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Turkey says to produce S-500s with Russia after S-400 missile deal

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said Turkey and Russia would jointly produce S-500 defence systems after Ankara's controversial purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Moscow. Turkey's push to buy the S-400s has further strained already tense relations with the United States which has repeatedly warned Ankara of the risks including sanctions as a result of the purchase. "There is absolutely no question of (Turkey) taking a step back from the S-400s purchase.


Garbage collectors open library

The saying goes , “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” and garbage collectors in Turkey have truly taken that phrase to heart. In the country’s capital of Ankara, they have opened a library composed of discarded books headed for landfills. Photo: Çankaya Belediyesi/Facebook Since word of the library has spread, people have started donating their unwanted books to the cause. The library was initially intended to be used solely by employees and their families, but as interest grew, it ...
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Cyprus president slams Turkey over offshore drill bid

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — Cyprus’ president has slammed Turkey for an “unprecedented escalation of illegal action” in the eastern Mediterranean, equating Ankara’s bid to drill for gas in waters where the Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights as being tantamount to a new invasion. At an informal meeting on Thursday of European Union leaders […]
Tags: Business, News, European Union, Cyprus, Turkey, Nation, Mediterranean, Ankara, Sibiu, Romania AP


Russia's Su-35 Fighter: So Good No Stealth Fighter Needed?

As it currently stands, there is even a chance that the two fighters may use the same AL-41F1 engine.(This first appeared earlier this year.)“A unique machine, a deadly aerial fist,” is how the official television channel of the Russian Ministry of Defense introduced the Su-35S superiority fighter earlier this week.TV Zvezda’s three-minute clip of a recent Su-35S training sortie over Syria provides close-up shots of the fighter jet being prepped for flight, taking off, cruising over the Syrian c...
Tags: News, Russia, Syria, Moscow, Ankara, Ministry of Defense, Khmeimim Air Base


Erdogan: Turkey not seeking alternatives to ties with West

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey’s decision to purchase Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems doesn’t mean that it is seeking “alternatives” in its relations with the West. Erdogan spoke Monday during a NATO meeting in Ankara attended by alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. The comments came amid a deepening rift with […]
Tags: News, Turkey, Ap, West, Nation, Nato, Erdogan, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Jens Stoltenberg, Ankara Turkey, West Erdogan


This U.S. Ally Could Buy Russia's Su-57 Stealth Fighter and S-500 Air Defense System

Turkey’s plans to purchase the Russian S-400 missile system marked a major shift in Ankara’s defense orientation, eliciting a sharp response from Washington. Nonetheless, the S-400 deal barely scratches the surface of the blooming Turkey-Russia defense relationship and the threat that it poses to NATO’s military coherence.The Kremlin and Rosoboronexport-- Russia’s state arms exporting agency—are seeking to capitalize on the political goodwill from the S-400 sale with several other high-profile c...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, US, Turkey, Nato, Moscow, Kremlin, Ankara, Turkey Russia, Sergei Chemezov, Rostec, Rosoboronexport Russia


Turkey says it will not bow to U.S. sanctions over S-400 deal

Turkey will never bow to U.S. sanctions over its agreement to purchase Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense systems, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Sunday regarding a deal that has strained ties between the NATO allies. Washington says the systems are not compatible with NATO equipment and may compromise its Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets. It has warned of possible U.S. sanctions if Ankara pushes on with the Russian deal.
Tags: News, Washington, Turkey, Nato, Lockheed Martin, Ankara, Fuat Oktay


Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite US 'threats'

Turkey on Sunday dismissed US threats of sanctions if it went ahead with a Russian missile purchase, saying it would not renege on a pledge to Moscow. Washington has warned its NATO ally for months that Ankara's adoption of Russian S-400 missile technology alongside US F-35 fighters would pose a threat to the jets and endanger Western defence. The US has said it will halt a joint F-35 programme with Turkey if it acquires the Russian missile defence system.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Nato, Ankara, Moscow Washington


Pentagon preparing to move F-35 work out of Turkey

US Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan warned Friday that the Pentagon will halt manufacturing support for the F-35 in Turkey if Ankara buys a Russian missile defense system. Shanahan told journalists the government remained steadfast in its opposition to Turkey's adoption of the S-400 anti-aircraft technology. "If Turkey decides that the S-400 is a decision they want to go forward with, then we have to move work out of Turkey," he said.
Tags: News, US, Turkey, Pentagon, Ankara, Shanahan, Patrick Shanahan


Turkey's Kale eyes F-35 options during U.S. spat

Turkish aerospace manufacturer Kale Group said on Monday if disagreements between Ankara and Washington curb parts orders and exclude it from an F-35 project, then any lost sales would be offset by turning to civil aviation.
Tags: Money, Washington, Turkey, businessNews, Ankara, Kale Group


Turkey: 22 IS suspects detained in security sweep

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says police in the capital, Ankara, have detained 22 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group. Anadolu Agency said the suspects — 17 Iraqis and five Syrians — were detained in simultaneous raids Monday as part of a security sweep ahead of Labor Day festivities. […]
Tags: News, Islamic State, Turkey, Nation, Ankara, Ankara Turkey, Anadolu Agency


Czech international footballer killed after Turkish bus crash

Ankara (AFP) – Czech international  Josef Sural has died of injuries he sustained in a minibus crash while returning with teammates from a match in southern Turkey, his Turkish club Aytemiz Alanyaspor said on Monday.... Visit http://www.majorleaguesoccertalk.com for the rest of the story.
Tags: Sport, Turkey, Soccer, Ankara, Afp, Josef Sural, Aytemiz Alanyaspor


Turkish police hold ruling party member, five others after opposition chief attack

Turkish police on Monday were holding six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism. Kilicdaroglu, 70, of the Republican People's Party (CHP) was assaulted on Sunday in a crowd as he attended a funeral in Ankara for a soldier killed fighting Kurdish militants in the southeast. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in Ma...
Tags: News, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Republican People s Party CHP, Kilicdaroglu


Turkey detains 9 people over attack on main opposition leader

Turkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, after the country's main opposition leader was punched and his car was stoned at a soldier's funeral at the weekend, the interior minister said on Monday. Kilicdaroglu was attacked on Sunday as he attended a funeral in a northern district of Ankara for a soldier killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. The incident took place after his Republican People's Party (CHP) defeated Preside...
Tags: News, Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Kurdistan Workers Party PKK, AK Party, Republican People s Party CHP, Kilicdaroglu


Former Turkish PM Davutoglu sharply criticizes Erdogan's AK Party

In his first major public challenge to Erdogan since leaving office three years ago, Ahmet Davutoglu, an AKP member, slammed the party's economic policies, media restrictions and the damage he said it had done to the separation of powers and to Turkey's institutions. Davutoglu, a high profile figure in the party, served as prime minister between 2014 and 2016 before falling out with Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey with his AKP for 16 years. In a serious blow to Erdogan, the AKP lost control of t...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Ahmet Davutoglu, Davutoglu, AK Party, AKP


Former Turkish PM says alliance politics harmed Erdogan's AK Party

Former Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday the alliance of President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party with nationalists had harmed the AKP, in a statement criticizing the party's policies after local election's last month. Davutoglu, a high profile figure in the party, was prime minister between 2014 and 2016 before falling out with Erdogan. The AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara and the country's largest city Istanbul in the elections on March 31.
Tags: News, Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Tayyip Erdogan, Ahmet Davutoglu, Davutoglu, AK Party


Turkish police arrest ruling party member, eight others after opposition chief attack

Turkish police on Monday arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after a mob attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu that sparked widespread criticism. Kilicdaroglu, 70, of the Republican People's Party (CHP) was assaulted on Sunday in a crowd as he attended a funeral in Ankara for a soldier killed fighting Kurdish militants in the southeast. The attack came days after the opposition CHP won Ankara and Istanbul from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AKP in March...
Tags: News, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Republican People s Party CHP, Kilicdaroglu


New Istanbul mayor rallies supporters for 'new beginning'

Istanbul's new mayor rallied hundreds of thousands of supporters on Sunday to celebrate a "new beginning", urging people to unite after his highly contested win against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. Ekrem Imamoglu, 49, of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), narrowly edged out his rival to capture the Istanbul mayor's office, a stinging setback to Erdogan's AKP after a decade and a half in power. As Imamoglu addressed the Istanbul rally, over in Ankara the CHP leade...
Tags: News, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Republican People s Party CHP, Ekrem Imamoglu, Imamoglu


Leader of Turkish opposition party safe after crowd attacks him

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party was attacked by several shouting men on Sunday before security guards led him safely away from a crowd in Ankara on Sunday, according to the party and video footage of the incident. Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) that pulled off upset local election victories on March 31, had been attending a funeral for a Turkish soldier killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Video of the incid...
Tags: News, Turkey, Ankara, Kurdistan Workers Party PKK, Republican People s Party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Kilicdaroglu


Erdogan casts doubt on Istanbul vote, hints at possible re-run

Erdogan's comments, his strongest challenge yet to the election process in Turkey's largest city, briefly drove the lira down and also weighed on Turkish stocks. Erdogan's AK Party has already lost the mayoralty in the capital Ankara to the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), and is has appealed several stages of the count in Istanbul which showed a narrow CHP victory. Erdogan himself rose to prominence as Istanbul mayor in the 1990s before emerging as national leader.
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, AK Party, Republican People s Party CHP


Turkey's Erdogan sees 'theft' in Istanbul vote results

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday cast doubt on results showing his ruling party's candidate narrowly lost the election for Istanbul mayor, saying there had been "theft at the ballot box". Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) demanded a recount in Ankara and Istanbul citing irregularities after tallies showed the party was defeated in both cities last week -- in what would be a major setback in a decade and a half in power. Erdogan's remarks appeared to signal more AKP ...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara


Turkey's Erdogan sees 'organised crime' in Istanbul vote results

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said some "organised crime" had been carried out during last week's election for Istanbul mayor when results showed his ruling AKP candidate narrowly lost the race. The AKP demanded a recount in Ankara and Istanbul citing irregularities after tallies showed the party was defeated in both cities in what would be a major setback in a decade and a half in power. Erdogan's remarks appeared to signal more AKP challenges over Istanbul, the country's e...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara


Erdogan's party to demand total recount of Istanbul ballots

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party said Sunday it had asked for a recount of all ballots cast in Istanbul, the country's economic capital, during last week's mayoral election after an opposition candidate claimed a slender win. The vice-president of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ali Ihsan Yavuz made the demand for a recount going beyond one already under way. The AKP won most votes nationwide in last Sunday's election, but results showed the ruling party lost Ankara and w...
Tags: News, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Justice and Development Party, Ali Ihsan Yavuz


Erdogan's AK Party to seek recount of all Istanbul votes

The AKP is reeling from its apparent loss of the mayoralties of Istanbul and the capital Ankara, both cities which the party and its Islamist predecessors have dominated for a quarter of a century. Erdogan himself rose to prominence as Istanbul's mayor in the 1990s before emerging as national leader. With both Imamoglu and his rival, former prime minister Binali Yildirim, securing more than 4.1 million votes, the margin of victory is likely to be extremely slim, but Imamoglu has said the appea...
Tags: News, Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, Binali Yildirim, AK Party, Imamoglu


Erdogan's ruling AKP ready to accept election recount results

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP will accept the results of local election recounts in Ankara and Istanbul no matter which party is declared the winner, a party spokesman said on Saturday. The AKP won most votes nationwide in last Sunday's election, but results showed the ruling party lost Ankara and was also narrowly defeated in Istanbul in what would be one of their worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. Electoral authorities are conducting a recount in scores of ...
Tags: News, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, Ekrem Imamoglu


Elections over, Turkey's Erdogan eyes economic reforms

Soon after his ruling party faced defeat in Ankara and Istanbul in last Sunday's election, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quick to promise reforms to revive the country's weakened economy. Now with no elections until 2023, Erdogan has room to focus on the economy, but analysts say he must convince investors already wary over his sometimes unorthodox policies, and worried about fallout from tensions with the United States. Turkey's lira can be volatile, but analysts said Erdogan's g...
Tags: News, Turkey, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, United States Turkey


Turkish opposition says maintains lead in Istanbul as recount continues

The AKP, hurt by a slowing economy, is reeling from its apparent loss of Istanbul, Turkey's commercial hub, and the capital Ankara, in Sunday's local elections. In power nationally since 2002, the AKP and its Islamist predecessors have dominated Turkey's two biggest cities for a quarter of a century. The mayoral candidate of the opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Ekrem Imamoglu, said he was 18,742 votes ahead of his AKP rival, ex-prime minister Binali Yildirim, after a recount of inva...
Tags: News, Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Istanbul Turkey, Republican People s Party, Binali Yildirim, Ekrem Imamoglu


Erdogan accuses US, Europe of 'meddling' after Turkey vote

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused the US and Europe of "meddling" in Turkey's affairs after statements from Western allies following his ruling party's challenge to local election results. Erdogan and his AKP suffered an upset in Sunday's ballot when results showed the party lost the capital Ankara and was narrowly defeated in Istanbul, the country's largest city and economic hub. While the United States has called on Turkey to accept the results, the European Union urged Ankara...
Tags: Europe, News, US, European Union, Turkey, United States, Erdogan, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara, US Europe


Losing its luster - how Erdogan party's campaign put off Istanbul voters

The candidate of the secularist Republican People's Party (CHP) for mayor of Ankara was comfortably ahead in the capital, but in Istanbul - the biggest prize in Sunday's local elections - Erdogan's ruling AK Party candidate had declared victory. CHP politicians and supporters, who had endured more than a dozen election and referendum losses at the hands of Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AKP since 2002, were well accustomed to crushing disappointment once the ballots were counted. "At around 12 a.m....
Tags: News, Erdogan, CHP, Istanbul, Ankara, AK Party, Suleyman Celebi


Election board rejects AKP bid to annul Istanbul district vote: official

The Istanbul election board has rejected a bid by Turkey's ruling AK Party to annul the local election in the city's Buyukcekmece district, an AKP official told Reuters on Friday, after the opposition narrowly won the vote in the city. Rohat Hasbayram said his party would take its annulment request to Turkey's High Election Board in Ankara. Broadcaster Haberturk earlier said the AKP had applied to annul elections in the whole of Istanbul, but Hasbayram said this was not the case.
Tags: News, Turkey, Istanbul, Ankara, Reuters, AK Party, Haberturk, Buyukcekmece, Rohat Hasbayram, Hasbayram