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Russia has 'responsibility' to calm Syria: Merkel, Erdogan

Berlin - Russia has a "special responsibility to calm violence and give a political process a chance" in Syria, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday.

Turkey suffers 38% visitor drop as coup hits tourism

Ankara - The number of foreigners visiting Turkey plummeted nearly 38 percent in August, with tourism battered by the July failed coup and security concerns after attacks, statistics showed Thursday.

Erdogan suggests Moody's can be 'bought' after Turkey rating cut

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday attacked Moody's after it downgraded the country's sovereign debt rating to "junk" status, appearing to suggest the ratings agency could be bought off.

Turkey's Erdogan suggests emergency could extend to a year

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday it may be necessary to keep the state of emergency imposed after the July coup bid in place for at least a year.

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.

Turkey security body says emergency should be extended

Istanbul - Turkey's top national security body chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said a three-month state of emergency imposed in the wake of the July 15 coup bid should be extended when it expires in October.

Turkey set to extend state of emergency, 32,000 jailed

Istanbul - Turkey's top national security body on Wednesday called for an extension of the controversial state of emergency imposed after the July 15 coup that has already seen 32,000 suspects placed under arrest in an unprecedented crackdown.

Some 32,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister

Istanbul - Turkish courts have placed 32,000 suspects under arrest ahead of trial on charges of links to a group run by US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen who is blamed for the July 15 coup, the justice minister said Wednesday.

Clouds gather over Turkey economy after downgrade

Istanbul - Turkey has snarled with anger over a downgrade of its debt to junk status, but its previously robust economic performance risks being bruised by lower growth, stalled reforms and rule of law concerns after the July 15 coup bid.

Britain's Johnson in Turkey dismisses Erdogan poem as 'trivia'

Ankara - British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday brushed off as "trivia" an offensive poem he wrote about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as he talked up the strength of Ankara-London ties on his first visit to Turkey as top diplomat.

Turkey dismisses 87 spy agency staff over failed coup

Istanbul - Turkey has dismissed 87 staff from its spy agency over alleged links to the failed July 15 coup, state media said Tuesday, in the first purge of one of the country's most powerful institutions.

EU launches debit cards for refugees in Turkey

Ankara - The European Union on Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet under a landmark deal between the bloc and Ankara.

Former Dutch MEP says denied entry to Turkey

Istanbul - Turkish authorities blocked from entering the country a Dutch former member of the European Parliament who used to write columns for a newspaper close to the alleged mastermind of the July 15 failed putsch, he said Monday.

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.

UK's Johnson on first Turkey trip since Brexit tensions

Istanbul - Boris Johnson on Monday made his first visit to Turkey as Britain's foreign secretary, seeking to ease tensions after leading the successful Brexit campaign that played on anti-Turkish sentiments.

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.

Turkish man attacks bus driver with umbrella, causes pile-up

Istanbul - Turkish police have detained a man who caused a mass pile-up and traffic chaos in Istanbul on Friday when he attacked a bus driver with an umbrella, reports said.

Gulen says will return to Turkey if US backs extradition

Berlin - US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen is ready to return to Turkey if Washington approves Ankara's request for his extradition over the failed July coup, he told German broadcaster ZDF on Friday.

Six wounded as Turkish town hit by rocket fired from Syria

Istanbul - A rocket fired from an area in Syria held by Islamic State (IS) jihadists slammed into the centre of a Turkish town on Thursday, wounding six people including five children, reports said.

Turkey detains ex Galatasaray football star in coup probe

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday detained a former prominent footballer from the Istanbul giants Galatasaray on suspicion of links to the group blamed for the July 15 failed coup.

Greece rejects asylum claim of Turkish 'coup' officer: lawyer

Atenas - Greece has rejected the asylum claim of a Turkish military officer who fled after the failed coup of July 15, his lawyer said Thursday, vowing to appeal the decision.

Turkey arrests top journalist Altan day after release

Ankara - A Turkish court on Friday put a prominent journalist under arrest just a day after he was released over accusations related to the failed July coup, in a case that has sparked global concern.

US warns of 'Starbucks attack risk' in south Turkey

Istanbul - The United States has warned of the risk of a terror attack in the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep close to the Syrian border on businesses frequented by Westerners, including the popular coffee chain Starbucks.

Turkey opposition journalists on trial again over 'Gulen links'

Ankara - Two Turkish opposition journalists who were handed jail sentences in a hugely-controversial espionage case earlier this year went on trial again Wednesday over alleged ties to the group accused of planning the July coup, local media reported.

Knife attacker shot outside Israeli embassy in Ankara

Ankara - A mentally disturbed Turkish man wielding a knife tried to storm the Israeli embassy in Ankara on Wednesday but was shot by police before reaching the building, Turkish and Israeli officials said.

Turkey's Erdogan at UN urges global action against preacher

New York - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded international action against the US-exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of orchestrating an aborted coup d'etat against him.

Turkey jails 45 students over 2012 anti-Erdogan protest

Ankara - A Turkish court jailed 45 students Tuesday over a 2012 protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at an Ankara university when he visited to celebrate a satellite launch, state media reported.

Back to school in Turkey after post-coup teacher purge

Istanbul - Turkish schools reopened Monday for the first time since July's attempted coup, following a summer which saw tens of thousands of teachers sacked or suspended over alleged links to the plotters or to Kurdish rebels.

Turkey police detain IS suspects 'planning attack'

Istanbul - Turkish police have detained more than 20 Islamic State suspects, including a Syrian man believed to be organising an attack in Istanbul, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Syria warns Turkey Aleppo aid must be coordinated with Damascus, UN

Damascus - Syria's government on Tuesday warned that all aid going to the divided city of Aleppo, particularly assistance sent by Turkey, must be coordinated with Damascus and the United Nations.
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A modern cafe in an old stone building shows its delicious wares in a glass case
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Damaged US embassy, Ankara
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Houses by the beach
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A distant view of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, which my Turkish students explored with me
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Waves swept up on the cliffs
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Cat and fox play at Van Lake, Turkey
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Turkey drumstick
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A photographer takes photos from the view point
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People stand in front of a hospital as they wait for news from her relatives after a coal mine explosion in the Turkish province of Manisa, on May 14, 2014
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Hrant Dink was extremely popular.
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A Turkish shepherd and his sheep dogs herd the sheep on the green hills next to Kocaeli University
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A protest march toward Taksim Square in Istanbul
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A seaside cafe
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Restaurants in the castle walls
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An overview of Kaleici, the castle walls enclosing the old city and harbor of Antalya
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Gold-leaf details of the mausoleum
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I restaurant atop the castle walls overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and mountains
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A backside view of Istanbul's Ayasofya (Haggia Sophia), the 5th Century Christian cathedral which was turned into a mosque in 1453 and is now a museum but may be a mosque again
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Nestled in the ancient Nicomedia walls and tower is the modern Santa Barbara Restaurant
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You can also ride a motorbike up Castle Hill