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Book revelations thrust Turkey ex-leader back into limelight

A controversial book claiming to expose the extent of the rift between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his predecessor Abdullah Gul has shaken Turkish politics after legislative elections and sparked speculation the ex-leader may plan a comeback.

Ex-leader Gul says Turkey needs stronger parliament, not presidency

  Turkey needs a better parliamentary system, not a more powerful presidency, former President Abdullah Gul said, in clear disagreement with his successor`s drive to change the constitution and give the head of state executive powers.

Turkey`s Davutoglu nominated new PM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan nominated Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his successor as prime minister on Thursday, with expectations high that the man who has dominated Turkish politics for more than a decade will stay in charge once he is president.

Turkish president Gul tips FM Davutoglu to be next prime minister

Outgoing Turkish president Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was likely to take over as chairman of the ruling AK Party, and thus become the next prime minister.

Turkey President approves Kurdish reform law

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Tuesday approved a ruling party-backed law aimed at giving a boost to peace talks with Kurdish rebels with the ultimate goal of ending the three-decade-long conflict, his office said. 

Turkish PM expected to seek presidential election

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s ruling party is widely expected to nominate him as a candidate for the country`s first directly elected presidential race.

Turkish president not to contest for second term

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Sunday that he will not run for a second term in the forthcoming presidential elections in August.

NATO chief to visit Turkey amidst Iraq crisis

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will visit Turkey for talks over dozens of Turkish nationals taken as hostages in Iraq, said the foreign ministry, media reported Monday.

Iran, Turkey pledge cooperation despite split over Syria

In a landmark visit to Turkey by Iran`s president, the two countries pledged to work together to stop extremism and bloodshed in the Middle East despite deep differences over Syria`s civil war.

Turkey holds protest strike after blast kills 283 miners

Anger at Turkey`s government boiled over Thursday when thousands went on strike and police clashed with protesters after at least 283 workers died in one of the worst mining accidents in modern history.

Turkish president signs law expanding spy powers

Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a controversial law expanding the powers of the spy agency, a move critics say will tighten the graft-tainted government`s control over state institutions.

Turkey to defend historical tomb in Syria

Turkish President Abdullah Gul Sunday vowed to protect the Suleyman Shah Tomb in Syria if it comes under attack, a media report said.

Tens of thousands flock to Turkey protest teen`s funeral

Tens of thousands of people flocked Wednesday to the funeral of a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year`s anti-government protests that swept the country, an AFP photographer said.

Turkey`s President signs law tightening govt grip on judiciary

Turkey`s President Abdullah Gul signed into law a contested bill tightening the government`s grip on the judiciary as it grapples to contain the fallout from a major corruption probe.

Police disperse over 1,000 protesters in Istanbul

Turkish riot police Saturday evening dispersed more than 1,000 protesters in Istanbul against new internet censorship law.

Istanbul police fire tear gas on protest over Internet curbs

Turkish riot police in Istanbul fired tear gas and water cannon today at around 3,000 people protesting new legislation tightening control of the Internet.

Turkish President signals he will sign contested bills

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has indicated that he will sign contested bills tightening state control over the Internet and the judiciary despite widespread opposition, local media reported on Tuesday. 

Turkey president urges shift in Syria policy

Turkish President Abdullah Gul called on Tuesday for a shift in government policy towards Syria after years of vocal opposition to the Damascus regime.

Turkey`s Gul urges judiciary to stay impartial in graft investigation

Turkish President Abdullah Gul urged the judiciary to remain impartial as it pursues a corruption investigation shaking the government.

Turkey PM plans reshuffle after graft probe: President

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, rattled by a huge corruption scandal implicating some of his closest allies, is preparing a cabinet reshuffle, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Tuesday.