Erdogan ahead in Turkey presidential poll

Turkey`s outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has surged into the lead in the country`s first direct presidential election, early vote counts suggest.

Turkey`s Erdogan positions himself for more powerful presidential role

Tayyip Erdogan declared his candidacy on Tuesday for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule and supporters, especially conservative Muslims, see as the crowning prize in his drive to reshape NATO member Turkey.

Turkey mine clashes pile pressure on Erdogan

Soma: Turkish police clashed with thousands of anti-government protesters angered by the deaths of at least 283 workers in the country`s worst mining disaster, piling pressure on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey blocks access to Twitter

Turkey has restricted access to Twitter hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "root out" the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government`s reputation ahead of local elections.

Turkey passes law to shut schools run by Erdogan arch-rival

Turkey`s parliament has passed a bill to close down thousands of private schools, many of which are run by an influential Muslim cleric embroiled in a bitter feud with the government.

Turkey charges 255 over mass protests

Turkish prosecutors said today they have charged 255 protesters, including seven foreigners, over mass demonstrations that swept the country in June.

Turkey`s Erdogan meets Hamas leader

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Ankara.

Turkey PM agrees to halt contentious park project

Turkey`s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday agreed to halt plans to redevelop an Istanbul park at the centre of two weeks of mass anti-government unrest, in a move protesters welcomed as "positive".

Young, urban women, the face of Turkey`s protest movement

They are young, urban and well-educated, and for the past week they have been sleeping in an Istanbul park: meet the women on the frontline of Turkey`s mass anti-government protests.

Hamas welcomes Erdogan`s resolve to go ahead with Gaza visit

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh welcomed Tuesday Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s determination to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip despite US pressure.

NATO Patriot missiles to cost Turkey $8.5 mn annually

Patriot is an air-defence missile system with the capability to intercept some ballistic missiles as well as cruise missiles and aircraft.

Turkey appoints new military commanders

Posts were vacant after resignation of the military`s top brass in a dispute with the governmen.