Schoolboy arrested for 'insulting' Turkey PM freed

2014-12-26 18:05

A Turkish court has ordered the release of a 16-year-old high school pupil arrested for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, following accusations his detention was the latest sign of the country veering to authoritarianism.

Turkey's Erdogan slams birth control as treason

2014-12-22 21:05

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has described efforts to promote birth control as "treason", saying contraception risked causing a whole generation to dry up.

US allies condemn CIA torture, praise report

2014-12-11 17:50

Turkey's foreign minister has said that the report on the CIA's harsh treatment of terrorist suspects reveals "unacceptable torture and treatment”.

Syrian refugees stranded in minefield

2014-12-03 22:41

Thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded in a Turkish minefield according to rights group HRW.

Putin to visit Turkey amid Syria differences

2014-12-01 13:18

Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to Turkey for discussions on economic ties and the crisis in Syria and Iraq.

Erdogan attacks US impertinence on Syria

2014-11-26 21:54

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed US "impertinence" on the Syrian conflict, exposing the extent of strains between Washington and Ankara.

Erdogan: Gender equality against laws of nature

2014-11-24 22:31

Women and men are not suited for the same types of jobs because it contradicts the laws of nature, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Ramaphosa is in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

2014-11-20 19:41

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to attend the second Africa-Turkey summit of heads of state and government.

Turkey recovers 10 bodies of trapped miners

2014-11-19 14:17

Turkish rescue workers have recovered 10 bodies of miners trapped by a flooding accident last month, with search efforts continuing for eight still missing, reports say.

Erdogan says Muslims discovered Americas

2014-11-15 22:09

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Bodies recovered from site of Turkish mine

2014-11-07 19:10

Rescue workers have recovered two of the 18 bodies that have been trapped underground 10 days ago after a mining accident in southern Turkey.

Fat fine for cafe after Erdogan scolds smoker

2014-11-04 10:58

An Istanbul cafe has received a hefty fine after President Tayyip Erdogan scolded one of its clients from the street for smoking.

Kurdish peshmerga in Kobani

2014-11-01 18:16

Iraqi Kurdish forces have arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attacks by ISIS.

Turkey seeks to rescue 18 miners trapped by flood

2014-10-29 14:34

Turkish emergency workers are trying to reach 18 miners who were trapped when their shaft was engulfed by water, amid growing fears that they may have drowned.

Istanbul consulates evacuated

2014-10-24 22:22

Three Istanbul consulates have been evacuated because of suspicious packages.

Jihadists launch fresh assault on Kobane

2014-10-21 11:17

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has launched a fresh assault on Kobane after it was announced that Kurds, who are defending the besieged Syrian border town, had received a first US airdrop of weapons.

ISIS should not be regarded as an Islamic state

2014-10-17 07:55

I believe many of the foot soldiers of the notorious ISIS are misguided and brain washed youth, lured via social media, writes Mohamed Saeed.

Govt-backed candidates win in Turkish judicial vote

2014-10-13 15:53

Government-backed candidates have won eight out of 10 seats in a top Turkish judicial body in an election, poll results show.

Kurds battle for heart of Kobane

2014-10-11 20:51

Kurdish fighters have halted a thrust by Islamic State group jihadists towards the heart of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane.

Iran trying to convince Turkey to save Kobane

2014-10-10 08:07

Iran has begun talks with Turkey aimed at convincing it to help stop ISIS jihadists from taking the key Syrian border town of Kobane.

US, UK consider buffer zone for Turkey

2014-10-08 21:10

Diplomats have stopped short of embracing Turkish border controls against militants and Syrian refugees.

US 'critical of Turkey's inaction over ISIS'

2014-10-08 14:55

Washington is concerned by Turkey’s reluctance to engage Islamic State militants in the Syrian border town of Kobane, a report says.

Syria border town 'about to fall' to ISIS

2014-10-07 19:32

Jihadists are on the verge of seizing the key Syrian border town of Kobane, Turkey has warned, after a three-week assault by ISIS that has left hundreds reported dead.

Kurds repel jihadist attack on Syrian town

2014-10-06 17:48

Kurdish forces defending a Syrian town near the Turkish border have clashed with the ISIS group after repelling a wide-ranging jihadist assault in battles that left dozens dead on both sides.

Turkish MPs back military action as jihadists advance

2014-10-03 12:10

Turkey’s parliament has authorised military action against the Islamic Sate jihadist group, whose fighters have battled their way to the doorstep of a key town across the border in Syria.


Turkey student arrested for insulting president

2014-12-25 20:08

A 16-year-old high school student has been arrested in central Turkey for "insulting" President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by accusing him and his ruling party of corruption.

Swoop on anti-Erdogan media

2014-12-14 22:13

Turkish police have arrested the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a US-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top foe.

Turkey frets after Putin picks it for gas role

2014-12-04 15:45

Russia's offer of a centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey has been greeted with more muted applause in Ankara than Moscow.

US again rules out Syria no-fly zone

2014-12-02 07:16

Washington has ruled out any imminent plans to create a no-fly zone along the Turkey-Syria border, brushing aside reports that the White House is in talks with Ankara.

Turkey confirms ISIS border attack

2014-11-29 17:39

The Turkish army confirmed Islamic State jihadists had staged an attack at the border post close to Kobane, but denied the car involved in the strike has come from its territory.

Nato: Syria no-fly zone not being considered

2014-11-26 21:28

Nato is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its borders.

Women not equal to men - Turkey's Erdogan

2014-11-24 14:42

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared that women are not equal to men and launched a bitter attack against feminists in Turkey, claiming they reject the concept of motherhood.

Missing children printed on grocery bags in Turkey

2014-11-19 20:54

Onur Supermarkets has recently begun printing the faces of missing children on 3 million bags it hands out each month at its 76 stores in Istanbul and three other cities in western Turkey

Turkey unemployment rate rises

2014-11-17 18:30

Turkey's unemployment rate has increased to 10.1% in August, up from 9.8% the previous month, government agency Turkstat has reported.

Ducklings replace genitals in Turkish biology textbook

2014-11-12 19:53

Pictures of human genitalia have been removed from a new edition of a standard biology school textbook in Turkey, a report says.

ICC won't prosecute over Israel's Gaza flotilla raid

2014-11-06 18:54

The ICC won’t prosecute over Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 in which 10 Turkish activists died, despite a "reasonable basis to believe that war crimes were committed".

At least 24 drown in migrant boat sinking off Istanbul

2014-11-03 13:21

At least 24 illegal migrants have drowned after a boat taking them towards European Union waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, report say.

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

2014-10-30 17:34

A senior government official says hopes are fading for 18 miners trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey.

Powder at Istanbul consulates found not to be biological agent

2014-10-27 17:14

A suspicious powder mailed to five Western consulates in Istanbul last week is not a biological weapons agent, the Dogan news agency has reported.

Turkish Airlines to restart Libya flights

2014-10-22 20:00

Turkey's special envoy to Libya saysTurkish Airlines will resume flights to the eastern Libyan city of Misrata next week.

US airdrops ammunition to Kurds battling ISIS

2014-10-20 14:33

The American military have airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurds fighting ISIS in the flashpoint Syrian city of Kobane, in a move likely to anger ally Turkey.

Obama rallies coalition commanders against ISIS

2014-10-15 09:09

President Barack Obama attempted to rally allied commanders around his emerging strategy to defeat Islamic State jihadists on Tuesday, as the US-led air armada stepped up its raids in Syria.

Kurds thwart ISIS in Kobane

2014-10-13 08:41

Turkey -Attacking ISIS jihadists has met firm Kurdish resistance in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, as neighbouring Turkey heeded pressure to intervene and handed the US access to its air bases.

ISIS seizes large areas of Syrian town

2014-10-10 09:16

ISIS fighters have seized more than a third of the Syrian border town of Kobani, a monitoring group says, as US-led air strikes failed to halt their advance and Turkish forces looked on without intervening.

US, allies chafing at Turkish inaction on Syria

2014-10-09 09:44

As the US warns that a strategic Syrian border town could fall to Islamic State militants, the Turkish military has deployed its tanks on its side of the frontier but only watched the slaughter.

14 wounded as Kurds, 'radical Muslims' clash in Germany

2014-10-08 16:16

Street clashes between hundreds of Kurds and radical Muslims in Germany’s northern port city of Hamburg have left 14 people wounded, police say.

At least 12 dead in violent Turkey clashes

2014-10-08 12:33

At least 12 people have died during violent clashes across Turkey, as the fate of the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani stirred up decades of tensions with Turkey's Kurdish minority.

Fresh airstrikes on ISIS positions in Kobane

2014-10-07 14:03

Fresh air strikes by the US-led coalition has hit positions held by ISIS jihadists in the southwest of the key Syrian border town of Kobane, according to an AFP journalist just across the border in Turkey.

Loyal depositors shoulder Turkey's Bank Asya

2014-10-06 12:00

Selling everything from their sofas to their wedding rings, Bank Asya clients are battling to shore up the Turkish lender.

Wounded Syrian by wheelbarrow to hajj

2014-10-03 05:00

Wounded Syrian rebel Abdulkarim al-Naseef had to be pushed in a wheelbarrow during his long journey to Saudi Arabia, where he will perform the hajj.

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