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Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors Tuesday demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over freedom of expression.

US tweet riles Turkey over Kurdish fighters

Istanbul - A tweet sent by US Central Command insisting its Kurdish allies in the fight against IS in Syria are not linked to outlawed militants in Turkey whipped up a storm Thursday, with Ankara asking if Washington had "lost its senses".

Top press rights defender in Turkey court for 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - The Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two other campaigners appeared in court Wednesday, risking years in jail in a high-profile trial, charged with aiding Kurdish militants.

Kurdish militant group claims deadly Izmir attack

Istanbul - A splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack that left two people dead in the Turkish city of Izmir, a report said.

Syrian Kurds say not invited to Astana talks

Paris - Syrian Kurds have not been invited to the talks on the political future of Syria due to take place this month in Kazakhstan, their representative in France said Tuesday."We are not invited to Astana.

Turkey's pro-Kurdish party to boycott constitutional reform vote

Ankara - Turkey's pro-Kurdish party is to boycott a parliamentary vote on a controversial new draft constitution aimed at giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greater powers, in protest over the arrest of its MPs.

Yazidi NGO says Iraq HQ closed by Kurdish forces

- Kurdish security forces closed the Iraqi headquarters of an organisation that aids members of the Yazidi religious minority, which has been brutally targeted by jihadists, the group said on Wednesday.

Turkey holds nine over reprisal attacks on pro-Kurd party

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Sunday detained nine people suspected of involvement in a night of violence against offices of the main pro-Kurdish party in apparent reprisal for a deadly attack blamed on Kurdish militants.

Suspect in Paris murder of Kurd rebels dies

Paris - A Turkish national charged with murdering three female Kurdish rebels in Paris died Saturday, a French judicial source said, before his case came to trial.

Protesters ransack pro-Kurdish party local HQs after Turkey attack

Istanbul - Nationalist protesters on Saturday stormed the local headquarters of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) in the central Turkish city of Kayseri and several other Turkish cities after an attack that left 14 soldiers dead.

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish MPs as crackdown continues

Ankara - Turkish police detained two female pro-Kurdish lawmakers Tuesday, as Ankara intensified its crackdown after twin bombings in Istanbul that killed 44 people.

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.

1,600 Kurdish peshmerga killed in war on IS: spokesman

- A total of 1,600 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters have been killed since the Islamic State group took over large parts of the country in June 2014, peshmerga officials said Thursday.

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.

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.

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.

Turkey seeks arrest of Syrian Kurdish leader

Istanbul - Turkey on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the main Syrian Kurdish political party over a deadly bombing in Ankara in February blamed on Kurdish militants.

Turkey blocks EU MPs' visit to jailed Kurdish leader

Edirne - Turkish authorities on Monday blocked a delegation of national and European Parliament lawmakers from visiting the leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party who has been held in jail for almost three weeks.

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish mayor as crackdown widens

Ankara - Turkish police on Thursday detained the pro-Kurdish co-mayor of the southeastern city of Van, expanding a crackdown on municipal chiefs throughout the region that has sparked international concern.

Coalition not backing Turkish move on Al-Bab: US

Washington - The US-led international coalition battling to defeat the Islamic State group is not backing a drive by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels to retake a jihadist stronghold in northern Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Hundreds return to Turkish city after eight-month curfew

Sirnak - Hundreds of people, including children, returned to the devastated Kurdish-dominated city of Sirnak in southeast Turkey on Monday after an eight-month curfew was relaxed, an AFP photographer said.

Tensions flare as Turkey heads to vote on new Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.

With shovels and bulldozers, Iraq Kurds draw line in sand

Al Hamdaniyah - Iraqi Kurdish forces are building a berm near Mosul, a line in the sand that may mark a boundary of territory they aim to keep after recapturing it from jihadists.

Syria Kurd women fighters out for revenge against jihadists

Headed for the front line near Syria's Raqa, 23-year-old Kurdish fighter Kaziwar has just one thought on her mind: to make her jihadist foes pay for their treatment of women.

Top press rights defender goes on trial in Turkey

Istanbul - The Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two other campaigners went on trial Tuesday charged with making terror propaganda for Kurdish militants, as concerns mount over press freedom in the country.

Juncker warns Turkey slipping away from EU

Brussels - European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against moving Turkey further away from Europe and jeopardising its EU membership bid.

Turkey blasts EU over crackdown criticism

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday slammed EU criticism of its crackdown following the July 15 coup bid and warned relations were increasingly fragile as the bloc crafts a report on its stalled membership bid.

Turkey blasts EU over crackdown criticism

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday slammed EU criticism of its crackdown following the July 15 coup bid and warned relations were increasingly fragile as the bloc crafts a report on its stalled membership bid.

Turkey blasts EU over crackdown criticism

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday slammed EU criticism of its crackdown following the July 15 coup bid and warned relations were increasingly fragile as the bloc crafts a report on its stalled membership bid.

US top general Dunford visits Ankara

Ankara - The top US general Joseph Dunford on Sunday made a previously unannounced visit to Ankara for talks with his Turkish counterpart, the army said, as Kurdish-Arab forces launched an operation to capture the jihadist bastion of Raqa in Syria.
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Kurds celebrate the announcement of a ceasefire between the PKK and Turkey on March 21, 2013
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