Turkey will not 'abandon Syrian refugees'

2016-02-07 20:05

Turkey will continue to let in Syrian refugees instead of "abandoning them to their deaths", says the country's deputy premier.

Turkey seizes unsafe refugee boats

2016-02-06 20:24

Turkish police have seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece.

Russia: Turkey 'preparing to invade Syria'

2016-02-04 20:35

Russia's defence ministry has accused Turkey of actively preparing to invade Syria as recriminations flew following a bitter breakdown in peace talks.

UN urges Turkey to probe alleged shooting of civilians

2016-02-01 19:31

The UN has called on Ankara to investigate the suspected shooting of a group of unarmed people in Turkey's southeastern Kurdish-dominated region, caught in "extremely shocking" video footage.

Turkey police recover stolen Picasso in Istanbul

2016-01-30 20:12

Turkish police have recovered an original painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in an undercover operation in Istanbul, state-run Anatolia news agency reports.

Children drown as refugee boat sinks off Turkey

2016-01-30 12:27

At least 10 people, including five children, have died after their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to a Greek island, according to Turkish media.

4 soldiers killed in Turkish city as curfew expanded

2016-01-28 05:18

Four Turkish soldiers have been killed in clashes with Kurdistan Worker's Party militants in Diyarbakir as a controversial curfew order was expanded to new areas in the city.

Peace talks on Syria before week's end

2016-01-25 20:47

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition groups are to start before the end of the week, the UN special envoy on Syria has announced.

Syrian official: State will make no concessions during talks

2016-01-24 21:49

The Syrian government will not make any new concessions in future peace talks at a time when the Syrian army is making progress in different parts of the country, a senior official says.

Rocket fire from Syria 'wounds two' in Turkey: reports

2016-01-23 15:36

A rocket fired from Syria slammed into the town of Kilis on the Turkish side of the border, wounding two people, reports said, quoting the local governorate.


1000s of Syrians brave cold, rain at Turkey border

2016-02-07 07:27

Thousands of Syrians have braved the cold and rain at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russian-backed regime assault on Aleppo that threatens a fresh humanitarian disaster.

EU says Turkey must keep border open to Syrians

2016-02-06 15:45

Top EU officials have reminded Turkey of its international obligations to keep its borders open to refugees as thousands flee a new government offensive in Syria.

40 000 Syrians flee regime's Aleppo advance

2016-02-04 17:45

Nearly 40 000 Syrian civilians have fled a regime offensive near Aleppo, a monitor says, as Turkey warned it was bracing for a wave of tens of thousands of refugees.

They died screaming - witness after migrants' boat capsized

2016-01-31 21:06

A witness to the drowning of 37 people off Turkey's coast has recounted the disaster, describing the screams in the moments after the boat carrying the migrants slammed into rocks.

33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkish coast

2016-01-30 16:18

Turkey's state-run news agency says at least 33 people, including five children, have drowned in the Aegean Sea after their Greece-bound boat capsized off the Turkish coast.

Death toll rises among Kurds trapped in basement amid heavy fighting

2016-01-28 20:26

More than 20 injured people have remained trapped in a basement in Cizre, a Kurdish town in south-east Turkey, where fighting has been raging since last month, while six of those pinned down have died, an official says.

Outrage as Turkey buries Kurds without families, funerals

2016-01-27 17:31

Kurds subject to curfew in the towns of south-eastern Turkey are virtually unable to bury their dead. A new law allows the authorities to bury without ceremony those killed in the widespread fighting, even if their identities are known.

Residents flee Kurdish city in droves

2016-01-25 20:47

The mostly Kurdish city of Cizre, in southeastern Turkey, has seen its population drop from 120 000 people to less than 20 000 amid intense ongoing fighting between militants and government forces.

Turkish Airlines finds handwritten threat in plane

2016-01-24 18:05

A Turkish Airlines jet flying from Houston to Istanbul has been safely diverted to Shannon, Ireland, after a security scare.

Protests planned at Greek border after more migrants drown

2016-01-23 13:19

Left-wing protest groups in Greece are planning 2 days of demonstrations at the country's border with Turkey, to call on authorities to ease transit restrictions in the wake of 2 deadly boat sinkings that left at least 46 migrants and refugees dead.

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