Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest
(Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)ANKARA – Turkey on Tuesday slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country. The ban is on selling online space for ads, which is what many social media companies make their money from. The government insists the legislation is needed to combat cybercrime and to protect the rights of Turkish social media users. The Freedom of Expression Association says more than 450,000 domains and 42,000 tweets have been blocked in Turkey since October. Facebook said Monday it remained committed to maintaining free expression and other human rights in Turkey.
Turkish leader eyes favorably Greek PM meet amid tensions
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkeys president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after prayers in Istanbul that he would “positively” consider a meeting that he said Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had requested. Erdogan spoke with Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte Friday, thanking him for his support within the EU. “I believe Italy will direct the European Union to a prudent and just attitude in the Eastern Mediterranean,” the Turkish president said.
Turkey suspends mass prayers in mosques over coronavirus fears: religious authority
Workers in protective suits disinfect Molla Seref Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey March 16, 2020. REUTERS/Umit BektasISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey suspended mass prayers in mosques until the risk of coronavirus outbreak passes, the head of Turkeys religious directorate, Ali Erbas said on Monday. Speaking to reporters, Erbas said the mosques will be kept open for individual prayers. Turkey identified a total to 18 coronavirus cases, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday. The government has ramped up measures to halt the spread of the virus, closing schools and universities, holding sports events without spectatorsfeeds.reuters.com
Erdogans White House visit renews tensions over Turkeys aggression
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogans visit to the White House drew sharp bipartisan criticism from Congress and rallied protesters across the capital on Wednesday who decried Turkeys recent military foray into northeastern Syria. The Turkish president called Trump my dear friend. But he also publicly said that he had returned a letter Trump sent him last month asking him to not invade Syria. In Turkey, Erdogan has imprisoned or fired tens of thousands of dissidents, civil servants, police, professors and military officers after a failed coup against him in 2016. Its inexcusable that this visit is going forward despite the egregious behavior of President Erdogan, said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). President Trump is once again coddling an authoritarian leader and sending a terrible message.latimes.com
U.S. agrees to deal approving Turkish control of northern Syria
Under the terms, Kurdish forces, which were allied with the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State militias in Syria and Iraq, will withdraw from a roughly 20-mile-deep zone along the border between Syria and Turkey. The Turkish invasion of northern Syria began after President Trump agreed to withdraw a small contingent of U.S. troops who had effectively acted as peacekeepers in the border region. AdvertisementWe think the agreement today first ends the violence, which is what President Trump sent us here to do, Pence said. And we believe that the Kurdish population in Syria, with which we have a strong relationship, will continue to endure, he said. Pence avoided answering, however, when asked by reporters where the Kurdish forces would withdraw to.latimes.com
Scrambling to limit damage, Trump tells Turkey to stop its Syria invasion
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday demanded Turkey stop its military incursion in Syria and imposed new sanctions on the NATO ally as Trump scrambled to limit the damage from his much-criticized decision to clear U.S. troops from Turkeys path. Vice President Mike Pence said Trump had told Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call on Monday to agree to an immediate ceasefire. The United States of America simply is not going to tolerate Turkeys invasion in Syria any further. As I have said, I am withdrawing the remaining United States service members from northeast Syria, said Trump. He said it will authorize sanctions such as blocking of property and barring entry into the United States.feeds.reuters.com