Repressive measures are being used against Turkish journalists, with the regime going after any editor or journalist for having insulted Erdogan.
The prosecutor has called for jail sentences of up to 15 years on terrorism charges for a group of rights activists including the local head of Amnesty International.
Amid fears the proposed independence will stoke separatism among their own Kurdish populations, Iran and Turkey vowed to work closely together.
“‘Give us the pastor back’, they say. You have one pastor as well. Give him (Gulen) to us,” Erdogan said.
Turkey has been battling a three-decade insurgency in its largely Kurdish southeast and fears the referendum will inflame separatist tensions at home.
Iraq considers the vote unconstitutional, especially as it was held not only within official KRG territory itself but also on disputed territory held by Kurds elsewhere in northern Iraq.
The Kurds consider Monday’s referendum to be a historic step in the generations-old quest for a state of their own.
Older generations of Iraq’s Kurds suffered during Hussien’s Anfal campaign, and want to see their struggle for national independence come to fruition.
The former employees of the Zaman newspaper are charged with “membership of an armed terror organization” and “attempting to overthrow” the government.
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
Prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for the newspaper staff, who stand accused of targeting Erdogan through “asymmetric war methods.”
Merkel, seeking a fourth term in office in Germany’s September 24 election, said in a debate on Sunday it was clear that Turkey should not join the EU.
If the intensity of state propaganda over the last few years is anything to go by, Erdogan and AKP have moved well beyond considerations of “soft power”.
Merkel’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has long opposed Turkish membership in the European Union.
Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 150,000 officials in purges since the failed putsch, while sending to jail pending trial some 50,000 people including soldiers, police, civil servants.
The comments, some of Erdogan’s harshest yet against Merkel, drew a furious response from Merkel, her government and some Turkish organisations in Germany.
Fear of conscription has been a major sticking point in the local agreements, encouraging residents to leave for rebel-held areas of northern Syria.
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For many, the Cumhuriyet trial is seen as a test for press freedom in an unsteady democracy.
Nearly 500 suspects including army generals and pilots went on trial in Turkey on Tuesday, many of them accused of commanding last year’s failed coup attempt from an air base in the capital Ankara.
Protesters say there has been an increasing number of verbal and physical attacks against women for their choice of clothing.
The European commissioner who oversees the membership talks said he needed to see “a reversal of the trend” towards authoritarianism in Turkey.
NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg is offering to broker the feud which arose because Turkey refused access to German lawmakers to their own troops in a Turkish base.
In a move widely perceived as an attack on free speech, Turkish prosecutors are seeking up to 43 years in jail for journalists for targeting Erdogan through “asymmetric war methods”.
The visit to Gulf heads of states is an attempt to ease the pressure on Turkey’s ally Qatar, where, under a 2014 agreement, it maintains a military base.
Teachers and critics called it a move to avoid raising “generations who ask questions”, while the government argued evolution was “above the students’ level” of comprehension.
The extension followed weekend ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the abortive coup in which around 250 people, mostly unarmed civilians, were killed.
The arrests of eight of Turkey’s most respected human rights defenders and two European information technology trainers have been called “a repressive new low for the Turkish state”
In Turkey, Thousands More Police Officers, Civil Servants and Academics Dismissed in Latest Crackdown
The latest decree dismissed 2,303 police and 302 academics, while also stripping 342 retired officers and soldiers of their ranks and grades.
Around 50,000 people have been jailed pending trial and 150,000 suspended from work and stripped of basic human rights since the failed July 2016 coup
The emergency powers grants Erdogan sweeping powers, allowing him to bypass the parliament to enact new laws and suspend rights and freedoms as he sees fit.
Turkish police detained ten people including the local director of Amnesty International on suspicion of membership in a terrorist organisation.
UN chief ‘very sorry’ that talks to reunify the divided island of Cyprus collapsed on Friday, ending a promising process to heal decades of conflict.
The march was banned last year due to “security concerns”, and t he marchers were dispersed by the riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
Evolution will be introduced to 18 and 19 year olds in university, as the administration believes the students do not have the background to understand it.
Schulz also believes that in light of this, the European Union needs to make its response stronger through concrete policies.
With the Turkish authorities blocking online access to Wikipedia across the country, multiple “mirror” websites – sites designed to reproduce the content of Wikipedia, which is constantly being updated – have sprung up.
After the biggest Middle Eastern powers severed ties with Qatar, Turkey approved a bill with a large majority to deploy troops to the county.
Turkish President has said he will approve the reinstatement of death penalty if parliament submits such a proposal or if the measure is backed in a referendum.
As head of the ruling party in Turkey, Erdogan plans to revamp party to fulfil promises of fighting enemies and speeding up economic change.