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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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' ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Erdogan cites irregularities, defends Istanbul vote recount

Europe 04/08/19, 03:20

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended his party's move to demand a full recount of votes cast in mayoral elections in Istanbul, claiming that "almost all" of the voting was marred by irregularities.Erdogan suffered a major setback in last ...

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