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From breadseller to prime minister: The rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

ISTANBUL — For the past month, Erdogan’s government has been embroiled in a scandal over illicit property deals that has claimed three government ministers and dozens of members of parliament. The scandal has also raised fears that Erdogan may not be the democratic role-model Western governments and investors had held him to be.

Turkey has some serious human rights issues

A number of right groups have sent an open letter to President Obama asking for a firmer hand dealing with Turkey. We lay out what the problems are.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sits in Parliament on December 10, 2012. Erdogan has been behind many repressive new laws that human rights groups say violate political freedoms. ( ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

In an open letter to President Obama today, a number of rights organizations expressed their concern with the continuing human rights situation in Turkey, specifically calling on the administration to take a stronger hand with Prime Minister Erdogan.


France and Turkey in war of words over Armenian genocide

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edrogan recalls his ambassador from France following vote in France's National Assembly
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What's in a word? When it comes to Genocide a lot. A Turkish man holds a placard reading 'Genocide is a lie' in front of the French Consulate in Istanbul following vote in French Parliament making it a crime to deny the death of 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman empire was genocide (BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)
France and Turkey in war of words over Armenian genocide
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