ANKARA, Turkey  | Turkey’s victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers

ANKARA, Turkey  —Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for the past 15 years, was set on Monday to extend his rule with sweeping new powers after winning landmark presidential and parliamentary elections. Turkey’s High Electoral Board declared Erdogan, 64, the winner of Sunday’s polls, which usher in a new executive presidential system that … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey  | Turkey’s victorious Erdogan set to assume sweeping powers

ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says 35 Kurd leaders killed in airstrikes in Iraq

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has again asserted that Turkish jets have dealt a heavy blow on the outlawed Kurdish rebels’ leadership in Iraq, saying some 35 high-level militants were killed. Addressing crowds during a campaign rally on Thursday, Erdogan said Turkish warplanes recently struck Iraq’s Qandil mountain while a group … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Turkey says 35 Kurd leaders killed in airstrikes in Iraq

BERLIN | German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

BERLIN (AP) — A German lawmaker says the Turkish government is denying him entry to the country as an international observer in this weekend’s elections. Andrej Hunko, of the opposition Left Party, said Turkey’s ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe informed the Vienna-based group of the decision as he was about … Continue reading BERLIN | German lawmaker says Turkey bars him as election observer

ANKARA, Turkey | Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A witness testifying anonymously against a U.S. pastor accused of spying and terror-related charges in Turkey claimed Monday that the American helped Kurdish militants and aimed to create a Christian Kurdish state, the country’s state-run news agency reported. Pastor Andrew Craig Brunson forcefully rejected the claim in the second session of his … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Secret witness testifies against US pastor in Turkey

WASHINGTON | The Trump administration says it’s considering “consequences” for NATO ally Turkey if Turkey doesn’t throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups

WASHINGTON  | April 18, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  The Trump administration warned Turkey on Wednesday that it is considering punitive “consequences” if the NATO ally does not throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups. Wess Mitchell, the top U.S. diplomat for Europe, said the charges against Andrew Brunson, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Trump administration says it’s considering “consequences” for NATO ally Turkey if Turkey doesn’t throw out the charges or acquit an American pastor accused of espionage and aiding terrorist groups

ISTANBUL | US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey

ISTANBUL | April 15, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on charges of “committing crimes on behalf of … Continue reading ISTANBUL | US pastor on trial for alleged terror ties, spying in Turkey

France denies troop moves in Syria, as Turkey lashes out

PARIS/March 30, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — France denied claims of a military buildup against Turkish forces in Syria, scrambling Friday to calm tensions with NATO ally Turkey that threaten to further aggravate the Syria war. French President Emmanuel Macron raised Turkey’s ire by meeting in Paris with Syrian rebels, including Kurdish fighters that Turkey considers terrorists. … Continue reading France denies troop moves in Syria, as Turkey lashes out

Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested

BERLIN /March 17, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — German authorities say three people have been arrested in the northern city of Hannover when Kurdish demonstrators protesting Turkish military attacks in northern Syria clashed with police. The dpa news agency reported that some of the estimated 11,000 protesters threw plastic bottles at police Saturday and threatened them with … Continue reading Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested