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WORLD
November 15, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Turkey on Thursday became the latest nation to recognize the newly created Syrian opposition coalition as the “legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” and the Turkish foreign minister called on other nations to follow suit. Ankara's move comes in the same week that France made a similar declaration, although France went a step further by labeling the opposition bloc the nation's sole legitimate representative. Syrian dissidents are seeking bolstered financial and military aid from allied governments.
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NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold
What do Hermano Cortez, Martha Stewart and Pliny the Younger have in common? Turkey, as it turns out, America's glorious, misunderstood bird. You're going to spend hours cooking it, eating it or admiring it this week - why not spare a few minutes for the quiz? .articlerail, #pmad-rail {display:none;} Related: Jonathan Gold quiz: French fries Jonathan Gold quiz: Why not eat bugs? Beef quiz: Jonathan Gold tests your knowledge  
WORLD
June 14, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey - The political standoff between antigovernment protesters and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan eased Friday, but the last two weeks of unrest revealed national fissures and a belief by many that their leader will get his way in the end. Erdogan agreed to halt construction in Istanbul's Gezi Park - pending a referendum and resolution of outstanding court cases - to avert launching a fresh police crackdown after a...
OPINION
October 31, 2009
Even as Congress pushes legislation aimed at punishing foreign companies that sell petroleum to Iran, and the United Nations prepares to consider sanctions against that country if an ongoing round of nuclear talks fails, Iranian leaders this week were elated over plans to treble trade ties with a key Middle Eastern power. So which rogue nation is undermining Western efforts to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons? Syria, perhaps, or the unpredictable Saudis? Actually, it's Turkey, a member of NATO, prospective member of the European Union and the United States' most strategically important Muslim ally.
BUSINESS
March 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
After first blocking Twitter, Turkey has now also blocked access to YouTube, according to numerous reports.  The action comes after a recording allegedly containing audio from a meeting among many top Turkish officials was leaked onto the Google-owned service. In the recording, the officials can allegedly be heard discussing possible military actions in Syria. The blocking of YouTube comes a week after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a court order to ban Twitter in the country.   VIDEO: Unboxing the HTC One (M8)
OPINION
March 21, 2012 | By Soner Cagaptay
Turkey's foreign policy has come full circle in the last year. Far from confronting Washington on a range of issues, Ankara is embracing its membership in NATO while working closely with Washington on Middle East issues, including Iran and coordinating Syria policy. What has changed? First and foremost, Ankara has come to appreciate a constant in the value of its foreign policy: Turkey is east if you view it from the perspective of the West, and west if you view it from the perspective of the East.
WORLD
June 2, 2013 | By Glen Johnson
ISTANBUL, Turkey --  As night fell in the Turkish capital Sunday, thousands of protesters continued to march in protest against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, beating drums and rattling the shutters pulled down tight on storefronts as they called for the premier's resignation. A weekend of dramatic protest left Turkey reeling, with thousands of dissidents taking to the streets following a brutal police crackdown, presenting the country's leadership with the most cohesive challenge to its leadership it has faced during more than a decade in power.
WORLD
May 12, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syria on Sunday rejected Turkish charges that Damascus was behind a pair of devastating car-bomb attacks in the southern Turkish town of Reyhanli that killed 46 people and left scores injured. The strikes have stunned Turkey and exacerbated already-high tensions between the neighboring nations about the civil war raging inside Syria. Turkish officials have publicly linked the bombings to Syria's intelligence service -- a charge denied Sunday by Omran al-Zoubi, the Syrian information minister.
TRAVEL
September 14, 2013
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NEWS
November 22, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! If you've ever wondered how to carve a turkey -- yes, we've all been there! -- check out this video from Food editor Russ Parsons. He'll show you how to tackle that big bird, and how to plate it when you're done. And check out the favorite holiday recipes we've collected in our "Los Angeles Times Holiday Handbook. " The book shares more than 110 seasonal recipes to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah , Christmas and New Year's. We've also updated last year's "Los Angeles Times Holiday Cookies," so it now includes 65 recipes from a wide range of sources, including world-famous pastry chefs and home cooks.
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