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Turkey moves historic bath house to avoid looming flooding of town

- Turkish authorities on Monday conducted a hugely sensitive operation to move a centuries-old bath house weighing 1,600 tonnes to new location to avoid being engulfed under floodwaters by a controversial dam project.

Turkey court jails nine for life over 2015 Ankara bombing

Ankara - An Ankara court on Friday handed multiple life sentences to nine suspects convicted over the October 2015 bombing on a peace rally outside the capital's train station, the deadliest attack in Turkey's modern history.

Turkey 'turns blind eye' to Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin: Amnesty

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of Afrin, urging Ankara to end the violations immediately.

Amnesty accuses Turkey of tolerating Syrian rebel abuses in Afrin

Istanbul - Amnesty International on Thursday accused Turkish forces of allowing Syrian armed groups to commit major rights abuses in the northern region of Afrin, urging Ankara to immediately end the violations.

Outrage in Turkey after mother, baby killed by 'PKK roadside bomb'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday vowed to fight Kurdish militants to the "last terrorist" after a mother and her 11-month-old baby were killed in a roadside bomb attack blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Gunmen storm Iraq Kurdish governor's office, killing one

- Three teenage gunmen on Monday stormed the governor's headquarters in Arbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, opening fire and killing one employee before being shot dead, officials said.

Turkey begins military patrols around Syria's Manbij: army

Istanbul - Turkey on Monday said it had started military patrols in an area around the Kurdish-held city of Manbij in northern Syria, in line with an agreement with the United States to scale down tensions in the region.

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Jailed Kurdish presidential candidate appears on TV from jail

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Four killed in Turkey campaign clash ahead of polls

Istanbul - Four people were killed in southern Turkey Thursday in clashes that erupted when a lawmaker from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was campaigning in a mainly Kurdish town near Syria, 10 days ahead of tightly-contested polls.

Three shot dead in Turkey during ruling party MP visit: reports

Istanbul - Three people were shot dead in southern Turkey on Thursday during an election campaign visit to a mainly Kuridsh town near Syria by an MP from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, reports said.

Erdogan, rivals woo Turkey's crucial Kurdish vote

Diyarbakir - Turkey's Kurds are set to play a critical role in determining the outcome of elections this month, with their votes coveted not just by the main pro-Kurdish party but also President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his chief rival.

'Hello darling': Jailed Turkey candidate makes speech though wife's phone

Istanbul - It's not the most conventional way for a presidential candidate to address supporters. But Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is not facing a usual set of circumstances as he campaigns for June 24 elections from jail.

'You are my voice': Kurdish leader campaigns from Turkish jail

Ankara - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas is facing not only President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in this month's presidential elections but the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of having to campaign from jail.

Syria Kurds say to pull forces from flashpoint town of Manbij

Beirut - A powerful Syrian Kurdish militia announced Tuesday it will withdraw from Manbij, a day after key brokers Ankara and Washington held talks on the fate of the strategic town.

Turkey says troops closing in on Kurd stronghold in Iraq

Istanbul - Turkish troops are advancing on the mountainous Qandil region of northern Iraq where the leadership of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is based, a senior minister said Monday, as military operations are stepped up.

Erdogan seeks to sway Turkey voters in Kurdish heartland

Diyarbakir - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday sought to persuade voters in the heartland of Turkey's Kurdish minority to vote for him in June 24 polls, arguing his party had done the most to rebuild the area and find peace after years of violence.

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

Syria's Assad threatens force against US-backed Kurds

Damascus - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned US-backed Kurdish forces he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country they control.

Hundreds of Syria Kurds rally to demand Turkey withdrawal

Kamishli - Hundreds demonstrated in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, in response to a call by Kurdish authorities for global protests against Turkey's military presence in the flashpoint Afrin region.

Syrian Kurd traders suffer from twin tax systems

Kamishli - Many Kurds in Syria may dream of self-rule, but for business owners in the semi-autonomous region in the country's north, it now comes with a painful pinch: double taxes.

Syria rehab centre seeks to tame 'caliphate cubs'

- Thirteen-year-old Hassan may have committed atrocities for the Islamic State group, but instead of jailing him immediately, the Kurdish authorities in northeastern Syria enrolled him in a rehabilitation centre.

Judging jihadists in Syrian Kurdistan: a political hot potato

Kamishli - Shunned by both their Western governments and their Kurdish jailers, foreign men and women who joined the Islamic State group are lingering in detention in northern Syria.

Jailed Kurdish leader laments 'unfairness' of Turkey polls

Ankara - Turkey's jailed former pro-Kurdish party leader Selahattin Demirtas lambasted the "unfairness" of his campaign conditions for June elections but said he was ready to rally voters from prison.

Turkey opposition candidate visits jailed Kurdish leader

Istanbul - The candidate of Turkey's main opposition in presidential polls visited Wednesday the jailed ex-leader of the pro-Kurdish party, in a symbolic move aimed warming ties between rivals of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey pro-Kurdish party says jailed ex-leader Demirtas to run for president

Ankara - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Wednesday said its charismatic former leader Selahattin Demirtas would be its candidate for president in polls next month, even though he is currently jailed and on trial in several legal cases.

US-backed alliance launches 'final' battle against IS in east Syria

Ceylanpinar - A US-backed Kurdish-led alliance announced Tuesday it is launching the final stage of its battle to expel the Islamic State jihadist group from its desert holdouts in eastern Syria.The United States confirmed the start of the military operation.

Divided Kurds face losses in Iraq's election

Arbil - As if the loss of oil-rich territory last year wasn't painful enough, Iraq's divided Kurds are bracing for a blow on the political front in the country's May 12 elections.

Syria regime, US-backed forces in deadly clashes: monitor

Beirut - Rare clashes broke out Sunday between Syrian regime forces and a US-backed alliance in the east of the country, killing six alliance fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

British Labour delegation in Syria to support Kurds

Kamishli - British members of parliament from the opposition Labour party visited northern Syria Wednesday to express solidarity with the region's embattled Kurdish minority.
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