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Turkey, U.S. agree 'joint operation center' for north Syria

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:59 AM

The agreement contains no details on the size and nature of the safe zone, but aims to provide some breathing room after Turkey had threatened an imminent attack on the Kurdish YPG group

SAFE HAVEN. A Syrian refugee girl weeps as families board busses returning to neighboring Syria on August 6, 2019, in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Erdogan in lose-lose situation after Istanbul vote – analysts

Jun 21, 2019 - 1:39 PM

Istanbul's voting public will re-run its mayoral election on Sunday, June 23

ELECTIONS AGAIN. Istanbul will vote for a mayor for the second time in three months on June 23, 2019 as the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) fights to win back the city after a shock defeat in March. Photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

How were maritime collisions dealt with before?

Jun 20, 2019 - 3:16 PM

As the Philippines works on resolving the issue of China and the sunken Gem-Ver, here's how we and other countries ironed things out in the past

Turkish election body sticks to disputed Istanbul rerun decision

May 09, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The election board has voided the opposition Republican People's Party narrow victory in Turkey's biggest city and economic hub Istanbul and ordered a replay of the vote

RERUN. Protesters chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, on May 8, 2019, following a decision by the authorities to re-run the city's mayoral election. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Erdogan welcomes controversial rerun of Istanbul vote

May 07, 2019 - 9:53 PM

The loss of Istanbul, the country's economic hub, was a shocking defeat for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party

RERUN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party lost the mayorship of Turkey's biggest city by a narrow margin and has refused to accept defeat. File photo by AFP

Istanbul police open probes over vote 'irregularities'

May 02, 2019 - 6:21 PM

More than 100 election officials have been summoned as part of the inquiries across 3 districts in Turkey's biggest city, according to state news agency Anadolu

ISTANBUL ELECTION. Supporters of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party candidate Ekrem Imamoglu cheer after Turkish election officials officially confirmed his win as Istanbul mayor on April 17, 2019 as they wait outside Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality hall for Imamoglu's arrival for a handover ceremony. File photo by Yasin Akgul/AFP

UAE spy suspect found 'hanged' in Turkish prison

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:49 PM

The suspect is found dead in Silivri prison, on the outskirts of Istanbul, state news agency Anadolu reports

Turkey opposition win in disputed Istanbul vote confirmed – party

Apr 17, 2019 - 11:58 PM

The loss of the capital Ankara and Istanbul to the Republican People's Party is a major setback for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling AKP after a decade and a half in power

OPPOSITION WIN. Candidate of main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu (C) arrives to receive his mandate certificate from authorities at the local courthouse in Istanbul on April 17, 2019. Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey jails academic after raids over imprisoned philanthropist

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:19 PM

All suspects, including those released, remain accused of 'creating chaos and mayhem' and 'seeking to overthrow the government' in 2013 anti-government protests

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Turkish president Erdogan says they still have more evidence about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs’ Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017, as part of the events held to mark one year since the July 15 defeat of the failed coup bid. Turkey on July 15 marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "chop off the heads" of traitors. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Murder of Khashoggi 'premeditated,' says Saudi prosecutor

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A statement from Saudi Arabia public prosecutor says: 'Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated'

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

How Turkey says the Khashoggi murder happened

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Here's a timeline of how the Khashoggi murder unfolded according to Turkey's president

Turkish police officers stand guard as they cordon off the area around an underground car park on October 22, 2018 in Istanbul, as forensics and investigation officers came to check a Saudi diplomatic vehicle. Turkey on Monday said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was "savagely planned" as pro-government media published new claims targeting powerful Crown Prince over the killing. OZAN KOSE / AFP

Erdogan wants Istanbul trial over 'planned' Khashoggi murder

Oct 23, 2018 - 6:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Turkish president says the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was 'a political murder'

NAKED TRUTH. File photo shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Photo by Adem Altan /AFP

Turkish police search Saudi consulate again in Khashoggi case

Oct 18, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Turkish police also carry out a search of the residence of the Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, a day after he flew out of Istanbul for Riyadh

KHASHOGGI. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Istanbul police search Saudi consul's residence in Khashoggi probe

Oct 17, 2018 - 10:48 PM

Turkish police start searching the residence of the Saudi consul to look into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

SEARCHING. A Turkish police officer opens the door of Saudi Consul's residence on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Freed U.S. pastor flying home from Turkey after case sparked crisis

Oct 13, 2018 - 12:08 AM

(UPDATED) Andrew Brunson is released taking into account time served and his good conduct during the trial, with the court lifting his house arrest and overseas travel ban

HOME SOON. In this undated file photo made available by the Dogan News Agency on March 13, 2018 Andrew Brunson, a US pastor, is photographed in Izmir. DHA/AFP

Turkish police believe journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Oct 07, 2018 - 1:09 PM

The state-run Saudi Press Agency says an unnamed official at the Istanbul consulate denied the reports of Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder

KILLED? This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:37 PM

Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents and has not appeared since

MISSING. In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, the Washington Post reported. Khashoggi, a former government advisor who went into self-imposed exile in the United States last year to avoid possible arrest, has been critical of some of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH

Turkey puts jailed U.S. pastor under house arrest

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:04 PM

Andrew Brunson's detention is a symbol of the problematic relationship between NATO allies Turkey and the US. News news of his release into house arrest boosts the Turkish lira, which gained almost 1% in value against the dollar.

ANDREW BRUNSON. In this undated file photo made available by the Dogan News Agency on March 13, 2018 Andrew Brunson, a US pastor, is photographed in Izmir. File photo by DHA/AFP

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency

Jul 18, 2018 - 2:38 PM

But the opposition is angered by the government's submission of new legislation to parliament that apparently seeks to formalize some of the harshest aspects of the emergency

COUP ANNIVERSARY. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at a ceremony site on "July 15 Martyrs Bridge" (Bosphorus Bridge) in Istanbul on July 15, 2018. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds hurt

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:56 PM

Turkey's transport ministry says the train was carrying 362 passengers when it derailed as recent heavy downpours caused the ground beneath the track to erode away

This photo take on July 8, 2018 shows a derailed train following a train accident at Corlu district, in Tekirdag. Ten people were killed and 73 injured on July 8 when a train packed with weekend passengers derailed in northwest Turkey, sate-run TRT Haber television said, quoting the health ministry. DHA / AFP

Europe's largest wooden building awaits salvation off Istanbul

May 28, 2018 - 10:34 PM

Built at the end of the 19th century, this unique 6-storey structure once served as a home for Greek Orthodox orphans until it was shut down in the early 1960s

WOODEN. Piet Jaspaert, vice president of Europa Nostra heritage organization poses in front of the old Prinkipo Greek Orthodox orphanage at Princes island in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Chaos and color in Labor Day rallies across the globe

May 02, 2018 - 8:25 AM

Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday

EFFIGY BURNING. Dutertemonyo effigy burning as part of International Labor Day commemoration led by Kilusang Mayo Uno in Mendiola. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Recognize East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital – Islamic leaders

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas warns that the United States no longer has a role to play in the peace process

HIS HIGHNESS. File photo of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaking during a meeting of the Saudi-Iraqi Bilateral Coordination Council in the capital Riyadh on October 22, 2017. Photo by Alex Brandon/POOL/AFP

Turkey says U.S. to lift laptop ban on Istanbul-origin flights

Jul 04, 2017 - 9:44 PM

Its removal would come after Turkey began using highly sophisticated tomography devices for X ray and ultrasound at Istanbul s Ataturk International Airport

Turkey police break up Gay Pride protest in Istanbul

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:35 AM

UPDATED It is the 3rd year in a row that the parade for LGBT rights has been banned by Turkish authorities

A plain-clothes police officer kicks a member of a group of LGBT rights activist as Turkish police prevent them from going ahead with a Gay Pride annual parade on June 25, 2017 in Istanbul, a day after it was banned by the city governor's office. Police fired rubber bullets at a group of around 40 activists, an AFP journalist reported, a day after the city governor's office banned the parade citing safety and public order concerns. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC

Turkey detains over 750 in anti-ISIS raids – state media

Feb 06, 2017 - 5:49 PM

The operation comes just over a month after 39 people mainly foreigners were killed on New Year s night when a gunman went on the rampage inside a plush Istanbul nightclub

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Suspected Istanbul New Year gunman 'confesses'

Jan 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

3rd UPDATE The terrorist confessed his crime Istanbul governor Vasip Sahin tells reporters identifying the detained man as Abdulgadir Masharipov born in Uzbekistan

CAUGHT. This file handout photo released by the Turkish police and taken from Dogan News Agency on January 2, 2017 shows the main suspect in the Reina nightclub rampage  in Istanbul. Dogan News Agency / Turkish Police / AFP

Hundreds more flights cancelled as snow blankets Istanbul

Jan 08, 2017 - 7:30 PM

Flag carrier Turkish Airlines cancels over 600 flights until Sunday evening January 8

A picture taken on January 7, 2016 shows planes during heavy snowfalls at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul. Several airlines cancelled dozens of flights from Istanbul's Ataturk and Sabiha Gokçen airports due to poor weather condition in the city, according to local media. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Heavy snowfall paralyzes Istanbul

Jan 07, 2017 - 6:17 PM

Turkish Airlines cancels around 500 flights while the coastguard halts shipping traffic through the Bosphorus Strait

WHITEOUT. A picture taken on January 7, 2016 shows planes during heavy snowfalls at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Kyrgyzstan probing whether citizen involved in Istanbul attack

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:45 PM

The foreign ministry in Kyrgyzstan says it was improbable that one of its nationals was involved but said it was checking anyway

MANHUNT. This handout video grab taken from CCTV and released on January 2, 2017 by Haber Turk Gazete newspaper shows an gunman carrying out an attack on the Reina nightclub, on the bank of the Bosphorus, in Istanbul on January 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / CCTV / STRINGER

Mengapa ISIS menyerang klub malam Reina di Turki?

Jan 03, 2017 - 4:46 PM

Pelaku menghabiskan 4 magazen peluru untuk menembak pengunjung klub Reina Istanbul pada Minggu dini hari 1 Januari

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ISIS claims Istanbul night club shooting

Jan 02, 2017 - 8:58 PM

On social media ISIS says one of the soldiers of the caliphate had carried out the attack on the Istanbul night club

WORK OF ISIS? This handout video grab taken from CCTV and released on January 2, 2017 by Haber Turk Gazete newspaper shows an gunman carrying out an attack on the Reina nightclub, on the bank of the Bosphorus, in Istanbul on January 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / CCTV / STRINGER

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Manhunt after Istanbul nightclub massacre kills 39

Jan 02, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The shooting spree at the waterside Reina nightclub erupted when 2017 in Turkey was just 75 minutes old

IN MEMORIAM. People lay flowers in front of the Reina night on January 1, 2017 in Istanbul, after a gunman killed 39 people, including many foreigners, in a rampage at an upmarket nightclub in Istanbul where revellers were celebrating the New Year. Photo by Yasin Agkul/AFP

Istanbul attack revives terror jitters in New Year

Jan 01, 2017 - 1:46 PM

People around the world gathered to kick start the new year but attacks during celebrations in Turkey and Iraq serve as a reminder of the constant threat of terrorism

'We walked on top of people': Istanbul attack witness

Jan 01, 2017 - 1:04 PM

A New Year’s reveler present at ‘Santa’ attack in an Istanbul nightclub describes the horror he saw

Turkey nightclub attack: What we know

Jan 01, 2017 - 11:07 AM

UPDATED Here is what we know about the massacre the latest to rock Turkey after a bloody 2016

Istanbul nightclub 'Santa attack' kills 39

Jan 01, 2017 - 8:34 AM

UPDATED At least one gunman shot dead a policeman and a civilian at the entrance to the Reina nightclub one of the city s most exclusive party spots and then went on a shooting rampage inside

Car bombing kills 13 Turkish soldiers

Dec 17, 2016 - 3:15 PM

3rd UPDATE A total of 48 soldiers were wounded in the attack which struck when the soldiers were being taken from their barracks by bus on a weekend shopping trip

Turkey defiant as Kurdish militants claim Istanbul carnage

Dec 11, 2016 - 8:12 AM

5th UPDATE Of the 38 fatalities in the twin attacks in Istanbul 30 are police officers

Turkish police officers and forensic work next to damaged police vehicles and cars on the site where a car bomb exploded near the stadium of football club Besiktas in central Istanbul on December 10, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP

Gay Syrian man mutilated, beheaded in Istanbul – association

Aug 04, 2016 - 9:55 PM

His killing is not widely reported in Turkish media other than in a handful of leftist publications citing Kaos GL There is no official confirmation he was killed for being gay

Turkey can hold suspects without charge for up to 30 days

Jul 23, 2016 - 3:17 PM

More than 1 000 private schools and 1 229 associations and foundations will be shut down under the state of emergency

STATE OF EMERGENCY. Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags and holding a poster depicting him that reads 'Star of Democracy' as they shout slogans during a demonstration against the July 15 failed coup attempt, at Fatih, in Istanbul, Turkey, July 21, 2016. File photo by Cem Turkel/EPA

PM Yildirim: Kondisi Turki sudah kondusif

Jul 16, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Upaya kudeta gagal terlaksana pasca 30 pasukan militer Turki menyerah di Plasa Taksim

TENTANG KUDETA. Para pendukung Presiden Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan berfoto di sebuah jalan di Plasa Taksim di Istanbul, Turki pada Sabtu, 16 Juli. Foto oleh Sedat Suna/EPA

17 more charged over Istanbul airport attack

Jul 05, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Seventeen people including 11 Russians have been charged over the Istanbul airport attack bringing to 30 the total number charged in connection with the suicide assault

AFTERMATH. People carry a coffin covered with Turkish national flag of Hamidullah Safar on June 30, 2016 during his funeral two days after he was killed by a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's Ataturk airport, killing 42 people. Photo by Ozan Kose / AFP

LINI MASA: Serangan teror di seluruh dunia dalam sepekan terakhir

Jul 05, 2016 - 4:35 PM

Dalam tujuh hari setidaknya tujuh kota diguncang serangan teror Mulai dari Selangor hingga Madinah

TEROR BOM. Sebuah foto yang menunjukkan asap hitam menyembul ke udara usai terjadi ledakan bom bunuh diri di halaman parkir dekat Masjid Nabawi, Madinah, Arab Saudi pada Senin, 4 Juli. Foto oleh EPA/SPA

Istanbul airport bombers 'planned hostage-taking'

Jul 01, 2016 - 7:32 PM

The pro government Sabah newspaper reported that the attackers scouted the scene and planned to take dozens of passengers hostage inside

LIMBO. People stand outside the entrance as they leave the airport after two explosions followed by gunfire hit Turkey's biggest airport of Ataturk in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016. Ozan Kose/AFP