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Charity linked to Erdogan's son received $100 mn in aid

A charity at which Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son sits on the board, received more than $100 million of aid over a four-year period, the government said on Thursday amid graft claims roiling the government. In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that Turgev received $99 million (72 million euros) of financial aid from abroad between 2008 and 2012. Domestic donations to Turgev -- which builds and runs student residences -- totalled $14 million, Arinc added, without disclosing the sources of the funds.

Turkey PM criticises court ruling lifting Twitter ban

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised a Constitutional Court ruling that lifted his government's March 20 ban on Twitter. "We are of course bound by the Constitutional Court verdict, but I don't have to respect it," said the premier, a day after the US-based social media site went live again in Turkey. "I don't respect this ruling."

Turkey PM criticises court ruling lifting Twitter ban

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday criticised a Constitutional Court ruling that lifted his government's March 20 ban on Twitter. "We are of course bound by the Constitutional Court verdict, but I don't have to respect it," said the premier, a day after the social media site went live again in Turkey. "I don't respect this ruling." fo/fz/yad

8 Die in election-related violence in Turkey

Ankara, Mar 30 (EFE).- At least eight people have died and 30 others have been injured in assorted brawls and incidents between the supporters of different candidates in municipal elections being held Sunday in Turkey, media reports said. Six people died in a brawl between supporters of candidates for the governing AKP and the pro-Kurdish BDP in the southeastern province of Sanliurfa, while in Hatay, also in the southeast, two other deaths were registered in another dispute among candidates' supporters.

Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals 'will pay price'

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory for his party in Sunday's key local elections and warned his foes that they will "pay the price" for plotting his downfall. "Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed," Erdogan said of a spate of damaging online leaks, addressing a jubilant crowd from the balcony of his party's Ankara headquarters. fo/fz/pvh

Turkey PM claims victory, warns rivals 'will pay price'

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory for his Islamic-rooted party in Sunday's key local elections and warned his foes that they will "pay the price" for plotting his downfall. "Those who attacked Turkey got disappointed," Erdogan said of a recent spate of damaging online leaks exposing a corruption scandal, speaking from the balcony of his party's Ankara headquarters.

Turkish PM slams YouTube security leak as 'vile act'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday slammed political opponents for leaking on YouTube an audio tape of a security meeting discussing a scenario for military action in Syria. "They have leaked something on YouTube today," he told a campaign rally ahead of crucial local elections Sunday, following the latest in a series of damaging social media leaks. "It was a meeting on our national security ... It is a vile, cowardly, immoral act. We will go into their caves. Who are you serving by eavesdropping?" bur-fz/lc

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

A Turkish court Wednesday ordered the lifting of last week's Twitter ban which came after the social media site was used to spread audio recordings implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in corruption. The administrative court in Ankara will inform the telecommunications regulator TIB, which is expected to grant access to Twitter in the coming hours, private NTV television said. dg/fz/lc

Turkish court orders lifting of Twitter ban

A Turkish court Wednesday ordered the lifting of last week's Twitter ban imposed after audio recordings implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a wide-ranging corruption scandal spread via the social media site. The administrative court in Ankara will inform Turkey's telecommunications regulator TIB of the decision, and access to Twitter is expected to be restored later in the day, private NTV television said. Erdogan's government, which has been dogged by protests and is engulfed in the corruption scandal, has also banned thousands of websites.

Germany criticises Turkey for blocking Twitter

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticised Turkey's government for shutting down Twitter, with her spokesman using the social network to send the message. "In a free society it is up to citizens to decide how to communicate, not the state," tweeted Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert, adding the hashtag for Turkey. His deputy later stressed that "Germany in principle promotes freedom of speech... and opposes such measures to stop and prevent modern means of communication".
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