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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a referendum victory speech to his supporters at the Presidential Palace on April 17, 2017 in Ankara Turkey. Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's historic referendum that will grant sweeping powers to the presidency, hailing the result as a 'historic decision. 51.4 per cent per cent …

Expanded Powers Up for Grabs in Turkey Election

ANKARA, Turkey — The winner of Sunday’s presidential election will be the first Turkish head of state to govern with expanded powers after constitutional changes were approved in April 2017.

A Turkish girl, wearing a wedding dress and covered with fake bruises, shouts in front of other protesters holding placard reading '' end violence'' during a demonstration to protest against rape, killings and domestic violence against women, in Ankara on November 27, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read …

Child Sex Abuse in Turkey Sparks Debate on Best Prevention

ISTANBUL — A man suspected of raping a sleeping 4-year-old girl during a wedding in southern Turkey narrowly escaped a neighborhood lynching attempt, sparking a public outcry and calls for the government to prevent and more severely punish child sexual abuse.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speach to supporters during a rally on June 16, 2013, in Istanbul. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan rallied tens of thousands of his supporters in Istanbul on Sunday, hours after ordering a crackdown on anti-government protesters in a city park and …

Turkey Takes Key Step to Expanding Erdogan Powers

Turkey was a key step closer on Monday to dramatically expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after parliament approved, on first reading, a bill critics fear will lead to one-man rule.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the members of parliament during a debate at the Turkish Parliament in Ankara, on November 13, 2009. Turkey's parliament is set to discuss details of a plan to give wider rights to Kurds, including allowing them to restore Kurdish names to their towns. …

Turkey to Begin Debating New Erdogan Powers

Turkey’s parliament on Monday begins debating a controversial new draft constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that is expected to be put to a referendum by the spring.

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Car Bomb Attack on Turkey Ruling Party Wounds 48

A car bomb exploded Monday outside the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) headquarters in the eastern Turkish city of Van, wounding 48 people including two police officers, local authorities said.

A general view inside the Haghia Sofia (Aya Sofya) on February 23, 2012 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Greece Condemns State-Sanctioned Quran Readings at Hagia Sophia

The Turkish government has sanctioned Quran recitations by a different senior Islamic cleric each day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan so far this year at the secular Hagia Sophia Museum. Christian-majority Greece has condemned the move as the “creeping Islamization of the building,” reports Agence France-Presse (AFP).

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PKK Formally Ends Truce with Turkey

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) ended its ceasefire with Turkey on Thursday after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development (AKP) Party swept parliamentary elections.

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‘Murderer Erdogan’: Thousands in Turkey Protest Ankara Bombing

Following a suicide bombing in the nation’s capital, Ankara, thousands took to the streets Sunday to condemn the Islamist government for encouraging the anti-Kurdish hate they believe prompted the worst terrorist attack in Turkey’s history.

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Turkey: Anti-Erdogan Journalist Hospitalized After Public Gang Beating

Ahmet Hakan, a columnist for the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet, has been discharged from the hospital with broken ribs and a broken nose following a beating by four men on Thursday night, two of whom have ties to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Hakan has received death threats in the past for criticism of the AKP and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.