Trump thanks Turkey for release of US scientist
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is thanking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) for the release of a Turkish-American scientist imprisoned in Turkey...
ISTANBUL (AP) — Serkan Golge, a Turkish-American scientist imprisoned in Turkey for nearly three years, has been released.
Morgan Ortagus, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, welcomed the...
ISTANBUL (AP) — A lawyers' group says five former Turkish foreign ministry employees were tortured while in police custody.
The Ankara Bar Association said late Tuesday that five of six...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Authorities in Turkey have issued detention warrants for 249 people as part of an investigation into alleged cheating during exams to recruit staff to the country's foreign...
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A parliamentary investigative commission in Kosovo has blamed the president for ordering the deportation of five Turkish teachers and a Turkish doctor last year.
ISTANBUL (AP) — 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."
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo's parliament has called the country's president into a hearing on the secret deportation of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of an alleged 2016 coup...
Turkish employee of US consulate to remain in custody
ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul ruled on Thursday that a Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate should remain in custody pending the outcome of his trial on charges of espionage and attempting...
Trial begins against Turkish employee of US Consulate
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish employee of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul appeared in court Tuesday charged with espionage and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government in a case that further...
Defense seeks disclosure of Michael Flynn interviews
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Defense lawyers for a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn say Flynn has lied so often that the government can't possibly have...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court in Istanbul on Friday convicted a former opposition party lawmaker of aiding a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, and sentenced him to more than four...
Turkey seeks 1,112 suspects linked to failed coup
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 1,112 people suspected of links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Turkish employee of US Consulate indicted for espionage
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a local employee of the United States consulate in Istanbul accused of attempting to overthrow the government and espionage.
A 78-page indictment seen by The Associated Press on Sunday against Turkish national Metin Topuz, jailed since October 2017, said he was in "very intense contact" with police officers who led a 2013 anti-corruption investigation that implicated top government officials.
Turkey: 28 on trial over Russian ambassador’s slaying
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The trial of 28 people accused of roles in the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey opened Tuesday in Ankara, among them a U.S.-based Muslim cleric whom Turkey blames for a failed coup the same year.
An off-duty police officer, Mevlut Mert Altintas, fatally shot Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov at a photo exhibition in the Turkish capital on Dec. 19, 2016. Other officers later shot and killed the gunman at the scene.
Turkey to host meeting on Afghanistan in the spring
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will host the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan for a meeting geared toward bringing peace to Afghanistan.
Erdogan spoke Friday at a joint news conference with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is making his first visit to Turkey since he came to power in August.
Erdogan said the trilateral meeting would take place in Istanbul after Turkey's March local election.
US officials discuss Turkey’s request for cleric’s return
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a U.S. delegation is meeting Turkish officials to discuss a long-standing Turkish request for the extradition of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen who is accused of being behind the failed coup in 2016.
Flynn’s ex-business associates charged with illegal lobbying
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Two business associates of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, were charged Monday with illegally lobbying for Turkey as part of a campaign to pressure the United States to expel a Turkish cleric.
- The Washington TimesTurkey claims FBI officials visiting Ankara to discuss GulenJanuary 4, 2019
- The SunTurkey: An Unreliable AllyDecember 29, 2018
- Wilkes-Barre Citizens' VoiceWho Is Fethullah Gulen, The Exiled Turkish Cleric?December 20, 2018
- The Washington TimesMichael Flynn associates, Bijan Kian and Kamil Alptekin, charged with illegally lobbying for TurkeyDecember 17, 2018
Turkey expects ‘concrete steps’ from US on cleric’s return
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister is expressing impatience with the United States for not extraditing a cleric whom the Turkish government alleges masterminded a failed 2016 coup.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during Sunday that Turkey has demanded the return of 84 suspects from the U.S., including Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric lives in Pennsylvania and has denied orchestrating the coup attempt.
Romania rejects request by Turkey to extradite journalist
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian court on Friday rejected a request by Turkey to extradite a Turkish journalist it accuses of terrorism, after prosecutors said the case was political.
Turkey wants to try Kamil Demirkaya for links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
The Court of Appeal delivered its ruling after 15 minutes' deliberation and later said there was no legal basis to extradite him.
Turkey seeks 15-year prison terms for prominent journalists
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking maximum 15-year prison terms for five journalists of an opposition newspaper, intensifying concerns over authorities' crackdown on news coverage critical of the government.
Journalist Turkey wants to extradite seeks asylum in Romania
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Turkish journalist accused by Turkey of terrorism said Thursday he has applied for political asylum in Romania after Turkey sought his extradition.
Turkish authorities accuse Kamil Demirkaya of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
Demirkaya told the Court of Appeal he opposed the extradition request because "justice doesn't function in Turkey," Agerpres national news agency reported.
Romania detains Turkish journalist on Turkey’s request
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Turkish journalist suspected of links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Turkey for orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, was temporarily detained Wednesday in Romania, authorities said.
Bucharest prosecutor Viviana Ciuca told The Associated Press that Kamil Demirkaya was detained based on an extradition request from Turkey for "being a member of criminal, terrorist group."
UK court throws out extradition request for Turkish critic
LONDON (AP) — A British judge on Wednesday rejected the Turkish government's request to extradite a prominent critic of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling the case "politically motivated."
Judge John Zani refused to extradite Hamdi Akin Ipek, 54, a media tycoon whose newspapers and television stations were seized by the Turkish leadership after the attempted coup against Erdogan in 2016.
Turkey blames US-based cleric for Russian envoy’s killing
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a prosecutor has concluded that a network led by a U.S.-based Muslim cleric is behind the 2016 killing of Russia's ambassador to Turkey and is seeking prison terms for the preacher and 27 others.
Anadolu Agency said Friday that the prosecutor's indictment accuses Fethullah Gulen and others of terror charges.
Trump: Sending cleric to Turkey ‘not under consideration’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says extraditing a Turkish-born Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for engineering a 2016 military coup attempt is "not under consideration."
Turkey asks Albania to close US-based cleric’s businesses
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says he expects Albania to close all businesses owned by Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Turkish cleric Ankara blames for an attempted coup two years ago.
Cavusoglu, in the Albanian capital of Tirana on Friday, said Ankara has formally asked Tirana "to close all the institutions that hold anti-Turkey activity in Albania," considering them "a serious threat for Turkey and Albania too."
Turkish president in Moldova for 2-day visit to boost ties
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Moldova for a two-day visit aimed at boosting political and trade ties with the former Soviet republic.
Erdogan met President Igor Dodon for talks Wednesday at the presidential building, which was reopened for the occasion. Turkey funded repairs the building required after it was ransacked in 2009 by demonstrators protesting elections they said were rigged by the then-communist government.
Guard at Muslim cleric’s US compound fires ‘warning shot’
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A security guard at the Pennsylvania compound of a Turkish-born Muslim cleric fired a shot near an "unwanted person" outside the gate, state police said Wednesday.
The suspected intruder fled the scene, and troopers were unable to find him.
Turkey detains 39 over links to US-based cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says police have detained at least 39 people, including military officers, over their suspected links to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016.
Turkish president to visit Moldova after teachers expelled
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Moldovan authorities say Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to visit the former Soviet republic, weeks after Moldova expelled seven Turkish teachers in a joint operation with the Turkish intelligence service.
President Igor Dodon said Erdogan will visit on Oct. 17-18 and travel to the semi-autonomous region of Gagauzia, where there is a Russian-speaking Christian Turkic group.
Washington calls for the release of scientist in Turkey
ISTANBUL (AP) — The United States has called for the immediate release of a NASA scientist who was arrested in southern Turkey for alleged links to Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based Islamic cleric the Turkish government blames for a failed 2016 coup attempt.
The U.S. State Department said in a written statement Thursday that it will continue to follow the case against Serkan Golge, insisting it "lacks credible evidence," but welcomed a decision to reduce his sentence.
Turkey slams ‘terror-linked’ NGOs at rights conference
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey has confirmed that it is boycotting Europe's largest human rights conference because of the presence of non-governmental organizations it says are linked to "terror" groups operating against Turkey.
A Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday that while Turkey supports NGO participation at such international platforms, it cannot accept the presence of "terror organizations that target . the lives of our citizens under the guise of civil society organizations."
Turkey seeks to detain 102 over suspected links to cleric
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 102 people, including military officers, over their suspected links to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
A look at Turkey’s post-coup crackdown
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey blamed military officers loyal to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for a failed military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and declared a state of emergency five days later to clampdown on a vast network of alleged Gulen supporters in the military and other state institutions. The state of emergency led to mass arrests and purges.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's leader has told Russian President Vladimir Putin that his country cannot afford to buy nuclear power plants from Moscow, a change from his scandal-ridden predecessor.
President Cyril Ramaphosa spoke to reporters as the BRICS summit of emerging economies ended Friday.
Member nations China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa used the meeting to speak out against the Trump administration's growing trade war.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage.
ISTANBUL (AP) — With prayers and other events, Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of thwarting a coup against the Turkish president and the government that left nearly 290 people dead and hundreds wounded.
Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's government on Sunday issued an emergency decree dismissing thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups.
The decree, published in the Official Gazette, sacked 18,632 civil servants, including nearly 9,000 police officers, some 6,000 members of the military and hundreds of teachers and academics. Their passports will be cancelled.
ISTANBUL (AP) — A court in Istanbul convicted six journalists of terror-related charges Friday in a case that heightened concerns over the freedom of expression and media rights in Turkey. The staff members of a now-defunct newspaper received lengthy prison sentences.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued detention warrants for 271 soldiers over their suspected links to U.S.-based cleric who is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup attempt in 2016.
The Anadolu Agency said police Friday launched operations in Istanbul and in 47 provinces across Turkey to detain the suspects who are believed to have been in secret contact with key operatives of cleric Fethullah Gulen's network.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a former opposition party lawmaker has been arrested on charges of aiding a network led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup attempt.
Anadolu Agency says Eren Erdem, a former member of parliament from the Republican People's Party, was taken into custody in Ankara early Friday and driven to Istanbul where a court ordered his arrest.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court has released a newspaper columnist and academic from prison, pending an appeal of his conviction and life sentence for alleged involvement in Turkey's 2016 failed coup attempt.
The state-run Anadolu agency said Mehmet Altan, who spent two years in prison, was freed late Wednesday by an Istanbul regional court, after a lower court ignored rulings by Turkey's Constitutional Court for his release.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have issued initial detention warrants for 138 people, including military personnel, for suspected links to a network led by a U.S.-based cleric who Turkey accuses of orchestrating a 2016 failed coup attempt.
Anadolu Agency said 66 of the suspects were detained on Tuesday in raids across Turkey as the country presses ahead with a large-scale crackdown against Fethullah Gulen's network. The cleric denies involvement in the coup.
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group," the country's official news agency reported Monday.
The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a prison term of five to 10 years at trial, Anadolu Agency said.
It's unclear when the trial in western Tekirdag province would begin.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has criticized the sentencing of a Turkish banker in the United States over his role in helping Iran evade U.S. economic sanctions, in a case that has further strained ties between the two countries.
In a statement late Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry called the trial against Mehmet Hakan Atilla, an employee of Turkish state-run Halkbank, "an entirely feigned process which is inconsistent with the principle of fair trial."
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 300 military personnel suspected of links to a network led by a U.S.-based cleric, whom Turkey says was behind a failed coup attempt in 2016.
Anadolu Agency said the warrants were issued Friday as Turkey presses ahead with a large-scale crackdown against Fethullah Gulen's network. Gulen has denied involvement in the coup.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors are seeking life in prison terms for more than 200 people, including former generals, who are accused of being the ringleaders of the 2016 failed military coup.
Anadolu Agency said prosecutors on Wednesday demanded that Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander, and other alleged leaders of the failed coup be each given harsh life in prison terms.
US pastor denies terror links, spying in Turkish court
ALIAGA, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor on Monday denied accusations that he aided terror groups or spied against Turkey, speaking at the beginning of his trial in a case that has strained ties between Turkey and the United States.
Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, faces up to 35 years in prison on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member" and "espionage."