Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkey’s parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office. The decision marks a victory for Erdogan, a polarizing but overall popular figure, who critics view as increasingly autocratic. In an all-night session […]

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detain 73 academics in ongoing post-coup crackdown

Turkish police detained 73 academics in dawn raids on Friday targeting followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in July, state-run news agency Anadolu reported. Some 110,000 people have been sacked or suspended in the civil service, army and judiciary and 36,000 people jailed pending trial in the […]

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the extremists’ self-styled caliphate off from the outside world. Also on Sunday, Syrian pro-government forces backed by airstrikes launched a wide offensive in the northern city of Aleppo, […]

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Obama, Erdogan meeting announced amid Turkish offensive on Syrian Kurds

Turkey warned Monday it would carry out more strikes on a US-backed Kurdish militia in Syria if it fails to retreat, as Washington said President Barack Obama will meet his Turkish counterpart over the weekend. Turkish forces pressed on with a two-pronged operation inside Syria against Islamic State (IS)jihadists and the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection […]

PKK claims deadly car bomb attack on Turkish police station

PKK claims deadly car bomb attack on Turkish police station

  The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) on Friday claimed a car bomb attack targeting police in eastern Turkey that killed five people and injured over 200. “Our comrade… carried out a suicide attack on police headquarters in Elazig,” the PKK said in a statement, quoted by the pro-Kurdish Firat news agency. Thursday’s bombing in […]

Turkish-origin MPs get police cover in Germany

Turkish-origin MPs get police cover in Germany

  BERLIN: German lawmakers of Turkish descent have been placed under police protection after receiving death threats over parliament’s decision to recognise the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as a “genocide”, a lawmaker told AFP on Sunday. The lawmaker, who counts among MPs given police protection, and who spoke on condition of anonymity, […]