Ouster of Turkey’s highly-regarded prime minister strengthens Erdogan, shakes markets

Special to WorldTribune.com Stripped of a large chunk of his authority, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on May 5 announced he would step down, boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power. The shock announcement, dubbed a “palace coup” by Erdogan’s opposition, unnerved Turkey’s financial markets, with the lira losing almost four percent its value […]

Amendment targeting Kurdish legislators sparks brawl in Turkish parliament

Special to WorldTribune.com A brawl erupted in Turkish parliament on May 2 after a committee approved an amendment clearing the way for the prosecution of pro-Kurdish lawmakers on terror-related charges. The amendment, which still requires approval from the full assembly, was proposed by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development (AKP) party, which accused […]

Both U.S., Russia strengthening engagement with Kurdish forces in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com A deployment of largely Army Green Berets will join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Obama administration officials confirmed on April 24. The Green Berets are among a group of 250 military personnel being deployed to Syria, increasing to 300 the number of U.S. forces battling […]

Dutch journalist who criticized Turkey’s Erdogan, can’t leave country; Embassy email orders reports on insults

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey is continuing its all-out assault on anyone who insults its thin-skinned president. In the latest incident, a Dutch journalist who referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “dictator” was detained while on holiday in Turkey and now is being prevented from leaving the country. Columnist Ebru Umar, who is […]

EU’s Tusk: Turkey’s Erdogan needs thicker skin

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to chill out and grow a thicker skin when it comes to criticism against him, the European Union’s Donald Tusk said. “The line between criticism, insult and defamation is very thin and relative. The moment politicians begin to decide which is which can mean the end of the […]

Turkish firms eye consortium to transport Israeli gas to Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com A group of Turkish firms plan to form a consortium that will ultimately deliver Israeli natural gas throughout Europe. The 15 Turkish companies hope to help transport up to eight billion cubic meters (BCM) of Israeli gas per year. Turcas CEO Batu Aksoy said Turkey would be the gateway for deliveries of […]

500 on overcrowded boat from Libya said lost at sea

Special to WorldTribune.com Two men who survived when an overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy described the tragic events that led to the deaths of as many as 500 people. Muaz Mahmud Aymo, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, and Mowlid Isman, a 28-year-old Somali, said they had been on a boat of about […]

New flood of refugees to Turkey after ISIL attacks on 10 camps

Special to WorldTribune.com More than 5,000 refugees have fled to the Turkish border after Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists on April 14 attacked 10 camps for internally displaced people in Syria. Reports from the scene of the attacks said some of the terrified refugees attempted to cross the Turkish border but were […]

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