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Germany parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 24, 2015
The German Parliament on Friday approved a resolution declaring the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I a "genocide." The resolution's approval, which coincides with the centenary of the start of the killings, was led by President of the Bundestag Norb....... [more]

European Parliament calls killings of Armenians 'genocide'
April 16, 2015
The European Parliament approved a resolution on Wednesday calling the massacre of Armenians during World War I a "genocide," while urging Armenia and Turkey to reconcile their diplomatic relations. The resolution comes days after Pope Francis instigated outrage by using the same term in Turkey. Mem....... [more]

Turkish court acquits Dutch journalist of terrorist propaganda charge
April 13, 2015
A Turkish court in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir on Monday acquitted a Dutch journalist accused of producing propaganda materials on behalf of a Kurdish rebel group. Freelance journalist Frederike Geerdink was charged with disseminating "terrorist propaganda" after she made a series of social....... [more]

Turkish court acquits 62 officers jailed for 2003 coup plot over insufficient evidence
April 7, 2015
The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence, notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, the digital eviden....... [more]

Turkish prosecutor orders blocking of social media sites
April 6, 2015
A spokesperson for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that a prosecutor ordered Internet providers to block social networking sites including Twitter and YouTube. The order stems from photos posted on the social media sites that show militant Marxists pointing a gun at a prosecutor w....... [more]

Turkish lawmakers approve controversial security law
March 27, 2015
The Turkish Parliament on Friday approved a controversial security bill giving police more powers to search, arrest and use firearms. The bill passed with a vote of 199 to 32. Last month, the government withdrew a more expansive version of this bill after a debate on the proposed law led to a brawl....... [more]

Amnesty: Bulgaria authorities failing to prosecute hate crimes
February 9, 2015
Bulgarian authorities are failing to address hate crimes, leading to a state of fear, Amnesty International (AI) report Monday. According to AI, over the past two years the number of asylum seekers crossing the border from Turkey to Bulgaria increased almost ten-fold, causing an increase in hate cri....... [more]

Egypt court to consider lawsuit claiming Turkey a supporter of terrorism
February 8, 2015
An Egyptian court on Saturday set February 24 as the date that it will consider a lawsuit that claims Turkey is a "state that supports terrorism" and must be designated as such. The lawsuit claims that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan supported the Muslim Brotherhood and criticized Egypt after....... [more]

Turkish court orders Facebook to censor pages insulting Prophet Muhammed
January 26, 2015
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the co....... [more]

Anti-corruption group condemns Turkey parliament vote
January 21, 2015
Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday criticized a vote by the Turkish Parliament downing a proposal to lift parliamentary immunity for four former ministers accused of corruption. The charges relate to a massive corruption and graft scandal that began in December 2013, ac....... [more]

Turkish court bans access to Charlie Hebdo cover
January 14, 2015
A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response to a petition filed by a lawyer who said that the sites po....... [more]



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