Coordinates: 39°N 35°E / 39°N 35°E / 39; 35

Turkey (i/ˈtɜːrki/; Turkish: Türkiye [ˈtyɾcije]), officially the Republic of Turkey (Turkish:  Türkiye Cumhuriyeti ), is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller portion of Eastern Thrace in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Syria and Iraq to the south; Iran, Armenia, and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; Georgia to the northeast; Bulgaria to the northwest; and Greece to the west. The Black Sea is to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara, and the Dardanelles (which together form the Turkish Straits) demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.

Turkey has been inhabited since the paleolithic age, including various ancient Anatolian civilizations, Aeolian, Dorian and Ionian Greeks, Thracians, Armenians, and Assyrians. After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, a process which continued under the Roman Empire and its transition into the Byzantine Empire. The Seljuk Turks began migrating into the area in the 11th century, starting the process of Turkification, which was greatly accelerated by the Seljuk victory over the Byzantines at the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. The Seljuk Sultanate of Rûm ruled Anatolia until the Mongol invasion in 1243, upon which it disintegrated into several small Turkish beyliks.

Latest News for: Turkey law


UN warns of 'war crimes' in Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria

Press TV 19 Sep 2020
The United Nations has urged Turkey to launch an immediate and independent investigation into war crimes and other violations of international law committed in the northern part of Syria, which are under the control of Turkish occupation forces and allied militant groups....
photo: AP / Francois Mori
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the Ecole Militaire Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 in Paris.

Ankara blasts 'Napoleon' Macron for interfering in row with Athens

Press TV 19 Sep 2020
Here we are protecting our rights and the law," Akar further emphasized as quoted by the UK-based Express daily ... The latest tensions between Turkey and Greece stem from Ankara’s refusal to halt its energy exploration activities in a disputed portion of Eastern Mediterranean waters ... This is the right and law of out 83 million people and of the nation....

Turkey: Macron Trying to Take on Role of Napoleon

Kayhan 19 Sep 2020
ANKARA (Dispatches) – Turkey has warned Emmanuel Macron his interference in Ankara’s dispute with Greece has only "prolonged” the tensions as Defense Minister Hulusi Akar insisted his country will continue to defend Turkish sovereignty ... Here we are protecting our rights and the law.”....

UN human rights chief calls on Ankara to investigate war crimes by Turkish-backed groups in Syria

Kurdistan Media 19 Sep 2020
“The blatant disregard for the safety of civilians is against human rights law ... “I also call on the Turkish authorities to respect international law and to ensure that violations committed by armed groups under Turkey’s effective control cease,” she said....

The days of ‘normal’ US foreign policy are over – and Joe Biden will not change that

The Irish Times 19 Sep 2020
A minority of leaders, mostly autocrats, including those who run Saudi Arabia, Russia, Brazil, Turkey and the Philippines, hope for a Trump victory ... The European Union could count on the White House to take a tougher line on Russia and Turkey as well as on those EU states, such as Hungary and Poland, where the rule of law is under threat ...  . ....

Turkey ‘withdrew survey ship to allow for diplomacy with Greece, will return it though’

Press TV 18 Sep 2020
President Erdogan made the remark in Istanbul on Friday, adding, however, that Turkey’s operations for exploring oil and gas in contested Mediterranean waters will resume ... Greece argues that its claims to the waters are based on international law and also grounded in past agreements with Turkey....

UN warns of possible ‘war crimes’ in Turkish-controlled Syria

Arab News 18 Sep 2020
Armed groups in the area of northern Syria controlled by Turkey may have committed war crimes and other violations of international law, the UN rights chief said Friday ... “I urge Turkey to immediately launch an impartial, transparent and independent investigation into the incidents ......

FM Dendias Meets with His Slovenian Counterpart Logar

The National Herald 18 Sep 2020
ATHENS -- In statements after meeting his Slovenian counterpart Anze Logar in Ljubljiana on Friday, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias once more sent the message that Greece is ready for dialogue with Turkey in the context of international law and the law of the Sea, on the sole ......

UN warns of possible 'war crimes' in Turkish-controlled Syria

Daily Star Lebanon 18 Sep 2020
Armed groups in the area of northern Syria controlled by Turkey may have committed war crimes and other violations of international law, the UN rights chief said Friday ... ....

Merkel ally claims 'Britain is joining the ranks of despots'

The Spectator 18 Sep 2020
They believe that the UK will become an unreliable partner if the treaty will be broken ...The United Kingdom was for me, in the past, always a state that upheld the rule of law and with which one could negotiate. But with this behaviour, Britain is joining the ranks of despots and regimes like those in Russia, Turkey, China and North Korea ... ....

Mitsotakis: Greece Will Go to The Hague if There Is No Agreement with Turkey

The National Herald 17 Sep 2020
... are contrary to international law ... He also noted that when two countries claim rights to the same maritime zone, unilateral actions are not permissible under international law, while Turkey now faced a package of possible consequences from the EU if it continued this behaviour....

Turkey ‘open to constructive dialog’ with Greece in maritime dispute

Press TV 17 Sep 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is open to “constructive” dialog with Greece in a dispute over energy exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean Sea ... Germany has been attempting to mediate between fellow-NATO members Turkey and Greece ... EU says ties with Turkey at turning point....

Masked men, assault and abandonment

The Times & Democrat 17 Sep 2020
The United Nations' refugee agency (UNHCR) has also sounded alarms about "an increasing number of credible reports" of men, women and children being informally returned to Turkey after arriving on Greek land or waters in recent months ... CNN first met Fazli and a group of Afghans in March near the land border between Turkey and Greece....