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Turkey partly lifts curfew in beleaguered city

Diyarbakir - The Turkish authorities Wednesday partially lifted a curfew in an area of Diyarbakir, the main city in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast which has seen heavy clashes in recent weeks between rebels and security forces.

Fears for Kurds trapped in besieged town in Turkey

Diyarbakir - The basement of apartment block "23" in the the flashpoint town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey has become the focus of a bloody standoff as fighting rages on between security forces and Kurdish rebels.

Iraq Kurd leader: 'Time has come' for statehood referendum

Baghdad - Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani has declared that the "time has come" for the country's Kurds to hold a referendum on statehood, a move likely to raise tensions with Baghdad.

Turkey to unveil security, economy plans for Kurdish southeast

Ankara - Turkey will unveil a new economic and security plan for the Kurdish-dominated southeast, the prime minister said Tuesday, unveiling a bid to revitalise a region battered by renewed fighting between rebels and government forces.

UN urges Turkey to probe alleged shooting of civilians

Ginebra - The United Nations on Monday 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.

Four soldiers killed in Turkish city as curfew expanded

Diyarbakir - Four Turkish soldiers were killed Wednesday in clashes with Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) militants in Diyarbakir in southeast Turkey, as a controversial curfew order was expanded to new areas in the Kurdish-dominated city.

Turkey threatens to boycott Syria peace talks

Ankara - Turkey on Tuesday threatened to boycott UN-backed peace talks on Syria scheduled for later this week if the main Syrian Kurdish party was invited.

EU calls for 'immediate ceasefire' in Turkey's Kurdish southeast

Ankara - EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday called for an "immediate ceasefire" in Turkey's Kurdish-dominated region where the Turkish army is waging a relentless campaign against Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants.

Biden slams 'outrageous' PKK, hails Turkey help in IS fight

Istanbul - US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as a "terror group plain and simple" and a threat to Turkey like the Islamic State group, while hailing Ankara's cooperation in the fight against jihadists.

Five pupils wounded in Turkey school attack blamed on PKK

Diyarbakir - Five children were wounded on Friday when suspected militants hurled a hand-made explosive device into a schoolyard in majority-Kurdish southeast Turkey, security sources said, blaming the attack on the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Amnesty accuses Turkey of 'collective punishment' in Kurdish southeast

Istanbul - Turkey security forces are subjecting residents of Kurdish-dominated southeastern Turkey to "collective punishment" with military operations backed by curfews, Amnesty International said on Thursday, accusing the army of "recklessly" using excessive fo...

Kurds destroyed thousands of Arab homes in Iraq: Amnesty

Baghdad - Western-backed Kurdish forces fighting jihadists in Iraq have destroyed thousands of homes in an apparent bid to uproot Arab communities, actions that may constitute war crimes, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Erdogan warns Turkey academics they will pay price over petition

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday launched a blistering attack on academics who criticised his policies in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, warning they would pay a price after falling into a "pit of treachery".

'I hope no one suffers like us': return to shattered Turkish town

Silopi - The blanket curfew in Silopi lasted 36 days as clashes raged between the Turkish army and Kurdish militants. Finally it was lifted, allowing residents to come to terms with the scale of the destruction in their hometown.

PKK apologises for killing children in Turkey car bombing

Ankara - Kurdish PKK rebels while claiming responsibility Saturday for a car bombing in southeast Turkey this week apologised for having killed civilians and especially three children in the attack.

EU condemns Turkey's arrest of academics as 'extremely worrying'

Brussels - The European Union on Saturday condemned as "extremely worrying" Turkey's arrest of academics who signed a petition criticising a military crackdown in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

Turkey detains academics over 'pro-Kurdish' petition

Istanbul - Turkish police detained at least 18 academics who signed a petition criticising a military crackdown in the Kurdish-dominated southeast, triggering new alarm about freedom of expression in the country.

Behind frontline, Iraq town torn as anti-IS forces clash

Tuz - When a wave of deadly ethnic violence swept through the northern Iraqi town of Tuz Khurmatu, Ahmed Hassan Majid's house was on the wrong side of an invisible line.

Turkey strikes IS targets in retaliation for Istanbul attack

Ankara - Turkish ground forces pounded Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria after a suicide attack blamed on the extremists killed 10 German tourists, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, in a significant escalation of Ankara's fight against th...

Turkey alleges PKK bomb 'kills six' in Diyarbakir

Bahteri - Six people were killed, including three children, and 39 wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants that ripped through a police station and an adjacent housing complex for officers' families in southeastern Turkey.

Turkey PKK bomb attack death toll rises to six

Karamese - Six people died and 39 others were wounded in a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish rebels that ripped through a police station and an adjacent housing complex for officers and their families in southeastern Turkey, security forces said Thursday, updatin...

Europe rights court condemns Turkey for dissolving pro-Kurdish party

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Tuesday condemned Turkey for dissolving a moderate pro-Kurdish political party in 2009 for alleged ties to PKK rebels, saying the party did not promote violence nor warrant such a severe sanction.

Turkish forces kill 32 Kurdish rebels in southeast

Diyarbakir - Turkish security forces killed 32 Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants over the weekend in fighting between the authorities and rebels in the country's east and southeast regions, the army and media reports said.

Turkish forces kill 18 Kurdish rebels: Army

Diyarbakir - Turkish security forces killed 18 militants from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) as they battled the rebels in curfew-hit towns in the country's troubled southeast, the army said Saturday.

Thousands of Kurds protest in Paris over women's murders

Paris - Thousands of Kurds from across Europe marched through Paris on Saturday calling for justice on the third anniversary of the killing of three female Kurdish rebels in the French capital.

Turkish police raid offices of Kurdish party in Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish police on Friday raided the offices of the main pro-Kurdish party in central Istanbul, making arrests and seizing documents.

Deadly Istanbul airport incident was mortar attack: prosecutors

Istanbul - A mortar attack was the cause of a deadly incident on December 23 at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport that left one person dead and damaged several planes, Turkish prosecutors said on Thursday.

Three female Kurdish campaigners 'killed in Turkey curfew town'

Diyarbakir - Three female Kurdish political activists have been killed in fighting in a curfew-hit town in southeast Turkey as the authorities press an offensive against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the main pro-Kurdish party said Wednesday.

Turkey frees on bail Vice News translator after four months in prison

Diyarbakir - The authorities in southeast Turkey on Tuesday freed on bail an Iraqi translator working for US-based news site Vice News after more than four months in detention but he still faces trial, judicial sources and the media outlet said.

Mother killed by mortar fire in curfew-hit Turkish city

Diyarbakir - A mother of three was killed on Sunday when a mortar shell hit her apartment in a city in Turkey's Kurdish-majority southeast that has been under curfew for a month.
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