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Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre

Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Turkish PM offers first condolences for Armenian massacre

Turkey's prime minister offered his condolences on Wednesday over the massacre of Armenians during World War I, calling it "our shared pain", the country's most significant overture yet over the deeply divisive episode. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Turkey's Erdogan says WWI massacre of Armenians 'shared pain'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences over the massacre of Armenians almost 100 years ago, describing the events of World War I as "our shared pain". Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, is the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century.

Erdogan offers condolences over mass WWI killings of Armenians

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday offered condolences to the descendants of the victims of the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops during World War I. Erdogan's statement, on the eve of the 99th anniversary of the start of mass deportations of Armenians in 1915, was the first such overt comment by a Turkish leader over the killings, considered by many as the first genocide of the 20th century. "The incidents of the First World War are our shared pain," said Erdogan in a statement.

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".
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