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Biden, Erdogan seek to find common ground on Syria crisis

Istanbul - US Vice President Joe Biden on Saturday met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul in a bid to ease strains over the Syria crisis and persuade Turkey to step up its support for the coalition against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

Turkey to bridge the Dardanelles in new mega project

Istanbul - Turkey is planning to build a bridge across the famed Dardanelles strait to help ease traffic congestion in Istanbul, a minister said, revealing the latest in a string of mega projects under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey to open mosques 'in every university'

Istanbul - Turkey's top religious body said on Friday that there are plans to build a mosque in every state university, adding to concerns over what critics say are creeping efforts to force Islamic values on the society.

Istanbul plans redevelopment of controversial protest park

Istanbul - Turkish authorities said on Wednesday they intend to go ahead with the redevelopment of Istanbul's Gezi Park, the same project that sparked deadly nationwide anti-government protests last year.

Erdogan slams ridicule of 'Muslims discovered Americas' claim

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence".

Turkey fears '2-3 million more refugees' if Aleppo falls

Ankara - Turkey fears another two to three million Syrian refugees could cross its borders if the region of Syria's second city of Aleppo is overrun either by Islamist extremists or regime forces, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.

Turkish teen arrested for 'burying sister's boyfriend alive'

Denizli - A young Turkish man has been arrested on suspicion of burying alive a teenager who had a pre-marital relationship with his sister, reports said Monday.

Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there.

Turkey's Erdogan planning to expand palace with residence

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning to expand his already controversial new presidential palace with a 250-room residency building, Ankara's top architect was quoted as saying Thursday.

Turkey frees 12 radicals after 'ugly' attack on U.S. sailors

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday freed without questioning or charges 12 radical nationalist protesters who attacked three U.S. sailors in the centre of Istanbul in an assault that alarmed the American military.

U.S. sailors hit by 'hood attack' in Turkey

Istanbul - A group of nationalist Turkish youths on Wednesday attacked three visiting U.S. sailors in Istanbul, trying to force sacks on their heads in an assault angrily condemned by the US government.

Game of Thrones ban sign of Turkey's religious-secular schism?

In what some observers feel might be a sign of increasing Islamization in Turkey, army officers have been forbidden from watching Game of Thrones.

Erdogan's grand palace: Costly folly or symbol of new Turkey?

Ankara - For critics, it is the latest excess of an authoritarian ruler, a folly comparable to the notorious Palace of the People of deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.Even the Turkish deputy prime minister admits the costs ran a little high.

Turkey treads thin line with Kurds over Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey is pursuing a delicate but potentially dangerous strategy over the besieged Syrian town of Kobane, working to thwart Kurdish domination of northern Syria but also running the risk of a breakdown of its peace process with the Kurds.

Israel escapes war crimes charges over deadly Gaza flotilla raid

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court (ICC) will not launch a prosecution over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 in which 10 Turkish activists died, despite a "reasonable basis" to believe war crimes were committed, the chief prosecutor said Th...

Turkey prosecutors seek life jail for eight over mining disaster

Istanbul - Prosecutors have demanded life imprisonment for eight executives of a coal mine company in Turkey operating a facility where 301 workers were killed in May in the country's worst mining accident, media reported on Wednesday.

Erdogan's vast new palace to cost over $600 million

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grandiose new presidential palace is costing Turkey more than $600 million, nearly twice previous estimates, the country's finance minister said Tuesday.

At least 24 drown, dozen missing in Istanbul migrant boat sinking

Istanbul - At least 24 people including children drowned and a dozen were missing on Monday when an overloaded boat taking migrants towards EU waters sank in the Black Sea just off Istanbul, Turkish officials said.

Thousands protest in Turkey to show solidarity with Kobane Kurds

Istanbul - Thousands of people on Saturday took to the streets of Turkey and major European cities in a show of solidarity with the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane which has been besieged by jihadists for over six weeks.

'Hope waning' for trapped Turkish miners

Istanbul - Hopes are fading of saving 18 miners trapped by a flood in a mine in southern Turkey, the energy minister acknowledged Thursday, blaming negligence for the country's latest mining tragedy."Time is ticking by.

Hopes fade for 18 trapped Turkish miners

Istanbul - Hopes were fading Wednesday of finding alive any of 18 Turkish coal miners trapped when their shaft was engulfed by water, as rescue workers made last-ditch efforts to find survivors.

Erdogan unveils Turkey's controversial new presidential palace

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday unveiled a new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara that has been denounced as an environmental blight and evidence of his autocratic tendencies.

Syria rebels cross from Turkey to join Kobane battle

Sanliurfa - A group of fighters from the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) crossed into Syria from Turkey on Wednesday to join Kurdish fighters defending the border town of Kobane against Islamic State jihadists, a local Turkish official said.

Erdogan to unveil Turkey's controversial new presidential palace

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is on Wednesday set to unveil his new presidential palace on the outskirts of Ankara, denounced by ecologists as an environmental blight and by the opposition as new evidence of his autocratic tendencies.

Flood traps 18 in Turkey coal mine

Istanbul - Emergency workers were battling on Tuesday to save 18 Turkish miners trapped deep underground after a coal mine collapsed, letting in a deluge of water.

Turkey wants anti-Assad rebels to control Kobane: PM

Istanbul - Turkey wants the anti-Damascus Free Syrian Army (FSA) to control the Syrian border town of Kobane if Islamist jihadists are defeated, and not the forces of separatist Kurds or President Bashar al-Assad, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Turkey arrests five over deadly attack on soldiers blamed on PKK

Y - Turkey on Sunday arrested five people over the killing of three off-duty soldiers in the Kurdish-majority southeast of the country in an attack blamed on separatist militants, reports said.

Three Turkish soldiers shot dead in 'terrorist' attack

Istanbul - Masked gunmen on Saturday shot dead three Turkish soldiers in the restive Kurdish-majority southeast of the country, the army said, blaming separatist "terrorists" for an attack that threatens to undermine a fragile peace process.

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Suru - Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama.

Turkey to allow 200 Iraqi Kurds to cross into embattled Kobane

Riga - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday that 200 Iraqi Kurd peshmerga fighters would travel through Turkey to the flashpoint Syrian border town of Kobane under assault by the Islamic State group.
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Gold-leaf details of the mausoleum
Gold-leaf details of the mausoleum
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Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
Ride the ferry past famous Hydarpasha Train Station
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My students show and tell about their talents in sports and music
My students show and tell about their talents in sports and music
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Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
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A man collecting rubbish walks past a giant campaign poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip E...
A man collecting rubbish walks past a giant campaign poster of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on display in Istanbul, on August 8, 2014
Ozan Kose, AFP
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the view toward Konyaaltı Beach
the view toward Konyaaltı Beach
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A protest march toward Taksim Square in Istanbul
A protest march toward Taksim Square in Istanbul
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Police pose in Taksim
Police pose in Taksim
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Headless Roman statues in the museum s gardens
Headless Roman statues in the museum's gardens
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Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
Pink Rocks rise above a stormy Black Sea
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Cafes in Istanbul
Cafes in Istanbul
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Colors returned as the storm passed
Colors returned as the storm passed
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A kind museum curator gives a group of foreign Christian visitors a special tour of the gallery  sho...
A kind museum curator gives a group of foreign Christian visitors a special tour of the gallery, showing a Greek inscription about the Christians killed in Nicomedia by Emperor Diocletian.
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RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla  Turkey  about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tues...
RESOURCES: This open pit coal mine is in Mugla, Turkey, about 150 miles south of Soma where the Tuesday's disaster occurred.
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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles at photographers during the 12th Asia Cooperation Di...
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu smiles at photographers during the 12th Asia Cooperation Dialogue Ministerial Meeting in Manama
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Kristen s family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
Kristen's family stood on Lighthouse Point and watched
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The modest outside of the gallery at the new Nicomedia archeology site in Izmit
The modest outside of the gallery at the new Nicomedia archeology site in Izmit
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An overview of Istanbul from the European side  showing the Bosporus Bridge in the distance and the ...
An overview of Istanbul from the European side, showing the Bosporus Bridge in the distance and the Asian side beyond it
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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
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