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Courts orders YouTube ban in Turkey to be lifted

A court has lifted the ban on YouTube in Turkey but 15 videos will continue to be blocked, Ankara court documents show.

Officials in Turkey had banned the video sharing site amid a 'national security issue'. Credit: Reuters

Officials had blocked access to the site as a "precaution" after voice recordings purportedly of senior officials discussing a potential operation in Syria were posted on the video-sharing website.


Turkish PM vows enemies 'will pay the price'

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, greets his supporters at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara. Credit: Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would "enter the lair" of enemies who have accused him of corruption and leaked state secrets. "They will pay for this," he said.

Erdogan spoke from a balcony at his AK Party headquarters to thousands of cheering supporters as early results showed it winning some 44-46% of the vote, and the opposition CHP trailing with 23-28%.

Erdogan accuses a US-based Islamic cleric, a former ally, of mounting a smear campaign using a network of followers in the police force to concoct a corruption case against him. In response he has purged the police force of thousands of members.

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'Six killed in clashes' during Turkey's municipal elections

Six people have been killed in clashes between groups backing rival candidates in Turkey's municipal elections, Reuters reported.

Security officials said four people were killed in a gun fight between two families in the eastern province of Sanliurfa, located near Syria's border.

In Hatay province, which also borders Syria, two people died during a gunbattle between relatives of two candidates, the officials said.

The candidates were not party-affiliated, the report added.

YouTube 'inaccessible' inside Turkey

Twitter users inside Turkey have been expressing their frustration at the reported YouTube ban.

More: Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google looking into reports of YouTube ban in Turkey

Google said it was looking into reports that users in Turkey are unable to access YouTube. IN a statement, it said there was "no technical issue" on their side, and that they were looking into the problem.

We're seeing reports that some users are not able to access YouTube in Turkey. There is no technical issue on our side and we're looking into the situation.

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Turkey 'bans YouTube amid national security issue'

Turkey has blocked access to YouTube as a "precaution" officials said, after voice recordings purportedly of senior officials discussing a potential operation in Syria created a "national security issue", a source at the prime minister's office told Reuters.

The source said Turkey was in talks with YouTube and may lift the ban if the content was removed.

The comes less than a week after the Turkish prime minister blocked access to Twitter after vowing to "eradicate" the social media site.

A man tries to connect to YouTube in a cafe in Istanbul. Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and Youtube earlier in the month after wiretapped audio recordings linking him to allegations of corruption damaged the government's reputation ahead of local elections.

Read: Turkish PM vows to 'eradicate Twitter' in latest clampdown

Mr Erdogan insists the recordings, widely shared on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, were fabrications.

PM: 'If you violate our border, our slap will be hard'

The Turkish Prime Minister has congratulated his armed forces after they shot down a Syrian plane, saying: "If you violate our border, our slap will be hard."

A plume of smoke where a Syrian plane was shot down by Turkish forces. Credit: APTN

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the plane violated Turkish air space and added: "I congratulate firstly our Chief of General Staff, and our pilots. I congratulate our Air Forces."

Read: Turkish PM confirms shooting down of Syrian jet

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