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COVID-19 breaks records in Turkey as health experts call for tighter controls

24.11.20

New daily COVID-19 rates hit record highs four days in a row in Turkey, prompting local health officials to call for more stringent social distancing measures.

German mission searches Libya-bound Turkish ship, sparking backlash from Ankara

23.11.20

German forces intercepted a Libya-bound Turkish ship suspected of carrying arms, sparking the latest row between an EU member state and Ankara ahead of a key summit assessing bilateral ties next month.

Under new leadership, Turkish Central Bank delivers largest rate hike in two years

19.11.20

Following a shakeup in Turkey’s economy team, Central Bank policy-makers raised a key interest rate to 15% Thursday, pledging to fight high inflation and bolster the nation’s troubled economy.

Turkish health experts warn new COVID-19 measures don’t go far enough

18.11.20

The Turkish government has introduced partial curfews and other measures to curbing rising COVID-19 cases in the country, while health experts call for a full lockdown and more transparency in pandemic data.

Pompeo skips Ankara, meets with Christian leader in final Turkey visit

17.11.20

In his final visit to Turkey as US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo met with the Orthodox Christian spiritual leader in Istanbul Tuesday, forgoing meetings with state officials in a possible message to conservative American voters.

Turkish lira makes gains on renewed optimism

12.11.20

After hitting a series of record lows, Turkey’s currency rebounded more 7% this week as investors expect sharp policy reversals by the nation’s newly appointed economy team.

Amid market tumult, Erdogan appoints new finance minister

10.11.20

Investors are watching for policy shifts as Turkey’s Former Deputy Prime Minister Lutfi Elvan takes the helm of the nation’s Finance Ministry following the surprise resignation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son-in-law Berat Albayrak.

Facebook, Twitter, other social media companies fined in Turkey

04.11.20

The Turkish government issued Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other major platforms fines of $1.18 million each for failing to comply with a new social media law.

Inflation rises in Turkey as lira falls for ninth consecutive day

03.11.20

Turkey’s lira hit new lows Tuesday, becoming the worst-performing emerging market currency of the year following a rise in inflation last month.

Izmir residents look for shelter, answers in earthquake aftermath

02.11.20

As Izmir residents recover from a 7.0 earthquake that hit Turkey’s third-largest city Friday, engineers look for ways to reduce structural damage in future natural disasters.

Erodgan sues Charlie Hebdo over caricature

28.10.20

An ongoing Turkey-France spat deepened after French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published a caricature of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prompting legal action from Ankara.

Turkish lira slump continues as foreign tensions simmer

27.10.20

The Turkish lira continued record losses Tuesday against major currencies as analysts questioned Central Bank independence and Ankara saw political spats deepen with foreign allies.

Trial in Turkey over death of prominent Kurdish lawyer postponed

21.10.20

Court proceedings over the 2015 killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elci were postponed Oct. 21 until March 2021 after defense attorneys requested the recusal of the trial’s judge panel.

Turkish forces withdraw from largest base in northeast Syria

20.10.20

Ankara has begun pulling back forces and equipment from an observation post long surrounded by regime forces in Syria’s northeast Idlib province.

Turkey-backed president's election to reshape negotiations in North Cyprus

19.10.20

Northern Cypriots elected right-wing nationalist Ersin Tatar in runoff presidential elections Sunday, likely drawing a new path for peace talks and energy-revenue sharing negotiations amid rising regional tensions.

Erdogan demands new laws to reel in Turkish medical group

15.10.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged parliament to curb the influence of the Turkish Medical Association, which has been critical of the state’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turkey resumes energy research in disputed waters

14.10.20

A Turkish seismic research vessel has resumed energy prospecting activities in disputed eastern Mediterranean waters, sparking renewed tensions with Greek and EU leaders, who called on Ankara to end its "provocations."

North Cyprus reopens contentious ghost town with Turkish support

08.10.20

Days before Northern Cyprus holds elections, Ankara backed the reopening of a ghost town in the island’s green zone in a polarizing move that could influence voter turnout.

Facebook rebuffs Turkey’s controversial social media law

06.10.20

Facebook told Turkish civil society members it would not comply with Ankara’s new social media law over concerns it would limit free speech rights, setting the stage for possible fines and access blocks on the platform as other social media companies consi

NATO chief presses for calm in East Med, cease-fire in south Caucasus

05.10.20

During a visit to Ankara Monday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg voiced support for de-confliction efforts between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean while calling for a cease-fire in the southern Caucasus.

Turkish Health Ministry admits to posting partial COVID-19 data

01.10.20

Turkey’s health minister acknowledged Wednesday that state records do not reflect the full number of COVID-19 cases in the country, drawing fire from medical groups that have long claimed infection rates were underreported.

Pompeo says US-Greek relations at 'all-time high,' urges Athens-Ankara talks

29.09.20

In Greece, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Athens and Ankara to resume talks over maritime disputes ahead of an EU summit later this week that is expected to address lingering tensions in the eastern Mediterranean.

Turkey considers new restrictions as infections rise

23.09.20

New COVID-19 cases and death rates in Turkey have returned to levels not seen since May, prompting officials to consider tighter restrictions following a partial reopening of public schools.

Turkish lira slips further as Central Bank unlikely to raise rates

21.09.20

The Turkish currency dipped further Monday as few economic analysts expect the nation’s Central Bank to reverse an easing cycle that’s kept borrowing costs below inflation.

Rights advocates decry mass detention of Turkish lawyers

16.09.20

Dozens of Turkish lawyers accused of terror links remain in police detention after dawn raids on their homes in Ankara on Sept. 11, drawing criticism from international human rights groups.

Possible resignation of Libya's PM raises questions over Ankara-Tripoli ties

15.09.20

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez-al Sarraj is reportedly planning to resign from his post and take on a caretaker role in the Tripoli government, a move that could complicate prior agreements with Ankara and raises questions over future bilateral ties.

Turkish court releases detained journalists, issues prison sentences pending appeals

09.09.20

In a mixed verdict, three Turkish journalists charged with revealing state secrets were released from jail during a trial Wednesday.

US officials say partial lift of Cyprus arms embargo not related to Turkish-Greek tensions

02.09.20

Amid ongoing Turkey-Greece tensions in the eastern Mediterranean, US officials maintained the partial lifting of an arms embargo on Cyprus aims to reduce Russian influence and is not a step against Ankara’s recent maneuvers in the region.

Senior Islamic State figure in custody after Turkish raid

01.09.20

Turkish police detained a top Islamic State figure during a raid in the nation’s southern province of Adana as counterterrorism operations continue against the organization’s networks.

Germany appeals for calm as Turkish, Greek navies run drills in EastMed

26.08.20

The Turkish and Greek navies conducted drills in the eastern Mediterranean this week as German Foreign Minister Heiko Mass seeks to bring both nations back to the negotiation table.

Opting for backdoor measures, Turkey’s Central Bank holds interest rate steady

20.08.20

Turkey’s Central Bank left a key interest rate unchanged in favor of liquidity measures Thursday in what analysts described as a “missed opportunity” to send a positive signal to the markets.

Turkish officials delay school reopenings as new daily COVID-19 cases remain above 1,100

12.08.20

Turkish health officials delayed plans to reopen schools later this month, as medical experts warn of rising infection rates throughout the country.

Turkey to issue new drilling licenses in eastern Mediterranean amid rising tensions

11.08.20

Following escalations Aug. 10 between Turkey and Greece over contested areas of the eastern Mediterranean, Ankara officials said they would issue new exploration licenses in the region this month.

Greece calls on Turkey to stop renewed gas exploration activities in East Med

10.08.20

As Turkish vessels are dispatched near Greek territorial waters, analysts say tensions in the eastern Mediterranean Sea could quickly escalate if leaders on both sides do not reengage in diplomatic talks.

Turkish lira slides 2% amid reserves concerns

05.08.20

Turkey’s currency slumped 2% against the dollar Wednesday as concerns linger over Central Bank policies and depleted reserves.

Rumors swirl in Turkey as former presidential candidate reportedly seeks to form new political party

04.08.20

Muharrem Ince, a former presidential candidate for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), reportedly expressed interest in establishing a breakaway party, fueling rumors analysts say might serve as a trial balloon for future political maneuvers.

Turkish health officials watch for COVID-19 cases to rise after holiday

03.08.20

Turkish health officials are calling for increased precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 as citizens conclude festivities for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Turkey’s lira slides as Central Bank raises inflation forecast

30.07.20

Despite state bank efforts to bolster Turkey’s currency, the lira fell to its lowest point since May against the dollar this week, prompting fears of a renewed currency crisis.

Turkish gas exploration to continue in Cypriot waters as Ankara, Athens discuss

29.07.20

Shortly after pausing gas-exploration activities near Greek islands to facilitate Ankara-Athens negotiations on disputed maritime boundaries, Turkey sent a NAVTEX message indicating another research vessel would seek gas near Cyprus.

Turkish lawmakers to debate controversial social media bill

28.07.20

With a vote expected this week, the Turkish Parliament is set to begin deliberations over a bill that would compel social media platforms and news websites to open offices in Turkey and even remove content upon government request.

Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala marks 1000th day in jail

27.07.20

Despite the European Court of Human Rights' order for his release, Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala remains imprisoned in Turkey on what supporters call politically motivated charges.

East Mediterranean tensions flare as Turkey seeks leverage in maritime border talks

22.07.20

Surveying activities by a Turkish ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea have put Greek forces on high alert as Ankara seeks leverage in regional maritime border disputes.

East Mediterranean tensions flare as Turkey seeks leverage in maritime border talks

23.07.20

Surveying activities by a Turkish ship in the eastern Mediterranean Sea have put Greek forces on high alert as Ankara seeks leverage in regional maritime border disputes.

Murder of Turkish woman sparks nationwide protests

21.07.20

The murder of a Turkish woman sparks protests across the nation as government officials consider withdrawing from a convention designed to combat violence against women.

Four years on, former AKP insiders reflect on Turkey's failed coup

15.07.20

Former members and supporters of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party discuss the four-year anniversary of the 2016 failed coup and say that the rule of law and democratic principles have been weakened in the country.

Another pro-Kurdish mayor replaced as detentions continue in southeast Turkey

14.07.20

Police detained more than 50 people on alleged terror links in southeast Turkey a day after yet another mayor with the People's Democratic Party was replaced with a state-appointed trustee.

Turkish lawyers protest as parliament debates bar association bill

09.07.20

As Turkey’s parliament debates a controversial proposal to weaken the influence of established bar associations, lawyers are protesting in the nation’s major cities.

Rising EU-Turkey tensions take center stage with Borrell visit to Ankara

07.07.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will to introduce new measures to hold social media platforms accountable after his family members were insulted online.

Turkish court hears case to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque

02.07.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will to introduce new measures to hold social media platforms accountable after his family members were insulted online.

Erdogan vows to tighten social media controls after insults on family

01.07.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he will to introduce new measures to hold social media platforms accountable after his family members were insulted online.

Turkish unions threaten general strike over severance pay cuts

29.06.20

Turkish unions are denouncing proposed severance pay cuts that would impact 3.5 million workers, threatening a mass strike if the government does not change course.

Turkish court releases three journalists on trial for revealing state secrets

24.06.20

Journalists stood trial Wednesday for reporting on the funeral of a Turkish intelligence officer killed in Libya in a court case condemned by press freedom advocates.

Top Turkish lawyers complete protest march after 24-hour standoff

23.06.20

Initially denied entry to Ankara, several dozen heads of Turkish bar associations completed a march against a controversial proposal Tuesday after camping overnight on the capital’s outskirts.

Under pressure, pro-Kurdish party holds democracy rally in Istanbul

18.06.20

Despite a ban on protests, the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party held a demonstration in Istanbul Thursday following removal of two deputies from Turkey’s parliament.

Turkish courts reopen to backlog of press freedom cases

16.06.20

The resumption of court hearings in Turkey has press freedom advocates anxious, amid fears of a second COVID-19 wave and ongoing pressure on the media covering the pandemic.

Foreign Ministry rejects Libya cease-fire

10.06.20

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu dismissed an Egypt-brokered cease-fire in Libya, as Tripoli forces pursue an offensive on Sirte after a string of victories.

As Turkey gets back to business, doctors warn second wave could follow

03.06.20

Cafes and restaurants reopened and intercity travel resumed in Turkey after new cases of the novel coronavirus have steadily declined, though health officials warn failure to follow social distancing measures could lead to new infections.

Turkey cautiously reopens after national Eid curfew

27.05.20

Mosques, restaurants and stores prepare to gradually reopen with new coronavirus precautions in Turkey after four-day nationwide curfew for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

Qatar triples swap line with Turkey

20.05.20

Qatar has offered support to Turkey’s central bank, expanding a currency-swap agreement to $15 billion as Ankara seeks to mitigate economic shocks from the coronavirus pandemic.

New banking regulations threaten press freedom in Turkey

19.05.20

Recent measures seeking to limit damaging information on the financial system pose new threats to press freedom in Turkey.

Turkish opposition trades favors as AKP limps

18.05.20

Turkey’s nationalist party leader Devlet Bahceli has floated a proposal to change electoral laws, fueling rumors of a possible snap election.

European court rejects Turkish appeal of Osman Kavala ruling

13.05.20

The European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal by Turkish officials Tuesday, upholding a December ruling calling for the release of jailed Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala.

Feuds continue over Turkey’s East Med gas drilling as global energy prices plummet

12.05.20

Despite the falling financial viability of several eastern Mediterranean energy projects, Turkish gas drilling activities are set to continue in the region, drawing condemnation from five nations Ankara accuses of forming an "alliance of evil."

Malls reopen, antivirus measures eased as Turkish economy teeters

11.05.20

Shopping malls, barber shops and some stores reopened across Turkey Monday as the government rolled backed coronavirus precautions with aims to bolster the battered economy.

Turkey's finance minister assures investors as lira slides

06.05.20

As Turkey’s currency neared record lows Wednesday, Turkish Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak worked to reassure investors in a rare conference call.

Turkey grapples with manufacturing downturn, weak demand amid pandemic

04.05.20

As demand and manufacturing output dip during the novel coronavirus crisis in Turkey, analysts warn inflation may rise in the coming months.

Domestic assault, violent crimes rise in Turkey amid coronavirus measures

27.04.20

Human rights advocates are calling for improved measures to protect families as urban curfews and a controversial prisoner release have led to increased assaults and domestic violence reports in Turkey.

Larger than expected rate cut raises pressure on Turkish lira

22.04.20

Turkey’s central bank surprised market watchers Wednesday with a significant interest rate cut to bolster the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, though analysts say the move poses inflationary risks.

Delayed S-400 activation could offer chance for Turkey-US ties to warm

21.04.20

Citing complications amid the coronavirus pandemic, Ankara has postponed the activation of its Russian-made S-400 missile systems, possibly opening an avenue to ease US-Turkey tensions.

Turkish mayor, wife shot at home

20.04.20

The early morning shooting of a mayor and his wife in western Turkey has raised concerns among opposition lawmakers, who say a recently passed partial amnesty law may embolden criminals.

Mayors, scientists call for lockdown as COVID-19 cases pass 74,000 in Turkey

16.04.20

The mayors of 11 Turkish cities and scientists tracking the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey say a full lockdown is needed in urban areas to avoid an exponential rise in new infections.

Amid pandemic, medical groups question Turkey’s weekend curfew approach

14.04.20

Health workers’ advocates say precautions in Turkey may not be sufficient to contain the coronavirus and safeguard workers as the country grapples with the fast-spreading pandemic.

Turkish pandemic plan raises concerns over citizens' digital rights

09.04.20

In effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, Ankara launched a mobile app that tracks patients, raising concern among digital privacy advocates.

Turkey cracks down on journalists, others as coronavirus rumors spread

07.04.20

Turkish journalists and social media users alike are facing charges for sharing "lies" and "manipulating the public" as Ankara finds its coronavirus responses under scrutiny.

Turkish political prisoners left out of plan to reduce jail population

01.04.20

As fear of the novel coronavirus grows, Ankara lawmakers are weighing reforms that would release up to 90,000 inmates from overcrowded Turkish jails, drawing criticism for excluding political prisoners.

Ankara cracks down on efforts by medical groups, opposition to address pandemic

31.03.20

Complaining of a lack of transparency, the Turkish Medical Association began publishing its own figures tracking the virus' spread Tuesday to the displeasure of the government, which has also halted donation drives initiated by opposition mayors.

Sex offenders may walk as lawmakers mull releasing one in three Turkish prisoners

25.03.20

Turkish women's rights groups have denounced a bill that would reduce sentences for sex offenders and other convicts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in prisons.

Despite stimulus, Turkish economy faces grave coronavirus prognosis

19.03.20

Economic analysts shared mixed reactions to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s stimulus package, with some saying it doesn’t go far enough.

Erdogan focuses on Turkish economy in first major coronavirus speech

18.03.20

Responding to the growing number of domestic coronavirus cases, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled measures to safeguard the nation’s economy while advising citizens to practice social distancing.

Details sparse as first coronavirus case reported in Turkey

11.03.20

Health officials announced Turkey's first confirmed coronavirus case late Tuesday but shared no details, leading disease specialists to urge more screening and greater transparency.

Thousands stranded at Greek border as Ankara pressures EU over Idlib escalation

02.03.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said border security would continue to stand down Monday as thousands of refugees and migrants attempt to enter Greece by land and sea.

Dismissed civil servants continue fight to restore rights in Turkey

24.02.20

In recent weeks, Ankara has eased travel restrictions for some citizens prosecuted in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, yet thousands of dismissed civil servants continue to struggle for their right to work.

Turkish judges postpone verdict in Amnesty International case

19.02.20

A Turkish court has postponed its final rulings in the infamous Buyukada trial until April as the defendants use lengthy closing statements to enter every piece of evidence of their innocence into the record.

Erdogan vies for leverage in Syria's Idlib as Turkish troops reinforce positions

12.02.20

Following recent clashes between Syrian and Turkish troops, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doubled down on threats to retaliate against ongoing regime offensive in Idlib.

Erdogan threatens Assad forces, seeks de-escalation in Idlib

05.02.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara will retaliate if Syrian regime forces do not pull back from Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end of the month.

Syria clashes, Ukraine visit test Turkey-Russia relations

04.02.20

Despite their opposing interests, analysts expect continued Ankara-Moscow collaboration following clashes between Turkish troops and Russia-backed Syrian forces.

Alarm as Turkey’s ruling party moves to empower night watchmen

30.01.20

A revived nighttime security force in Turkey may soon get the same powers as regular police, drawing protest from lawmakers and civil rights advocates.

Erdogan slams Russia as regime offensive sends Idlib residents fleeing for Turkey

29.01.20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Moscow is not upholding the Astana and Sochi cease-fire agreements after Syrian regime forces retook a key city in Idlib Wednesday, sending a new wave of displaced civilians toward the Turkish border.

Turkey sends philanthropist back to prison despite European ruling

28.01.20

Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala and 15 other defendants attended the fifth hearing of the Gezi trial today, when defense lawyers left the courtroom in protest of the prosecution's violation of Turkish legal norms.

Turkish state seizes foundation linked to Erdogan political rival

22.01.20

State authorities have taken over a second institution linked to former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who resigned last year from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party to form his own.

Turkey gains clout in Libya negotiations following Berlin conference

21.01.20

Though observers expect few on-the-ground changes in the Libyan conflict after the Berlin conference, Turkish leaders have secured a seat at the negotiating table moving forward.

Turkey-Egypt row escalates as Anadolu Agency staff detained in Cairo

16.01.20

Tensions are rising between Turkey and Egypt after four Turkish state news agency employees were detained in Cairo.

Erdogan vows to defend Tripoli government after Libya talks fail

14.01.20

Following the failure of a Russia-Turkey-brokered peace deal in Libya, Turkey's president reaffirmed his pledge to defend the government in Tripoli ahead of Sunday’s Berlin Conference.

Years after coup, purged civil servants feel trapped in Turkey

13.01.20

More than 130,000 dismissed civil servants continue to fight for their jobs and basic rights in post-coup Turkey, including those acquitted of their original charges.

TurkStream gas pipeline will bring Moscow, Ankara closer than ever

07.01.20

Turkey and Russia are set to inaugurate the TurkStream gas pipeline, which promises to increase Russian leverage in regional energy markets.

Turkish parliament approves troop deployment to Libya

02.01.20

The Turkish parliament approved a one-year mandate to deploy troops in support of the Tripoli government against an ongoing offensive led by eastern Libya commander Khalifa Hifter.