U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrived Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, the first stop on a four-day visit to Turkey and Greece, where he is to meet with leaders to discuss what his office called "the full range of bilateral, regional, and international issues."
Turkey's judicial system faced an uproar this week after one of the country's highest courts upheld a decision to reduce sentences against 26 men convicted of having sex with a 13-year old girl. Public outrage stemmed from a court ruling that the 13-year old girl had willingly engaged in "consensual" sexual relations with the 26 men.
With the help of Turkish mediation, Pakistani and Afghan leaders signed a series of agreements Tuesday aimed at mending relations which almost collapsed after last September's assassination of former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani in Kabul.
Turkey appointed its new military chiefs at the end of four-day Supreme Military Council meeting on Thursday, filling the vacant positions after the country's top four commanding officers left their jobs en masse last Friday.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said Friday that he'd welcome a Taliban office opening in Turkey, that country's state-run news agency reported, adding that such a development could help peace talks in his war-torn nation.
After meeting with Turkey's president in advance of multinational discussions on Iran's nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he hopes the talks will be productive but stressed that international sanctions "have no impact on Iran's decision-making process" and "have always failed."
Israel's decision in May to intercept an aid flotilla headed to Gaza -- an incident that left nine people dead -- remains a diplomatic stumbling block between Israel and Turkey, the countries' leaders said Sunday.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul will travel Saturday to Armenia to watch a World Cup soccer qualifying match between the two countries -- a move promoted as a step toward bolstering relations between neighbor nations with a long history of animosity.
Members of Turkey's ruling party have expressed relief after the country's top court narrowly rejected calls for the party and its leaders, including Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul, to be banned from politics.
Turkey's military on Tuesday claimed to have inflicted heavy casualties on Kurdish rebels in weekend airstrikes on northern Iraq but denied Iraqi reports that its troops had mounted a cross-border raid earlier in the day.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused the United States of applying a double standard in dealing with terrorism by its lack of action against Kurdish rebels who launch attacks against Turkey from northern Iraq.
Turkey's president on Thursday said his country's "patience has come to an end" over Kurdish rebels operating in Iraq, but a high-level Iraqi delegation started a mission in Ankara in an effort to keep Turkey from launching a full-scale cross-border offensive against the guerrillas.
With Turkish officials under pressure to strike at Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq, U.S. President George W. Bush has told Turkey's president his administration will keep pressing Baghdad to clamp down on the rebels, the White House said Monday.
Turkey on Thursday recalled its ambassador to the United States and warned of repercussions in a growing dispute over congressional efforts to label the World War I era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces "genocide."
New Turkish President Abdullah Gul approved a pro-EU reformist cabinet on Wednesday which reflected Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's aim to push ahead with stalled political and economic reforms needed to join the bloc.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul, a former Islamist, is set to be elected Turkey's next president on Tuesday in a move the secular elite says will bring religion back into public life and undermine the secular republic.
Turkey's staunchly secular military said Monday that the strict line between Islam and the state was under attack by "centers of evil" -- a strong warning ahead of the expected election of a president with a background in political Islam.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul failed to win enough votes in the second round of a presidential election on Friday, an AK Party deputy told Reuters, but is expected to clinch the post next week.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul won most votes in the first round of a presidential election in Turkey on Monday, but did not secure the two-thirds majority needed in parliament for an outright win, deputies said.
Voters in Turkey hailed Recep Tayyip Erdogan's emphatic re-election victory as a triumph for democracy, as the re-installed prime minister pledged to heal the wounds of a bitterly divisive campaign by "embracing all of Turkey with no discrimination."
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has withdrawn from the race to be Turkey's president after supporters were unable to gather the necessary two-thirds quorum in the parliament for a vote on his candidacy.
Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has vowed to continue in his bid to become the country's next president despite opposition from lawmakers, business leaders and military chiefs and a massive public demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday.
Turkey has put forward an "action plan" aimed at moving Turkey and Greece closer to a settlement over the divided island of Cyprus, beginning with the elimination of many "economic restrictions on the island."
The European Union overcame a last-minute crisis and opened membership talks Tuesday with Turkey -- a historic move to include a mostly-Muslim nation that brought relief in Turkey and all round Europe.