Turkey awards deal for defence system to Chinese firm sanctioned by US

Turkey has deployed Patriot missiles like this one near the Syrian border. Photo: Xinhua

Nato member Turkey has chosen a Chinese defence firm that has been sanctioned by Washington to co-produce a US$4 billion long-range air and missile defence system, rejecting rival bids from Russian, US and European firms.

Friday, 27 September, 2013, 3:03pm

Kurdish militants stop withdrawal from Turkey

A young Kurdish girl joins a demonstration in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, on September 1. Photo: AFP

Kurdish militants said on Monday they had stopped withdrawing from Turkish soil, citing failures by the government to take steps agreed under a peace process, but the fighters pledged to maintain a ceasefire for now.

9 Sep 2013 - 4:53pm

Turkish police detain 20 demonstrators in raids

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (left). Turkish police have raided homes in the capital, Ankara, detaining people involved in protests against Erdogan's government. Photo: Reuters

Turkey’s state-run agency says police have raided homes in the capital Ankara, detaining at least 20 people involved in anti-government protests.

25 Jun 2013 - 7:05pm

'Everywhere is Taksim!': Turkey uprising is transforming political alliances

People hold a Turkish national flag as they stand on the flashpoint Taksim square in Istanbul on June 18. Photo: AFP

How has a protest staged by a handful of concerned citizens over the destruction of Taksim’s Gezi Park, one of the few remaining green spaces in central Istanbul, turned into a mass movement that seeks to redefine democracy?

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Erdogan claims bankers and foreign powers behind unrest in Turkey and Brazil

Protesters calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan try to stop riot police shortly before clashes erupted on Taksim Square in Istanbul. Photo: AFP

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has blamed a wave of anti-government protests in Turkey on a foreign-led plot to destabilise his government, suggested that protest-hit Brazil was the victim of the same alleged conspiracy.

24 Jun 2013 - 6:07am

Turkish protesters vow to stay put in park, despite PM's concession

A protester on an overturned car in Gezi Park. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's offer to halt the redevelopment of Gezi Park - that ignited the protests - was presented as a major concession, but after conferring all night the protesters said their movement was about something bigger than a conservation struggle.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:53am

Turkey police storm protest square in new clashes

Turkish riot police chase anti-government protesters on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Riot police stormed Istanbul’s protest square on Tuesday, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:31pm

How they see it

Turkish protesters, waving posters of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk, gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: AP

It started with a small protest over the decision to pave over a small park in Istanbul. But that decision and the Ankara government's heavy-handed reaction has sparked the most violent riots that Turkey has experienced in decades.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:12am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's misjudgment of protesters could cost him power

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has walked Turkey's political stage unchallenged for a decade, bringing powerful generals to heel and driving economic success that has changed the face of the country, spreading its influence across the region.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Thousands defy Turkish prime minister Erdogan's call to end unrest

Protesters in Instanbul's Taksim Square charge their phones at a mobile station as they dig in for a weekend camping out. Photo: AP

Thousands of angry Turks took to the streets to join anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:13am

Turkey protesters defy plea to end unrest after government apology

A protester wears a gas mask during clashes near Taksim Square in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photo: AFP

Fresh violence erupted early on Wednesday as protesters defied a government plea to end days of deadly unrest, the biggest challenge yet to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-long rule.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects talk of 'Turkish Spring' after protest death

A protester throws a gas canister back towards riot police during a demonstration yesterday in the Turkish capital. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday rejected talk of a "Turkish Spring", shrugging off mass protests against his Islamic-rooted government as medics reported the first death in four days of violence.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

Turkish protesters occupy park after police retreat

 Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Turkish protesters poured onto the streets and reoccupied a central Istanbul park yesterday as the police withdrew after three days of violent clashes that sparked a massive anti- regime demonstration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Obama and Turkey's Erdogan demand Assad step down

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AP

US President Barack Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Thursday that Syria’s Bashar al-Assad must quit power as part of moves to end Syria’s bloody civil war.

17 May 2013 - 12:58pm

Turkey arrests four over bombings near Syrian border

Four suspects were arrested in Turkey late on Wednesday in connection with car bombings that killed 51 people in a town near the Syrian border at the weekend, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

The two bomb blasts in Reyhanli fanned fears that Syria’s civil war is dragging in neighbouring states. Damascus has denied Turkish allegations it was involved in the blasts.

16 May 2013 - 2:16pm