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Turkish referendum on Erdogan powers passed by 51.4 percent: final figures


ANKARA Final results from Turkey's referendum on expanding President Tayyip Erdogan's powers showed 51.4 percent support for the "Yes" vote to approve the sweeping constitutional changes, the High Electoral Board said on Thursday.

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

ISTANBUL A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board the navy ship were evacuated, Turkish officials said. | Video

World, Russia, Lebanon 1:18pm EDT

Merkel urges Turkey to respond to reported referendum irregularities

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Turkey on Thursday to answer questions raised by European observers over a referendum that expanded President Tayyip Erdogan's powers and also said the EU must reflect on what future ties it wants with Ankara.

World, 10:46am EDT

Turkish army, Kurdish militia exchange fire across Syria border

ISTANBUL Turkey's military outposts on the border with Syria came under fire from Kurdish militia across the frontier, the army said on Wednesday, a day after Turkish warplanes bombed groups in northeastern Syria and Iraq affiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

World, Syria Apr 26 2017

EU Ankara negotiator calls for suspension of Turkey accession talks

BRUSSELS Leading European Union lawmakers called on Wednesday for a formal halt to Turkey's long-stalled EU membership talks, citing President Tayyip Erdogan's plans to assume much greater powers after a referendum this month backed a constitutional overhaul.

World, Apr 26 2017

Wednesday Morning Briefing

U.S. President Donald Trump is proposing to slash the corporate income tax rate and offer multinational businesses a steep tax break on overseas profits brought into the United States, officials said. Trump will also call for a sharp cut in the top rate on pass-through businesses, including many small business partnerships and sole proprietorships, to 15 percent from 39.6 percent, an administration official said. Trump's proposal will not include a controversial "border-adjustment" tax on import

China, France, Syria Apr 26 2017

Erdogan says Turkey could reconsider its position on Europe

ANKARA President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters on Tuesday that Turkey would reconsider its position on joining the European Union if it was kept waiting much longer and if the current hostile mentality of some member states persists.

World, Apr 25 2017

Erdogan says Turkey won't wait at Europe's door forever

ANKARA Turkey will not wait at Europe's door forever and is ready to walk away from EU accession talks if rising Islamophobia and hostility from some member states persist, President Tayyip Erdogan told Reuters in a wide-ranging interview on Tuesday.

World, Apr 25 2017

Thousands stage ANZAC Day memorials in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand

SYDNEY Thousands of people in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Turkey and Britain attended dawn services on Tuesday to commemorate ANZAC Day, the Gallipoli landings during World War One and the Thai-Burma "death railway" of World War Two. | Video

World, Australia, Thailand, Apr 25 2017

EU executive urges change of tack in relations with Turkey

BRUSSELS The European Union executive urged EU governments on Monday to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers put Ankara's stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage.

World, Apr 24 2017