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Report: Turkey detains 2 people suspected of spying for UAE

Apr. 19, 2019 8:56 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have detained two people on suspicion of spying for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey's state-run news agency reported on Friday. The two UAE nationals were detained as part of an investigation led by the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office, the agency reported. It...

Govt opponent confirmed as Istanbul mayor, objection pending

Apr. 17, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Wednesday confirmed the opposition's candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, as the mayor of Istanbul, ending more than two weeks of recounts of the March 31 vote demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. All eyes however, were turned toward Turkey's top...

Turkey's ruling party wants Istanbul election voided, redone

Apr. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday asked that a recent municipal election it lost in Istanbul be invalidated, as partial vote recounts in the city and the fight for the country's commercial hub continued. The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, filed its "extraordinary objection" to the...

European rights body urges Turkey to respect voters' choice

Apr. 12, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Europe's human rights watchdog is urging Turkey to respect voters' decisions after electoral authorities blocked some newly elected district mayors from taking office despite winning local elections on March 31. The Council of Europe on Friday also urged Turkey to confirm the final...

Erdogan says Istanbul mayoral vote should be canceled

Apr. 10, 2019 4:28 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recent election results in Istanbul should be annulled over irregularities that include the alleged unlawful appointment of some officials overseeing the ballot boxes. Speaking to reporters on his return from a trip to Moscow, Erdogan said...

Turkish electoral board rejects full Istanbul vote recount

Apr. 9, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party said Tuesday it will seek a re-run of the March 31 mayoral election in Istanbul, citing alleged irregularities. Ali Ihsan Yavuz, a ruling party deputy chairman, announced the decision hours after Turkey's top electoral authority...

The Latest: Turkish ruling party seeks rerun in Istanbul

Apr. 9, 2019 8:38 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the Turkish local elections (all times local): 3:35 p.m. The opposition party's candidate has criticized the plans of Turkey's ruling party plans to seek a repeat of the mayoral race in Istanbul and urged the party to acknowledge his victory. Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the...

Turkey's ruling party says it will seek re-run of mayoral vote in Istanbul, citing irregularities

Apr. 9, 2019 6:33 AM EDT
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party says it will seek re-run of mayoral vote in Istanbul, citing irregularities.

State Dept. bars 16 people for roles in Khashoggi killing

Apr. 8, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Monday publicly designated 16 people for their roles in the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in October. Such designation makes those individuals and immediate family members ineligible for entry into the United States....

Turkey's Erdogan defends demand for full recount in Istanbul

Apr. 8, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended his party's demand for a full recount in the Istanbul mayoral race, claiming irregularities marred "almost all" of the voting. Erdogan suffered a major setback in the country's March 31 local elections. Opposition candidates...