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Turkey detains 13 over Istanbul airport attack

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday detained 13 suspected Islamic State jihadists over the deadly Istanbul airport attack, as chilling details emerged of how suicide bombers launched their assault.

EU opens new chapter in Turkey membership talks

Brussels - The European Union announced Thursday it had opened a new negotiating chapter with Turkey on its long-stalled bid for membership of the bloc, as part of its migrant deal with Ankara.

Turkey and IS: Heading for all-out war?

Birut - The Turkish authorities have accused the Islamic State group of carrying out the attack on Istanbul's international airport that killed 41 people.

Outlook bleak for Turkey tourism after airport blasts

Istanbul - Turkey's already limping tourism industry is suffering a fresh grievous blow after the latest in a series of attacks targeted at tourists claimed dozens of lives, analysts said Wednesday.

Israel cabinet approves reconciliation deal with Turkey

Jerusalem - Israeli cabinet ministers on Wednesday approved a deal reached with Turkey at the weekend on normalising relations after years of acrimony over a deadly 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Turkey terror: The militant groups behind attacks

Istanbul - Turkey has been hit by a wave of attacks over the past year that have claimed the lives of more than 260 people, mainly in the capital Ankara and the country's biggest city Istanbul.

Witnesses recount panic, horror of Istanbul airport carnage

Istanbul - A petrified honeymoon couple hugged each other inside a hair salon cupboard as shots rang out outside, praying the gunmen rampaging through Istanbul's airport would not find them.

Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Istanbul - At least 41 people died in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul's international airport on Tuesday, the latest in a series of attacks that have claimed at least 260 lives over the past year.

41 dead in Istanbul airport carnage blamed on IS

Istanbul - Turkey pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists Wednesday after suicide bombers armed with automatic rifles attacked Istanbul's main international airport, killing 41 people, including foreigners.

Putin mends ties with Turkey, lifts tourism ban

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lifted restrictions on travel to Turkey after mending ties with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seven months after Ankara downed a Russian jet, triggering a raft of sanctions.

Major bomb attacks in Turkey

Istanbul - Following is a list of the worst bomb attacks in Turkey since 1986:- 2016 -June 28: At least 36 people are killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

Istanbul airport attacks kill 36, Turkey blames IS

Istanbul - Turkey Wednesday pointed the finger of blame at Islamic State jihadists after a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's main international airport killed at least 36 people, including foreigners.

At least 32 killed in suicide bomb attack at Istanbul airport

Istanbul - A triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul's Ataturk airport killed at least 32 people and left scores wounded, in the latest deadly strike to rock Turkey's biggest city.

Turkey, Israel set to start process of exchanging ambassadors

Ankara - Turkey and Israel will this week start the process of exchanging ambassadors after they signed a deal to restore ties following a bitter row in 2010, Ankara said Tuesday.

Turkish PM retracts compensation offer for downed Russia jet: media

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday went back on an earlier offer of compensation to Russia for shooting down one of Moscow's military jets in November, media reported.

Turkey mends fences with former foes Israel and Russia

Istanbul - Turkey launched a major diplomatic charm offensive Monday, reaching out a conciliatory hand to Russia and hailing a deal to restore ties with Israel as it looks to boost its neighbourhood clout.

Erdogan hopes for 'quick' return to normal Turkey-Russia ties

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he hoped for a "quick" normalisation in ties with Russia after he expressed regret over the downing of one of Moscow's military jets.

Erdogan apologised to Putin over downed jet: Kremlin

Moscow - The Kremlin said Monday that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had apologised to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Ankara's downing of one of Moscow's military jets in Syria last year that shattered ties.

Israel-Turkey deal: a long-sought reconciliation

Jerusalem - Israel and Turkey have reached a deal to normalise relations that soured after a 2010 Israeli raid on an aid flotilla that left 10 Turkish nationals dead. Here are some questions and answers on the agreement:Why is it significant?

Turkish leaders laud deal to restore ties with Israel

Jerusalem - Israeli and Turkish leaders on Monday lauded a deal reached at the weekend to restore ties after six years of acrimony over a deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Israel, Turkey agree deal ending years of acrimony

Jerusalem - Israel and Turkey reached a deal on Sunday aimed at ending years of acrimony and restoring normalised ties that soured after a deadly 2010 raid on an aid flotilla, an Israeli official said.

Turkey police fire rubber bullets at banned Gay Pride parade

Istanbul - Turkish riot police in Istanbul on Sunday fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters defying a ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.

Vatican and Turkey locked in Armenian genocide row

Yerevan - Pope Francis on Sunday released peace doves on the Armenia-Turkey border in a gesture of reconciliation as Ankara slammed the pontiff for denouncing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman forces as "genocide".

Turkey's Erdogan says Brexit is 'start of new era'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Britain's planned departure from the European Union signalled the "beginning of a new era" and warned the bloc could face new breakups.

Erdogan meets Hamas leader amid reports of Israel deal

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday met the leader of radical Palestinian group Hamas for unscheduled talks following reports Ankara was close to agreeing a deal on normalising ties with Israel.

Turkish man given suspended jail for 'comparing Erdogan to Gollum'

Istanbul - A court in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya has handed a Turkish man a suspended jail sentence of over one year for comparing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the "Lord of the Rings" character Gollum, a report said Thursday.

Turkey in new quest to patch up with regional foes

Ankara - Reaching out to Russia and working to normalise ties with Israel, Turkey is moving to mend fences and restore its waning regional clout by returning to a policy known as "zero problems with neighbours".

Turkey confirms new talks with EU on membership bid

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday confirmed it would hold new membership talks with the European Union next week and would pressure the bloc to "keep its promises" over visa-free travel.

Erdogan suggests UK-style referendum on Turkey EU bid

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time suggested Turkey could hold a referendum over whether to continue its long-stalled bid to join the European Union.

Turkey blocks German MPs' base visit after genocide row

Berlin - Turkey has barred a German delegation from visiting an air base used to fight jihadists in Syria, amid a bitter diplomatic spat between Berlin and Ankara, officials said Wednesday.
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