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Turkey escalates crackdown on dissent six years after Gezi protests

Mar 19 2019

ISTANBUL Unzile Aksakoglu struggles to explain to her seven-year-old daughter why her father Yigit has spent four months in jail and may never leave, because of his alleged role in mass protests against Turkey's government when she was just a year old.

Turkey's economy tips into recession as lira crisis bites

Mar 11 2019

ISTANBUL Turkey's economy contracted a sharper than expected 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, its worst performance in nearly a decade and a clear sign that last year's lira crisis has tipped it into recession.

UPDATE 2-Turkish cenbank keeps rates unchanged, says will keep tight policy

Mar 06 2019

ISTANBUL, March 6 Turkey's central bank left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday as expected and said it will tighten monetary policy further if needed, soothing investor worries that it could loosen policy after inflation fell from a 15-year peak.

UPDATE 2-Turkey to offer SMEs a second 25 billion-lira loan package

Mar 01 2019

ISTANBUL, March 1 Turkey will offer small- and medium-size enterprises a second loan package totalling 25 billion lira ($4.67 billion), the finance minister said on Friday, as the government tries to boost flagging economic activity.

Turkey orders 295 military personnel arrested over Gulen links

Feb 22 2019

ISTANBUL Turkey ordered the arrest of 295 serving military personnel on Friday, the Istanbul prosecutor's office said, accusing them of links to the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says orchestrated a 2016 attempted coup.

Infantino defends FIFA from criticism over Bahraini footballer

Feb 15 2019

ISTANBUL FIFA president Gianni Infantino on Friday defended world soccer's governing body over its perceived lack of action in the case of refugee Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al Araibi, saying it had been working behind the scenes in the affair.

Turkey orders 1,112 arrested over links to cleric Gulen: state media

Feb 12 2019

ISTANBUL Turkey launched on Tuesday one of its largest operations against alleged supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of leading an attempted coup in 2016, ordering the arrest of 1,112 people, state media reported.

Greece's Tsipras visits Hagia Sophia on trip to boost Turkey ties

Feb 06 2019

ISTANBUL Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a symbolic visit to Istanbul's former cathedral Hagia Sophia on Wednesday on a trip aimed at improving ties with Turkey, long strained by disputes over territory, energy exploration and Cyprus. | Video

Greece's Tsipras visits Hagia Sophia on trip to boost Turkey ties

Feb 06 2019

ISTANBUL, Feb 6 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid a symbolic visit to Istanbul's former cathedral Hagia Sophia on Wednesday on a trip aimed at improving ties with Turkey, long strained by disputes over territory, energy exploration and Cyprus.

Turkey's Erdogan to move CHP's Isbank stake to Treasury

Feb 05 2019

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Treasury will take over a 28 percent stake in Isbank, the country's largest listed lender, from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP).

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