Binali Yildirim

Mayoral Races Test Turkey’s Erdogan Amid Economic Downturn

ISTANBUL — Mayoral elections are underway in 30 large cities in Turkey along with other municipal races Sunday that are seen as a barometer of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s popularity amid a sharp economic downturn in the nation straddling Europe and Asia.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, at a rally in Istanbul, late Tuesday, March 19, 2019, ahead of local elections scheduled for March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Turkey Furious at U.S. and Europe for Blocking Coup Commemorations

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim expressed anger at the United States and European nations on Friday for refusing to allow events commemorating the one-year anniversary of the failed coup attempt against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

ANKARA, TURKEY - JULY 13 : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - ' TURKISH PRESIDENCY / MURAT CETINMUHURDAR / HANDOUT' - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech as part of the commemoration ceremony of 15th July …

Turkish PM Dismisses European Parliament Press Freedom Warning

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday dismissed a “red line” warning on press freedom by the European Parliament’s president following the detention of several journalists from the opposition daily Cumhuriyet.

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Turkey Backs Down from Claiming Wedding Bomber Was a Child

The Turkish government has been stepping back from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claim that the suicide bomber who killed 54 people at a Kurdish wedding on Saturday, many of them children, was a child aged 12 to 14 himself.

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY - AUGUST 21: People perform prayer for their relatives after the terrorist attack which is held during a marriage ceremony at Sahinbey district of Gaziantep, at Yesilkent Cemetery in Gaziantep, Turkey on August 21, 2016. At least 50 people died after the explosion. (Photo by Ensar Ozdemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty …