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Turkey unveils stringent new anti-protest laws

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu unveiled sweeping new security laws branded as repressive by critics, saying those in possession of banned objects at protests would face up to four years in jail.

Despite Middle East turmoil Turkey is still a tourist destination

The terror treat from the Middle East may be expected to have had a negative impact on tourism in the area but reports from tourist boards show this isn't true for neighbouring Turkey as 42 million are expected to visit the country by the end of the year.

Turkey shifts strategy to help Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Kobane

Istanbul - Turkey said Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane, in a major shift by Ankara which until now had blocked Kurdish fighters.

New Afghan president hosts Turkey's Erdogan in Kabul

Kabul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Afghanistan Saturday, the latest world leader to visit the war-ravaged country since President Ashraf Ghani took power after a prolonged political standoff.

Frustrating West, Turkey maintains cautious stance on jihadists

Istanbul - Turkey is turning a deaf ear to insistent pressure to take a more pro-active stance in the fight against Islamic State (IS) jihadists, adding to existing strains with the West under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Venezuela, New Zealand win UN seats but Turkey rebuffed

New York - Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela won coveted seats on the UN Security Council Thursday, but Turkey suffered a humbling defeat in its bid to join the world's "top table.

Turkey says only Syrian refugees can cross border to Kobane

Ankara - Turkey on Wednesday said only Syrian refugees would be allowed to cross its border to fight jihadists for the mainly Kurdish Syrian town of Kobane, rejecting calls from the West to fully open the frontier.

Conflict between Turkey and PKK Kurds heats up

Ankara - Kurds in Turkey are already outraged that Turkey has done nothing to stop the Islamic State advance into the Kurdish border town of Kobane. Kurds wanting to cross over to join the battle have also been prevented from doing so.

Turkey bombs PKK in first strikes since ceasefire

Ankara - Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish rebel targets in the southeast of the country in the first such strikes against the separatists since an increasingly fragile 2013 ceasefire, officials said Tuesday.

Turkish president vows crackdown on pro-Kurd protests

Istanbul - Turkey's government will seek new powers to crack down on violent demonstrations, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday, after dozens died in a wave of Kurdish-led protests over Ankara's policies in Syria.

Kurdish PKK fighters called back to Turkey after protests

Istanbul - A leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) warned on Saturday it had called all its fighters back to Turkey and could resume attacks, after protests over the government's policy on Syria left dozens dead.

U.S. reports 'progress' in pressing Turkey to join IS fight

Washington - The United States reported "progress" in pressing Turkey to participate in the fight against the Islamic State group, noting a pledge from Ankara to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels.

At least 31 killed in Turkey 'spiral of violence'

Istanbul - At least 31 people have been killed and 360 others injured in demonstrations during a four day "spiral of violence" led by pro-Kurdish protesters against Turkey's policy on Syria, officials said Friday.

Erdogan denounces Turkey protests as peace process 'sabotage'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Thursday that the peace process with Kurdish rebels would not be derailed by "sabotage", after at least 27 people were killed in protests over the government's policy on Islamic State (IS) militants.

Turkey plea for Syria buffer zone meets cool response

Istanbul - A proposal by Turkey for a buffer zone inside Syria has met with a guarded response from the international community, despite being a key condition for Ankara to step up its support for the fight against jihadists.

Op-Ed: A bun fight — the mud of the Middle East

Several years ago I attended a gentleman’s evening with buffet and drink offered in copious amounts. As the drink flowed and noise levels were building up, the atmosphere became a little volatile. Then it all kicked off and became very riotous.

Turkey detains Kurds at border on suspicion of links to PKK

Yildiz - Turkey detained dozens of Kurds who crossed the border from the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on suspicion of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), officials said on Wednesday.

Op-Ed: Government tweet reveals Turkey’s hatred of Kurds

Ankara - Sometimes a mere tweet, some call it crowd-sourcing, can tell the true story to the world. A Turkey government minister showed the government was wearing no clothes.

Syria, Iraq conflicts spark street clashes in Germany

Berlin - Street clashes pitting Kurds against radical Muslims left 23 people wounded in Germany, police said Wednesday amid fears that fighting in Syria and Iraq could further inflame passions.

Army imposes curfew after 21 killed in Turkey pro-Kurdish protests

Diyarbakir - Turkey's military on Wednesday imposed a curfew in parts of the southeast after at least 21 people were killed in pro-Kurdish protests over the government's failure to act against jihadists attacking the Syrian border city of Kobane.

Assessing Turkey's potential role in Syria

As Turkey is contemplating intervening militarily in Syria it is important to determine what kind of actions it will take and what will be the likely consequences of those actions.

At least 12 dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Thousands of pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country on Tuesday, leaving at least a dozen dead and many wounded.

Three dead in Turkey as pro-Kurdish protests turn violent

Istanbul - Pro-Kurdish demonstrators incensed by Turkey's inaction in the fight against jihadists on the Syrian border clashed with police across the country Tuesday, leading to at least three deaths and leaving several wounded.

Op-Ed: Turkey's shameful ISIS deal on brink of massacre of Kurds

As ISIS terrorists moved into the Syrian city of Kobani to begin a likely massacre of Kurds, it was revealed that Turkey had made a deal with the group to free Ankara’s diplomats held hostage in Mosul, Iraq.

Kurds watch from Turkey the battle for 'heart of Kurdistan'

Yildiz - The blasts over the Syrian town of Kobane as Kurdish fighters battle Islamic State (IS) jihadists can be clearly seen and felt the short distance away over the Turkish border.

Op-Ed: Turkey reneging on promise to confront IS

Ankara - Instead of launching tanks to hit ISIS targets 10 miles away, Turkey President Recep Tayyap Erdogan has gotten into an argument with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Erdogan declares he is 'increasingly against Internet': CPJ

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, known for his suspicion of new technology, declared he was "increasingly against the Internet every day" as he defended curbs on online freedoms, a journalists' rights group who met with him said Friday.

Top court overturns law tightening Turkey's Internet controls

Istanbul - Turkey's top court on Thursday overturned parts of a law that granted the country's telecoms authority more powers to monitor online users and block websites.

Turkish parliament authorises military action in Syria, Iraq

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Thursday gave the government the green light to deploy Turkish armed forces to combat Islamist jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Op-Ed: Turkey approves attacking ISIS

Ankara - The Turkish parliament approved attacking ISIS terrorists in a vote Thursday night. It was unclear when tanks would begin rolling but it was only a few miles to the city of Kobani, surrounded by jihadists who had already decapitated ten people.
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Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
Some of the shops in Taksim were closed because of protests
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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 bad bus in Istanbul that wouldn t wait for me
The bad bus in Istanbul that wouldn't wait for me
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The lighthouse at the yacht harbor s entrance
The lighthouse at the yacht harbor's entrance
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Union protesters march peacefully through downtown Izmit  near Istanbul
Union protesters march peacefully through downtown Izmit, near Istanbul
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My students enjoyed coffee by the cafe s fireplace
My students enjoyed coffee by the cafe's fireplace
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The Turkish bride who met her husband during the Gezi Park protests wears a hardhat over her veil
The Turkish bride who met her husband during the Gezi Park protests wears a hardhat over her veil
The Blaze
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and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
and looked down at the Greenpark Hotel
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You can ride the tram through Taksim  beside consulates  Victorian buildings  and modern shops
You can ride the tram through Taksim, beside consulates, Victorian buildings, and modern shops
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Views northward of the Bosporus that connects Asia and Europe in Istanbul (from the Bosporus Bridge)
Views northward of the Bosporus that connects Asia and Europe in Istanbul (from the Bosporus Bridge)
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The castle wall with view of the Marmara Sea
The castle wall with view of the Marmara Sea
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Watch the people on the path
Watch the people on the path
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Sailing past Hydarpasha train station
Sailing past Hydarpasha train station
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Further up the road  you can see the cliff-top castle above the Mediterranean coast
Further up the road, you can see the cliff-top castle above the Mediterranean coast
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Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips  wedding dresses  and Tulip Er...
Come to Turkey in early spring and see for yourself the lovely tulips, wedding dresses, and Tulip Era artistry
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Details of the ceiling at Topkapi Palace
Details of the ceiling at Topkapi Palace
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Lilacs in a graceful Turkish tea glass
Lilacs in a graceful Turkish tea glass
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The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found  in Greek  about the Christians killed ...
The garden behind the gallery where an inscription was found, in Greek, about the Christians killed in Nicomedia in the Fourth Century A.D.
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You can also ride a motorbike up Castle Hill
You can also ride a motorbike up Castle Hill
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Ak Party Prime Minister Erdogan places his banner next to Ataturk at the Kocaeli Book Fair in 2012. ...
Ak Party Prime Minister Erdogan places his banner next to Ataturk at the Kocaeli Book Fair in 2012. This is the photo that almost got me arrested in Turkey.
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