turkish media chiefs arrested during controversial weekend raids that have strained ties with the European Union are to be charged with membership of a terrorist group, reports said Thursday.
Ekrem Dumanli, the editor-in-chief of the Zaman daily newspaper and Hidayet Karaca, the head of Samanyolu TV (STV), were being interrogated by Istanbul judges to decide whether to remand them in custody ahead of trial.Full Story
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday launched a new attack on the European Union over its condemnation of raids on opposition media, saying that Brussels had no right to give Ankara a "democracy lesson".
"They say they will give a democracy lesson to Turkey. Take the trouble to come here, so that Turkey can give you a lesson in democracy," a combative Erdogan said in a speech in the Anatolian city of Konya.Full Story
Turkish police Wednesday were still questioning 18 suspects arrested in hugely controversial weekend raids against opposition media that have raised tensions between Ankara and the European Union.
The detainees include Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of Turkey's top-selling Zaman newspaper which is closely linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses of running a "parallel state" to oust his government.Full Story
A visit to Iran by Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday highlighted their opposing views on the Syrian conflict, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close gaps.
Cavusoglu's visit came as Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halaqi was in Tehran for talks with Iranian leaders, during which he thanked them for their staunch support.Full Story
A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others, including Malaysians, were injured Wednesday when a hot-air balloon crashed during a sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, reports said.
The accident occurred early Wednesday over the famed sculpted rock formations of Cappadocia in the Guvercinlik Valley of Nevsehir province, Dogan news agency reported.Full Story
EU ministers agreed to take a harder line on Turkey's bid for membership Tuesday, saying its recent police raids on media outlets were incompatible with the bloc's democratic values.Full Story
Turkey's currency the lira hit a new record low on Tuesday as investors moved out of emerging markets amid the collapse of the Russian ruble and fretted over the impact of raids against Turkish opposition media.
The lira hit a record low in value of 2.41 lira to the dollar, worse than Monday's record low in value of 2.39 lira to the dollar. It subsequently recovered a little to trade at 2.37 lira to the dollar.Full Story
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.
"Everyone can express dismay over the arrest of journalists and wish to see a transparent judicial process," Cavusoglu told a press conference with his Norwegian counterpart in Ankara.Full Story
Thirty-five supporters of Turkish top-flight football side Besiktas went on trial Tuesday in a hugely controversial case on charges of seeking to overthrow the authorities led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2013 protests.
Hundreds of Besiktas supporters surrounded the Istanbul criminal court as the trial opened, shouting football chants backing the accused who are all members of the club's main fan club, the Carsi Group.Full Story
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Monday told the European Union to "mind its own business", in a blistering attack against the bloc over criticism by EU officials of police raids against opposition media.
Turkey has come under fire over the arrests Sunday of over two dozen journalists, television producers, police and even TV drama scriptwriters linked to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who has emerged as Erdogan's arch-foe.Full Story