President Erdogan faces the biggest electoral challenge of his career

ANKARA (Reuters) - After dominating Turkish politics for a decade and a half, President Tayyip Erdogan now faces his biggest electoral challenge, from a combative former teacher who has revitalized a dispirited opposition in less than two months. Turkey holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that are among the most

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will shortly begin leave Manbij

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters will begin leaving northern Syria's Manbij region as of July 4, following a month of preparations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday. He made the comments in an interview with private broadcaster CNN Turk. Cavusoglu said the roadmap for a solution in

Iraq’s top court approves voter recount, rejects voter cancellations

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's top court upheld on Thursday a law mandating a nationwide recount of votes in a May parliamentary election but ruled that the cancellation of overseas, displaced, and Peshmerga ballots were unconstitutional. Iraq, OPEC's second-largest oil producer, faces political uncertainty after the election, which was marred by a

PKK fights back against Turkish insurgency

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched a rocket attack on military vehicles on Wednesday, killing two soldiers and wounding another, the local governor's office said, the latest in a series of attacks in southeast Turkey this week. The attacks come ahead of nationwide elections on Sunday and

Polls suggest that Erdogan can lose parliamentary majority

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey could stage another election if the alliance between President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AK Party and the nationalist MHP party cannot form a majority in parliament after Sunday's vote, the MHP leader said. Turks will vote on June 24 in presidential and parliamentary elections that will herald a