Prominent columnist in Turkey is released from prison

Europe 05/29/19, 17:49

A prominent Turkish journalist sent back to prison Wednesday in connection with convictions for terror charges handed last year to an opposition newspaper was released hours later.Kadri Gursel tweeted Wednesday evening that he was released from an Istanbul prison. He had turned himself in earlier that day to serve out ...

Opposition starts campaign for Istanbul mayor in re-run

Europe 05/22/19, 07:49

The opposition's candidate for Istanbul mayor has launched his campaign for the June 23 re-run elections, promising to win again after Turkey's electoral board ruled the initial vote invalid.Ekrem Imamoglu from the secular Republican People's Party is accusing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party of cheating and of ...

CSKA Moscow beats Efes Istanbul 91-83 in Euroleague final

Soccer 05/19/19, 17:23

Americans Will Clyburn and Cory Higgins scored 20 points each to lead CSKA Moscow to the Euroleague title in a 91-83 win over Efes Istanbul in Sunday's final.It was the eighth European title for the Russian team, leaving it two short of the record held by Real Madrid.Clyburn and Higgins ...

US wants swift end to Istanbul consulate staff trial

Europe 05/15/19, 05:59

A U.S official has called for the trial of a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate on espionage charges to be resolved "swiftly, transparently and fairly."The trial was adjourned Wednesday until June 28.Metin Topuz, a translator and assistant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, has been jailed on charges of ...

Turkish electoral body rejects opposition demand in Istanbul

Europe 05/13/19, 08:54

Turkey's electoral board has rejected a demand by opposition parties to annul local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, following the board's decision to strip the opposition of its victory in the mayoral race.The Supreme Electoral Board on Monday also turned down the opposition's request to annul the results of ...

Turkish opposition journalist hospitalized following attack

Europe 05/11/19, 13:57

A journalist critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government and its nationalist allies has been hospitalized after being attacked outside his home.The Yenicag newspaper says Saturday that columnist Yavuz Selim Demirag was beaten up by about five or six people with baseball bats after appearing on a TV show Friday.The ...

Turkish opposition seeks cancellation of 2018 elections

Europe 05/08/19, 07:26

Turkey's main opposition party on Wednesday appealed to the country's top electoral body for an annulment of local election results in Istanbul's 39 districts, as well as last year's presidential and parliamentary elections, after the authority annulled its victory in the city's mayoral race and ordered a new vote.Ruling in ...

Opposition slams decision for re-run Istanbul vote as ‘coup’

Europe 05/07/19, 01:50

Turkey's opposition is denouncing a decision by the country's electoral board to force a re-run of the mayoral race in Istanbul.The Supreme Electoral Board ruled Monday in favor of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's governing party, which challenged the outcome of the March 31 election won by Ekrem Imamoglu. A new ...

Turkey’s electoral board orders re-run of Istanbul vote

World 05/06/19, 17:51

Turkey's top election authority voided the Istanbul mayoral election won by an opposition candidate and ordered a do-over, ruling Monday in favor of a request by the president's party to throw out the vote it narrowly lost.Opposition leaders said the Supreme Electoral Board's decision to invalidate the results from Istanbul's ...

Update: Voided vote called ‘victory’ for democracy

World 05/06/19, 17:02

The Latest on disputed mayoral elections in Turkey (all times local):12:35 a.m.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman says the voiding of the mayoral election in Istanbul amounts to "a victory for Turkish democracy" by ensuring the results reflect the voters' choice.FILE - In this Thursday April 4, 2019 file photo, ...

Turkey’s election board expected to rule on Istanbul vote

Europe 05/05/19, 16:47

After weeks of uncertainty, Turkey's highest electoral board could decide as early as Monday whether an opposition politician was the rightful winner of Istanbul's mayoral race — or whether a new election must be held.Turkish authorities last month confirmed Ekrem Imamoglu of the opposition Republican People's Party, or CHP, had ...

Turkey arrests 2 people suspected of spying for UAE

World 04/19/19, 13:50

Turkish authorities on Friday formally arrested two men on charges of spying for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey's state-run news agency said.Authorities were also investigating the possibility that the men could have been involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year, ...

Govt opponent confirmed as Istanbul mayor, objection pending

Europe 04/17/19, 10:48

Turkish authorities on Wednesday confirmed the opposition's candidate, Ekrem Imamoglu, as the mayor of Istanbul, ending more than two weeks of recounts of the March 31 vote demanded by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. All eyes however, were turned toward Turkey's top electoral body, which has yet to consider ...

Turkish ruling party wants Istanbul election voided, redone

Europe 04/16/19, 08:52

Turkey's ruling party has asked for a recent municipal election it lost in Istanbul to be invalidated.The Justice and Development Party, or AKP, filed its "extraordinary objection" to the March 31 election with Turkey's electoral board on Tuesday. Citing alleged irregularities, the party previously pushed for a recount of votes, ...

European rights body urges Turkey to respect voters’ choice

Europe 04/12/19, 11:49

Europe's human rights watchdog is urging Turkey to respect voters' decisions after electoral authorities blocked some newly elected district mayors from taking office despite winning local elections on March 31.The Council of Europe on Friday also urged Turkey to confirm the final results of the vote in Istanbul, where the ...

Erdogan says Istanbul mayoral vote should be canceled

Europe 04/10/19, 03:27

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recent election results in Istanbul should be annulled over irregularities that include the alleged unlawful appointment of some officials overseeing the ballot boxes.Speaking to reporters on his return from a trip to Moscow, Erdogan said his ruling party would continue to use its right ...

Update: Turkish ruling party seeks rerun in Istanbul

Europe 04/09/19, 07:38

The Latest on the Turkish local elections (all times local):3:35 p.m.The opposition party's candidate has criticized the plans of Turkey's ruling party plans to seek a repeat of the mayoral race in Istanbul and urged the party to acknowledge his victory.Ekrem Imamoglu, who won the tight race for Istanbul in ...

Turkish electoral board rejects full Istanbul vote recount

Europe 04/09/19, 04:05

Turkey's top electoral authority has rejected a request by the ruling party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a full recount of votes in the Istanbul mayoral race.The Supreme Electoral Board has, however, allowed a recount of 51 ballot boxes in Istanbul's 21 districts, Recep Ozel, a member of the ...

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