Turkey's Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he would cease talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and cancel a key meeting between their two governments, accusing the Greek leader of antagonizing Turkey. In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Erdogan accused neighboring Greece of harboring followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup attempt, and of establishing military bases against Turkey.news.yahoo.com
Conscripts train as Finland awaits NATO membership
With the shadow of neighbouring Russia's war in Ukraine looming large, Finland's conscripts conduct military drills, keeping the rust off their mortars and rifles as the Nordic nation prepares for the worst. Breaking with a long-standing non-alignment in military matters, Finland officially applied to become a member of NATO in response to Russia's invasion.news.yahoo.com
Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday he's in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have unrestricted access to world markets.
Justice Department targeting Rudy Giuliani with another, previously unknown investigation: Report
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is reportedly the subject of yet another Justice Department investigation, this one focusing on possible illegal lobbying he performed on behalf of Turkish clients.news.yahoo.com
Turkish agents capture nephew of US-based cleric overseas
Turkish agents have captured a nephew of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen in an overseas operation and have brought him to Turkey where he faces prosecution, Turkey’s state-run news agency said Monday. Selahaddin Gulen, who was wanted in Turkey on charges of membership in a terror organization, was seized in an operation by Turkey’s national spy agency MIT, the Anadolu Agency reported.news.yahoo.com
Turkey sentences dozens to life terms over 2016 failed coup
Turkey's state-run news agency says a Turkish court has sentenced dozens of people, including former soldiers attached to the presidential guard regiment, to life imprisonment over their involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.
Fourth Circuit Upholds Jury Conviction in Foreign-Agent Prosecution
The Fourth Circuit also vacated an order granting a new trial and remanded the case for further proceedings before the district court. We are pleased the Fourth Circuit concluded that the jury’s verdict was amply supported by the evidence. Rafiekian understood that Alptekin was relaying the Turkish officials’ directions on the work to Rafiekian, Flynn, and others at FIG. After Alptekin made the payments to FIG, FIG kicked back 20% of the payments to Alptekin’s shell company. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S.justice.gov
Call me? US-Turkey reset faces long list of hurdles
Erdogan has toned down his anti-Western and anti-US rhetoric in an apparent effort to reset the rocky relationship with his NATO allies. So far, however, hes been met by silence from U.S. President Joe Biden. Nearly two months into his presidency, Biden still hasnt called Erdogan, which some in Turkey see as a worrying sign. Nearly two months into his presidency, Biden still hasn’t called Erdogan, which some in Turkey see as a worrying sign. Washington insists the sanctions cannot be lifted as long as the Russian system remains on Turkish soil.
Turkey jails 5 to life over 2016 Russian envoy's killing
A Turkish Court on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 sentenced five people to life prison terms over the assassination of Karlov. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)ANKARA – A Turkish court on Tuesday sentenced five people to life prison terms over the assassination of Russia’s ambassador to Turkey in 2016, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Two other defendants received one life term each for “attempting to overturn the constitutional order” and 15-year prison terms for aiding the murder. Eight people received prison terms raging between seven and 10 years for membership in Gulen's network or for aiding the group, which Turkey has designated a terror organization. Gulen, who has lived in the United States since 1999, has denied involvement in the coup or the Russian diplomat’s assassination.
Turkey's president wishes to improve testy relations with US
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his ruling party's supporters in the Black Sea city of Rize, Turkey, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Erdogan laid into the United States, accusing it of supporting Kurdish militants on Monday, days after Turkish troops found the bodies of 13 Turkish soldiers, police and civilians abducted by Kurdish insurgents in a cave complex in northern Iraq. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)ISTANBUL – Turkey’s president says mutual interests with the United States outweigh their differences and has called for more cooperation with President Joe Biden's new U.S. administration. AdErdogan said Saturday the U.S. did not give Turkey the “desired support and solidarity” in fighting the PKK and linked groups, demanding a “clear stance” from Turkey’s allies. He also repeated the frustration over the continued U.S. residency of Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating the bloody 2016 coup attempt.
Turkish court convicts former editor on terror charges
Can Dundar the former chief editor of the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet poses for a photo prior to an interview with the Associated Press in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. A court in Istanbul convicted exiled journalist Can Dundar on espionage and terror-related charges for a news report and sentencing him to a total of 27 1/2 years in prison. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)A Turkish court on Wednesday convicted the former editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on espionage and terror-related charges over a 2015 news story, a verdict the exiled journalist said exemplified the pressures on Turkish media. The news report claimed that Turkish intelligence service and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not allow a prosecutor to pursue an investigation into arms smuggling. After Dundar appealed the conviction, the Supreme Court of Appeals overturned the sentence in 2018 and ordered a retrial with harsher sentences.
Turkey, Iraq agree to cooperate against extremist groups
Al-Kadhimi is in Turkey on an official visit. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)ANKARA – Turkey and Iraq have agreed to continue their cooperation in fighting extremist organizations, including the Islamic State group and Kurdish rebels, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday. Turkey has carried out numerous ground and aerial cross-border offensives into neighboring northern Iraq to attack militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, who maintain bases in the region. “There is no place for separatist terrorism in Turkey, Iraq or Syria,” Erdogan said. “As Turkey, we stress that water shouldn't be assessed as a factor for disagreement, but a field for cooperation,” Erdogan said.
Pilots, civilians given life terms over Turkey's 2016 coup
A Turkish court sentenced several military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences on Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in a failed coup attempt in 2016, the state-run news agency reported. (AP Photo)ANKARA – A Turkish court sentenced hundreds of military and civilian personnel at an air base to life prison sentences Thursday, proclaiming them guilty of involvement in the 2016 failed coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Gulen, who was also named among the defendants, has denied involvement in the coup that resulted in around 250 deaths and injured thousands. A total of 318 other defendants were also sentenced to life prison terms. Other defendants received prison terms ranging between six and 16 years.
Turkey convicts 4 human rights activists of terror charges
Protesters from Amnesty International stage a protest outside a court in Istanbul, Friday, July 3, 2020, where the trial of 11 prominent human rights activists for terror-related charges and adjourned proceedings was continuing. The closely-watched case against Amnesty International's former Turkey chairman and 10 other activists heightened concerns about Turkey's treatment of human rights defenders and helped sour Turkey's relations with European nations, notably with Germany. The court also convicted three other human rights activists Gunal Kursun, Idil Eser and Ozlem Dalkiran of charges of aiding a terror group, sentencing them to two years and one month each. Their trial heightened concerns about Turkeys treatment of human rights defenders and helped sour Turkeys relations with European nations, notably Germany. Amnesty International condemned the ruling as a crushing blow for human rights and for justice in Turkey.