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Turkey bans all LGBTI events across Ankara province

Istanbul - Turkish authorities on Sunday announced a ban on all LGBTI cultural events in Ankara province until further notice to "maintain public order".

EU cuts funding to Turkey in 2018 budget

Brussels - An EU 2018 budget deal was announced Saturday that cuts funds destined to Turkey, citing doubts about Ankara's commitment to democracy and human rights.

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway 'enemy' insult

Istanbul - NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been portrayed as enemies of the alliance.

NATO sorry after Erdogan pulls troops over Norway 'enemy' insult

Istanbul - NATO apologised to Turkey on Friday after Ankara pulled its troops from a military exercise in Norway where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk had been portrayed as enemies of the alliance.

Erdogan says Turkey troops pulled from NATO drill amid new tensions

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Ankara had pulled out 40 Turkish troops from a NATO exercise in Norway, in a new outburst of tensions with its Western allies.

Questions mount over fate of US-detained Turkish mogul

New York - Speculation is mounting over the whereabouts of a Turkish-Iranian gold mogul and whether he will stand trial as scheduled in New York on charges of defying US sanctions on Iran.

Turkey capital bans German gay film festival

Ankara - Turkish authorities have banned a festival of German-language gay films due to kick off in the capital Ankara Thursday on the grounds it could incite hatred and be at risk from a terror attack.

Turkey asks US for news on jailed businessman Zarrab

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday asked the United States for information regarding the situation of a Turkish-Iranian businessman who is due to go on trial later this month in a case that has angered President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey condemns 'escape' of Raqa jihadists

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday condemned as "an extremely grave revelation" the potential escape of hundreds of jihadists from the Syrian city of Raqa, saying it underscored the perils of Washington's alliance with Kurdish fighters.

Putin and Erdogan agree on need to boost efforts for Syria peace

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed Monday on the need to boost efforts to achieve a lasting political settlement in Syria.

Istanbul airport attack suspects on trial over terror

Istanbul - Forty-six suspects -- one third of them Russian nationals -- went on trial Monday in connection with last year's triple suicide bombing of Istanbul's main airport, an attack that killed 45 people.

Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 300 near Iraq border

Tehran - Iranian rescue workers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing more than 300 and injuring thousands.The 7.

Turkey denies offering money for US extradition of Erdogan rival

Ankara - Turkey has rejected as "ludicrous" allegations that it offered several million dollars to the United States to extradite a political rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ex-Trump aide Flynn probed over secret Turkey dealings: reports

Washington - Investigators are probing whether former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn discussed expelling a Turkish dissident back to his country in exchange for millions of dollars, US media reported Friday.

Turkey detains 82 foreigners planning to go to Syria: report

Ankara - Turkish authorities have detained 82 foreigners in Istanbul suspected of having links to the Islamic State group and planning to go to Syria, as Turkey's crackdown against the jihadist group widens.

Erdogan takes aim at 'gay quota' on Turkish committee

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday harshly criticised the existence of a quota for gays on a neighbourhood committee, saying it was at odds with the nation's values.

Over 110 detained in vast anti-IS raids in Ankara

Ankara - Turkish police detained 111 Islamic State suspects in a vast anti-terror operation in the capital Ankara on Thursday, the latest round-ups in a widening crackdown against the extremist group.

Turkey signs missile accord with Paris and Rome

Brussels - Turkey on Wednesday signed a letter of intent opening the way to Ankara buying ground to air missiles from a French-Italian consortium.

Turkey court frees opposition journalist pending trial

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Wednesday ordered the release of an opposition newspaper journalist accused of links to the group blamed by the government for last year's failed coup.

Berlin theatre scraps Istanbul 'Richard III' over security fears

Istanbul - One of Germany's best known theatre companies has scrapped at the last minute an eagerly-awaited visit to the Istanbul Theatre Festival this month due to "security" fears for the company, it said Tuesday.

France seeks Turkey detainee in Paris attacks probe

Paris - French investigators probing the 2015 Paris attacks have asked Turkey to hand over a detainee suspected of helping the jihadists with logistics, sources close to the case told AFP Tuesday.

US, Turkey resume limited mutual visa services

Ankara - The US and Turkey said on Monday they resumed limited mutual visa services following an almost month-long suspension in a diplomatic row between the two NATO allies ahead of the Turkish premier's visit to Washington.

US resumes limited visa services in Turkey

Ankara - The United States said Monday it is resuming limited visa services in Turkey, following an almost month-long suspension in a diplomatic row between the two NATO allies.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a new opera house in Istanbul, lashing out at critics of the plan and saying the building would be a symbol for the city.

Erdogan hails opera house project as 'symbol' of Istanbul

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday launched a controversial project to build a brand new opera house in Istanbul, saying the new building would be a symbol for the city.

Erdogan signs contentious religious marriages law

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signed into law controversial legislation to let state-approved clerics conduct marriage ceremonies, a move critics claim risks undermining Turkey's secular foundations.

Year after arrests, Turkey pro-Kurd party weakened but defiant

Ankara - One year after the arrest of its charismatic chief, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party defiantly insists it is the only true opposition against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but faces an uphill battle to remain a major force.

Erdogan ousts Turkey mayors in hope of poll boost

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has in the recent weeks forced from office several of Turkey's big city mayors, in a purge of local officials designed to shore up support for his ruling party.

Turkish rights activist arrested over 2016 coup attempt

Ankara - A Turkish court on Wednesday placed prominent businessman and civil society activist Osman Kavala under arrest on suspicion of links to last year's failed coup, state media reported.

Turkey court orders opposition daily staff to stay in jail

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Tuesday ruled to keep in jail four staff from Turkey's main opposition daily on terror-related charges, in a hugely controversial case seen as a test for media freedom under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
People placed flowers beneath a statue of Atatürk while police took notes
A student poses with a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in an Istanbul park
A student poses with a statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in an Istanbul park
To a cafe where you can sit and enjoy a view of the peaceful fishing boats along the Marmara Sea
To a cafe where you can sit and enjoy a view of the peaceful fishing boats along the Marmara Sea
Police chat with some of the people in Taksim
Police chat with some of the people in Taksim
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Glass blowers demonstrate their craft
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Falling snow outside a Turkish hospital. Many refugees would love to be in a warm building with electricity.
An Ottoman-era marble arch.  You can see the old train station behind it.
An Ottoman-era marble arch. You can see the old train station behind it.
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
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A baklava shop
A distant view of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul  which my Turkish students explored with me
A distant view of the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, which my Turkish students explored with me
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A display in the gallery shows a map of Nicomedia, copies of Roman busts found in the site, and photos of Emperor Diocletian's underground tunnel that still stands beneath Izmit streets
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Bystanders greeted Izmit protesters to show their support. One banner reads "Everywhere is Taksim." Notice the woman in red.
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Students explore the old train
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Imagine dining with this view of the Mediterranean Sea and distant mountains
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Gold-leaf details of the mausoleum
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Can you read this Greek transcription on marble?
Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
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Watch the people on the path
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A Turkish soldier guards Anitkabir, memorial to Ataturk in Ankara, Turkey
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Nevsehir's underground city is the largest found in Turkey.
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