On the front lines of the African climate change battle
Who's killing Uganda's leading Muslim clerics?
20 Mar 2014 17:54 GMT | Europe
Turkey's prime minister has warned that he would eradicate Twitter after a number of audio recordings anonymously posted on social media purportedly exposed corruption in his inner circle.
"We will wipe out Twitter. I don't care what the international community says," premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an election rally in the western province of Bursa on Thursday.
"They will see the Turkish republic's strength," he added, according to the AFP news agency.
Early this month, Erdogan warned that his government could ban popular social media networks Youtube and Facebook after the crucial March 30 local election, triggering US concern.
Erdogan, Turkey's leader since 2003, has been under mounting pressure after audio recordings allegedly showed his involvement in corruption, and others portraying him interfering in business deals, court cases and media coverage.
He dismissed most of the recordings as "vile" fakes concocted by his rivals.
Erdogan's government has been rocked by a vast corruption probe launched in December which saw dozens of people rounded up, including the premier's close business and political allies.
The Turkish leader has accused associates of a former staunch ally - US-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen - of being behind the graft probe in which Erdogan allegedly instructs his son to dispose of large amounts of cash from a residence.
Gulen however has denied any involvement.
Turkey recently tightened government control of the internet saying it wanted to defend privacy.
Erdogan's critics said the new law was a further bid to hush up corruption allegations flooding social media and video sharing sites.
What will come out of the struggle between the Gulen movement and the AKP?
Politics, Egypt, Turkey
Erdogan says he will continue to fight against lies on the internet but rules out ban on YouTube and Facebook.
Science & Technology, Politics, Europe, Turkey
Content on this website is for general information purposes only. Your comments
are provided by your own free will and you take sole responsibility for any direct
or indirect liability. You hereby provide us with an irrevocable, unlimited, and
global license for no consideration to use, reuse, delete or publish comments, in
accordance with Community Rules & Guidelines and Terms and Conditions.
Sami reindeer herders in Norway fear climate change could force the abandonment of a thousand-year way of life.
Climate SOS, Climate Change, Norway
As climate change talks gear up in Paris, police are cracking down on dissent.
Climate Change, Climate SOS, France
Over-fishing threatens not only the survival of shark species, but also impoverished fishing communities in Madagascar.
Poverty & Development, Environment, Africa
Meet the man reporting on the stories some of Lebanon's most powerful people would rather you didn't know about.
Journalism under fire, Human Rights, Middle East
War of words continues over downing of Russian warplane near Syrian border, as Turkish PM again refuses to apologise.
Ismail Alexandrani detained at Hurghada airport after flying back from Berlin, where he attended counter-terror summit.
Human Rights, Middle East, Egypt, Press Freedoms
We explore the hip side of Congo-Brazzaville with a style icon, a rap artist, a wrestler, and a radio talk show host.
Arts & Culture, Congo, France
Why have we waited so long to acknowledge the real threat of global warming?
Politics, Science & Technology, Environment
Peru's chief drug prosecutor is profiled as she takes on an inventive and ruthless enemy, the cocaine trade.
War & Conflict, Drugs, Latin America
The insatiable appetite for antiques by China's growing nouveau riche is feeding a counterfeit industry.
Asia, China, Business & Economy