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Turkey says it will start drilling off Cyprus 'in coming days'

Istanbul - Two Turkish ships will begin drilling in search of oil and gas off Cyprus "in the coming days", Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, in a move likely to stoke tensions on the divided island.

Protests against jail sentences for journalists in Turkey

Istanbul - A group of lawyers on Thursday gathered outside Istanbul's main courthouse to protest against an appeal court's upholding the convictions of former journalists and executives from opposition daily Cumhuriyet.

Prosecutor seeks 'life in jail' for Turkey financier Kavala

Istanbul - A Turkish prosecutor on Wednesday sought life in prison for 16 suspects including philanthropist and businessman Osman Kavala charged with attempting to overthrow the government, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey court upholds convictions of opposition journalists

Istanbul - A Turkish appeals court Tuesday upheld jail sentences against opposition journalists in a long-running case targeting the Cumhuriyet newspaper -- one of the few remaining dailies critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey seeks to detain over 300 for alleged Gulen ties

Ankara - Turkish police on Tuesday launched raids to detain over 300 people, including military personnel, suspected of ties to a group blamed for a 2016 coup bid, state media reported.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Paris - A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

Erdogan offers seminary exchange for Greek mosque minarets

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday suggested the mosque in Athens should open with minarets if the Greek premier wants to reopen a seminary in Istanbul.

Turkey has not revealed all about Khashoggi killing: Erdogan

Ankara - Turkey has not yet revealed all the information it has discovered about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

Erdogan dubs Macron a 'political novice' over Armenia issue

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday called French counterpart Emmanuel Macron a "political novice" over the announcement that France would hold a national day to commemorate "the Armenian genocide".

Turkey bans rally for Kurdish MP on hunger strike

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Friday prevented supporters from rallying outside the home of a pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike for 100 days.

US struggles to convince anti-IS allies to secure Syria after it leaves

Munich - Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan struggled Friday to convince sceptical allies in the coalition fighting the Islamic State to help secure Syria once American soldiers pull out.

Turkey media publish image of 'local collaborator' in Khashoggi killing

Istanbul - Turkish media on Thursday published images of a so-called "local collaborator" who allegedly helped the Saudi hit squad dispose of the body of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, citing Istanbul police.

Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria summit

Sochi - Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to host his Iranian and Turkish counterparts Thursday to discuss how to resolve the conflict in Syria as Islamic State jihadists made a last stand in the east of the country and Washington prepares to withdraw t...

Kurdish MP on hunger strike in Turkey leaves hospital: source

Diyarbakir - A pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike in Turkey for more than three months, was brought to a hospital Wednesday but went home by ambulance after refusing treatment, a hospital source said.

20 years after arrest, Kurdish militant chief remains key figure

Ankara - When Turkish authorities arrested Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan two decades ago, it struck a blow to his outlawed separatist group but experts say his influence remains significant as a key player in any future peace deal.

Imprisoned PKK leader and Turkey's 'nemesis' Ocalan

Ankara - Abdullah Ocalan, the jailed Kurdish militant leader labelled the "nemesis" of the Turkish state, remains a highly influential figure in the Kurdish movement despite being cut off from the outside world.

Turkey detains more than 700 over alleged links to 2016 coup bid

Ankara - Turkish authorities detained 729 people in nationwide raids Tuesday over alleged links to a group blamed for a failed coup in 2016, the Ankara public prosecutor's office said.

Police prevent pro-Kurdish protest in Istanbul

Istanbul - Dozens of Turkish police blocked a march by pro-Kurdish opposition lawmakers in Istanbul on Monday that was organised in solidarity with a hunger striking MP who was released from prison last month.

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

Bejing - China hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an "absurd lie".

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: official

Washington - Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi's body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity': Turkey

Ankara - Turkey on Saturday condemned China's treatment of its Muslim ethnic Uighur people as "a great embarrassment for humanity," adding to rights groups' recent criticism over mass detentions of the Turkic-speaking minority.

Turkey building collapse death toll rises to 21

Istanbul - The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Istanbul rose to 21 Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said authorities have "lessons to learn" from the incident.

New pressure over Khashoggi death, Trump silent at deadline

Washington - President Donald Trump appeared prepared to ignore the US Congress's Friday deadline to determine who ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi amid new revelations that Saudi Arabia's crown prince spoke of threatening the journalist with a "bullet....

'Strong suspicion' Turkey police shot rights lawyer: local bar association

Diyarbakir - The bar association in Diyarbakir, Turkey's biggest Kurdish-majority city, on Friday said three police officers should be treated as suspects in the 2015 murder of a prominent rights lawyer.

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Istanbul - The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Friday she hoped pressure from the US Congress would encourage the Trump adminstration to take a tougher stance on the killing.

US pressed on Khashoggi amid report Saudi prince threatened 'bullet'

Washington - US lawmakers threatened Thursday to take tougher action against Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi amid a new revelation that the kingdom's powerful crown prince spoke of going after him with a "bullet.

Saudi crown prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi: report

Washington - Saudi Arabia's crown prince told a senior aide he would go after Jamal Khashoggi "with a bullet" a year before the dissident journalist was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, the New York Times reported Thursday quoting US intelligence.

US pressed on Khashoggi killing ahead of deadline

Washington - Rights groups pressed US President Donald Trump to take action over Saudi Arabia's killing of dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi on the eve of a Friday deadline by Congress to punish perpetrators.

Khashoggi murder 'planned and perpetrated' by Saudi officials: UN expert

Geneva - A UN rapporteur probing the murder in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said Thursday the killing was planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

Death toll hits 10 in Istanbul apartment block collapse

Istanbul - The death toll from the collapse of an Istanbul apartment block rose to 10 on Thursday as more bodies were pulled from the rubble, Turkish authorities said.
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As you walk down the ravine  you see people on the other side of the river
As you walk down the ravine, you see people on the other side of the river
In the yard next to the gallery  columns lie  waiting to be reassembled
In the yard next to the gallery, columns lie, waiting to be reassembled
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
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We went to the ferry dock
Details of the ceiling at Topkapi Palace
Details of the ceiling at Topkapi Palace
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
A distant island beyond the stormy Black Sea cove at Kandira
A mamma deer resting and soaking up some sunshine.
A mamma deer resting and soaking up some sunshine.
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Police in Istanbul
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Stroll through the gardens at Topkapi Palace
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You can ride the tram through Taksim, beside consulates, Victorian buildings, and modern shops
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Boats line up in the harbour.
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A glass-enclosed cafe
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You pass another castle and harbor
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A shop just for babies and small children
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These statues managed to have their heads reunited with their bodies
Lonna Lisa Williams with her Turkish husband at Duden Waterfalls in Antalya  Turkey  2012
Lonna Lisa Williams with her Turkish husband at Duden Waterfalls in Antalya, Turkey, 2012
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Various ducks
Ayasofya glows golden in the twilight
Ayasofya glows golden in the twilight
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Tourists at the Blue Mosque
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Inside the tower museum

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