Turkey

Turkey's top judge backs new constitution, calls for consensus

ANKARA - The newly appointed president of Turkey's highest court said on Monday the country needed a new constitution and called on political parties to reach what has long proved an elusive consensus on the issue.

Hints of reconciliation in Turkey as Armenians mark massacre

ISTANBUL - Hundreds of Armenians staged memorials in Turkey on Friday to mourn their forebears killed 100 years ago and push the government in Ankara to recognize what they say was a genocide by Ottoman Turks.

World, 24 Apr 2015

Thousands gather to remember the fallen at Gallipoli centenary

GALLIPOLI PENINSULA, Turkey - Thousands of Australians, New Zealanders and Turks gathered on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula on Thursday ahead of the 100th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles of World War One.

World, Australia, Tony Abbott 23 Apr 2015

Turkey says Austrian accusation of Armenian genocide damages ties permanently

ISTANBUL - Turkey told Austria on Wednesday that an Austrian parliamentary declaration describing the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as 'genocide' would permanently damage the two countries' relations.

World, 22 Apr 2015

Armenian president says ready to restart reconciliation with Turkey

YEREVAN - Armenia's president said on Wednesday he was ready to normalize relations with Turkey, two months after he withdrew peace accords from parliament, blaming a Turkish lack of political will to end 100 years of hostility.

World, 22 Apr 2015

Pro-Kurdish party vows to be 'nightmare' for Turkey's Erdogan

ISTANBUL - Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) vowed on Tuesday to be President Tayyip Erdogan's "nightmare" if it enters parliament after a June election by blocking his plans for an executive presidency.

World, 21 Apr 2015

Turkey's top cleric calls Pope 'immoral' for Armenia comments

ANKARA - Turkey's top cleric on Monday described comments by Pope Francis that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians was genocide as immoral and said the Vatican should look to its own history before leveling accusations of casting stones.

Erdogan divides Turkish women with approach to tackling violence

ISTANBUL/ANKARA - When 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan was stabbed and beaten to death after trying to fight off a man bent on raping her on a minibus, Turkey's president called violence against women the country's "bleeding wound".

World, 20 Apr 2015

Main Turkish opposition in election vow to boost economy, democracy

ISTANBUL - Turkey's main opposition promised on Sunday to revitalize a flagging economy and boost democracy in an election manifesto which accused the ruling AK Party of polarizing the country and leaving millions in poverty during its 13 years in power.

World, 19 Apr 2015

Assailant opens fire on pro-Kurdish party office in Turkey

ISTANBUL - An unidentified gunman fired shots at the headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Saturday, but there were no casualties in an attack the party and the government described as a provocation ahead of a June parliamentary election.

World, 18 Apr 2015
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Nepal scrambles to organise quake relief, many flee capital

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese officials scrambled on Monday to get aid from the main airport to people left homeless and hungry by a devastating earthquake two days earlier, while thousands tired of waiting fled the capital Kathmandu for the surrounding plains. | Video