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Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 wounded in PKK attack: army

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others wounded in an attack Sunday in the Kurdish-dominated southeast blamed on militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the army said.

Turkey detains pro-Kurdish news editor over tweets: channel

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the chief news editor of a pro-Kurdish television channel over tweets posted on his account, the broadcaster said, as concern grows over freedom of expression in the country.

Suicide bomber 'kills five Kurdish police' in Syria

Kamishli - A suicide bomber killed five Kurdish policemen at a checkpoint in Syria's divided northeastern city of Qamishli on Saturday, police said.

PKK warns Turkey rebels will 'escalate the war': Report

Istanbul - The Kurdish rebel PKK movement is ready to step up its fight against Turkey in response to Ankara's blistering military campaign, its leader warned in a BBC interview released Monday.

Clashes between Iraqi Kurds, Turkmen kill nine

Kirkuk - Clashes between Kurdish peshmerga forces and Turkmen Shiite paramilitaries killed nine people in a flashpoint northern town and closed the road to Baghdad before a ceasefire was announced on Sunday.

Syria Kurds, regime to press talks after deadly clashes

Kamishli - Syrian regime officials and Kurdish representatives were to meet on Saturday for a second day of talks on ending deadly clashes in the northeastern city of Qamishli, a senior security source said.

Two Turkish soldiers killed, dozens wounded in car bombing

Diyarbakir - Two Turkish soldiers were killed and more than 50 people wounded when a car bomb exploded at a military post in Turkey's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Tuesday.

Kurdish rebel supporters should lose citizenship: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday suggested that supporters of Kurdish rebels locked in conflict with government troops should be stripped of their Turkish citizenship.

PKK bomb attack kills six in Turkish security forces: Report

Istanbul - Five Turkish soldiers and one special forces police officer were killed Saturday in a bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants in the southeast of the country, the Dogan news agency reported.

Turkey detains 'perpetrator of Diyarbakir car bombing': Report

Diyarbakir - Turkish authorities on Saturday detained the suspected perpetrator of a car bomb attack in its main Kurdish-majority city that killed seven police, as a new bombing hit the troubled southeast.The suspect, named as A.C.

Turkey PM in defiant visit to Diyarbakir after attack

Diyarbakir - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday made a rare visit to the Kurdish-dominated city of Diyarbakir, declaring he was "not scared" after an attack by rebels that killed seven police.

Four police killed in bomb attack in Turkey's Diyarbakir

Diyarbakir - Four police officers were killed and 14 people wounded in a bomb attack on Thursday targeting the Turkish police in the Kurdish-majority southeastern city of Diyarbakir, a security source said.

Three Turkish police killed in suspected PKK car bomb, gun attack

Diyarbakir - Three military police were killed and 22 injured in a car bombing on a barracks in Turkey's restive southeast suspected to be the work of the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), security sources said Friday.

Turkey holds five over Ankara bombing, hits PKK in Iraq

Ankara - A Turkish court detained five people overnight on suspicion of links to a March 13 suicide bombing in Ankara that killed 35, the Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.

Bomb-laden car found outside govt building in southeast Turkey

Diyarbakir - Police in southeastern Turkey defused an explosives-laden car found parked outside a government building days after a suicide car bombing in Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels, security sources said Friday.

Erdogan accuses Europe of 'surrendering to terror'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Europe of "surrendering to terror" for allowing displays of support for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), days after a bombing in Ankara claimed by Kurdish rebels.

TAK, dissident Kurdish rebels behind Ankara car bomb

Ankara - The Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (TAK), who claimed responsibility for Sunday's suicide car bomb attack that killed 35 people in Ankara, is a widely regarded as a dissident offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

Turkey president steps up bid to prosecute pro-Kurd MPs

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday stepped up his efforts to have pro-Kurdish lawmakers prosecuted, accusing them of "inciting terrorism" days after a suicide bombing in Ankara that the government blamed on Kurdish rebels.

Turkish police hold eight pro-Kurdish lawyers in raid

Istanbul - Turkish police detained eight lawyers on Wednesday as part of a crackdown on pro-Kurdish activists, their organisation said, after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he wanted to widen the definition of "terrorism" to include academics, journalists an...

Erdogan urges end to pro-Kurdish MPs' immunity from prosecution

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called on parliament to "swiftly" end immunity from prosecution for pro-Kurdish lawmakers, accusing them of "inciting terrorism.""We must swiftly finalise the issue of immunities.

Turkey pounds Kurdish rebel bases in Iraq after Ankara bombing

Ankara - Turkish warplanes on Monday struck Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq a day after a deadly bomb attack in the capital killed 36 people, the army said.

Turkey slaps curfew on 2 more towns in Kurdish southeast

Diyarbakir - Turkey on Sunday slapped a curfew on two border towns in the Kurdish-dominated southeast ahead of a looming military "clean-up" operation as it eased a lockdown in Diyarbakir.

Kurds must be able to give views on Syria's future: UN envoy

Ginebra - UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said Saturday that Syria's Kurds have a right to express their views on the country's political future, even if they are not invited to next week's peace talks in Geneva.

Iraq PM vows retaliation after IS chemical attack

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed on Saturday to retaliate against the Islamic State group after it launched a chemical attack on a town near Kirkuk.

Iraqi girl dies after IS chemical attack

Kirkuk - A three-year-old Iraqi girl wounded in a chemical attack by the Islamic State group died in hospital Friday, medical sources and officials said."She died of respiratory complications and kidney failure...

Lavrov urges UN envoy to include Kurds in Syria talks

Moscow - Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday urged the UN's special envoy on Syria to include Kurds in upcoming talks that aim to resolve the five-year Syrian civil war.

Residents return to devastated Turkey town as curfew lifted

Cizre - Residents of Cizre in southeastern Turkey began returning home Wednesday after authorities partially lifted a curfew in place since December for a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels which left many homes destroyed.

Turkey to partly lift curfew in Kurdish town

Diyarbakir - The Turkish authorities Tuesday announced the partial lifting of a curfew in a town in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast, in force since December as part of a major crackdown on rebels.

Turkish police crack down on protest against curfew in southeast

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Saturday fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters who demonstrated against a three-month military crackdown backed by a curfew in the mainly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir.

PKK 'not listening' to Ocalan: Turkish official

Ankara - Turkey believes the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is no longer listening to its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan and there is now no point in allowing him to make public statements, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.
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