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Twitter blocks two accounts on its Turkish network

Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday that had been used to spread corruption allegations against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and his inner circle. The move came after high-level meetings between the government and executives from the company last week, and after the Turkish government provoked a storm in March by trying to ban the network entirely.

Turkey PM threatens to 'go after' Twitter for tax evasion

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims. In a televised speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also launched a tirade against the nation's highest court for ruling against a ban on Twitter, charging that it put the rights of businesses above that of Turkey's. "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit and making money," Erdogan said.

Turkey PM threatens to 'go after' Twitter for tax evasion

Turkey's prime minister said Saturday he will "go after" Twitter, accusing the site of tax-evasion, after it was used to spread damaging leaks implicating his inner circle in corruption claims. In a televised speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan also launched a tirade against the nation's highest court for ruling against a ban on Twitter, charging that it put the rights of businesses above that of Turkey's. "Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are international companies established for profit and making money," Erdogan said.

Turkey court deals Erdogan fresh blow with judiciary ruling

Turkey's constitutional court dealt another blow to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday by annulling sections of a controversial law tightening the government's control over the judiciary. The decision came a week after the court overturned a ban on Twitter and piled more bad news on Erdogan's graft-tainted government hours after Moody's downgraded its outlook on Turkey to "negative". The court said the most controversial clause of the law, giving the justice ministry greater control over the appointment of prosecutors and judges, was unconstitutional.

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 slams court about Twitter, hints at presidential run

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emboldened by local election wins, on Friday criticised Twitter, the nation's top court, central bank and hinted he could run for the presidency. Asked whether he would seek to become head of state in August, the first time voters will directly elect the president, Erdogan said he and incumbent Abdullah Gul "will reach a decision after negotiating this between us".

Turkey PM slams court about Twitter, hints at presidential run

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emboldened by local election wins, on Friday criticised Twitter, the nation's top court, central bank and hinted he could run for the presidency. Asked whether he would seek to become head of state in August, the first time voters will directly elect the president, Erdogan said he and incumbent Abdullah Gul "will reach a decision after negotiating this between us".

Erdogan urges Turkey's central bank to cut rates

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Friday on the central bank to cut interest rates in order to stimulate the economy as political instability saps momentum. "The central bank should hold an extraordinary meeting to cut (rates) ... just as they met previously to raise them," Erdogan told a press conference. The central bank, which is officially independent, aggressively raised key rates in January in a bid to stem a steep drop in Turkey's currency, the lira.

Turkey PM slams court on Twitter, hints at presidency bid

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emboldened by local election wins, on Friday criticised Twitter, the nation's top court and the central bank and hinted he could run for the presidency. Asked whether he would seek to become head of state in August, the first time voters will directly elect the president, Erdogan said he and incumbent Abdullah Gul "will reach a decision after negotiating this between us".

Erdogan urges Turkey's central bank to cut rates

Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the country's central bank Friday to cut interest rates in order to stimulate the economy after months of political crisis. "The central bank should hold an extraordinary meeting to cut (interest rates) ... just as they met previously to raise them," Erdogan told a press conference. The central bank, which is officially independent, aggressively raised its key interest rates in January in a bid to stem a steep drop in the country's national currency the lira.
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