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Free weddings, gravestones in Turks' plan to boost lira

Ankara - Convert your hard currency to Turkish lira and you could enjoy a free wedding package, a meal and a loaf of bread. Or even a gravestone.

Amnesty urges Turkey to allow displaced thousands to return home

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Tuesday called on Turkey to compensate and allow 24,000 people displaced under a curfew to return to their districts of the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir.

Turkey charges six over deadly schoolgirl dorm fire

Ankara - Turkish authorities on Sunday charged six people over a blaze in a dormitory building that killed 11 schoolgirls last week, state media reported.

Torture appeared widespread after Turkey coup: UN expert

Ankara - Measures taken in Turkey after the July 15 coup attempt created an "environment conducive to torture", and ill treatment appears to have been widespread immediately after the failed putsch, a UN expert said Friday.

Bill to boost Erdogan's power heads to Turkey parliament

Ankara - A bill expanding Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's power will be submitted to parliament next week, just months after he survived a coup attempt that led to a massive crackdown on his opponents.

Lavrov denies Russia, Syria role in Turkish deaths

Istanbul - Moscow and Damascus were not behind an air strike in Syria last week that killed four Turkish soldiers, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday, refuting Turkish claims.

First Israeli ambassador to Turkey since 2010 arrives

Ankara - Israel's new ambassador to Turkey arrived in the capital Ankara on Thursday, an Israeli embassy official said, to serve as the first official envoy since a six-year spat put diplomatic relations on ice.

Police crack down on Ankara demo after schoolgirl dorm fire: AFP

Ankara - Turkish police tear gassed protesters who tried to rally in Ankara Wednesday after 12 people, mostly schoolgirls, were killed in a fire at a dormitory in southern Turkey, an AFP photographer said.

Turkey seeks 30 life sentences for Syrian Kurdish leader

Ankara - Turkey is seeking multiple life sentences for nearly 70 suspects, including the leader of the main Syrian Kurdish political party, over a deadly bombing in Ankara this year blamed on Kurdish militants, state media said Wednesday.

Eight held over Turkey schoolgirl dorm fire as anger grows

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday detained eight people over a deadly fire at a dormitory for schoolgirls that left 12 people dead, as anger grew over possible negligence that caused the tragedy.

12 dead, mainly schoolgirls, in Turkey dorm fire

Istanbul - Twelve people, most of them schoolgirls, were killed on Tuesday when fire ravaged a dormitory for pupils in the southern Turkish region of Adana, local officials said.

Turkey seeks life sentences over Erdogan 'assassination bid'

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors have demanded multiple life sentences for almost 50 alleged failed putschists charged with seeking to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a plot he says left him 15 minutes from death, state media reported Tuesday.

Erdogan says Turkey has 'many other alternatives' to EU

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country has not yet given up on its ambition to join the European Union but has "many other alternatives" if the stalled process goes nowhere.

Aleppo so near yet so far as UN sends aid via Turkey

Dizin - Every morning, Syrian trucks roll up to a car park near a Turkish border crossing, ready to take a consignment of UN aid back inside the war-torn country.

Turkey mourns rights lawyer's unsolved killing one year on

Diyarbakir - Campaigners paid tribute on Monday to a prominent rights lawyer who was shot dead one year ago in Turkey's biggest Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir, lamenting that no one had yet been brought to justice for the crime.

UN torture expert starts Turkey visit amid abuse claims

Ankara - The UN's expert on torture was Monday beginning a week-long visit to Turkey following claims prisoners have been ill-treated in the wake of the July failed coup.

Turkey detains 'wanted Kurdish female militant' at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday detained a woman accused of being a wanted Kurdish militant at Istanbul's main airport, state media said.

BBC Turkish says reporter freed in southeast Turkey

Istanbul - The Turkish authorities on Sunday freed a reporter for the BBC's Turkish language service in the southeast of the country after holding her for a day without explanation, the broadcaster said.

Turkey says Syria rebels hit by IS chemical attack

Istanbul - Twenty-two pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were hit by an Islamic State (IS) gas attack in northern Syria, the Turkish army said Sunday, the first time Turkey has accused the jihadists of chemical warfare.

Blast heard in Turkey's Gaziantep could be caused by jets: governor

Ankara - A loud explosion was heard in the Turkish city of Gaziantep late Friday, which the governor's office said could have been caused by jets taking part in the military incursion in neighbouring Syria.
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