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Turkey says 100,000 refugees in border camps inside Syria

Kilis - Some 100,000 Syrian refugees are being looked after in camps inside Syria close to the Turkish border, including 35,000 who this month fled a Russian-backed regime offensive in northern Aleppo province, a top Turkish official said Friday.

Turkey ends two-month anti-PKK military operation in Kurdish town

Istanbul - Turkish forces have ended an almost two-month military offensive backed by a curfew against Kurdish rebels in the southeastern town of Cizre, the interior minister said Thursday.

Turkey tries father, smugglers over Syrian toddler's death

Istanbul - The father of Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler whose drowning shocked the world last year, went on trial on Thursday along with two alleged people smugglers accused of causing the death of migrants.

Erdogan threatens to send refugees to EU as NATO steps in

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to send the millions of refugees in Turkey to EU member states, as NATO pledged to deploy ships to the Aegean Sea to ease the migrant crisis.

Turkish PM slams 'hypocritical' calls to open borders

Den Haag - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Wednesday slammed as "hypocritical" calls by some countries urging Ankara to open its borders to Syrian refugees while failing to demand Russia halts punishing air strikes.

Turkey's Erdogan lambasts US over support for Syrian Kurds

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bitterly attacked ally the United States over its support for Syrian Kurdish groups, as they seized an airport near Aleppo and sought to build ties with Russia.

Explosives, suicide belts found on suspects at Syria border: Turkish army

Ankara - Turkish security forces seized explosives and four suicide vests in the baggage of a group of suspects stopped at the border with Syria, the Turkish army said on Wednesday.

Syrians recount 'hell' of Aleppo life under air strikes

Kilis - Syrian farmer Mahmud Turki was sitting on his couch at sunset watching the news with his family after eating supper. Then an air strike hit his home and turned his life upside down.

Turkey summons US ambassador over Syria Kurds row

Ankara - Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday after a senior American official angered Ankara by saying that Washington did not consider the main Syrian Kurdish party to be a terrorist organisation.

Kurdish leader accuses Ankara of 'massacre' in flashpoint town

Diyarbakir - The leader of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Tuesday accused Ankara of committing a "massacre" following reports that scores of civilians had been killed in a military operation against Kurdish rebels in a flashpoint town.

NATO to debate Turkey call for migrant help

Brussels - NATO will take any request to help with the refugee crisis "very seriously", chief Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday after Germany and Turkey sought the alliance's assistance in combating human smugglers.

Camps full as tens of thousands flee regime in Syria's Aleppo

Birut - Camps for the displaced along Syria's border with Turkey are at full capacity, aid workers say, as tens of thousands flee a major government offensive in Aleppo province.

Lucky few cross Turkey's border as Syrians flee offensive

Kilis - While tens of thousands of people fleeing the fierce fighting of a Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria huddled in makeshift camps and hoped to get across the border into Turkey, just a handful were lucky enough to make the crossing.

Syria rebels under pressure as displaced mass on the border

Birut - Beleaguered rebels in northern Syria faced double defeat on Monday by both the Russian-backed regime and advancing Kurdish militia, as tens of thousands of displaced amassed on the Turkish border.

Berlin, Ankara seek NATO aid to stop traffickers: Merkel

Ankara - Turkey and Germany will ask NATO to help police the Turkish coast and stop traffickers from sending migrants on dangerous sea journeys, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday.

30,000 Syrian refugees mass at Turkish border: Turkey PM

Ankara - Around 30,000 Syrians are at the Turkish border after fleeing a Russia-backed regime offensive on the northern region of Aleppo, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Passengers on bombed Somalia plane 'meant for Turkish Airlines'

Nairobi - A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company's chief said Monday.

Two dozen perish in Aegean migrant disaster

Istanbul - Twenty-four migrants, including 11 children, drowned in the Aegean Sea on Monday as they tried to cross from Turkey to Greece, Dogan news agency said.

Turkish border town fears fresh Syrian refugee influx

Kilis - Outside a hospital in the Turkish border town of Kilis, a young nurse sums up the concerns of many residents about Syrian refugees. "I already feel I am not in Turkey," says Tugba Kaya. "It's like Syria here.

Syrian army advances towards rebel town near Turkey: Monitor

Birut - Syrian government troops advanced Sunday toward a rebel town near the Turkish border as they pressed a Russian-backed offensive that has prompted tens of thousands to flee, a monitor said.The town of Tal Rifaat is around 20 kilometres (12.

Two migrant women dead from cold in Bulgaria: Minister

Sofia - Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria died due to freezing conditions, authorities said Sunday, as asylum seekers continue to try to reach the EU despite harsh winter weather.

Germany's Merkel heads to Turkey as Syrians wait at border

Kilis - Tens of thousands of Syrians were stranded at the border with Turkey on Monday after escaping a Russia-backed government offensive in Aleppo, as Germany's chancellor prepared to visit Ankara to press for tighter border controls.

Austria wants EU border agency to send migrants back to Turkey

Vienna - Austria wants the EU's border agency Frontex to send directly back to Turkey the migrants it picks trying to reach Greece, media on Saturday quoted Chancellor Werner Faymann as saying."Frontex must pick up the people fleeing to Greece.

Turkish FM reaffirms 'open borders' for Syrian refugees

Amsterdam - Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed Saturday his country would keep its "open border policy" for Syrian refugees, saying as many as 55,000 people fleeing a new regime offensive were heading toward the frontier.

Turkey seizes unsafe boats intended for refugees: Reports

Istanbul - Turkish police seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western Turkey, reports said Saturday.

Syria regime warns against any foreign ground 'aggression'

Damascus - Syria's government warned Saturday that its forces would resist any foreign ground intervention after reports that Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which both support rebel forces, could send in troops.

As Syria rebels face rout, allies Saudi, Turkey may send troops

Riyadh - With rebel forces facing the prospect of a crushing defeat by Syria's Russian-backed regime, their allies Saudi Arabia and Turkey may send in limited numbers of ground troops, analysts say.

Anxious wait in Turkey for Syrian relatives of refugees

Kilis - Grappling with agonising uncertainty, Syrian refugees living in Turkey wait for news of relatives stuck on the Syrian side of the border after fleeing Russian and regime offensives in the Aleppo region.

France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

Ankara - The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday.

Turkish opposition journalists set for March trial

Istanbul - Two Turkish opposition journalists accused of espionage and trying to overthrow the government in a case that has caused global concern are due to go on trial next month.
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