Turkey

Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid - officials

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ANKARA - Turkey's ruling party would overwhelmingly back Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's candidacy in the nation's first direct presidential election, senior officials said on Thursday, a move his opponents fear would feed his autocratic instincts.

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Turkish ruling party wants Erdogan presidential bid - officials 11:22am BST

ANKARA - A majority of deputies in Turkey's ruling AK Party have voted in a secret ballot in favour of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan running in the country's first direct presidential election in August, senior party officials said on Thursday.

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Passage of South Stream pipeline via Turkey possible - minister 16 Apr 2014

ANKARA - Turkey would consider allowing the South Stream pipeline, which will carry natural gas from Russia to Europe, to pass through Turkish territory if Moscow made such a request, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Wednesday.

RPT-Turkish central bank meeting eyed for signs of political meddling 16 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL, April 15 - An annual meeting of Turkey's central bank on Thursday will be closely watched for signs that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, strongly opposed to high interest rates, is trying to boost its influence over monetary policy.

Turkish central bank meeting eyed for signs of political meddling 15 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL, April 15 - An annual meeting of Turkey's central bank on Thursday will be closely watched for signs that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government, strongly opposed to high interest rates, is trying to boost its influence over monetary policy.

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Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet 15 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks. | Video

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Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet 15 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.

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Turkey accuses Twitter of 'tax evasion', calls for local office 14 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL - Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal. | Video

Turkey accuses Twitter of "tax evasion", calls for local office 14 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL, April 14 - Turkey urged executives from Twitter to open an office and start paying Turkish tax on Monday in the first direct talks since a two-week ban imposed on the site as the government battled a corruption scandal.

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Insight: Israeli gas holds promise of better ties with neighbors 14 Apr 2014

MILAN/LONDON - Israel's drive to export its new-found natural gas could help to rebuild strained ties with old regional allies Egypt and Turkey, but could deprive Europe of a precious alternative to Russian gas.

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Four-way talks call for end to Ukraine violence

GENEVA/MOSCOW - The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement. | Video