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Erdogan warns of 'ethnic war' risk over Iraqi Kurdish independence

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday warned the Iraqi Kurdish leader against pushing for independence after holding a non-binding referendum, saying such a move risked sparking an "ethnic war" in the region.

Top Turkey journalist released after almost year in jail

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Monday ordered the release of leading Turkish journalist Kadri Gursel in the controversial trial of staff from the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper, but ruled that four other detained suspects must stay in jail.

'They are not terrorists': witness defends jailed Turkey journalists

Istanbul - The controversial trial of 17 journalists and staff from the Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet began hearing witness testimony on Monday, with a key witness dismissing charges that the accused are linked to terror groups.

Erdogan threatens Iraqi Kurds with border closure, oil block

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Ankara would close its border with Iraq's Kurdistan region over an independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports.

Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'Buddhist terror' against Rohingya

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused the security forces in Myanmar of waging a "Buddhist terror" against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Erdogan says Turkey to close Iraqi border, warns Kurds on oil

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that Ankara would close its border with northern Iraq over an independence referendum and threatened the Iraqi Kurds with blocking their key oil exports.

Turkish parliament extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Saturday approved a one-year extension of a mandate to use troops abroad in Syria and Iraq, two days before Iraq's Kurdish region is due to hold a controversial independence referendum.The bill was overwhelmingly passed.

Istanbul mayor steps down as Erdogan eyes 2019 polls

Istanbul - Istanbul's mayor Kadir Topbas resigned on Friday after 13 years in the key post, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan seeks to refresh the ruling party ahead of local and national polls in 2019.

Syria opposition activist, daughter 'assassinated in Istanbul'

Istanbul - A veteran Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter were found stabbed to death at their apartment in Istanbul, Turkish media reported Friday, in a crime supporters claimed was an "assassination" to avenge their work.

21 dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast

Istanbul - Twenty-one people drowned and up to 15 more were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast, the coast guard said.

4 dead, 20 missing as migrant boat sinks off Turkey: reports

Istanbul - Four people drowned and up to 20 were missing on Friday after a fishing boat carrying migrants sunk off Turkey's Black Sea coast, reports said.

Syria opposition activist, daughter found dead in Istanbul: report

Istanbul - A senior Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found dead at their apartment in Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported on Friday.

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.

Private jet crashes at Istanbul's main airport, four wounded: official

Istanbul - A private jet crashed on landing and burst into flames Thursday while making an emergency landing at Istanbul's main international airport, leaving four injured, officials said.

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown.

Turkey mulls options, rallies support to oppose Kurdish state

Istanbul - Turkey, which staunchly opposes Kurdish statehood, is far from alone in its rejection of an independence referendum in northern Iraq but it remains unclear whether this will translate into concrete action.

Turkey hosts NATO naval exercises amid tensions

Marmaris - Turkey on Wednesday was preparing to wind up naval exercises with fellow NATO members being held at a time of a crisis in relations with several alliance states and controversy over Ankara's plan to purchase weapons from Russia.

Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum

New York - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

US halts arms sales to Erdogan bodyguards: Congress

Washington - The US government has frozen arms sales to the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after his aides attacked demonstrators in Washington last May, two senators said Monday.

Turkish military starts drill near Iraqi border

Ankara - Turkey launched a military drill with tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq's Kurdish region is set to hold an independence referendum.

Turkey again summons German envoy in growing spat

Ankara - Turkey on Monday summoned the German ambassador for the second time in just three days, Turkish diplomatic sources said, as an intensifying bilateral crisis showed no sign of ending.

Turkish military starts drill near Iraqi border

Ankara - Turkey launched a military drill featuring tanks close to the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before Iraq's Kurdish region will hold an independence referendum.

French reporter back home after Turkish terror charges

Paris - The young French journalist Loup Bureau arrived back in Paris on Sunday, "tired but relieved", after being detained for more than seven weeks in a Turkish jail on terror charges.

French reporter jailed in Turkey 'set to be freed'

Paris - A young French reporter who has been held on terror charges in Turkey for the last seven weeks is set to be freed, his lawyers said Friday.

Turkey detains opposition leader's lawyer

Ankara - Turkish police on Friday detained the lawyer to the country's main opposition party as part of a probe into the group led by the US-based Islamic preacher blamed for last year's failed coup, the party said.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey struck a deal Friday to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

French reporter jailed in Turkey to be freed: lawyer

Paris - A young French reporter who has been held on terror charges in Turkey for the last seven weeks is set to be freed Friday, his lawyers said.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to police Syria Idlib safe zone

Astana - Russia, Iran and Turkey on Friday agreed a deal to jointly police a fourth safe zone around Syria's Idlib province as part of a Moscow-led plan to ease the six-year conflict.

Amid bitter feud, Erdogan weighs in on German election

Berlin - In the run-up to Germany's September 24 election, voters in the city of Cologne were surprised to see Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan look down at them from campaign posters.

Five flashpoint issues in German-Turkish crisis

Berlin - German-Turkish ties have plunged to an all-time low since last year's failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the subsequent crackdown on alleged plotters and state enemies.
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Copies of Roman busts found in the Nicomedia excavation site
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One of the many gold markets. Turkish women wear gold bracelets when they are married, and guests give gold coins.
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Views northward of the Bosporus that connects Asia and Europe in Istanbul (from the Bosporus Bridge)
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Photographed at the protest in Istanbul June 7th, 2013. The man on the left is, according to Felsen, a supporter of Ataturk (considered by many to be the founder of modern Turkey); the boy on the right is with the country's worker's union.
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A family enjoys lunch next to a large Turkish flag
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Enjoy Mediterranean-style food in Antalya
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Police attack protesters with a water canon
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A protest march toward Taksim Square in Istanbul
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Students hold the key for future freedom in Turkey. Here they pose with a portrait of Ataturk.
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Further up the road, you can see the cliff-top castle above the Mediterranean coast
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The bad bus in Istanbul that wouldn't wait for me
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Cat and fox play at Van Lake, Turkey
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and her son played with his pony
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After enjoying your lunch at the restaurant, you can climb the Nicomedia tower again and enjoy the views of Izmit
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Police in Taksim
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A fountain runs through the streets of downtown Antalya
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REACTION: Turkish police, forensics and emergency services work at the scene of an explosion that killed four tourists on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on Sunday.
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You can also look down at cypress trees and castle walls by the Mediterranean
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A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
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Underground passageway in city.
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