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Massive destruction in Kobane after Kurds drive out IS jihadists

Yildiz - Rubble strewn streets, gutted buildings: the ferocious battle for the Syrian border town of Kobane has wrought massive destruction, according to a team of AFP journalists who arrived on the scene Wednesday.

Kurds expand fight against IS after retaking Syria's Kobane

Suru - Kurdish fighters battled the Islamic State group in villages around Kobane on Tuesday, a day after expelling the jihadists from the strategic Syrian town on the Turkish border.

Kurds urge respect for Muslim prophet in Turkey rally

Diyarbakir - Tens of thousands of Kurds staged a protest Saturday in Turkey's southeast against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo's cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

Two Turkish police jailed for 10 years over protester's killing

Kayseri - Two Turkish police were jailed Wednesday for at least 10 years for beating to death a teenager in 2013 protests against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, sparking fresh protests as critics slammed the verdicts for being absurdly lenient.

Erdogan urges Islamic unity against 'modern Lawrences'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on Muslim states to speak with one voice against terrorism and racism, positioning himself once again as a key leader of the Islamic world.

Turkish ruling party shaken by rebellion on ex-ministers' fate

Istanbul - Turkey's ruling party was Wednesday shaken by a rare rebellion by its lawmakers in a key late night vote on whether to send to trial four ex-ministers accused in a 2013 graft investigation.

Turkey's porous Syria border no barrier for jihadists

Ankara - On grainy Istanbul airport security footage, she is shown entering the country like any tourist. A week later, she is in Islamic State-controlled Syria, without ever being apprehended.

Turkey arrests 24 in new raids on wire-tapping suspects

Istanbul - Turkey on Tuesday arrested 24 people, including former senior officials in its telecoms and science agencies, in a new wave of raids against suspects accused of wire-tapping senior officials including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey PM calls for 'new beginning' with Armenians

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday called for a "new beginning" in relations between Turkey and Armenians scarred by a bitter historical dispute over mass killings during World War I.

Clashes in Ankara as Turkey remembers Dink murder

Istanbul - Turkish police on Monday used pepper spray and water cannon to disperse a protest in Ankara calling for justice over the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was shot dead in broad daylight outside his offices eight years ago.

Erdogan chairs Turkey cabinet for first time as president

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday chaired a cabinet meeting for the first time as head of state, in a marathon get-together aimed at cementing his role as Turkey's undisputed number one.

Hand grenade explodes in Istanbul, no casualties

Istanbul - A hand grenade exploded on a busy street in Istanbul on Sunday without causing any casualties, state media said, almost two weeks after a suicide bombing in Turkey's largest city.

Turkish journalist could face prison term over tweet: Report

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors are seeking a jail term of up to five years for a prominent female journalist arrested over a tweet suggesting a cover-up in a corruption scandal that shook the government, media reported on Saturday.

Defense contractor pleads guilty in enormous bribery case

San Diego - It's a courtroom drama and corruption scandal of epic proportions that has the makings of a good movie and involves a Malaysian defense contractor along with key officials from the U.S. Navy.

Istanbul suicide bomber was 'teen widow of Norwegian IS jihadist'

Istanbul - A teenager from Russia's Muslim region of Dagestan suspected to have carried out a suicide bombing in Istanbul was said Friday to have been the widow of a Norwegian jihadist who died fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria.

Erdogan invites Armenian leader to join Gallipoli commemoration

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has invited his Armenian counterpart to attend commemoration ceremonies in Turkey marking the 100th anniversary of the World War I Gallipoli campaign this year, officials said Friday.

Erdogan lashes out at 'provocative' Charlie Hebdo

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday lashed out at Charlie Hebdo for its "provocative" publications about Islam, saying the French satirical weekly incited hatred and racism.

Turkish weekly defiantly refuses to soften satirical bite

Istanbul - Vilified by conservatives at home for standing by Charlie Hebdo after the Paris attacks, a Turkish satirical weekly is defiantly refusing to tone down its biting mockery of authority.

Turkey opens probe against columnists over Mohammed cartoon

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors on Thursday opened an investigation into two commentators writing for daily newspaper Cumhuriyet who illustrated their columns with the controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo.

Turkey vows to thwart 'Mohammed insults'

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday condemned the publication of cartoons of the Muslim prophet as an "open provocation," warning that it would not tolerate insults of Mohammed in the controversy over the post-attacks Charlie Hebdo issue.
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