Erdogan settles in as Turkey's strongman, constitutional change or not


ANKARA - A grand new palace, toothless opposition and fawning ruling party have helped Tayyip Erdogan craft a powerful role as Turkey's head of state; but elections may yet deny him his goal of a full executive presidency and sow political uncertainty.

Turkey opens biggest refugee camp for 35,000 from Kobani

ISTANBUL - Turkey opened its biggest refugee camp on Sunday to house 35,000 people fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamist militants in Syria's Kobani, national disaster management agency AFAD said.

World, Syria, 26 Jan 2015

Turkey's Erdogan seeks closure of Gulen-linked schools in Africa

ADDIS ABABA - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would seek the closure of schools in Africa linked to his ally-turned-foe Fethullah Gulen, opening a new front in his battle with the U.S.-based Muslim cleric.

World, Africa, Davos 22 Jan 2015

Syria wants U.N. action against Turkey over Paris attacks suspect

UNITED NATIONS - Syria called on the United Nations Security Council to take action against Turkey for allowing a French woman linked to militant attacks in Paris to illegally enter Syria along with other foreign fighters.

World, United Nations, Syria 21 Jan 2015

Turks, Kurds push for peace breakthrough despite new surge in violence

ISTANBUL/ANKARA - A spate of killings, a looming general election and war next door in Syria are complicating efforts to end the 30-year Kurdish insurgency in Turkey just as a breakthrough in peace talks looks close.

World, Syria 20 Jan 2015

Twelve-year-old shot dead in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - A 12-year-old boy was shot dead in Cizre in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, the sixth person to be killed in the largely Kurdish town in the last three weeks, security sources said.

World, 15 Jan 2015

Bulgaria to extend fence at Turkish border to bar refugee influx

SOFIA - Bulgaria said on Wednesday it would extend a barbed wire fence along its border with Turkey by a further 130 km (80 miles) in an attempt to prevent a growing number of refugees, mainly from Syria, entering the European Union member state.

World, United Nations, Syria 14 Jan 2015

Paris attacks suspect entered Syria on Jan. 8, Turkey says

ISTANBUL - The suspected female accomplice of Islamist militants behind attacks in Paris was in Turkey five days before the killings and crossed into Syria on Jan. 8, Turkish officials said on Monday.

World, Syria 12 Jan 2015

Turkey urges remaining citizens to leave Libya after airline threat

ANKARA - Turkey urged all of its remaining citizens to leave Libya amid worsening security in the north African country following a threat made on a Facebook page to shoot down Turkish aircraft.

World, Libya, Africa 08 Jan 2015

Youth killed in clashes in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - A 14-year-old boy was shot dead during clashes between police and Kurdish protesters in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday evening, and another man was wounded, security sources said.

World, 07 Jan 2015

Jordan still holding prisoner demanded by Islamic State as deadline passes

AMMAN/TOKYO - Jordan said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset. | Video