Latest News from Turkey

Turkish Court Overturns YouTube Ban, PM Slams Twitter's Unblocking

Turkey's constitutional court has ruled to unblock social media site YouTube, just a day after it lifted a ban on micro-blogging platform Twitter.

The court said that YouTube ban violated human rights and freedom of expression.

Magistrates however ordered that 15 videos remain unblocked, Hurriyet Daily News has reported.

BauMax to Withdraw from Turkey

Austrian home-improvement DIY chain BauMax has officially announced its withdrawal from Turkey.

BauMax owner Karl-Heinz Essl communicated the news on Austrian ORF television and repeated previous information that the company also mulls leaving other markets in Southeast Europe.

Turkey, Europe declare 'end game' for tobacco users

Turkey, Europe declare 'end game' for tobacco users

European Union and Turkish tobacco experts set the rules aimed at ending the use of tobacco in Europe.

Coffee shop owners stage a 2009 protest against the government's ban of indoor smoking. Experts say the adoption of European directives will help reduce smoking and its related health risks. [AFP]

Russia 'Wants Answers' over NATO Border Plans

Russia has sent a list of questions to NATO's headquarters regarding the alliance's actions in Eastern Europe.

The country's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists that Moscow would expect "answers based on rules upon which we have agreed", as he was quoted by German weekly Der Spiegel.

Second US Destroyer to 'Support Ukraine' in Black Sea

The US is sending a second destroyer into the Black Sea as a gesture of support for Ukraine and other allies.

A US senior defense official was quoted by NBC News as saying that the USS Donald Cook, a guided missile destroyer based in Spain, could be in the Black Sea "in the next week or so".

Protocol to be signed for new crossing between Greece and Turkey


Representatives of the Greek and Turkish governments are expected to sign an agreement on Friday to construct a new road bridge between the two countries.

The bridge over the Evros River will run between the Kipi and Ipsala border posts.

It will have a length of 810 meters, of which 344 m will be on Greek territory.

Turkish Constitutional Court Orders Lifting Of Twitter Ban

Turkey's block on access to Twitter violated freedom of expression and individual rights, the Turkish constitutional court said on Wednesday. 

This is the most significant legal challenge yet to a ban which caused public uproar and international condemnation, comments Reuters.

Dodik Accused of Manipulating Referendum Issue

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said if a deal on Bosnia as a confederation of three units is not possible, Bosnia's mainly Serbian entity, Republika Srpska, RS, reserved a right to hold a referendum on seeking outright independence.

Montenegro Muslim Leader Awaits Erdogan Visit

Rifat Fejzic, the Reis of the Islamic community in Montenegro, said that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit Montenegro in the last week of April for the opening of the Islamic Centre in the coastal town of Bar.  

Turkey's Opposition to Appeal Local Election Results in Ankara

Turkey's main opposition, the People's Republican Party (CHP), will appeal against election results in Ankara.

The decision comes after the capital remained in hands of the ruling Party of Justice and Development (AKP), amid predictions the opposition could score a victory.

Ugljanin congratulates Erdogan on election victory

BELGRADE - Serbia's Minister without Portfolio in the outgoing government Sulejman Ugljanin congratulated on Tuesday Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his party on winning the local elections held on March 31.

Ruling German party wants Turkey's EU bid halted

Ruling German party wants Turkey's EU bid halted

BERLIN -- The CSU, "the sister party" of Angela Merkel's CDU, wants Turkey's EU accession to be halted in light of the recent threats issued by PM Erdogan to his critics.

Turks in Sarajevo Celebrate Erdogan Poll Win

Dozens of Turks and Bosnians celebrated Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s local elections by gathering to celebrate in Ilidza in Sarajevo and driving through the city honking their car horns and waving AK (Justice and Development) Party flags alongside those of Turkey and Bosnia.

Turkey’s Ruling Party Claims Local Elections Victory

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has taken a commanding lead in the country’s local elections.

With just over 60% of the votes counted, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan’s party has 46.8%, while the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) trails with 27.3%, Hurriyet Daily News reported.

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