Ankara to press Brussels for concrete steps on customs union, visa-free travel

Türkiye will reiterate its expectations from the European Union in regard to the modernization of the customs union and visa liberalization during EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Oliver Varhelyi's visit to Ankara, the Turkish diplomatic sources have said.

Erdoğan backs sentences for ex-HDP chairs as 'terror-related'

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defended the heavy prison sentences handed down to former executives of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), rejecting claims that the case was politically motivated.

"Calling it a political case is, above all, an insult to democracy and the law," Erdoğan said during an event in the capital Ankara on May 20.

Three police officers arrested amid organized crime probe

Seven suspects, including two senior police chiefs and a commissioner, have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into a criminal organization in the capital Ankara.

The arrests stem from allegations made by Serdar Sertçelik, a fugitive defendant connected to a criminal organization led by Ayhan Bora Kaplan.