Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill murders

Relations appear to have deteriorated as Turkish president reveals he no longer talks directly to his US counterpart

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday criticised US President Barack Obama for his silence following the killings of three young Muslims in North Carolina this week, in the latest sign that relations between the two leaders have become strained.

 

Freedom and Solidarity Party’s (ÖDP) Izmir Provincial board member and United June Movement Izmir coordination member Onur Kılıç have been detained by anti-terror teams for charges related to “insulting the president”.
Turkish citizens are now allowed to pose wearing a fez or a niqab in photographs officializing their wedding, according to new regulations

Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides asked on Wednesday (10 February) whether the fight against Islamic State (or Daesh, as it is called in Arabic) was a priority for Turkey.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s finest trick is to keep persuading people that it is always someone else’s fault. The latest “crisis” around Turkey’s intelligence chief might be yet another example
With the traffic in Ankara getting busier on the eve of an expected declaration that the talks between the government and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have shifted into formal negotiations, Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan, a key name in the talks, met on Feb. 12 with a member of the team visiting the jailed leader of the outlawed organization
The Turkish government is determined to eliminate the phrase “minority” in social life, said PM Davutoğlu
President Erdoğan has reportedly ordered a block of the new presidential palace be rebuilt to host concerts
Measures to be taken to increase the security of citizens must be in full compliance with universal fundamental rights and freedoms, as well as European standards, a senior EU official has said,
Turkey’s Secularization in Reversal?
AINA (press release)
A banner showing Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (center) and Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas (left) with the minarets of an Istanbul mosque in the background, March 21, 2014 (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images). Critics of Turkey’s ruling Justice and ..
The outgoing president of Turkey’s Constitutional Court has criticized politicians’ extraordinary “interest” in the court’s agenda, opting to leave office a month before he was scheduled to retire.
In its 13th year in power, Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Parti) government is finally seeing the judges it likes in the top judicial positions
Heinrich Boell Foundation-North America, February 2015 by David Hoffmann & Nancy Alexander * At the 9th G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, all member states presented their individual plans to promote “stronger economic growth and employment outcomes”. As G20 President this year, Turkey may consider its growth strategy and employment plan as models for other G20 […]
The HDP suggests a long-awaited negotiations phase with the government over the Kurdish issue could start within a fortnight

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