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'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.

Erdogan says US airdrops to Kobane 'wrong'

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday criticised as "wrong" the airdrops of ammunition and weapons by US planes to Kurdish fighters battling jihadists in the Syrian town of Kobane.

Jailed PKK leader sees better chance for peace deal with Turkey

Istanbul - The jailed leader of Turkey's outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) said he saw a better chance for a peace deal with Ankara, despite Kurdish protests over Turkish inaction in Syria.

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.
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Maiden Tower rises near the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul  as I cross by on a ferry
Maiden Tower rises near the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, as I cross by on a ferry
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Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
Alanya Castle above the Mediterranean Sea
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A fresco clings to ancient stone
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Turkish shoe maker
Turkish shoe maker
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A cafe at the town of Çanakkale
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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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Or pose for a photo inside the waterfall cave
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We passed more hotels in Kaleici
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As the storm calmed, the sea became a mix of black and white
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Demonstrators in Istanbul, Turkey
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We stopped at this point
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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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Colors returned as the storm passed
Colors returned as the storm passed
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Traditional Turkish markets also sell modern goods in the Old Castle section of Antalya
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A graceful cup of Turkish tea reflects outside lights
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White wedding high heels
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Stuffing turkey breasts.
Stuffing turkey breasts.
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Type of helicopter used in Turkey.
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Wooden eagles by the Kar Tepe mountain's ski resort
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