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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 considers Iraq, Syria incursions

2014-10-02 11:27

Turkey’s parliament is considering a motion that would give the government new powers to launch military operations in Syria and Iraq and allow foreign forces to make incursions from its territory.

Turkey mulls joining anti-ISIS coalition

2014-09-30 08:03

Islamic State fighters have closed to within a few kilometres of a key Kurdish town on Syria's border with Turkey, as Ankara mulls joining the anti-ISIS coalition.

Kurds cross Turkey border to join anti-ISIS fight

2014-09-26 22:27

Hundreds of Kurds have broke through the Turkish border into Syrian territory to join Kurdish forces battling the advance of ISIS militants around the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab.

Kerry: Turkey to be on frontlines of anti-ISIS fight

2014-09-24 09:02

Secretary of State John Kerry said that Turkey had pledged to take part in the US-led coalition against Islamic militants following the release of 49 Turkish hostages.

ISIS offensive poses problems for Turkey

2014-09-23 07:54

Fierce fighting between the Islamic State militant group and Kurdish forces just over the border in Syria has brought the battle closer to Turkey, triggering a surge of tens of thousands of refugees.

Refugee tally to Turkey hits 100 000

2014-09-21 19:29

A Turkish official says 100 000 Syrians have fled the Islamic State group's advance across north-eastern Syria.

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

2014-09-20 10:30

Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has said.

French mum reunited with daughter taken by 'jihadi' dad

2014-09-03 11:46

A young French mother whose daughter was smuggled out of the country by her 'Jihadi' father have been reunited with the two-year-old girl after months of separation.

Turkey's moderate president bows out - for now

2014-08-26 09:13

Turkey’s president Abdullah Gul is set to move out of the presidential palace in Ankara, with his wife Hayrunnisa complaining bitterly of smears against her husband.

Turkish PM blasts Twitter as 'murderer's knife'

2014-08-15 10:09

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a blistering new assault on social media, comparing Twitter to a "knife in the hand of a murderer".

Turkish exporters enjoy boost from Russian ban

2014-08-12 15:46

Russian companies have increased their orders from Turkish firms after Moscow stopped imports of most food from the West in retaliation for US and EU sanctions.

Erdogan wins Turkish presidency

2014-08-11 07:26

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has promised the start of a 'new era' after winning the presidential elections in an easy triumph, despite fears the country is creeping towards one-man rule.

 

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.

Turkey's role in ISIS fight may hinge on ancient tomb

2014-10-01 17:39

A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against ISIS.

Turkey ready for ISIS

2014-09-26 22:56

Turkey says it is prepared to take any measure that ensures its own security in the fight against ISIS, keeping Ankara’s options open amid growing pressure from its Western allies for concrete action.

Egypt blasts Turkish leader after UN speech

2014-09-25 22:09

Egypt has accused Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan of supporting terrorists and seeking to provoke mayhem in the Middle East after he questioned the legitimacy of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Turkey lifts ban on headscarves at high schools

2014-09-23 12:46

The Turkish government has announced it was lifting a ban on female students wearing the Islamic headscarf at high schools, in a move denounced by opponents.

Hardships, heartbreak for fleeing Syrian Kurds

2014-09-23 05:00

Fleeing the advance of Islamic State group jihadists on Ain al-Arab, Syria's third-largest Kurdish town, tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds have managed to find refuge in Turkey.

130 000 Syrians reach Turkey, fleeing IS

2014-09-22 14:49

The number of Syrian refugees who have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants now totals 130 000, Turkey's deputy prime minister says.

300 Kurd fighters cross into Syria from Turkey

2014-09-20 16:04

More than 300 Kurdish fighters have crossed into Syria from Turkey to help push back an Islamic State advance on a Kurdish border town.

Erdogan tightens Turkey's internet controls

2014-09-12 11:30

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has approved a law tightening government control of the internet and expanding the powers of the telecoms authority.

Turkey summons US envoy over spying claims

2014-09-01 13:51

Turkey says it has summoned the US charge d'affaires in Ankara to demand an explanation over a report that Washington has spied intensively on Turkish leaders since 2006.

Erdogan new Turkey president

2014-08-15 20:49

The Turkish electoral board has formally confirmed PM Erdogan's victory in the direct presidential vote.

9 miners trapped after Turkish mine collapse

2014-08-12 16:02

Nine miners are trapped in a Turkish coal mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak after part of the structure collapsed, state broadcaster TRT Haber reports.

Turkey evacuates wounded Palestinians from Gaza

2014-08-11 08:56

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country has started to evacuate wounded people from Gaza to Turkey for treatment.

Turks vote in 1st direct presidential election

2014-08-10 12:22

Turks are voting in their first direct presidential election, a watershed event in the country's history that could cement Recep Tayyip Erdogan's position as Turkey's all-powerful leader.

Turkish PM tells female reporter to 'know your place'

2014-08-08 21:50

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing new questions over his attitude to the media and women after he branded a female journalist a "shameless woman" and told her "to know your place".

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