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Turkey stops Kurdish TV broadcasts: official

Diyarbakir - Turkish authorities have stopped broadcasts of 10 mostly Kurdish language television channels under state of emergency rules imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup bid, a local official said Thursday.

At least 10 Turkish troops killed in PKK attacks

Istanbul - Ten members of the Turkish security forces were killed in two separate attacks in southeastern Turkey on Monday blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), local media reported.

Two killed in clashes with PKK in southeast Turkey: report

Ankara - A Turkish soldier and a village guard were killed on Saturday in separate clashes with Kurdish rebels in Turkey's restive southeast, local media reported.

Jailed Kurdish leader in 'good health': brother

Diyarbakir - The leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, is "in good health" and has called for an end to the Kurdish conflict, his brother said Monday after visiting him in jail.

Turkey's Erdogan says mayors' dismissal long overdue

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday defended the suspension of 28 mayors over alleged links to Kurdish militants or US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, saying it was a long-overdue move. "To me, it is a step that came late.

Jailed PKK chief receives first family visit in two years: lawyers

Istanbul - Jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan on Sunday received his first family visit in two years, meeting his brother on the Turkish prison island where he has been held for over one-and-a-half decades, his lawyers said.

Turkey ousts 28 mayors under post-coup emergency

Istanbul - Turkey on Sunday removed 28 mayors accused of links to Kurdish militants or US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, using emergency powers to replace them with state-appointed trustees in a move that sparked accusations of trampling on democracy.

Turkey grants jailed PKK leader family visit

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday granted permission to the family of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan to visit him for the first time in two years, in an apparent bid to counter alarm over his welfare.

Turkey suspends over 10,000 teachers for 'Kurdish militant links': official

Istanbul - Turkey has suspended more than 10,000 teachers over suspected links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a Turkish official said on Thursday, following a purge of education staff in the wake of the failed coup bid.

Turkish shelling kills six Syrian Kurd fighters

Birut - Heavy Turkish shelling across the border into Syria killed six US-backed Kurdish fighters and wounded several civilians, a monitoring group said on Thursday.

In Turkey, Kurds begin hunger strike over jailed leader

Diyarbakir - A group of Kurdish activists including MPs on Monday began a hunger strike to protest the lack of news about the welfare of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan.

IS ousted from Turkey border as Syria army besieges Aleppo

Ankara - Islamic State jihadists were expelled from their last positions along the Turkish-Syrian border, Turkey said Sunday, as Syrian forces again laid seige to rebel strongholds in war-torn Aleppo.

Fourteen killed in attack, clashes with Kurdish rebels in Turkey

Ankara - Turkish security forces suffered a bloody 24 hours after 13 soldiers and a village guardsman were killed in three separate incidents in the country's east and southeast, blamed on Kurdish militants.

Kurdish activists call Turkey hunger strike over jailed leader's fate

Diyarbakir - Kurdish campaigners in Turkey announced a hunger strike Wednesday to protest the lack of updates about the welfare of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan who has been denied visitors since summer 2015.

Turkish Syrian operation forces US to make hard choice

Washington - Turkey's dramatic intervention in Syria could prove a setback for the Islamic State group -- but it forces the United States to make a difficult choice between two unpredictable allies.

Turkey says aims to prevent Kurdish militia corridor in Syria

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday said one of the key aims of its unprecedented operation in northern Syria was to prevent the creation of a corridor stretching from Iraq to the verge of the Mediterranean controlled by Kurdish militia.

Clashes between Turkey, US-backed Kurds in Syria 'unacceptable' for US

Washington - Clashes between Turkish forces and units affiliated with a US-backed Kurdish-led alliance in Syria are "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Monday, calling on all sides to "stand down".

Airport in Turkey's southeast hit by rocket fire: report

Istanbul - Kurdish militants on Saturday fired four rockets at the airport in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, without causing casualties, the Dogan news agency said.

Turkey PM vows retaliation after 'vile' Cizre attack

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday vowed to retaliate after a suicide truck bombing by suspected Kurdish militants in the southeastern town of Cizre, which killed at least 11 police officers.

11 Turkish police killed in bombing blamed on PKK

Istanbul - Eleven Turkish police officers were killed and 70 people injured Friday in a car bombing blamed on Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels, as Turkey's army pressed an offensive against a Kurdish militia in neighbouring Syria.

Kurd advance angers Turkey, Washington's impossible ally

Washington - As Turkish troops ostensibly hunting Islamic State (IS) group fighters shelled a US-backed Kurdish militia inside Syria, analysts warned that Ankara's alliance with the West is at stake.

Turkey enters Syria to halt Kurds: analysts

Birut - Turkey's decision to send troops into Syria is a last-ditch bid to prevent the realisation of its worst nightmare: the creation of a "Syrian Kurdistan", analysts say.

Why has Turkey launched an operation against IS in Syria?

Ankara - Turkey launched its most ambitious operation of the Syrian conflict on Wednesday with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan saying it targeted the double threat from Islamic State extremists and Syrian Kurdish militias.

Syria regime, Kurds agree truce in Hasakeh

- Regime forces and Kurdish fighters agreed on Tuesday to a truce in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh after a week of clashes, a Kurdish official and Syrian state media said.

Kurds deny Hasakeh truce deal agreed with Syria regime

Tanriverdi - Syria's military said Sunday a truce deal has been reached with the Kurds in the flashpoint city of Hasakeh, but a Kurdish source said it has yet to be finalised.

Turkey PM says Syria regime starting to see Kurds as threat

Istanbul - Damascus has understood that Kurds in northern Syria have become a threat after regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in the country's northeast late last week, Turkish premier Binali Yildirim said Saturday."This is a new situation...

Syrian warplanes fly over flashpoint city despite US warning

- Syrian government warplanes took to the skies again Saturday over the flashpoint northeastern city of Hasakeh, despite a US warning against new strikes that might endanger its military advisers.

Syrian regime jets hit Kurdish positions, even after US warning

- Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground.

Four dead in bomb attack on army convoy in southeast Turkey

Ankara - Three soldiers and a local guard were killed on Thursday in an attack on a Turkish military convoy in the town of Bitlis in the country's troubled southeast, state-run media reported.

Syria regime aircraft hit Kurd-held area for first time

- Syrian government aircraft bombed Kurdish positions in the divided northeastern city of Hasakeh on Thursday, the first such strikes against a Kurdish-held area of Syria, an AFP correspondent reported.
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