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Thousands throng funeral for Turkish author Yasar Kemal

Istanbul - Thousands of mourners, including a Nobel laureate and a former president, turned out for the funeral Monday of Turkish literary giant Yasar Kemal in Istanbul.

Turkey's Kurdish rebels hail 'historic' disarmament call

Istanbul - Kurdish rebels on Sunday hailed as "historic" a call for disarmament made by their jailed leader and said Turkey should speed up reforms to move the peace process forward.

Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms

Istanbul - The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency.

Suicide attack on Turkish embassy vehicle kills two in Kabul

Kabul - A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for peace talks with the militants.

Turkish men in miniskirts take to streets for women's rights

Turkish men are protesting against a recent attempted rape and murder of a young women by donning miniskirts and taking to the Web and marching through the streets.

Turkey drives hard bargain over crucial missile deal

Ankara - Turkey has alarmed fellow NATO members by raising the prospect of handing China a multi-billion dollar missile contract, yet the long-running saga is far from over and Ankara may just be trading for a better deal.

Turkish model faces jail term for 'insulting Erdogan'

Ankara - A former Miss Turkey beauty queen faces up to 4.5 years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the latest in a growing number of such cases, reports said Wednesday.

Fists fly in rowdy 18-hour Turkey parliament session

Ankara - Ruling party and opposition lawmakers turned the Turkish parliament into a battlefield once again Tuesday during an 18-hour session debating a contentious bill to broaden police powers.

Turkey's evacuation of Syrian tomb 'no retreat'

Ankara - Turkey's decision to evacuate an historic tomb and the soldiers guarding it from Syrian territory was not a retreat, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday, rejecting opposition claims Ankara had surrendered the area to jihadists.

Turkish troops enter Syria to relocate historic tomb

Ankara - Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria in an unprecedented incursion Sunday, relocating a historic tomb and evacuating the soldiers guarding the monument after it was surrounded by Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Fresh brawl in Turkish parliament over protest bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament descended into fresh chaos Thursday with lawmakers exchanging punches for a second time over a controversial bill to boost police powers against protesters, local media reported.

Five Turkish deputies hurt as tensions spiral over protest bill

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Wednesday struggled to push a hugely controversial bill boosting the powers of police against protesters through parliament, after tensions spilled over into fighting between MPs that left five deputies hurt.

Turkish journalist fatally stabbed 'over a snowball'

Ankara - A Turkish shop owner has allegedly stabbed a journalist to death after a snowball hit his store window in Istanbul, local media reported on Wednesday.

Mom murders son, 10, because his ears were too large

Ankara - A woman who allegedly strangled her 10-year-old son because she believed his ears were too big has been charged with murder. Nuray Sacan, 37, paid for her son to undergo cosmetic surgery but when she saw the results she told surgeons she was unhappy.

Turkey government battles to push protest bill into parliament

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Tuesday sought to push through parliament a contentious security bill boosting police powers to crack down on protests, with the opposition using delaying tactics to thwart the debate.

Turkey vows action after outcry over female student's murder

Istanbul - Turkey's leaders on Monday vowed to take action over the "open wound" of violence against women, after the murder and attempted rape of a 20-year-old female student by a bus driver unleashed a wave of public anger.

Turkey's Erdogan says not bothered by 'isolation' on world stage

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted in an interview published Sunday he was unconcerned by Turkey's "isolation" on the world stage, despite deteriorating relations with several former allies.

Erdogan sparks fears for Turkish economy with unorthodox views

Istanbul - Concerns are growing over the health of the Turkish economy, long seen as a star performer among emerging markets, partly due to unorthodox statements by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on economic policy that have rattled investors.

Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education

Ankara - Secular Turks opposed to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday boycotted schools and took to the streets to demand a secular education and denounce a claimed creeping Islamisation of the schools system.

Turkey warns channel over 'God instead of Allah' dubbing

Istanbul - Turkey's television watchdog has warned a national private channel over the dubbing of a French show where the word for "God" was dubbed with a traditional Turkic word rather than the Islamic "Allah", media said Thursday.

Top judge issues final anti-Erdogan broadside

Istanbul - The outgoing head of Turkey's top court launched a final broadside against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, warning that the judiciary was being turned into an "instrument of revenge" by politicians.

Tech-sceptic Erdogan sends first tweet

Istanbul - He has compared social media to the "murderer's knife", proudly declared he does not "tweet or schmeet" and overseen blanket bans on Twitter.

Erdogan unhappy with Turkish spy chief's resignation

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he was unhappy with the decision by powerful intelligence chief Hakan Fidan to resign from his post and stand for parliament in June elections.

Turkey launches new raids over Erdogan eavesdropping case

Istanbul - Turkish police on Sunday launched a new wave of raids to round up suspects accused of wiretapping the communications of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top officials.

Turkey's 'secret-keeper' Hakan Fidan

Ankara - Turkey's powerful spy chief Hakan Fidan, who has resigned to stand for parliament, has carved himself out a key role as right-hand man to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but has aroused suspicions abroad.

Erdogan's loyal spy chief quits to enter Turkish politics

Istanbul - Turkey's powerful intelligence chief, one of the most steadfast allies of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has resigned to stand for election as a lawmaker in upcoming elections, the official Anatolia news agency said Saturday.

Turkey urges Washington to extradite Erdogan's foe

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday made a new call for Washington to extradite the US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, as Ankara steps up its campaign against the number one enemy of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey seizes bank linked to Erdogan foe, opposition cries foul

Istanbul - Turkey's opposition on Wednesday denounced as a scandal the seizure of an Islamic bank allied to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, the latest move in an intensifying crackdown against the interests of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's arch foe.

Turkey airport police hunt extremists en route to Syria

Istanbul - Everything seems normal as the passengers stream out of a routine flight from a Middle Eastern country after landing at a major Turkish international airport.

Turkey's Erdogan says he's no sultan — but more like British Queen

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he's trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.
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A protester stands and watches the action on June 11th in Istanbul.
A protester stands and watches the action on June 11th in Istanbul.
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One of the many wedding dress shops.  The Turks go all-out for traditional weddings.
One of the many wedding dress shops. The Turks go all-out for traditional weddings.
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A group of students peacefully celebrate with flags in Turkey
Muslim boys join the rally in a park to support Muslims in Egypt and Syria
Muslim boys join the rally in a park to support Muslims in Egypt and Syria
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Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
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Further up the road, you can see the cliff-top castle above the Mediterranean coast
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Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
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I try on a veil at the belly-dancing clothes shop
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A boy minds the loom at a roadside market on top of Castle Hill
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Wild Turkeys
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Then wandered down to the yacht harbor
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Sail past a cliff-top restaurant
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Istanbul: Gay Pride March
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Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
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A protester collapses in Taksim Square, Istanbul
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Even the cows went home
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The ski resort's cabins and ski runs
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Turkish warplane taking off
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It had many walls, turrets, and towers to explore
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A poolside cafe in Antalya