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AFP – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Saturday police would clamp down on anyone defying a ban on demonstrations at Istanbul’s Taksim Square on the anniversary of a wave of mass protests last year. “If you go there, our security forces have received clear-cut instructions and will do whatever is necessary from A to Z,” Erdogan …
AFP – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan put the death toll from a mine explosion at 232 on Wednesday, local media reported. Erdogan was inspecting the site of the accident in the western town of Soma, about 150 miles south of Istanbul in Turkey’s Aegean region.
More than 50 million voters were to cast their ballots for mayors and local assemblies at almost 200,000 polling stations, pitting Erdogan’s Islamic-rooted Justice and Development party against secular, nationalist and other groups.
The president confirmed that the US-based social media giant had hired a lawyer in Turkey for negotiations with the authorities.
The move comes shortly after Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan and Interior Minister Muammer Guler announced their resignations.
By James M. Dorsey Financially stressed Turkish football clubs are becoming pawns in the political struggle between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and militant football fans who rank prominently among his detractors as football pitches and university campuses emerge as major battlefields between the government and its detractors. Critics of Mr Erdogan charge that the …
Davutoğlu and counterparts share ‘deep concern’ about violence
Police “will use all their powers” to end the unrest, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said in a televised interview.
By James M. Dorsey If there is one lesson Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should have drawn from the popular revolts that toppled four Arab leaders and sparked civil war in Syria in the last two years, it is that police brutality strengthens protesters’ resolve and particularly that of militant, street battle-hardened football fans. …
Timeline outlining latest clashes in Turkey
Dozens were injured in the demonstration
Interior Minister Muammer Guler told NTV news channel that the death toll has risen to 40 and that 100 people were wounded, of whom 29 are in serious condition.
Protesters threw stones at the police who tried to prevent the protest in the Besiktas neighborhood of Istanbul
Kerry was due to meet later Sunday with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks set to focus on the burgeoning crisis in Syria and the Middle East peace process
President Mohamed Morsi has said the plan will be unveiled once it is finalised
By Ceylan Ozbudak “A’ish! Horreyyah! Adala Egtema’iya!” Who can forget the thrilling chant of the Egyptian people, as they cast off the oppression of Hosni Mubarak and demanded “bread, liberty, and social justice” in 2011? Even as the Brotherhood denies that tourism is wilting on the vine, the Egyptian pound is crashing, and Egypt’s foreign …
Hollande had said the murder of Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez was “terrible,” adding that he knew one of the Kurdish women and that she “regularly met us.”
Brahimi held talks in Moscow on Saturday with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on his end-of-year bid to accelerate moves to halt the conflict that monitors say has killed 45,000 people