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Boy among 7 killed in Turkey violence

Ankara - Three policemen, a 12-year-old boy and three Kurdish rebels died Sunday in continuing violence in Turkey's restive Kurdish-dominated southeast, a local security source said.

Mounting toll of Turkey's 'martyrs' stirs controversy

Istanbul - It has become a familiar scene in Turkey over the past month. Another soldier is laid to rest, parents grieving as the coffin is draped with the Turkish flag under the merciless glare of television cameras.

Kurdish forces free seven villages in Iraq: Officials

Washington - Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of the Islamic State group in northern Iraq in recent days, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists.

Turkish police detain two British journalists in Kurdish area

Ankara - Turkish police have detained two British journalists from Vice News who were covering the unrest in the restive Kurdish dominated southeast, the media company confirmed on Friday.

Five killed in clashes in Turkey's restive southeast

Istanbul - Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey's restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Thursday, local officials and the army said.

Two Turkish troops, one policeman killed in PKK attacks in southeast

Istanbul - Two Turkish troops died Monday and a policeman was killed in new attacks blamed on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants in the country's southeast, the army and officials said.

Turkish soldier slams government at slain brother's funeral

Istanbul - A Turkish soldier whose brother was killed in an attack by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched a stinging attack Sunday on the government's "anti-terror" campaign at his funeral.

Turkey jails five mayors in Kurdish southeast over 'self-rule' claims

Istanbul - Turkish courts on Sunday remanded in custody five mayors from the Kurdish-dominated southeast on charges of seeking to destroy national unity by allegedly supporting calls for regional self-rule, reports said.

Kurdish leader calls on PKK to halt violence 'without if or buts'

Istanbul - The leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political party on Saturday called on Kurdish militants to halt a month of violence against the security forces "without if or buts".

Turkish soldier killed, ruling party HQ attacked in new PKK violence

Istanbul - A soldier was killed in southeastern Turkey and a regional headquarters of the country's ruling party hit by a bomb attack, in new violence blamed on Kurdish militants, the army and sources said Saturday.

Turkey accuses BBC of making propaganda for 'terrorist' PKK

Istanbul - Turkey on Friday accused the BBC of making propaganda for the "terrorist" Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) over a report on the outlawed group's female fighters in northern Iraq.

Turkey's risky offensive can weaken but not destroy PKK: Analysts

Istanbul - Turkey's almost month-long campaign of air strikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Turkish southeast and northern Iraq will weaken but cannot destroy the Kurdish militant group, analysts say.

'My goal is to be martyred,' says Turkish minister

Ankara - A senior Turkish cabinet minister declared Wednesday he wished to become a "martyr" as the government fights an unprecedented offensive against Kurdish rebels, prompting astonishment and mockery on social media.

Key events in a month of Turkish unrest

Istanbul - Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in an attack on Wednesday and militants in Istanbul launched an attack on the palace housing the prime minister's offices.

Eight Turkish soldiers killed in deadliest PKK attack

Istanbul - Eight Turkish soldiers were killed on Wednesday in the deadliest attack by Kurdish militants since the government began an anti-terror offensive last month, as the country battles its most serious security and political crises in years.

Suicide bomber kills 16 in northeast Syria

Birut - A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people on Wednesday in an attack on Kurdish security forces in northeastern Syria claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, a monitor said.

One Turkish soldier killed in clashes with Kurdish rebels

Istanbul - One Turkish soldier was killed and three others wounded Tuesday in Turkey's southeastern Diyarbakir province in new violence blamed on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the army said.

One soldier, three Kurdish rebels killed in Turkey unrest: army

Istanbul - One Turkish soldier and three suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in eastern Turkey in new violence blamed on the Kurdish rebels, the army said Sunday.

Four Turkish security forces 'killed in PKK attacks' after new raids

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers and a police officer were killed Saturday in attacks blamed on members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in eastern Turkey, as authorities carried out new raids to arrest suspected militants.

Three Turkish soldiers killed in PKK attack in southeast

Istanbul - Three Turkish soldiers were killed on Friday in an attack by Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) rebels in the southeast of the country, the army said.

PKK leader warns of 'heavy price' amid new Turkey violence

Diyarbakir - A senior figure in the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday warned that Turkey would pay "a heavy price" for its offensive against the rebels amid new deadly clashes in the Kurdish-majority southeast.

'Controlled' bomb explosion causes panic in Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish bomb disposal experts were taken aback on Friday when the controlled explosion of a car bomb in the Kurdish-dominated southeast caused a massive blast that scattered debris and caused panic amongst bystanders.

Turkey builds concrete wall along Syria border after attacks

Istanbul - The Turkish military has started building a concrete wall along the border with Syria following a series of attacks, state media said Friday.

On prison island, Kurdish leader sidelined as peace unravels

Istanbul - With a ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants in tatters, the man who could hold the key to restarting the peace process is sidelined and increasingly isolated on a heavily fortified prison island.

One soldier, 7 Kurdish rebels killed in Turkey unrest: army

Istanbul - One Turkish soldier and seven suspected members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were killed in new violence blamed on the Kurdish rebels, the army said Thursday.

Turkey faces snap polls as coalition talks fail

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday that coalition talks with the main opposition party had failed, paving the way for snap legislative elections as Ankara battles its biggest security crisis against militants in years.

Turkey PM says coalition talks fail, snap polls likely

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday said coalition talks with the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) had ended in failure and early elections were now a strong possibility.

Germany says Iraqi Kurdish forces report chemical attack

Berlin - Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons in recent days, the German defence ministry said.

U.S. jets launch first anti-IS Syria strikes from Turkey

Ankara - US warplanes Wednesday carried out their first air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria after taking off from a Turkish base, kicking off a key new phase in the campaign against the jihadists.

Clashes at funeral for killed PKK figure in Turkey: reports

Istanbul - Turkish police and protesters engaged in violent clashes on Wednesday at the funeral of a senior Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) figure killed a day earlier, reports said.
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