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Turkey: Republic in Western Asia
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Istanbul is the largest city, but more central Ankara is the capital. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Khashoggi's killers will pay the price, be held accountable

Those responsible for the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will pay the price and be held accountable, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, in response to a U.N. report on the..
Reuters - Published

Tired of treading softly, Turkey's Erdogan back on election warpath

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has gone on the warpath against the main opposition days ahead of a re-run of a mayoral vote in Istanbul, scrapping plans to avoid divisive rhetoric that some officials..
Reuters - Published

Videos for Turkey

Turkey Says It Strongly Endorses U.N. Report On Khashoggi Murder [Video]Turkey Says It Strongly Endorses U.N. Report On Khashoggi Murder

According to Reuters, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey strongly endorses the U.N.’s recommendations regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Earlier on Wednesday,..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:33Published

Stabilising Syria: UN chief appeals to Russia, Turkey [Video]Stabilising Syria: UN chief appeals to Russia, Turkey

UN chief Antonio Guterres appealed to Russia and Turkey on Tuesday to stabilise Idlib

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:09Published

Turkey: Erdogan slams Egypt's 'tyrants' as thousands mourn Morsi [Video]Turkey: Erdogan slams Egypt's 'tyrants' as thousands mourn Morsi

Mosques across Turkey hold prayer services for former Egyptian president, who died in a Cairo court on Monday.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:37Published

Thousands Of Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Mourn Egypt's Mursi In Turkey [Video]Thousands Of Muslim Brotherhood Supporters Mourn Egypt's Mursi In Turkey

According to Reuters, Thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey took to the streets of capital Ankara and Istanbul on Tuesday to mourn former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, with..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:45Published

Istanbul's mayoral candidates battle it out in rare TV debate [Video]Istanbul's mayoral candidates battle it out in rare TV debate

The three-hour event debate between AKP candidate Binali Yildirim and the opposition's Ekrem Imamoglu was one of the first of its kind in Turkey in nearly two decades.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:48Published

Syrian government attacks Turkish post in Idlib [Video]Syrian government attacks Turkish post in Idlib

Turkey says its forces were attacked for the second time in three days on Sunday, and it has responded with heavy weapons.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:21Published

Turkey Says It Already Bought Russian S-400 Defense Systems [Video]Turkey Says It Already Bought Russian S-400 Defense Systems

Reuters reports Turkey has already bought S-400 defense systems from Russia. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, "It is a done deal. I hope these systems will be delivered to our..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:47Published

Turkey Calls U.S. Pressure Over Russian Defense System Unacceptably Threatening [Video]Turkey Calls U.S. Pressure Over Russian Defense System Unacceptably Threatening

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, Turkey said that a US House of Representatives' resolution condemning Ankara's purchase of Russian defense systems and pushing for sanctions was..

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New dam on River Tigris threatens thousands of years of heritage in Turkey [Video]New dam on River Tigris threatens thousands of years of heritage in Turkey

They call it the cradle of civilisation. Historians refer to it as Mesopotamia - the place where the Stone Age began. But the ruined buildings that have dotted the landscape of southern Turkey for..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:28Published

US threatens sanctions over Turkey missile purchase [Video]US threatens sanctions over Turkey missile purchase

The US is threatening to impose sanctions on Turkey if it does not cancel a deal to buy a Russian S400 missile defence system.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:03Published

Turkish President Erdogan best man for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil [Video]Turkish President Erdogan best man for Arsenal's Mesut Ozil

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the best man at Arsenal player Mesut Ozil's wedding in Istanbul on Friday.

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:28Published

Syrians move north near Turkish border to escape air strikes [Video]Syrians move north near Turkish border to escape air strikes

Activists say the air strikes are part of a strategy to depopulate a territory and secure strategically important roads.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:55Published

Syrian refugees head to Aleppo from Turkey for Eid holiday [Video]Syrian refugees head to Aleppo from Turkey for Eid holiday

The Syrian refugees are able to head home for the Eid holiday for the first time in almost 10 years.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:41Published

Calls grow for release of French academic who is being held in Turkey [Video]Calls grow for release of French academic who is being held in Turkey

Calls are growing for the release of a French academic who has been held in Turkey for nearly a month after protesting against the conflict between the Turkish government and the Kurdistan Worker’s..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:10Published

U.N. Tells Turkey To Free And Compensate Gulen-Linked Detainees [Video]U.N. Tells Turkey To Free And Compensate Gulen-Linked Detainees

According to a report by Reuters, on Wednesday, a UN committee said that Turkey must release two men detained over suspected links to a cleric blamed for a 2016 coup attempt and pay them compensation..

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Satellite images show Idlib burning [Video]Satellite images show Idlib burning

New satellite images show fields, orchards, and olive groves burning in northwest Syria, where the army has waged an assault against rebels in their last major stronghold. Emily Wither reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Syria war: Rebels make gains against Syrian army [Video]Syria war: Rebels make gains against Syrian army

Turkey-Russian ties extend beyond Syria but Idlib is where they are bargaining and strengthening their negotiating hand.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published

After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves [Video]After fleeing bombs, Syrian families shelter in olive groves

Families who fled Syrian government and Russian strikes in northwestern Syria are sleeping in an olive grove near the Turkish border without enough food and no place else to go. Emily Wither reports.

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Turkish Court Declines To Free U.S. Consular Employee [Video]Turkish Court Declines To Free U.S. Consular Employee

According to Reuters, The United States expressed disappointment on Thursday at the refusal of a Turkish court to free a U.S. consulate employee accused of espionage in a case that has damaged..

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Syrian gov't 'seeking to sabotage' Turkey-Russia relations [Video]Syrian gov't 'seeking to sabotage' Turkey-Russia relations

Turkey's Erdogan says de-escalation deal signed with Russia at risk as Syrian government presses on with Idlib assault.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:47Published

Turkey mayoral re-run: Istanbulians tell Euronews their opinions [Video]Turkey mayoral re-run: Istanbulians tell Euronews their opinions

Euronews took to the streets of Istanbul to ask residents what they thought about officials ordering a re-run of mayoral elections in the city.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:14Published

Ousted Istanbul mayor sees election re-run as battle for democracy [Video]Ousted Istanbul mayor sees election re-run as battle for democracy

Ousted Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu said on Thursday that next month's mayoral election re-run will be a symbol for Turkey's democracy, and hoped to "put right the theft" following the annulment of..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:30Published

Migrants increasingly risk lives arriving in Greece by river or sea [Video]Migrants increasingly risk lives arriving in Greece by river or sea

Migrants put their lives on the line trying to get from Turkey to Greece, crossing by boat to the Greek city of Alexandropouli, Greece, or crossing the Evros river on the border to make it to Europe...

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:52Published

Erdogan welcomes controversial move to rerun Istanbul vote [Video]Erdogan welcomes controversial move to rerun Istanbul vote

Decision by Turkey's high election board to stage repeat of last month's local elections slammed by Western critics.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:53Published

Erdogan Backs Re-Run Of Istanbul Vote After His Party Loses [Video]Erdogan Backs Re-Run Of Istanbul Vote After His Party Loses

According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, Turkey's main opposition party said that its candidate for Istanbul mayor would again contest and win the post, after the election board ordered a re-run..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:54Published

 

Turkey to push for trial of Egypt government over Mursi death

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to try to ensure the Egyptian government is tried in international courts for the death of former president Mohamed Mursi, who suffered a fatal heart..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan says Turkey will receive Russian defense system 'very soon'

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey would take delivery of a Russian S-400 missile defense system "very soon" after telling Russian President Vladimir Putin there was "no turning back"..
Reuters - Published

U.N. chief urges Russia, Turkey to stabilize Syria's Idlib 'without delay'

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Russia and Turkey on Tuesday "to stabilize the situation without delay" in northwest Syria.
Reuters - Published

U.S. and Turkey in close touch on S-400/F-35 dispute: NATO commander

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar are in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
Reuters - Published

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters in Turkey mourn Egypt's Mursi

Thousands of supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey took to the streets of capital Ankara and Istanbul on Tuesday to mourn former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi, with some chanting slogans..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan attacks Istanbul's ousted mayor days before poll re-run

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attacked Istanbul's ousted mayor on Tuesday, days before a crucial re-run of the municipal vote, accusing him of being aligned with a U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. stance on F-35 doesn't fit spirit of NATO partnership

Turkey said on Tuesday a U.S. warning that Ankara would be removed from Washington's F-35 fighter jet program unless it drops a planned purchase of a Russian air defense system was out of keeping with..
Reuters - Published

Greece, Cyprus pressure EU to act over Turkey gas drilling as Ankara digs in

Cyprus and Greece heaped pressure on the EU on Tuesday to take action against Turkey over gas drilling in disputed waters, as Ankara said it would step up exploration in a move that could further..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. tone and approach not befitting partnership spirit: defense ministry

Turkey has repeated its discomfort to the United States over the tone and approach of a letter sent by Washington, saying it was not befitting the ally spirit, over Ankara's planned purchase of Russian..
Reuters - Published

EU Council should condemn Turkish actions off Cyprus: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday the European Council should 'unreservedly condemn the illegal actions of Turkey' which has launched an offshore drill for gas in Cyprus's exclusive..
Reuters - Published

Cyprus confident of tougher EU stance against Turkey in offshore gas dispute

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he was confident the European Union would take a tougher stance toward Turkey in an escalating dispute over offshore oil and gas, which is also..
Reuters - Published

Cyprus says expects stronger stand of EU to Turkey in natgas dispute

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades said on Tuesday he expected the European Union would deliver a stronger message to Turkey against endeavors by Ankara to explore for gas in areas surrounding the..
Reuters - Published

U.S., Turkey remain in dialogue over S-400, F-35 dispute: top NATO general

U.S. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar remain in contact about Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defence system, and may meet during NATO meetings in..
Reuters - Published

Syria says it does not want to fight with Turkey

Syria does not want to see fighting with Turkey, its foreign minister said on Tuesday, after Turkey said one of its posts in Syria's Idlib region was attacked from an area controlled by Syrian..
Reuters - Published

Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links: Anadolu

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
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EU at odds over Albania, Macedonia joining; Cyprus threatens veto over Turkey

European Union states were at loggerheads on Monday over starting talks with Albania and North Macedonia to enter the bloc, while Cyprus threatened to veto any agreement on future enlargement unless..
Reuters - Published

U.S. says could sanction Turkish defense firms beyond F-35 suppliers

Washington is looking at imposing financial sanctions on Turkish firms beyond those that build parts for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet, over Ankara's plans to buy a Russian air defense system, a..
Reuters - Published

Ousted Istanbul mayor leading re-run polls after TV debate: pollster

The Turkish opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor who was ousted from office when his March victory was annulled bested his ruling party rival in a rare TV debate, a pollster said on Monday, putting..
Reuters - Published

Twelve killed as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey: coast guard

Twelve people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey's western coast, the Turkish coast guard said, adding that 31 others had been rescued.
Reuters - Published

Greek PM says may seek sanctions against Turkey in gas row

Greece and Cyprus will push their EU partners to penalize Turkey, including the possible option of sanctions, if Ankara is verified to have started drilling for gas west of Cyprus, Greek Prime Minister..
Reuters - Published

Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

Istanbul's mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and the reach of..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan sees Russian S-400s delivery starting in July: NTV

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he expected Russian S-400 missile defense systems to start arriving in Turkey in the first half of July, broadcaster NTV reported on Sunday, a development set to..
Reuters - Published

Southern EU leaders back Cyprus in gas dispute with Turkey

Heads of European Union Mediterranean states offered full support on Friday for fellow EU member Cyprus in a dispute with Turkey over the ownership of offshore natural gas deposits.
Reuters - Published

France's Macron sides with Cyprus on dispute with Turkey

French President Emmanuel Macron urged Turkey to stop "illegal activities" in Cyprus's exclusive economic zone and said the European Union would not back down on the issue.
Reuters - Published

Turkey seeks jail terms for two Bloomberg reporters

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment from the country's banking watchdog (BDDK) requesting a jail sentence for two Bloomberg reporters and 36 other people.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says would retaliate against U.S. sanctions over Russian S-400s

Turkey will "take reciprocal steps" if the United States imposes sanctions over the purchase of Russian S-400 defense systems, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

Albania busts gang trafficking migrants into EU, arrests eight

Albanian police said on Wednesday they had broken up a criminal gang trafficking Syrian, Turkish and Iraqi migrants to western Europe from Greece and had arrested eight people including the Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Cyprus issues arrest warrants for Turkey drill ship crew

Cyprus has issued arrest warrants for the crew of a Turkish drill ship anchored close to its coast for allegedly infringing territory over which the island has rights to explore for oil and gas, a..
Reuters - Published

Erdogan spokesman Kalin says discussed F-35 letter with Bolton on phone

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday he spoke on the phone with President Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton to discuss a letter sent by the Pentagon about..
Reuters - Published

Turkey, Russia dispute facts after attack on Turkish outpost in Syria

Russia and Turkey, the two countries responsible for a rickety agreement to keep the peace along Syria's last major frontline, gave sharply conflicting accounts on Thursday of an attack on a Turkish..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says full ceasefire not established in Syria's Idlib

It is not possible to say that a full ceasefire is established in Syria's Idlib, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, after Turkey's observation point was shelled from Syrian..
Reuters - Published

Syrian army shells rebel area, Turkish observation post despite truce move

The Syrian army and its allies shelled rebel-held areas of northwest Syria early on Thursday and attacked a Turkish observation post, Ankara and a monitoring group said, despite Russia saying it and..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says Syrian government forces attacked its observation point

Syrian government forces have attacked a Turkish observation point in Syria's Idlib province, Turkey's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, in what it assessed to be a deliberate attack involving 35..
Reuters - Published

Russia and Turkey broker ceasefire in Syria's Idlib: Russian news agencies

Russia and Turkey have brokered a complete ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province between Syrian government forces and rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian military as saying on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says it has already bought Russian S-400 defense systems

Turkey has already bought S-400 defense systems from Russia and hopes they will be delivered in July, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, an announcement likely to ratchet up tensions..
Reuters - Published

Turkey's Erdogan says Turkey has definitely bought Russian S-400 defense system

Turkey has already bought S-400 defense systems from Russia which he hopes will be delivered in July, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.
Reuters - Published

Turkey says U.S. letter on F-35s not in line with spirit of alliance

Turkey on Wednesday criticized a letter from Washington on Ankara's eventual removal from the F-35 fighter jet program, saying the language used did not suit the spirit of alliance between the two NATO..
Reuters - Published

Russia plans to deliver missiles to Turkey in July; U.S. takes dim view

Russia said on Tuesday it plans to deliver its S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey in July, setting the clock ticking on a U.S. threat to hit Ankara with sanctions if it goes ahead with a deal that..
Reuters - Published

Turkey says killed 10 Kurdish militants in Syria's Tel Rifaat region

Turkey killed 10 Kurdish militants in Syria's Tel Rifaat region on Sunday in retaliation for an attack that killed a Turkish soldier, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.
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Turkey chafes at U.S. pressure over Russian defenses

Turkey said on Tuesday a U.S. House of Representatives' resolution condemning Ankara's purchase of Russian defense systems and urging potential sanctions was unacceptably threatening.
Reuters - Published

Turkish F-35 pilots no longer flying at U.S. base: Pentagon

Turkey's F-35 pilots are no longer flying at a U.S. air base in Arizona, the Pentagon told Reuters on Monday, as the United States winds down Ankara's involvement in the advanced fighter jet program..
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U.S. has not taken up offer to create S-400 working group, Turkey says

The United States has not yet taken up Turkey's suggestion of creating a joint working group to try to defuse tensions over Ankara's purchase of the Russian S-400 missile defense systems, a senior..
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Mayoral rivals to hold Turkey's first TV debate in nearly two decades

Istanbul's ousted main opposition mayor Ekrem Imamoglu and his AK Party rival Binali Yildirim will hold a televised debate on June 16, party officials said on Monday, in what will be the first debate..
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Up to two million Syrians could flee to Turkey if clashes worsen: U.N.

Up to 2 million refugees could flee to Turkey if fighting intensifies in northwestern Syria as aid funds run dangerously low, the United Nations said on Monday.
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