Latest Turkey government News

4 on trial over poster at Swiss rally saying 'Kill Erdogan'

Jan. 18, 2022 04:54 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Four people went on trial in the Swiss capital Tuesday over a protest against Turkey's government four years ago where some demonstrators hoisted a banner showing a gun pointed at an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next to the words, “Kill Erdogan.” ...

Turkish leader Erdogan visits Albania to boost ties

Jan. 17, 2022 13:07 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania and Turkey on Monday pledged to further boost their ties and increase their economic and cultural relations. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Albania to talk with Prime Minister Edi Rama on strengthening bilateral ties and also...

Turkish court rules to keep philanthropist Kavala in prison

Jan. 17, 2022 09:09 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court ruled Monday that prominent Turkish civil rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala should stay in prison, despite his more than four years in pre-trial detention. The hearing took place as a Council of Europe deadline that could trigger...

Turkish, Armenian envoys meet in bid to end chilly relations

Jan. 14, 2022 08:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Special envoys from Turkey and Armenia met in Moscow on Friday for a first round of meetings aimed at ending decades of bitterness between their countries and establishing diplomatic ties. Both countries said the meeting was conducted in a “positive and constructive atmosphere." ...

Defense minister warns Greece not to test Turkey's patience

Jan. 08, 2022 09:35 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Greece should refrain from testing Turkey’s patience with provocations, including with a threat to extend its territorial waters in the Aegean, Turkey’s defense minister warned on Saturday. Speaking to a group of journalists in Ankara, Hulusi Akar also...

Turkey reports record infections, cuts quarantine to 7 days

Jan. 05, 2022 13:57 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday reported its highest number of daily COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic as the rapidly-spreading omicron variant takes hold. The Health Ministry recorded 66,467 new cases and 143 deaths in the past 24 hours. The previous...

Turkey's inflation hits a 19-year high of 36%

Jan. 03, 2022 13:15 PM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s yearly inflation climbed by the fastest pace in 19 years, jumping to 36.08% in December, official data showed on Monday. The Turkish Statistical Institute said the consumer price index increased by 13.58% in December from the previous month, further...

Turkish govt expands probe targeting Istanbul city staff

Dec. 30, 2021 08:49 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court accepted an indictment against suspects from a religious association Thursday in a case that could have political and legal repercussions on the opposition-held Istanbul municipality. The trial against 23 people involved with DIAYDER, which stands...

Bulgarian shoppers find bargains in Turkey as lira struggles

Dec. 27, 2021 04:25 AM EST

EDIRNE, Turkey (AP) — Bulgarian shoppers are crossing Turkey’s western border in packed cars and buses, taking advantage of a declining Turkish lira to fuel their own shopping sprees. Their first stop is the currency exchange and then it's off to the markets and grocery stores...

Turkey freezes assets of 770 people for alleged terror links

Dec. 24, 2021 08:47 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey froze the assets of 770 Turkish nationals and a Chicago-based foundation, according to a decision published Friday in the country’s official gazette. The list of targets includes 454 people with alleged links to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who lives in...