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Pompeo urges Greece, Turkey to resolve Mediterranean row

Athens - The United States on Monday called on Greece and Turkey to find "good solutions" to a tense Mediterranean territorial dispute after the NATO neighbours agreed to hold talks.

Turkey seeks new life for submerged tourist town

- Just two roofs poke through the vast expanse of an artificial lake that has swallowed a Turkish town whose caves and pre-Ottoman ruins once drew in global tourists.

Turkey issues 82 arrest warrants over deadly protests

Ankara - Turkish prosecutors on Friday issued arrest warrants for 82 people, including a mayor and several former lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish HDP party, who are accused of involvement in 2014 protests that left 37 dead.

Greek PM to Erdogan: 'Let's give diplomacy a chance'

New York - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis appealed Friday to Turkey to find a diplomatic solution to tensions, saying he wanted partnership between the historic rivals.

Pompeo to show support for Greece amid Turkey tensions

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Greece next week in a show of support following high tensions in the Mediterranean with Turkey, the State Department announced Thursday.

Turkey, Greece agree to talks on Mediterranean tensions

Ankara - Turkey and Greece have agreed to talks over disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, both sides said on Tuesday, after German-led efforts to defuse a crisis that has raised fears of conflict.

Europe 'will not compromise' with US over Iran sanctions: Macron

New York - French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Europe would not compromise with the United States over Washington's move to reactivate sanctions on Iran, warning the so-called snapback could undermine the UN Security Council and increase Middle Eas...

Erdogan says willing to meet with Greek PM over east Med tensions

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said Turkey was ready to meet with Greece's leader to resolve the standoff over energy exploration in contested waters in the eastern Mediterranean.

EU chief vows to defend Cyprus rights in Turkey standoff

Nicosia - European Council chief Charles Michel pledged Wednesday that the bloc will defend the rights of member state Cyprus in its standoff with Turkey over maritime and energy rights.

Protest in Istanbul against Charlie Hebdo cartoons

Istanbul - Around 200 people in Istanbul demonstrated on Sunday against a French magazine's decision to republish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Pompeo in Cyprus says US 'deeply concerned' over Turkey energy search

Nicosia - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Turkey to cease tension-raising activities in the eastern Mediterranean during a visit to Cyprus Saturday, urging all sides to back diplomacy.

Greece announces major arms purchase as Turkey tension rises

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Saturday announced a "robust" arms purchase programme and an overhaul of the country's military amid rising tension with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean.

Pompeo to visit Cyprus, seek 'peaceful' solution to Turkey tension

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday he will visit Cyprus to seek a peaceful solution to mounting Mediterranean tensions as he called on Turkey to pull back its forces.

Med leaders ready for EU sanctions on 'confrontational' Turkey

Porticcio - Leaders of seven European countries on the Mediterranean said on Thursday they were ready to back EU sanctions against Turkey if Ankara shunned dialogue on escalating tensions in the sea.

France hosts Med leaders for summit on Turkey tensions

Porticcio - French President Emmanuel Macron will gather leaders from Mediterranean states for a summit Thursday set to be dominated by growing tensions between Turkey and EU states in the east of the sea.

Turkey debates dropping landmark women's treaty

Istanbul - Just as Turkey began debating leaving the world's first treaty prosecuting femicide and domestic abuse, a jealous killer set a woman's body on fire and covered it in cement.

Turkey frees reporters convicted in state secrets trial

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday handed multiple prison sentences to five reporters convicted of violating the law on coverage of Turkey's spy agency but ordered their release pending appeals.

Greece, Turkey spar again after NATO mediation move

Athens - Turkey on Friday accused Greece of shunning dialogue and lying after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said NATO-brokered talks to reduce tension in the eastern Mediterranean could only be held if Ankara stopped making "threats".

Mediterranean tensions 'extremely volatile': Cyprus president

Nicosia - Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades on Friday denounced Turkey's "aggressiveness" and urged talks to resolve a row over maritime borders and gas drilling rights, warning spiralling Mediterranean tensions risked destabilising the region.

Greece, Turkey spar again after NATO mediation move

Athens - Turkey on Friday accused Greece of shunning dialogue and lying after Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said NATO-brokered talks to reduce tension in the eastern Mediterranean could only be held if Ankara stopped making "threats".

Greece, Turkey agree de-escalation talks says NATO, Athens denies deal

Apo - NATO said Thursday that Greece and Turkey had agreed to talks to ease their dispute over eastern Mediterranean borders and energy rights, but Athens swiftly denied any deal on negotiations.

Europe's rights chief urges Turkey's Erdogan to respect law

Istanbul - Europe's top human rights judge urged Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to respect the rule of law and comply with court rulings covering political opponents and jailed figures.

Cyprus welcomes lifting of US arms embargo

Nicosia - Cyprus has welcomed the lifting of a US arms embargo as proof it is a "reliable partner" in the Eastern Mediterranean, as Washington's ambassador stressed the move was not aimed at Turkey.

US partially lifts arms embargo on Cyprus

Washington - The United States announced Tuesday that it would lift for one year its three-decade-old arms embargo on Cyprus to allow "non-lethal" military goods to be sold to the Mediterranean island.

Turkey extends Mediterranean gas exploration mission

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday played up Turkey's military might after extending a Mediterranean gas exploration mission that has pitted it against Greece and the rest of the EU.

In Turkey, lake turns into graveyard for migrants

Van - Gravestones scribbled with identity numbers are all that remain of dozens of migrants aboard a boat that sank in a Turkish lake as they struggled to make it to Europe.

Turkey launches new military drills as East Med tensions mount

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday launched new military drills in the eastern Mediterranean and Greece accused Turkish jets of an incursion as tensions mount in a maritime standoff between the NATO members.

Turkey stages new military exercises in eastern Med

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday launched new military manoeuvres in the eastern Mediterranean expected to last two weeks, as tensions between Ankara and Athens mounted over maritime borders and gas drilling rights.

Kastellorizo, idyllic island at heart of Greece-Turkey row

Greece - The tiny island of Kastellorizo, peeking out of the turquoise waters of the eastern Mediterranean just two kilometres (1.2 miles) off the Turkish coast, may not look like the focus of an international incident.

EU could sanction Turkey if no progress on Mediterranean crisis

Berlin - The EU on Friday warned Turkey it could face fresh sanctions -- including tough economic measures -- unless progress is made in reducing soaring tensions with Greece and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean.
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A newly married couple pose in the Old Castle section of Antalya
A newly married couple pose in the Old Castle section of Antalya
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Wooden eagles by the Kar Tepe mountain's ski resort
Students hold the key for future freedom in Turkey.  Here they pose with a portrait of Ataturk.
Students hold the key for future freedom in Turkey. Here they pose with a portrait of Ataturk.
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Students march through Antalya, carrying homemade banners and shouting freedom slogans
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Turkish warplane taking off
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the Antalya yacht harbor
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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan seeks to establish Islamic law in Turkey, as he sponsors projects like this new, multi-million-dollar mosque in Istanbul that rises near exclusive residence towers
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A man lounges next to Hadrian's Gate, a Roman archway
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Police in turkey
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These columns make an interesting display in the museum's garden
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The distant cove became dark
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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Göbekli Tepe, showing sites A through D.
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An overview of the Kaleiçi (Old Castle) section of Antalya. The castle walls frame the harbor.
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and vines trailing over the water
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The castle wall with view of the Marmara Sea
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Istanbul's Gezi Park gets a new look
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Or sit on the rocks and get an overview of Duden Waterfall
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Ayasofya glows golden in the twilight
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Cat and fox play at Van Lake, Turkey
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