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Israel Freezes Armenian Genocide Bill Due to Fears it Could aid Erdogan

Tel Aviv (MEE) – Foreign ministry says vote has been postponed as the recognition could be used favorably by the Turkish president in elections. Israel froze work on a bill recognizing the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by the Ottomans as genocide due to concerns it could aid the Turkish president in upcoming elections, an Israeli official said […]

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Turkish Conscript in 5th day of Military Service Gets Life Sentences on Coup Charges

Ankara (TP) – The İstanbul 26th High Criminal Court handed down aggravated life sentences to 41 defendants on Friday, among them Ahmet Özdemir, who was fulfilling his mandatory military service and joined the army only five days before a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. He was sentenced to 14 aggravated life sentences for the alleged murder of […]

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Erdogan, Putin Discuss Developments in Syria

Damascus (TNA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday discussed recent developments in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone. According to presidential sources, Erdogan and Putin pointed out the significance of achievements gained in the Astana process for a political solution in Syria and stressed that the government and opposition […]

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Why Recep Erdogan Sometimes Says Cool Things

Ankara (GPA) – There has been some confusion lately as to why the Turkish President sometimes says cool things like “Israel is a terrorist state.” Here’s a brief explainer for you: Let’s start with a question about whatever country you might live in. When do your politicians kick their lies into overdrive? If you answered ‘election season’ […]

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‘Fair’ Elections Impossible in Turkey, Warns Reporters Without Borders

Ankara (MEE) – RSF’s Erol Onderoglu says 24 June polls cannot be free due to the ‘liquidation’ of the media. The “liquidation” of the media in Turkey means it is impossible for “free and fair” elections to be carried out on 24 June, a leading media activist warned on Wednesday. Erol Onderoglu, head of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) […]

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Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and What’s at Stake in the Turkish Election?

Ankara (GPA) – Who is Recep Tayyip Erdogan and what does this upcoming snap election mean for Turkey? Many readers with this site are likely familiar with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but that knowledge may be limited to his appearances in matters involving other countries like Syria and Russia. Yet even when you do hear about […]

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Turkey: US JCPOA Exit A Threat to Diplomacy

Ankara (TNA) – The president of Turkey decried the US’ move to walk away from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as a threat to diplomacy and international cooperation.     In a meeting with the Iranian president’s chief of staff in Ankara on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the US president’s decision to pull his country out of […]

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Turkish Banker Sentenced to 32 months in US Prison for Sanction Evasion

Ankara (MEE) – The prosecution of Mehmet Hakan Atilla has further strained relations between US and Turkey. A US judge sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a banker at Turkey’s state-controlled Halkbank, to 32 months in prison on Wednesday after he was convicted earlier this year of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade US […]

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Iran, Russia, Turkey Issue Joint Statement Following Syria Peace Talks

Astana (TNA) – Iran, Russia, and Turkey, as guarantors of the observance of the ceasefire regime in Syria, issued a joint statement on Tuesday following the Arab country’s peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana. In the joint statement, representatives of Iran, Russia, and Turkey reiterated that there is no military solution to the […]

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UK Has Sold $1bn of Weapons to Turkey Since Coup Attempt

London (MEE) – Theresa May is set to roll out the red carpet for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this weekend, as new figures reveal that Britain has sold more than $1bn of weapons to Ankara since the failed 2016 coup and subsequent crackdown under emergency powers, Middle East Eye can reveal. Turkey remains a “priority market” for […]

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