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Posters threatening gays with death appear in Turkish capital

Ankara - A Turkish Islamist group has pinned posters to walls and posts in the capital Ankara threatening gays with death, adding to concerns over growing intolerance against homosexuals in the country, an AFP correspondent said Tuesday.

Turkish Airlines jet diverts to Delhi over bomb threat

New Delhi - A Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in India Tuesday after the crew found a bomb threat written on a bathroom mirror, an airport official said.

Turks protesting against China attack Koreans 'by mistake'

Istanbul - Turkish nationalists protesting China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims attacked a group of Korean tourists in the heart of Istanbul's old city on Saturday, mistaking them for Chinese nationals.

Turkey coalition talks to start next week: PM

Ankara - Talks will begin next week to form a new coalition government in Turkey after the ruling party lost its overall majority in a shock electoral setback, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Turkey's Erdogan opens 'public' mosque in his presidential palace

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated a mosque inside his controversial presidential palace and opened it to the public in an apparent bid to deflect criticism over his lavish spending on the complex.

Turkish PM denies plans for imminent intervention in Syria

Ankara - Turkey has no plans to intervene militarily in Syria anytime soon, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, refuting media speculation about an imminent operation to create a buffer zone along the Turkish-Syrian border.

Turkey 'restricts' Facebook, Twitter at schools

Istanbul - Turkey has restricted students from posting pictures and opinions about school life on Facebook, Twitter and other social media, local media said Thursday.

Pro-Erdogan candidate voted Turkey's new parliament speaker

Ankara - The defence minister from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party was elected parliament speaker Wednesday in a vote seen as a key barometer of the country's politics after the party lost its majority in June elections.

Turkey parliament fails to elect speaker after two votes

Ankara - Turkish lawmakers have failed to elect a new parliamentary speaker at the first two attempts on Tuesday in a key barometer of Turkish politics after the ruling party lost its majority on June 7 elections.

Gay Pride parade in Turkey draws government ire

The LGBT community in the United States is still celebrating its milestone victory in the Supreme Court. LGBT communities elsewhere, however, are still facing harsh discrimination, with activists in Turkey having been barred from marching.

Turkey seeks to calm speculation over Syria invasion

Ankara - Turkey sought to calm speculation Tuesday it was planning to invade Syria, saying it would not act unilaterally but has a right to protect its borders."To interpret our border security measures as 'Turkey is going to war'...

Turkey holds security meet; speculation on Syria action

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chaired a top security meeting Monday as media speculated that Ankara was planning a military intervention in Syria, following gains there by Kurds against the jihadists.

Istanbul police use teargas to break up Gay Pride parade

Istanbul - Riot police in Istanbul used teargas and fired rubber pellets to disperse thousands of participants in the city's Gay Pride march after some began chanting slogans against the president, an AFP reporter said.

Turkey will 'never allow' Kurdish state in Syria warns Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey will never allow the establishment of a Kurdish state in Syria after major gains by Kurdish fighters.

Turkey's Erdogan sees red over 'giant table' accusations

Ankara - Already stung by accusations that his presidential palace in Ankara is a megalomaniac folly, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing new claims of wasteful extravagance.

Turkey rejects claims IS raided Kobane from its soil

Ankara - Ankara rejected as "black propaganda" claims that Islamic State (IS) militants crossed from Turkey Thursday to carry out a deadly bombings and raids on the Syrian town of Kobane.

Turkey opposition nominates veteran ex-leader for speaker

Ankara - Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) on Wednesday nominated its veteran former leader Deniz Baykal for the post of parliament speaker after elections in which the ruling party failed to win an overall majority.

Turkey in 'reconciliation' talks with Israel

Istanbul - Turkey on Wednesday said it was holding talks with Israel over a deal to reconcile the two former allies following a deadly Israeli commando raid on a Turkish aid vessel bound for Gaza.

Turkish sculptor faces jail for 'insulting' Erdogan

Istanbul - A prominent Turkish sculptor risks over four years in prison on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after being locked in a dispute with the Turkish strongman over one of his works.

Turkey's new parliament convenes amid coalition search

Ankara - Turkey's parliament convened Tuesday for the first time since President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party lost its overall majority in legislative elections, with political factions seeking to thrash out a deal on the first coalition government for over a d...

Turkey's Erdogan warns of snap vote if coalition talks fail

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday urged the swift formation of a coalition government, warning he could call early elections should there be no agreement by mid-August.

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday lashed out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for recognising the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I as genocide.

State funeral for Turkey's former leader Demirel

Ankara - Turkey paid homage Friday to former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, with a state funeral for a national political giant who died this week aged 90.

Op-Ed: Now is the time for the EU to engage with Turkey

Ankara - Turkey decided to vote Erdogan out of his presidential ambitions. However, this is the European Union's best moment in a decade to engage with Ankara.

Locals fear IS jihadists quietly slipped into Turkey

Ak - As the Syrian town of Tal Abyad taken by Kurds from Islamic State (IS) militants this week looms in the distance, one question troubles the Turkish residents on the other side.What happened to the defeated jihadists?

UNHCR says West should follow Turkey 'example' on Syria refugees

Istanbul - The UN's refugee chief on Thursday urged the world including Western states to open up their borders and follow Turkey's example in hosting Syrian refugees.Turkey, which has taken in some 1.

Kurds' Syria advance causes Turkey anxiety, not jubilation

Ankara - Far from sharing Western euphoria over Kurds' capture of a key border town from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, Turkey is alarmed by the advance of Kurdish forces, fearing that they could create a powerful autonomous region on its doorstep.

Syria refugees return to border town after IS defeat

Ak - Syrian refugees in Turkey began returning to their homes in Tal Abyad Wednesday after Kurdish forces seized the border town in a major blow to the Islamic State group.

Turkey ex-leader who survived two coups dies aged 90

Istanbul - Turkey's former president and prime minister Suleyman Demirel, a political giant for over half a century who survived two military coups and a ban on holding office, died Wednesday. He was 90.

Turkish editor gets 21 month suspended sentence for 'insulting Erdogan'

Ankara - An Ankara court on Tuesday handed down a 21-month suspended jail sentence to an editor of a leading English-language Turkish daily newspaper after convicting him of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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The town of Kandira seemed peaceful with its cove and houses
The town of Kandira seemed peaceful with its cove and houses
Copy of the bust of Roman Emperor Diocletian found in the Nicomedia excavation site
Copy of the bust of Roman Emperor Diocletian found in the Nicomedia excavation site
At first the Black Sea looked a little colorful
At first the Black Sea looked a little colorful
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Cat and fox play at Van Lake, Turkey
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A mamma deer resting and soaking up some sunshine.
A mamma deer resting and soaking up some sunshine.
Police pose in Taksim
Police pose in Taksim
Stuffed turkey breast
Stuffed turkey breast
Cat and fox play at Van Lake  Turkey
Cat and fox play at Van Lake, Turkey
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Then wandered down to the yacht harbor
Then wandered down to the yacht harbor
Izmir has a mix of old and new buildings
Izmir has a mix of old and new buildings
Ataturk s memorial in Taksim Square
Ataturk's memorial in Taksim Square
with its active Christian church
with its active Christian church
The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found  in Greek  about the Christians killed ...
The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found, in Greek, about the Christians killed in Nicomedia in the Fourth Century A.D.
Tear gas in Istanbul
Tear gas in Istanbul
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Roadside shops on top of a scenic hill
Roadside shops on top of a scenic hill
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White wedding high heels
Inside the tower museum
Inside the tower museum
Turkish police are always quickly dispatched to contain protests  such as this one in Izmit  Kocaeli
Turkish police are always quickly dispatched to contain protests, such as this one in Izmit, Kocaeli
Keep following the people
Keep following the people
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests