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Biden, Erdogan seek to find common ground on Syria crisis

Istanbul - US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in a bid to ease strains over the Syria crisis and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project

Istanbul - Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey to open mosques 'in every university'

Istanbul - Turkey's top religious body said on Friday that there are plans to build a mosque in every state university, adding to concerns over what critics say are creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the society.

Istanbul plans redevelopment of controversial protest park

Istanbul - Turkish authorities said on Wednesday they intend to go ahead with the redevelopment of Istanbul's Gezi Park, the same project that sparked deadly nationwide anti-government protests last year.

Erdogan slams ridicule of 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence".

Turkey fears '2-3 million more refugees' if Aleppo falls

Ankara - Turkey fears another two to three million Syrian refugees could cross its borders if the region of Syria's second city of Aleppo is overrun either by Islamist extremists or regime forces, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Turkish teen arrested for 'burying sister's boyfriend alive'

Denizli - A young Turkish man has been arrested on suspicion of burying alive a teenager who had a pre-marital relationship with his sister, reports said Monday.

Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

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

Op-Ed: Traditional sex-ed replaced with dolphins and ducklings in Turkey

Sixth graders in Turkish schools will no longer learn about human genitalia anatomy and reproduction, sparking controversy over the censorship.

Turkey's Erdogan planning to expand palace with residence

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to expand his already controversial new presidential palace with a 250-room residency building, Ankara's top architect was quoted as saying Thursday.

Turkey frees 12 radicals after 'ugly' attack on U.S. sailors

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday freed without questioning or charges 12 radical nationalist protesters who attacked three U.S. sailors in the centre of Istanbul in an assault that alarmed the American military.

U.S. sailors hit by 'hood attack' in Turkey

Istanbul - A group of nationalist Turkish youths on Wednesday attacked three visiting U.S. sailors in Istanbul, trying to force sacks on their heads in an assault angrily condemned by the US government.

Game of Thrones ban sign of Turkey's religious-secular schism?

In what some observers feel might be a sign of increasing Islamization in Turkey, army officers have been forbidden from watching Game of Thrones.

Former leader of Al Qaeda used in hair removal ad

A company in Turkey decided to use the former face of terrorism, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, to sell its hair-removal spray.

Jihadists using tourist cruise ships to reach Syria

Interpol has announced that jihadists are using ever more imaginative ways to get to Syria. There is evidence that some of the militants are now posing as tourists and booking on cruise ships in the Mediterranean which dock on the Middle East coast.

Erdogan's grand palace: Costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?

Ankara - For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Even the Turkish deputy prime minister admits the costs ran a little high.

Turkey treads thin line with Kurds over Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey is pursuing a delicate but potentially dangerous strategy over the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, working to thwart Kurdish domination of northern Syria but also running the risk of a breakdown of its peace process with the Kurds.

Turkey prosecutors seek life jail for eight over mining disaster

Istanbul - Prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for eight executives of a coal mine company in Turkey operating a facility where 301 workers were killed in May in the country's worst mining accident, media reported on Wednesday.

Erdogan's vast new palace to cost over $600 million

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grandiose new presidential palace is costing Turkey more than $600 million, nearly twice previous estimates, the country's finance minister said Tuesday.

At least 24 drown, dozen missing in Istanbul migrant boat sinking

Istanbul - At least 24 people including children drowned and a dozen were missing on Monday when an overloaded boat taking migrants towards EU waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, Turkish officials said.
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