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Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has declared total war against terrorism, in the wake of a recent terror attack carried out by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the southeastern city of Cizre, saying the nation would “bear their pain and continue to fight against terror.”
Çetin Aydın – ISTANBUL
Workers’ unions have continued their calls to meet in Istanbul’s Taksim Square for May Day celebrations, but the Istanbul Police Department has begun taking excessive security measures to prevent unions from gathering at the square after the governor’s office prohibited rallies in the square.
Deniz Zeyrek - ANKARA
The leader of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has vowed to continue the Kurdish peace process if elected in the June polls, but has stressed he will regard the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) as the sole interlocutor in the talks
The mayor of Turkey’s capital has challenged a U.S. State Department spokesperson by referring to a pro-government media report that slammed her as “stupid blonde.”
Turkish Deputy PM Akdoğan slammed the main opposition parties on April 28 over their “lack of support for the government in the struggle against the parallel state”
A columnist of an Islamist newspaper in Turkey, which recently confused The Beatles with Turkish high school students after misunderstanding a protest poster, has said the daily is proud of its ignorance
An Islamist newspaper in Turkey has confused The Beatles with Turkish high school students after misunderstanding a poster calling for people to take to the streets on May Day
Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan has criticized the main opposition leader over remarks suggesting that the Republican People’s Party (CHP) will only negotiate with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) about the Kurdish peace process if the social democratic party wins the June 7 polls.
Two confidantes have marked a first by speaking to the media about their personal relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, describing it in familial terms. “Sometimes you need to approach him like his son or his brother," Deputy Prime Minister Yalçın Akdoğan said.
Şebnem Turhan – ISTANBUL
As a clash over economic promises between the government and the main opposition CHP heated up with fresh remarks from both parties, Selin Sayek Böke, a deputy leader of the CHP, has said the state-run Turkish Housing Development Agency (TOKİ) has obviously been unsuccessful for the past 12 years
Turkey’s top judge has urged political leaders to protect the principle of separation of powers and to be careful of letting these powers go beyond their limits, in an indirect reference to the government’s efforts to renew the constitution and adopt a presidential system
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