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In Video, Turkish President Watches Violence at DC Protest

One theory suggests that Erdogan ordered his guards to attack protesters

(Newser) - A DC protest that turned violent earlier this week made headlines because armed members of the visiting Turkish president's security detail were seen pummeling protesters near the home of Turkey's ambassador. Nine people were hospitalized, and the violence stirred outrage online as critics of Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused... More »

There's Another Twist in the Michael Flynn Drama

'NYT' reports Trump team knew he was under investigation before inauguration

(Newser) - Yet another twist in the Michael Flynn drama: President Trump's transition team knew weeks before the inauguration that Flynn was under federal investigation for links to a foreign power, but that was no obstacle to his hiring as national security adviser, sources tell the New York Times . The insiders... More »

After Trump-Erdogan Meeting, DC Protests Turn Violent

9 injured outside residence of Turkish ambassador

(Newser) - Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrested during an altercation Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, DC. Two of those hurt were seriously injured and taken to hospitals, reports the AP . Police say the altercation broke out about 4:30pm between two groups, but didn'... More »

US Will Supply Heavier Arms to Syrian Kurds to Fight ISIS

Turkey accuses the US of arming terrorists to fight terrorists

(Newser) - President Trump will provide heavier arms to Syrian Kurds in a move certain to anger Turkey, the New York Times reports. The US will supply YPG with things like anti-tank missiles and heavy machine guns so the Kurdish militia can help take Raqqa, a Syrian city serving as the capital... More »

Web Users in Turkey Can No Longer Access Wikipedia

Turkish government blocked the site, claiming 'smear campaign'

(Newser) - Turkish internet users discovered early Saturday their government had banned access to Wikipedia, Reuters reports. The government in Turkey is allowed to ban access to websites if it decides they are obscene or a threat to national security. According to CNN , Turkey's communications ministry says articles on Wikipedia claimed... More »

Foreign Fighters Rethinking Their ISIS Allegiance

'Guardian' reports on a wave of desertions

(Newser) - ISIS is steadily losing territory in Iraq and Syria, and a lot of foreign fighters are apparently having second thoughts about fighting to the death for it. The Guardian reports that officials in Turkey and Europe say large numbers of foreign fighters are abandoning the group and trying to flee,... More »

Trump Breaks With State Dept., Congratulates Turkey's Leader

Hours before Trump's phone call to Erdogan, rep shared concerns

(Newser) - President Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyp Erdogan Monday on winning a controversial referendum that expands his powers, but the US State Department was more wary. Hours before Trump's phone call to the Turkish leader, State Department spokesman Mark Toner echoed the concerns of the Organization for Security and... More »

Erdogan's Narrow Win Could Be 'Pyrrhic Victory'

He says he wants to bring back death penalty

(Newser) - A very narrow win for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been declared in Sunday's referendum—so narrow that some analysts believe the vote to expand his powers and allow him to stay in office until 2029 could end up weakening him. The Wall Street Journal notes that after... More »

Turkey's Erdogan Calling a Win; Opposition to Challenge

Turkish president looks to have won a hotly contested referendum cementing his powers

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is declaring victory in the contentious national referendum that could keep him in power until 2029 with vastly expanded powers, reports the Washington Post . The apparent victory isn't exactly clear cut, with the opposition not even waiting for the ballot count to finish before... More »

A Vote Sunday Could Dramatically Change Turkey

President is seeking to expand his powers

(Newser) - Voters in Turkey go to the polls Sunday, but this is no ordinary election. Technically, it's about whether to shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system, reports CNBC . But the bigger issue is that it would result in sweeping new powers for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Supporters say... More »

The Surprise Dutch-Turkish Fight, Explained

Upcoming votes in each country and far-right politician Geert Wilders at center

(Newser) - A blizzard of headlines over the past week have revolved around a spat between the Netherlands and Turkey, and seemingly at the center of them all is a far-right Dutch politician named Geert Wilders. A primer on the diplomatic fight and the stakes involved:
  • About Wilders: He leads the Party
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Turkish Prez: 'Nazism Is Alive in the West'

Things are deteriorating rapidly between Turkey, Netherlands

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan drove his dispute with European nations to the hilt Sunday, boldly claiming that "Nazism is alive in the West" and calling on international organizations to "raise their voices" and enact sanctions against the Netherlands after it escorted a minister out of the country... More »

6 Days After Release, Killer Killed at Own Wedding

But his victim's father isn't celebrating

(Newser) - Six days after he was released from prison for the shooting death of a 2-year-old boy, a Turkish man was himself shot dead—at his own wedding on Saturday. Daimi Akyuz, 46, had been sentenced to a maximum of 36 years in prison after he opened fire at a cafe... More »

Germany Condemns Erdogan's 'Nazi' Accusations

'Absolutely unacceptable'

(Newser) - Germany's government on Monday condemned remarks by Turkey's president accusing officials of "Nazi practices," days after a local authority prevented a Turkish minister from addressing a rally there, the AP reports. Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statements... More »

Lindsay Lohan: I Was Profiled While Wearing Headscarf

LiLo says the incident happened at London's Heathrow Airport

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan claims she was "racially profiled" while wearing a headscarf at London's Heathrow Airport, the AP reports. The actress told a British talk show that she was stopped while traveling to New York. She said an airport worker "opened my passport and saw 'Lindsay Lohan'... More »

Turkey: Captured Gunman Trained in Afghanistan

Authorities say he confessed to deadly NYE attack

(Newser) - Turkish police believe they have captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul and officials say he is an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters in Ankara on Tuesday that the man... More »

Suspect Caught in Istanbul NYE Nightclub Massacre

Turkish police say they have the gunman who killed 39

(Newser) - A gunman who killed 39 people during an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year's celebrations has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday. The suspect was caught in a special operations police raid on a house in a housing complex in... More »

One of Europe's Longest Conflicts May Finally End

After 40 years, talks could reunify island of Cyprus

(Newser) - It may not generate the headlines of other global conflicts, but the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has the distinction of being home to Europe's last divided capital city. After four decades, however, that might soon change. The island has been split between a Greece-controlled area and a smaller Turkey-controlled... More »

Russia Says It's Pulling Warships Out of Syria

But does this armed forces reduction mean anything permanent?

(Newser) - A tenuous ceasefire in Syria between the government and rebel forces that was brokered by Russia and Turkey is so far holding, and Russia has announced it will start to tamp down its military presence there, per the Wall Street Journal and BBC . "In accordance with the decision of... More »

Turkey Says It Now Knows Who the Nightclub Gunman Is

But they haven't released details

(Newser) - Turkish police on Wednesday detained at least five suspected ISIS militants believed to be linked to the deadly Istanbul nightclub attack , the state-run news agency reported. The operation was launched in the Aegean port city of Izmir and was ongoing, Anadolu Agency said. The gunman, who killed 39 people during... More »

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