Tag Archives: Turkey

Police helicopter carrying 12 crashes in eastern Turkey – security sources

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey: A Turkish police helicopter carrying 12 people crashed in the eastern province of Tunceli on Tuesday, the local governor’s office said, adding that the crash may have been caused by poor weather conditions. The helicopter was carrying a judge, seven police officers, one sergeant and three crew members, the Tunceli governor’s office said… Read More »

Russia tells airlines it may suspend charter flights to Turkey – source

MOSCOW: Russia may suspend charter flights to Turkey due to the “difficult political situation” there, the Federal Air Transport Agency has warned airlines, a source at one of the companies told Reuters. Russia and Turkey have a history of rolling trade and financial restrictions out against one other in political rows. Ties between Moscow and… Read More »

Turkey to allow female soldiers to wear headscarves – ministry officials

ANKARA: Turkey will allow female soldiers to wear a headscarf with their uniforms, defence ministry officials said on Wednesday, marking a symbolic shift for a military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state secularism. The change also reflects the influence of President Tayyip Erdogan and the AK Party he founded. Since coming… Read More »

Turkey says kills 51 Islamic State militants in northern Syria

ANKARA: Turkey hit 59 Islamic State targets and killed 51 militants in northern Syria as part of its ongoing incursion, the Turkish military said on Saturday. Turkish forces have surrounded the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab for weeks as part of an operation that has been going on for more than five months. Four of… Read More »

Turkey dismissed more than 90,000 public servants in post-coup purge – minister

ANKARA: Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 90,000 public servants for alleged connections to a coup attempt in July as part of a purge critics say has broadened to target any political opposition to President Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to reporters at a roundtable interview broadcast on television, Labour Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said 125,485 people from… Read More »

Greece says Cyprus talks show progress, Turkey should drop rhetoric

ATHENS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday progress had been made in ending the decades-old stalemate on divided Cyprus, but urged Turkey to drop ‘aggressive rhetoric’ to reach a deal. “We are optimistic but with prudence and responsibility, as this situation merits, we will continue to work hard…and hope that we have positive… Read More »

First Istanbul trial to begin of Turkey coup suspects

ISTANBUL: Almost 30 Turkish police will go on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday (Dec 27) charged with involvement in the Jul 15 coup bid, the city’s first trial of alleged plotters. With indictments prepared against over 1,200 people, and some 41,000 under arrest in total, the trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip… Read More »

Turkey vows vengeance after Kurdish militants blamed for attack that killed 38

ISTANBUL: Turkey on Sunday vowed vengeance against Kurdish militants it said were likely behind twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 in what appeared to be a coordinated attack on police outside a soccer stadium in Istanbul. The blasts on Saturday night – a car bomb outside the Vodafone Arena, home to Istanbul’s… Read More »

Turkey targets foster families in post-coup crackdown – official

ANKARA: Turkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday. The government has so far detained or dismissed 125,000 people over alleged links to the network of Fethullah… Read More »

Turkey detains 40 soldiers, issues warrants for 47 more in coup probe – media

ISTANBUL: Turkey detained 40 soldiers from an air base in the central Anatolian city of Konya as part of investigations into July’s failed military coup, Turkish media outlets said on Thursday. Detention warrants had been issued for 47 more soldiers from Konya, the private Dogan news agency said, in what was the third wave of… Read More »