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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:
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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 »

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 »

Bana Alabed Goes From Ruins of Aleppo to Presidential Palace

7-year-old Twitter star thanks Erdogan for 'supporting the children of Aleppo'

(Newser) - From the war-torn ruins of eastern Aleppo to the presidential palace in Turkey. CNN reports 7-year-old Bana Alabed—whose Twitter account has gained more than 350,000 followers since September—posed for photos and video with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday in Ankara. "Thank you for supporting... More »

Turkey Vows 'Vengeance' as Soccer Blasts Kill 30 Cops

13 have been arrested in attacks in Istanbul

(Newser) - Turkey declared a national day of mourning and began to bury its dead Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium, reports the AP . It was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats. The... More »

Turkey: ISIS Used Child Suicide Bomber to Kill Dozens

Erdogan says 12-year-old blew self up at outdoor wedding

(Newser) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a nationally televised address Sunday that the suicide bomber in the outdoor wedding party attack that killed dozens was between 12 and 14 years old. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the... More »

Turkey Issues Arrest Warrant for US-Based Muslim Cleric

It claims Fethullah Gulen was behind last month's failed coup

(Newser) - A court in Turkey issued a formal warrant Thursday for the arrest of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the government accuses of being behind the failed July 15 coup that left more than 270 people dead, the AP reports. The government says Gulen, a former ally of President Erdogan... More »

Erdogan Vows to 'Cleanse' Turkish Military of 'Viruses'

3-month state of emergency declared

(Newser) - Turkey's president has declared a three-month state of emergency following a botched coup attempt , saying he would rid the military of the "virus" of subversion and giving the government sweeping powers to expand a crackdown that has already included mass arrests and the closure of hundreds of schools.... More »

Reclusive Cleric in the Poconos Suddenly in World Spotlight

Turkey formally requests the US extradite Fethullah Gulen

(Newser) - The US will soon have a dicey decision to make in regard to the failed coup in Turkey. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally requested that the US extradite the man it says is responsible for the uprising, moderate Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, reports USA Today . The... More »

Turkey Jails 85 Generals, Admirals Over Failed Coup

Dozens of others are still being interrogated

(Newser) - Turkey's state-run news agency says courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a botched coup attempt . Dozens of others are still being questioned, the AP reports. Anadolu Agency said Tuesday that those formally arrested include former air force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk,... More »

Erdogan's Plane Met With 'Trouble in Air' During Coup

Why rebel jets didn't fire is 'mystery': former military official

(Newser) - An attempted military coup in Turkey over the weekend that killed hundreds was put down , but more details continue to trickle out—and this one has some scratching their heads. As President Recep Tayyip Erdogan jetted back to Istanbul from his vacation in Marmaris during the uprising, rebel fighter jets... More »

In Dizzying Crackdown, Turkey Detains 6K

Government has fired 3K judges, prosecutors

(Newser) - Turkey's justice minister says some 6,000 people have been detained in a government crackdown on alleged coup plotters and government opponents, reports the AP . Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag says that "the cleansing (operation) is continuing. The number could surpass 6,000." Bozdag also said he was... More »

Turkey Blames Cleric in US for Coup Attempt

Purge of supporters in military, judiciary is underway

(Newser) - After a military coup attempt that now appears to be firmly quashed , the Turkish government is focusing its wrath on Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. The town is home to Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric who leads a popular movement called Hizmet, and President Recep Tayyib Erdogan blames his followers for the coup... More »

Turkey: 161 Dead, Thousands Arrested as Coup Quashed

PM vows military plotters 'will pay a heavy price'

(Newser) - Forces loyal to Turkey's president say they quashed a coup attempt in a night of explosions, air battles, and gunfire that left dozens dead as Saturday dawned. Authorities arrested thousands of people as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed those responsible "will pay a heavy price for their treason... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

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