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March 17, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey seeks up to 15 years jail for opposition daily staff

ISTANBUL: Turkish prosecutors on Friday demanded prison sentences of up to 15 years for 13 staff from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper, the daily and state media reported. A total of 17 current and former writers, cartoonists and executives from Cumhuriyet ("Republic") are currently on trial on terror charges in a case which has raised alarm over press 3

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM Russian military says will respond if US strikes Syria

MOSCOW: The Russian military will respond to a U.S. strike on Syria, targeting any missiles and launchers involved in such an attack, the RIA news agency reported on Tuesday. RIA cited Valery Gerasimov, head of the General Staff, as saying that Moscow would retaliate if the lives of Russian servicemen in Syria were threatened. Turkish military says has encircled 6

February 27, 2018 12:00 AM Macron tells Erdogan Syria ceasefire must apply to Afrin

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday that a proposed UN ceasefire for Syria must be applied across the country, including in Afrin where Turkey is waging an offensive against a Kurdish militia. During a telephone call between the two leaders, Macron said the 30-day ceasefire "involved all Syrian 8

February 14, 2018 12:00 AM Erdogan tells Cyprus not to test Turkey

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned Cyprus not to "overstep the mark" in the eastern Mediterranean, after Greek Cypriots accused the Turkish military of obstructing a vessel exploring for natural gas over the weekend. Turkey, which does not have diplomatic ties with Cyprus, says some areas of Cyprus’s offshore maritime zone fall under 6

February 8, 2018 12:00 AM Turkey tells EU all conditions met for visa-free travel

ANKARA: Turkey said on Wednesday it had fulfilled all conditions on visa-free travel to Europe, adding it hoped Brussels would respond and lend "momentum" to better ties between Ankara and the EU. As part of a controversial agreement signed in March 2016, the EU offered Ankara billions of euros and visa liberalisation in exchange for Turkey stemming 18

February 4, 2018 12:00 AM Three more Turkish soldiers killed in Syria

ANKARA: Three more Turkish soldiers were killed Saturday in Turkey´s offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, including one in an attack on a tank, the army said. The latest clashes brought to 10 the number of Turkish troops killed so far in operation "Olive Branch", launched by Turkey on January 20 against Syrian Kurdish People´s Protection Units 9

January 6, 2018 12:00 AM Erdogan denounces US justice

ISTANBUL: Tayyip Erdogan denounced US justice on Friday and suggested Turkey could rethink some bilateral agreements with Washington, after a US court convicted a Turkish banker in a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials. In his first public comments on Wednesday´s verdict, the Turkish president cast the case as American 3

January 6, 2018 12:00 AM Ankara-Paris partnership ‘vital’ for peace: Erdogan

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that a strong partnership between Ankara and Paris was vital for world peace as he headed on a key visit to France. Erdogan’s one-day visit to Paris to meet French President Emmanuel Macron is his most significant trip to an EU state for bilateral talks since the failed 2016 coup bid in Turkey 5

December 28, 2017 12:00 AM In first retweet remarks feud UAE says Arabs won’t be led by Turkey

DUBAI: A senior UAE diplomat said on Wednesday the Arab world would not be led by Turkey, the Gulf State’s first comment on Ankara since a quarrel broke out last week over a retweet by the Emirati foreign minister that President Tayyip Erdogan called an insult. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, said there 2

December 28, 2017 12:00 AM Erdogan calls Assad a terrorist

TUNIS: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a terrorist and said it was impossible for Syrian peace efforts to continue with him. Turkey has demanded the removal of Assad from power and backed rebels fighting to overthrow him, but it has toned down its demands since it started working with Assad’s allies 6