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  • Turkey blocks YouTube despite Twitter ban backlash

    Turks are currently unable to access YouTube and Twitter because of government bans. Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, claims Twitter and other social networking sites are used to spread lies.


  • Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    NUNBERG: Silencing a secularist in Turkey

    The Turkish criminal courts have increasingly been used to further Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist agenda through hate-speech prosecutions.


  • Armed Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) stand at attention after arriving in the Heror region of Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ceerwan Aziz)

    Gunmen open fire on liquor stores in Iraq; 11 dead

    A convoy of gunmen opened fire on a row of liquor stores in eastern Baghdad immediately after sunset on Tuesday, killing 11 people and wounding five others, officials said.


  • Kurds demonstrate on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in front of a pro-Kurdish center in Paris where three Kurdish women were killed in what the French interior minister called an execution. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    France: 3 Kurdish women 'executed' in Paris

    Three Kurdish women, including one of the founders of a militant group battling Turkish troops since 1984, were "executed" at a Kurdish center in Paris, the interior minister said Thursday. The news prompted angry crowds of Kurds to flood into the area.


  • Smoke rises over the Saif Al Dawla district in Aleppo, Syria, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

    Turkey fires at Syria after deadly shelling

    Turkish artillery fired on Syrian targets Wednesday after shelling from Syria struck a border village in Turkey, killing five civilians, sharply escalating tensions between the two neighbors and prompting NATO to convene an emergency meeting.


  • Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has forged a means of cohabitation with the military, which once sparred openly with the government over the direction of the country. (Associated Press)

    Military key to Syria planning

    In 2003, Turkey barred U.S. forces from opening a northern front in the war against Iraq, a stunning rebuff to Washington that raised questions about whether the politically powerful Turkish military had undercut a civilian-led initiative to help the Americans.


  • Turkey: Strikes kill 35 people mistaken for rebels

    Turkish warplanes mistakenly killed 35 smugglers and other villagers in an operation targeting Kurdish rebels in Iraq, a senior official said Thursday, one of the largest one-day civilian death tolls during Turkey's 27-year drive against the guerrillas.


  • A soldier keeps guard near burned bodies and a smoldering vehicle at the scene of Tuesday's explosion in Mogadishu, Somalia, when a car laden with explosives blew up in front of the Ministry of Education. "The casualties are mostly students and parents who were waiting for results of scholarships," the government said. (Associated Press)

    Al-Shabab truck bomb kills scores

    Islamist militants detonated a truck bomb Tuesday in front of the Education Ministry in Somalia's capital, where students and their parents were registering for scholarships offered by the Turkish government.


  • Illustration: Israel and Turkey by John Camejo for The Washington Times

    DANON: Why Turkey should apologize to Israel

    Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, once considered a friend to Israel, has had the audacity to demand that Israel apologize for last year's incident involving the Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara. In fact, the Turkish government owes Israel an apology for this attack, along with other recent actions that have threatened the lives of Israeli citizens.


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