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NATO says Turkey no longer balks at missile shield helping Israel

Turkey has accepted assurances a planned NATO missile defence system in which it is playing a part is not designed to protect Israel as well, the alliance's deputy secretary-general said on Wednesday.
Reuters AlertNet: January 15, 2014

Police purge in Turkey spreads to regions

Police chiefs in at least 15 of Turkey's 81 provinces have been dismissed as the government struggles to contain a corruption scandal.
BBC: January 8, 2014

Amid corruption scandal, Erdogan reassigns 350 Ankara police

Turkish media say Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has removed nearly 350 police from their posts in the capital, amid a widening corruption scandal that has threatened his rule.
January 7, 2014

Turkey 'coup plot': PM Erdogan 'favours retrial'

The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, says he favours the retrial of hundreds of military officers convicted of plotting to overthrow the government.
BBC: January 6, 2014

Turkey hopeful of Greece's presidency in EU, says EU minister

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the new EU Affairs Minister and Chief Negotiator for EU talks, stated that they are hopeful that Greece’s presidency in the EU will pave way for opening a new chapter in EU talks.
Cihan News Agency: January 2, 2014

Greeks are baffled by Erdoğan

When the phone rang yesterday, it was already late, just after the end of most evening TV news, from which the majority of Greeks get their daily feed of world events. A schoolmate friend from Thessaloniki was on the other end of the line to wish me a Happy New Year.
Hurriyet Daily News: December 29, 2013

Defiant Turkish PM Erdogan in major reshuffle

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a major cabinet reshuffle after three ministerial resignations over a corruption inquiry.
BBC: December 26, 2013

Any corruption in Turkey will not be covered up - President Gul

Any corruption in Turkey will not be covered up and will be subject to to independent court adjudication, President Abdullah Gul said on Tuesday
Reuters AlertNet: December 24, 2013

Istanbul clashes as Turkey PM Erdogan condemns 'plot'

Turkish police have used tear gas against thousands of anti-government protesters in Istanbul as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to break the hands of "plotters".
BBC: December 23, 2013

Turkey removes another 25 police chiefs over graft inquiry -media

Investigation challenges authority of PM Erdogan
Reuters AlertNet: December 22, 2013