Iraqi chaos seen slowing, not scuppering Turkish export drive

ISTANBUL - The chaos in Iraq could cost Turkey some $2-2.5 billion in lost trade this year, slowing efforts to boost exports and rebalance the economy, but the long-term impact will be negligible unless the situation deteriorates sharply, economists said.

Turkey's Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault

ISTANBUL - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of "spitting blood".

World, Israel 24 Jul 2014

Turkey may evacuate embassy in Libya amid fighting -minister

ANKARA - Turkey may evacuate its embassy in the Libyan capital Tripoli, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, a day after his ministry advised all Turkish citizens to leave the North African country due to the worsening security situation.

World, Libya, Africa, 24 Jul 2014

Turkey's Kurdish candidate says peace does not hinge on Erdogan

BERLIN/ANKARA - Turkey's peace process with Kurdish militants will go on whether or not Tayyip Erdogan wins the presidency in August, his pro-Kurdish rival said, but he declined to reveal whether he would back the prime minister in the event of a second-round run-off.

World, 21 Jul 2014

Turkey hatching plan to clear Syrian beggars off Istanbul streets

ISTANBUL - Authorities in Istanbul are working on plans to clear the streets of Syrian beggars and house them in camps like those on the border, as Turkey struggles with an influx of over a million refugees and the hospitality of locals starts to wear thin.

World, Syria 21 Jul 2014

Israel advises citizens to avoid Turkey amid Gaza protests

JERUSALEM - Israel advised its citizens on Saturday not to travel to Turkey, citing "the public mood" after heated protests there against Israel's ground offensive into Gaza.

World, Israel 19 Jul 2014

Israel cuts diplomatic presence in Turkey amid protests

ISTANBUL/JERUSALEM - Israel said on Friday it was reducing its diplomatic presence in Turkey after protesters angered by its ground offensive into Gaza pelted its consulate in Istanbul with stones and draped Palestinian flags on the ambassador's residence in Ankara.

World, Israel, 18 Jul 2014

Egypt says Qatar, Turkey and Hamas hurt Gaza ceasefire bid

CAIRO - Egypt's foreign minister accused Qatar, Turkey and Hamas on Thursday of conspiring to undermine Cairo's efforts to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinian militant group and Israel in Gaza, Egypt's state news agency reported.

World, Egypt, Israel 17 Jul 2014

Bulgaria's fence to stop migrants on Turkey border nears completion

GOLIAM DERVENT Bulgaria - Bulgaria has largely completed the construction of a 33-km (21-mile) barbed wire fence at the border with its southeastern neighbor Turkey as it tries to cope with asylum seekers, its defense minister said on Thursday.

World, 17 Jul 2014

Turkish opposition says government stalling on corruption probe

ANKARA - Turkey's opposition accused the government on Wednesday of stalling tactics to avoid potentially damaging revelations from an inquiry into alleged corruption emerging in the run-up to an August presidential election.

World, 16 Jul 2014

Israel agrees to 12-hour Gaza ceasefire

JERUSALEM - Israel has agreed to a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire in fighting with militants in the Gaza Strip to start at 8 a.m. (1 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, a military spokeswoman said.