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UN chief urges new transit point for aid to Syria

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the Security Council to authorize a new passage point on the Turkish border to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled population of northeast Syria, where medical supplies are running short.

Erdogan announces Syria summit for March 5

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on March 5 to discuss the escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.

Erdogan urges Putin to restrain Syria regime in Idlib

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to halt the Syrian regime's offensive in northwest Syria as France called for an urgent summit with those leaders to end the bloodshed and humanitarian crisis...

Russia opposes UN declaration calling for Syria ceasefire: diplomats

New York - Russia on Wednesday objected to the UN Security Council adopting a statement that would have called for a ceasefire in northwest Syria, diplomats said, after a tense closed-door meeting.

Russia warns Turkey, blocks UN bid to end Syria bloodshed

Istanbul - Russia on Wednesday warned Turkey against intervening in Syria as it blocked a UN bid to end the Damascus regime's brutal assault on the last rebel enclave.

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Silivri - Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail.

Turkish mother fights to free cadet son from life sentence

Ankara - Wearing a colourful headscarf and long coat to guard against a bitter Ankara frost, Turkish mother Melek Cetinkaya would not usually catch the attention of the police.

Trump, Turkey call for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Washington - President Donald Trump has called for Russia to end its support for the Syrian regime's "atrocities" as he expressed US concern over violence in the Idlib region, the White House said Sunday.

Turkish author fears for her life if she returns home

Istanbul - Exiled Turkish novelist Asli Erdogan expected to be a convicted woman by now with a life sentence hanging over her head.

Under-pressure Greece toughens migration stance

Athens - Facing overwhelming migration pressure on the Aegean with island camps on the brink of asphyxiation, the conservative Greek government has hardened its asylum policy with increased repatriations, new detention centres and plans for a sea barrier.

Renowned Turkish novelist acquitted in terror trial

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Friday acquitted renowned novelist Asli Erdogan on charges of membership of an armed terror organisation, in a case which sparked international condemnation.

Syria parliament recognises Armenian genocide

Damascus - Syria's parliament on Thursday recognised the 1915-1917 killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians as genocide, as tensions run high with Turkey after deadly clashes in northwest Syria."The parliament...

Turkey threatens force against 'radicals' in Syria's Idlib

Istanbul - Turkey on Thursday threatened to use force against "radicals" in Syria's Idlib province after Russia accused Ankara of failing to "neutralise" jihadist groups under a 2018 deal.

Erdogan threatens Damascus, slams Moscow over Idlib 'massacre'

Istanbul - Turkey will strike Syrian regime forces "everywhere" if its soldiers come under renewed attack, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned Wednesday, while also accusing Damascus ally Russia of committing "massacres" in Idlib.

Turkey warns it will protect outposts in Syria

Istanbul - Turkey threatened Saturday to strike back if its military outposts in the Syrian opposition bastion of Idlib come under attack, a day after officials said three had been surrounded.

Greece aims to outflank Turkey in Mediterranean

Athens - Greece has sought to bolster its Mediterranean presence in recent weeks in response to heightened tension with Turkey, ramping up its meanoeuvres but sparking accusations of adventurism at home.

Syria regime seizes swathes of key town in Idlib offensive

Idlib - Government forces Thursday seized large parts of the key highway town of Saraqeb as they pushed an offensive in the last rebel enclave in northwestern Syria, a war monitor said.

How was a prominent Syrian Salafist allowed to study in France?

Paris - France last week announced the arrest of a prominent member of the Syrian Islamist group Jaysh al-Islam on charges of war crimes and torture, in an investigation warmly applauded by rights groups.

Turkey probes pilots over deadly plane crash

Istanbul - Turkey will investigate two pilots for possible negligence after their plane skidded off an Istanbul runway killing three passengers, state media reported Thursday.

Three dead, scores hurt, in Turkey plane accident

Istanbul - Three people have died and 179 were injured when a plane skidded off the runway at an Istanbul airport, caught fire and split into three after landing in rough weather.

Avalanches kill nearly 40 in eastern Turkey

Ankara - At least 33 people were killed in eastern Turkey Wednesday by a second avalanche which buried a team of rescuers searching for people hit by the first the day before.

Syrian forces make fresh advance despite Erdogan warning

Beirut - Syrian regime forces Wednesday advanced into the strategic town of Saraqeb, a war monitor said, despite a demand from Ankara that Damascus pull back its forces from Turkish-manned posts in Syria's last rebel enclave.

UN chief calls for end to fighting between Turkey and Syria in Idlib

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Tuesday for an end to fighting between Turkey and Syria in Syria's opposition-held province of Idlib on Tuesday.

Four Turkish soldiers killed by Syria regime shelling in Idlib: Ankara

Ankara - Four Turkish soldiers were killed Monday by Syrian regime shelling in the northwestern region of Idlib, Turkey's defence ministry said.

Turkey says France to blame for Libya instability

Ankara - Turkey blamed France on Wednesday for Libya's instability, after French President Emmanuel Macron accused his Turkish counterpart of failing "to keep his word" to end meddling in the north African country.

Macron accuses Erdogan of failing 'to keep word' on Libya

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron accused Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday of failing "to keep his word" to end meddling in Libya, saying Ankara was sending ships with Syrian mercenaries to the conflict-torn country.

Hopes fade for missing as Turkey quake toll rises

Elazig - Rescuers desperately attempted Sunday to find survivors in eastern Turkey in the rubble of collapsed buildings after a powerful earthquake claimed at least 38 lives.

Residents fear aftershocks more than cold after Turkey quake

Elazig - A dozen people bundled up in colourful blankets crouched around a makeshift fire in eastern Turkey. It is an icy night in Elazig and Esra Kasapoglu shivers but she says "it's out of the question to return home.

Powerful quake kills 21 in eastern Turkey

Elazig - A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on Saturday.
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Gezi Park and Ataturk Cultural Center in Taksim (both threatened to be torn down to build an Ottoman museum and mosque)
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Ataturk's memorial in Taksim Square
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As of June 18, 2015, Turkey is now the world’s biggest refugee-receiving country, with over 2.0 million displaced people, most of them Syrian.
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A waterfront cafe
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Traditional fishing boats near a Turkish naval ship museum on the Marmara Sea at Izmit
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A Turkish shop selling fancy dishes for a new bride
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A photographer takes photos from the view point
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 For better and worse  the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs  ...
"For better and worse, the military is no longer a balance for the government’s internal affairs," says Brian Felsen, "and the current trends in Turkey, towards encroachments on privacy and curtailing expression and assembly, may continue unabated for a time. But Turkey’s a fascinating place, and the only constant is change – so, perhaps, this too shall pass."
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