Istanbul building collapse kills 2; rescuers save 6 others
ISTANBUL (AP) — An eight-story building collapsed in Istanbul on Wednesday, killing at least two people, Turkish officials said. Rescue workers pulled six others out of the rubble and were working to free more who were trapped.
The building, which had 43 people living in 14 apartments, had a street-level ground floor and seven higher floors, Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said, adding that the top three floors had been built illegally.
Erdogan picks ex-prime minister to run for Istanbul mayor
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president has nominated a former prime minister to run for mayor of Istanbul next year.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Binali Yildirim would be the ruling Justice and Development Party's candidate to lead Turkey's biggest city.
Erdogan served as Istanbul's mayor for four years before founding the party in 2001.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Parliament has elected former Prime Minister Binali Yildirim as its speaker.
Legislators in the 600-seat assembly elected 62-year-old Yildirim with 335 votes in a third round of balloting on Thursday.
Turkey: 30,000 Syrians eligible to vote on Sunday
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is quoted as saying that 30,000 Syrians who acquired Turkish nationality are eligible to vote in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.
The Hurriyet newspaper and other media said Yildirim made the comments Tuesday in the city of Izmir.
Turkey, which is hosting 3.5 million Syrian refugees, announced in 2016 that it would begin granting citizenship to Syrians.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says his country would be willing to assess requests for "a new page" in its relations with Armenia.
Binali Yildirim's comments Friday were in response to reports that Armenia's new prime minister, Nikol Pashinian, had called for the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbors.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's ruling party has formally nominated incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its candidate to run in the presidential election set for June 24.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said lawmakers of the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, agreed to back Erdogan during a meeting on Thursday.
Meanwhile, four opposition parties are expected to announce over the weekend that they will be joining forces against the AKP in parliamentary elections on the same date.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey warned Greece on Monday to refrain from "provocations" after a Greek flag was hoisted on a disputed, uninhabited islet in the Aegean Sea off the Turkish coast.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told reporters that the Turkish coast guards had removed the flag from the island off the coast of the Aegean resort of Didim.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister said on Tuesday that he has ordered the military to take full control of the country's borders amid escalating tensions and Turkish threats of an incursion into Iraq to chase Kurdish rebels.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister on Wednesday renewed a threat against the government of Cyprus' efforts to search for offshore gas around the ethnically divided island.
Turkey opposes what it says are Greek Cypriots' "unilateral" efforts to search for gas, saying they infringe on the rights of breakaway Turkish Cypriots to the island's resources.
Raw: Turkey Says It Took Kurdish Area In Syria
Turkey’s PM expects top-level meetings of Erdogan, Merkel
BERLIN (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says he expects top-level visits between his country's president and German leader Angela Merkel, a sign of improved relations between the two countries.
Ties between Germany and Turkey have been strained over a number of issues, including restrictions on Turkish government officials holding election rallies in German cities and the detention of German citizens in Turkey.
Turkish PM tells Merkel: trial for German reporter shortly
BERLIN (AP) — Turkey's prime minister said Thursday during a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that a prominent German-Turkish journalist held in prison for a year has not yet been formally charged because of a backlog in court cases following a failed coup in Turkey in 2016.
Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Binali Yildirim said he hopes a court hearing for Deniz Yucel, a 44-year-old correspondent for German daily Die Welt, "will take place in a short period of time."
Turkey, Greece to use dialogue to calm Aegean tensions
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says Turkey and Greece have agreed to settle tensions through dialogue, a day after a Greek coast guard vessel was damaged in a collision with a Turkish patrol boat in the Aegean Sea.
Yildirim said he told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a late Tuesday telephone call that Greece must refrain from acts that strain ties, adding that the Aegean should be a "sea of friendship."
Turkey: Greece shouldn’t impose name on Macedonia
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says it's wrong for Greece to dictate what Macedonia's official name should be, but adds that he hopes the two neighboring countries can resolve their dispute "amicably."
Speaking at a joint conference with visiting Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev on Monday, Binali Yildirim said: "it is wrong for another country to determine the name of a country."
Turkish president says helicopter downed in northern Syria
ISTANBUL (AP) — Four more Turkish soldiers have been killed in northern Syria, the Turkish military announced late Saturday, bringing the day's death toll to 11 in what has been the most lethal day since Ankara's offensive on Syrian Kurdish militia began.
AP Explains: Turkey’s ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in Afrin
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has launched an air and ground campaign into Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria. Codenamed "Operation Olive Branch," it's the latest chapter in a decades-long conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants. Here's a look at why this is happening now and what's at stake:
Correction: Turkey-US story
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — In a story on Jan. 12 about a travel advisory warning Turks traveling to the United States, The Associated Press quoted a Turkish Foreign Ministry regarding an incident at Ohio University. In November 2016, a student at Ohio State University, not Ohio University, intentionally drove a car into pedestrians on campus and attacked people with a knife. A corrected version of the story is below:
Turkey tells citizens to reconsider travelling to US
Turkish PM welcomes US resumption of visa services
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has described as "positive" a U.S. decision to resume processing visas for Turkish citizens.
Yildirim added, however, that Turkey had not given the U.S. any assurances concerning ongoing legal cases against local employees of U.S. missions. Yildirim was speaking in Ankara Tuesday before leaving for talks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Turkish prime minister to visit US following visa dispute
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister plans to visit the United States next week following a diplomatic dispute between the two countries that resulted in the mutual suspension of traveler visas for the other's citizens.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's office said Friday that the trip would take place Nov. 7-11.
Turkish media reports say Yildrim is expected to meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Turkey says it won’t accept Kurdish independence vote
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's government will never accept a separate Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq and won't refrain from taking steps to prevent it, the Turkish prime minister said Friday.
Prime Minister Binali Yildirim again called on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to abandon plans for a referendum on independence, saying it wasn't too late for them to turn away "from this adventure."
The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegal
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local):
Turkey's highest security body has branded as "illegal and unacceptable" plans by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence.
A statement issued after a three hour-long National Security Council meeting on Friday that was chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would exert its rights should Iraqi Kurds go ahead with the referendum despite Turkey's "warnings."
The Latest: Turkey warns Kurds against ‘artificial’ state
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on the independence referendum scheduled for later this month in Iraq's semi-autonomous northern Kurdish region (all times local):
Turkey's prime minister is warning Kurds in Iraq and Syria against efforts to form "artificial" independent states that would threaten its security.
ISTANBUL (AP) — The spokesman for Turkey's president has announced a reshuffle of the country's senior military officials, replacing commanders of its three military branches.
Following an annual meeting of the Supreme Military Council Wednesday, Ibrahim Kalin said Yasar Guler, Adnan Ozbal and Hasan Kucukakyuz will take command of the country's army, navy and air force respectively.
BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the relationship between Turkey and the European Union (all times local):
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has met with representatives of 19 German companies operating in Turkey and reassured them that no German firm is under investigation.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's prime minister on Thursday appeared to shut the door on reviving efforts to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus anytime soon after high-level talks earlier this month failed to produce a hoped-for breakthrough deal.
Binali Yildirim said it would be pointless to pick up where things left off at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana, where 10 days of intensive, U.N.-facilitated negotiations collapsed on July 7.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's prime minister announced a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, replacing or swapping 11 ministers in the 26-member council of ministers, including the ministers for justice and defense.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 105 information technology experts suspected of aiding last year's failed coup, the state-run news agency reported.
The warrants were issued Tuesday as Turkey kicked off a week of events commemorating the July 15 anniversary of the thwarted coup and remembering about 250 people who were killed.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The European Parliament has advised the European Union to freeze accession talks with Turkey amid growing concerns over the country's human rights and democracy. Turkey rejected Thursday's move, calling it an attempt to "sabotage" relations with the EU.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's prime minister told his Turkish counterpart Monday that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies.