Turkish court hears case to convert Hagia Sophia into mosque


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.