Personal Freedoms
1:59 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Turkey's Democracy In Flux

Steve Scher talks to  Dr. Kemal Kirişci, a Turkish political scholar  at the Brookings Institute, about what is next for our NATO ally. Turkey’s leaders are restricting speech, political activities and religious freedoms. 

Soma, Turkey
4:13 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Death Toll Nears 285 In Turkish Coal Mine Explosion

Rescue workers carry a man from the coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, site of a disaster that has killed 245 people.
Emrah Gurel AP

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:08 am

This post was updated at 4:00 a.m. ET Thursday:

The death toll in Turkey's worst mining disaster has risen to 282. Rescue teams recovered eight more bodies on Thursday. Hope is fading for the estimated 150 miners trapped below ground.

This post was updated at 7:10 p.m. ET.:

Crowds angered over a mine explosion in western Turkey that claimed at least 274 lives clashed with police on Wednesday near the site of the disaster in Soma.

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10:02 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Turkey In A Tough Diplomatic Spot Regarding Syria

Lead in text: 
Turkey used to be neutral. Like the Switzerland of the Middle East. But the Turkish government's recent, tougher stance on Syria has blown that neutrality out of the water. And Turks themselves aren't too happy about it.
  • Source: Pri
  • | Via: The World
Turkey has been on the front lines since the beginning of Syria's civil war more than two years ago. Now, the country's government is urging the U.S. and other nations to get militarily involved -- though its having a tough time selling that message at home.