Erdogan says EU cannot give `democracy lesson` to Turkey

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday launched a new attack on the European Union over its condemnation of raids on opposition media, saying that Brussels had no right to give Ankara a "democracy lesson".

Split over Syria highlighted in Turkish FM visit to Iran

 A visit to Iran by Turkey`s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday highlighted their opposing views on the Syrian conflict, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close gaps.

Chinese tourist killed in Turkey balloon crash: Report

A Chinese tourist was killed and nine others, including Malaysians, were injured Wednesday when a hot-air balloon crashed during a sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, reports said.

Turkey says EU criticism over arrests unacceptable

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.

Turkey criticised over arrests of anti-Erdogan media

The Turkish government on Monday faced accusations of eroding democracy and press freedoms after over two dozen people were arrested in raids against media critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media

Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey`s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of an exiled cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s top foe.

Turkish police raid media offices of Erdogan rival

Turkish police on Sunday launched a sweeping operation to arrest dozens of supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan`s rival, US-exiled imam Fethullah Gulen, including a raid on the offices of the Zaman daily, which is close to the cleric.

Turkey rolls out red carpet for Indian power producers

 With Turkey aiming for mega 125-GW installed power capacity by 2023, private firms like Tata Power, Lanco, GMR and Essar as also state-run NTPC are mulling investments in that nation, according to Turkish investment support and promotion agency.

Kurdish forces kill 16 jihadists in Syria: Monitor

Kurdish forces killed at least 16 Islamic State group fighters in an attack on Saturday in northeast Syria near the border with Turkey, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Top Turkey cleric under fire over luxury Mercedes

Turkey's top cleric came under fire on Saturday over reports that a luxury Mercedes had been purchased at public expense to serve as his official car -- the latest government splurge to cause a public outcry.

Islamic State smuggling oil via Turkey: Iraq

Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari has said that the Islamic State (IS) is smuggling Iraqi and Syrian oil via Turkey, and called it the richest terrorist group in the world.

Turkish actress attacked for interpreting for Pope

 A leading Turkish actress said she has been subjected to a welter of insults on social media since she acting as a translator for Pope Francis during his visit to Turkey in November.

Erdogan vows to impose 'Arabic' Ottoman lessons in schools

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday to make lessons in the Arabic-alphabet Ottoman language compulsory in high schools - a highly symbolic move which enraged secularists who claim he is pursuing an increasingly Islamist agenda.

EU`s Mogherini visits Turkey to highlight `strategic` ties

 New EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini travels to Turkey next week to highlight the "strategic importance" of ties, one week after Russian President Vladimir Putin made a rival visit during which he cancelled a huge gas pipeline to Europe.

Turkey-US moving closer on Syria no-fly zone: Ankara

NATO allies Turkey and the United States are narrowing their differences over plans to create a no-fly zone along the Syrian border, the Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Rise of Turkish Islamic schooling upsets secular parents

Turkey has seen a sharp rise in religious schooling under reforms which President Tayyip Erdogan casts as a defence against moral decay, but which opponents see as an unwanted drive to shape a more Islamic nation.

US not ready to enforce Syria no-fly zone: White House

The United States is not ready to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria, the White House said Monday, after reports it was in talks with Turkey about setting up a refugee safe haven in the north of the country.

Putin scraps South Stream gas pipeline on Turkey visit

President Vladimir Putin on Monday unexpectedly announced Russia was shelving the multi-billion dollar South Stream pipeline project to deliver Russian gas to the Europe, blaming the EU for throwing obstacles in its path.

Pope, patriarch demand end to IS attacks

Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians demanded an end to the violent persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq on Sunday and called for dialogue with Muslims, capping Francis' three-day visit to Turkey with a show of unity.

Pope ends Turkey trip seeking unity with Orthodox

Pope Francis is wrapping up his three-day visit to Turkey with a liturgy alongside the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians and a meeting with young refugees who have fled Syria, Iraq and other conflict zones.