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Turkish opposition challenges electoral list containing 165-year-old voter

Jan 18 2019

ISTANBUL A first-time voter aged 165 and a thousand voters all listed at the same apartment are registered on Turkey's electoral roll for local elections in March, according to opposition parties who say that voting lists are being stacked against them.

Austrian man released after arrest in Turkey in September

Dec 24 2018

ZURICH/ISTANBUL A Turkish court on Monday agreed to release an Austrian student, activist and journalist who was arrested three months ago, but he will have to remain in the country to await judicial proceedings, his lawyer said on Monday.

Turkey bolsters military on Syrian border as U.S. readies pull-out

Dec 24 2018

ISTANBUL Turkey began reinforcing its positions on both sides of its border with Syria on Sunday, a Reuters witness said, as Ankara and Washington agreed to coordinate a U.S. withdrawal from Syria. | Video

Turkey to delay Syria operation, Erdogan welcomes U.S. decision to withdraw troops

Dec 21 2018

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey would postpone a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria as he "cautiously" welcomed Washington's decision to withdraw its troops in the area.

Russia, Iran, Turkey back new Syria constitution body but fail to agree makeup

Dec 18 2018

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey, supporters of the main sides in Syria's complex civil war, on Tuesday failed to agree on the makeup of a U.N.-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee but called for it to convene early next year to kick off a viable peace process.

Turkish central bank seen holding rates steady after inflation eases from 15-year high: Reuters poll

Dec 10 2018

ISTANBUL Turkey's central bank is likely to keep its main interest rate on hold at 24 percent this week, a Reuters poll showed on Monday, following a bigger-than-expected decline in November inflation.

Turkish annual inflation falls in November from 15-year peak

Dec 03 2018

ISTANBUL Turkey's consumer price index fell 1.44 percent month-on-month in November, official data showed on Monday, bringing the annual inflation rate down from a 15-year high as a stronger lira, tax cuts and discounted products helped to trim prices.

Soros foundation to close in Turkey after attack by Erdogan

Nov 26 2018

ISTANBUL George Soros's Open Society Foundation said on Monday it would cease operations in Turkey, days after President Tayyip Erdogan accused the billionaire philanthropist of trying to divide and destroy nations.

Erdogan's party seeks changes to Turkish bankruptcy law over abuses

Nov 13 2018

ISTANBUL, Nov 13 President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party on Tuesday submitted a bill to parliament to tighten Turkey's bankruptcy law aimed at preventing what the government says is abuse of the regulation by some healthy companies.

UPDATE 4-Turkish inflation hits 15-year high of 25 percent

Nov 05 2018

* Inflation has peaked, FinMin predicts (Adds Finance Minister comments)

World News

Assad blocks access to Damascus for EU envoys: diplomats

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has revoked special visas for European Union diplomats and officials traveling regularly between Beirut and Damascus, complicating efforts to distribute aid to civil war victims, three senior EU diplomats said.