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Turkey police raid suspected leftist militants after attacks

Istanbul - Turkish police on Thursday launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ultra-leftist group in Istanbul after two deadly shoot outs in the city blamed on the militants.

Turkey in the dark over mega power cut

Ankara - The causes of Turkey's biggest power cut in over 15 years that deprived most of the country of electricity remained shrouded in mystery Wednesday, with the government under pressure to give answers ahead of June 7 legislative elections.

Nervous Istanbul rocked by new deadly shoot-out

Istanbul - Turkish security forces on Wednesday shot dead a female assailant after she and an accomplice sought to attack the Istanbul police headquarters, as the city reeled from its second deadly shoot-out in two days.

Turkey hostage drama ends in deadly shoot-out

Istanbul - A senior Turkish prosecutor and his two hostage-takers were killed when security forces launched an operation to free the official in a bloody end to a six-hour standoff in Istanbul.

Turkish court acquits all 236 suspects in coup plot retrial

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted more than 200 army officers accused of plotting a coup against the Islamic-rooted government in 2003.

Nationwide power cut paralyses Turkey

Istanbul - A massive power cut caused chaos and shut down public transport across Turkey on Tuesday, with the government refusing to rule out that the electricity system had been the victim of an attack.

Armed leftists take Istanbul prosecutor hostage

Istanbul - An armed leftist group took hostage Tuesday a Turkish prosecutor probing the politically sensitive death of an anti-government protester, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met.

'You will die tomorrow': Turkish reporter recalls capture by IS

Istanbul - "Now stand up, pray and repent," the man told Turkish photojournalist Bunyamin Aygun. "We are going to execute you tomorrow by the sword.""I had all my life before me," he said. "I started dreaming how I would be executed every time I closed my eyes.

Erdogan says Iran visit still on despite 'domination' row

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday insisted he was still planning to visit Iran next week, despite a war-of-words with the Islamic republic triggered by the Yemen crisis and his accusations Tehran was seeking domination of the region.

Turkey charges two policemen in Erdogan spying case

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Sunday charged two former policemen with illegally eavesdropping on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their extradition from Romania, state-media said.

Turkey PM denies rift with Erdogan, calls for presidential system

Istanbul - Turkey should adopt a presidential system, the country's Prime Minister has declared, refuting claims that he and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were at loggerheads over the idea.

Water tunnels lead to 5,000-year-old underground city in Turkey

Nevsehir - A construction project in Cappadocia, Turkey, already famous for its underground cities, cave churches and strange chimney houses, has unearthed what may be the largest hiding place ever found in the region.

Turkey approves tough anti-protest law after all-night debate

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Friday passed a stripped down version of its controversial homeland security bill that has enraged the opposition, after a 16-hour debate that lasted all night.

Turkey military, Kurdish clashes test peace process

Ankara - The Turkish military Wednesday responded with artillery fire to attacks launched by Kurdish rebels, raising concerns over the fragility of a peace process to end a decades-long insurgency.

One dead, 3 wounded in blast at Turkish radical magazine: Report

Istanbul - One person was killed and three people were wounded Wednesday when a blast ripped through the offices of a magazine linked to a Turkish radical Islamist group in Istanbul, the Dogan news agency reported.

Turkey probes top minister and mayor as ruling party rift grows

Ankara - Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday launched an investigation into Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc and Ankara mayor Melih Gokcek after the two traded angry accusations as a row within the ruling party widened.

Erdogan rift with Turkey government widens as threats fly

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan dug in his heels Monday in what appears to be a widening rift with his own government over the Kurdish peace process.

Erdogan at odds with government over Kurdish peace process

Istanbul - An unprecedented rift emerged Sunday between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government over the handling of the peace process to end the decades-long armed struggle by Kurdish militants.

Missing British medical students feared to have joined IS

Istanbul - A group of British medical students of Sudanese origin who went missing after travelling to Turkey are feared to have crossed into Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group as doctors, reports and sources said on Sunday.

Kurdish chief calls for congress to end Turkey rebellion

Diyarbakir - Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on Saturday called for Kurds to hold a historic congress to end a decades-long armed struggle against the Turkish state that has claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Op-Ed: Turkish view of Gallipoli invasion laudable Special

Turkey has commemorated the naval battle of Canakkale, also known as the Dardanelles Straight, or the Gallipoli Campaign, and their attitude toward their former enemies is deeply humane and should be an example for all nations.

Proud Turkey marks centenary of World War I Gallipoli victory

- Turkey on Wednesday marked 100 years since the start of the Gallipoli Campaign by the Allies in World War I, an event seen now as a glorious victory by Ottoman forces and a crucial moment in the formation of the modern Turkish state.

Turkey compares talks with Assad to 'shaking hands with Hitler'

Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday rubbished suggestions that talks should be held with President Bashar al-Assad, saying negotiating with the Syrian leader was no different to shaking hands with Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler.

UK teens 'heading for Syria' released on bail

London - Three British teenagers suspected of trying to travel to Syria were released on bail after being questioned for 24 hours on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, police said.

Turkey not headed toward 'dictatorship': Erdogan

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday dismissed claims that a new constitution expanding his powers would install a "dictatorship"."They say the presidential system would bring dictatorship.

Turkey arrests 3 in raids over Erdogan Twitter insults

Istanbul - Turkish police on Friday detained three people accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top officials on Twitter, after raiding their homes.

Turkish ex-president to 'stay out of politics'

Istanbul - Turkey's former president Abdullah Gul said Friday he had no plans to return to politics, ending speculation of a possible comeback in June legislative elections.

Turkey opens fire to stop Syrian migrant ship

Istanbul - The Turkish coastguard opened fire to stop a cargo vessel carrying 337 mainly Syrian migrants heading towards European Union waters and arrested the suspected traffickers, a top local official said Friday.

Turkey government steps back on controversial security bill

Ankara - The Turkish government took an unexpected step back on its controversial homeland security bill, taking the legislation out of parliament and sending it back to a committee for further revision.

Putin to attend genocide centenary in Armenia

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend ceremonies marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in April, the Kremlin said on Thursday.
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Sailing past Hydarpasha train station
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Protesters are doused with pepper spray in Taksim Square
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Rugs along a wall
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The famous "Dur" sign on the hillside memorial of Çanakkale
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A lighthouse by the Marmara Sea
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Some big, native birds on the rocks of Castle Hill in Alanya
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The winding road up Kar Tepe mountain
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A cafe at Greenpark Hotel with view of the summit
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Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
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A police car gassing a street in Istanbul
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Muslim boys join the rally in a park to support Muslims in Egypt and Syria
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Even the cows went home
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A castle tower above the sea