Turkish writer convicted for `insulting` Erdogan

A Turkish court convicted a writer of "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a book about last year`s mass anti-government protests, handing him a suspended jail sentence of almost one year, media reported Wednesday. 

Turkey allows girls as young as 10 to cover hair at schools

Turkey has lifted a ban on the Islamic-style headscarf in schools, allowing girls from the fifth grade and up to cover their hair in a further easing of generations-old restrictions on the public expression of faith.

Turkish president says no ransom paid for release of hostages held by IS

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by Islamic State in Iraq and that it was the result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

45,000 Syrian Kurds enter Turkey: Deputy PM

Some 45,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants have entered Turkey a day after Ankara opened up its border, Turkey`s deputy prime minister said on Saturday. 

WADA symposium to discuss new methods to combat drugs in sport
WADA symposium to discuss new methods to combat drugs in sport

The World Anti-Doping Agency's two-day symposium at Istanbul, Turkey next month would discuss how science and investigations activities combined can help improve tools and develop new strategies to combat the use of drugs in sport.

Kerry confident of broad anti-IS coalition

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he was confident that a broad coalition including Arab and European nations along with the United States would be formed against the Islamic State militants in Iraq.

Turkey charges four over deadly lift crash

 Prosecutors in Istanbul charged four construction workers with manslaughter on Thursday over a dramatic workplace accident that saw a lift in an unfinished luxury skyscraper plummet 32 storeys, killing 10.

Turkey fears PKK could obtain arms sent to Iraq

Weapons sent by Western countries to forces fighting Islamic militants in Iraq may end up in the hands of Kurdish rebels in Turkey, Turkish foreign minister warned on Monday.

10 workers killed at Istanbul construction site

 Ten Turkish workers were killed when a lift fell from the 32nd storey of a building and crashed to the ground at a central Istanbul construction site, local media reported Sunday.

Dozens of Turkish police detained over "anti-government plot": Media

Dozens of Turkish police officers, including a former chief of a police financial unit, were detained on Monday in a fresh wave of arrests over allegations that officers were involved in plotting against the government, local media said.

Arsenal out to profit from luck of draw against Besiktas

After a positive start to the new season domestically, Arsenal head to Istanbul in optimistic mood ahead of Tuesday`s Champions League play-off first leg against Besiktas.

16-member team to represent India in World Youth Bridge

A strong 16-member contingent will represent India in the 15th World Youth Bridge Team Championships to be held in Istanbul, Turkey from August 13 to 23.

Turkey detains 33 police in new wave of wire-tapping arrests

Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained dozens of police officers accused of illegally wire-tapping top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a new wave of arrests just days ahead of presidential elections.

Turkey`s Erdogan holds mass election rally in Istanbul

Tens of thousands of supporters of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan massed in Istanbul for his last big rally in Turkey`s largest city one week ahead of Presidential Elections.

Don`t laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public.

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probeA Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul`s intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally wiretapped Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, media said.

Turkey charges eight police in wiretapping probe

Turkish prosecutors have charged eight police officers with illegally eavesdropping on top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said on Saturday.

Turkey to inaugurate Ankara-Istanbul high speed train line

Turkey inaugurates the first high-speed train link between its main cities of Ankara and Istanbul, in the latest bid by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to modernise the country`s infrastructure.

Wozniacki moves up WTA chart

Caroline Wozniacki, who opened her 2014 account with victory in Istanbul, climbed two places to 13 in the latest WTA rankings published on Monday.

Turks protest against Israel in Istanbul

Istanbul`s streets were brimming Sunday as around 1,000 pro-Palestinian Turks demonstrated against Israel`s latest round of airstrikes on Gaza, which have left over 100 Palestinians dead.