Castro's dream for Cuba's artists
Ancient Peruvian technology to fix a water crisis
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.
Eight months later, friends and family of the disappeared are in the US to keep the fight to find the Mexicans going.
Human Rights, Latin America, Mexico
Arhe Hamednaca is a member of Sweden’s parliament, but his commitment to social justice began as a child fighter.
War & Conflict, Human Rights, Eritrea
Russian artist Igor Savitsky salvaged thousands of extraordinary art works from Soviet-era purges.
Arts & Culture, Europe, Uzbekistan
Government forces accused of rampaging through Unity State, committing atrocities and causing mass displacement.
Humanitarian crises, War & Conflict, Africa
FIFA president says arrests show his efforts to eradicate corruption were working, as England FA head says he must quit.
Europe, US & Canada
Abu Mohammad al-Golani says al-Qaeda's Syrian branch only fighting "those who attacked us and murdered our people".
Middle East, Syria, Nusra Front, Alawite
People & Power investigates how a match-fixer and his syndicate corrupted global football.
Sport, Football, Corruption
How Japan is using high tech factories to grow vegetables indoors.
Environment, Science & Technology, Food
A look at the country's changing media landscape and what it means for journalism in Cuba.
Media, Cuba, Fidel Castro
Can Kazakhstan become a world power and tourism hotspot despite its poor human rights record and steep prices?
Human Rights, Kazakhstan, Asia