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Turkey says U.S. embassy Jerusalem opening in May 'extremely worrying'

Feb 24, 2018 - 8:25 PM

Ankara says the decision showed the US does not hear, 'and worse still, does not care about the voice of the international community’s conscience'

'WORRYING.' Turkey says the United States' decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem is 'extremely worrying'. AFP file photo

Syria, Russia pound rebel enclave, put clinic out of service

Feb 21, 2018 - 1:34 PM

At least 250 civilians have been killed since the escalation began on Sunday, February 18, among them dozens of children, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says

UNDER ASSAULT. Smoke rises from buildings following bombardment on the village of Mesraba in the rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on February 19, 2018. Hamza Al-Ajweh/AFP

Turkey considers chemical castration for child abusers

Feb 20, 2018 - 11:21 PM

Chemical castration, which involves using drugs to reduce libido, does not prevent a person from experiencing sexual urges indefinitely

Turkey, U.S. to 'work together' in Syria after crisis

Feb 16, 2018 - 11:51 PM

'We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing another,' US State Secretary Rex Tillerson says after the talks. 'We will work together... we have good mechanisms on how we can achieve this,' he adds.

WORKING TOGETHER. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) shake hands during a press conference following their meeting in Ankara on February 16, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

2 pilots killed in Turkey military training jet crash

Feb 16, 2018 - 5:56 PM

The plane's debris and the bodies of the pilots are found by search and rescue teams 3 kilometers (less than two miles) from the base

Donors pledge $30B for Iraq reconstruction at Kuwait conference

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:41 AM

76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges

PICKING UP THE PIECES. A general view taken on February 14, 2018 shows Iraqis reconstructing a damaged street in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Ahmad Muwafaq/AFP

11 Turkish troops killed in deadliest day of Kurdish offensive in Syria

Feb 11, 2018 - 9:54 AM

The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria

Erdogan rejects option of partnership with EU

Feb 04, 2018 - 10:20 PM

Erdogan: 'We want full membership [in the EU]. Other options are not satisfactory.'

NO TO EU PARTNERSHIP. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during his party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on January 30, 2018. Adem Altan

Turkey says Assad must go 'at some point'

Feb 03, 2018 - 11:31 PM

But there needs to be a 'political transition in Syria', leading to a new constitution and elections, says President Erdogan's spokesperson

ASSAD. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo from AFP

Pressing Syria offensive, Turkey urges U.S. pullback

Jan 27, 2018 - 9:40 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin

Turkey detains 24 over 'terror propaganda' against Syria operation

Jan 22, 2018 - 5:30 PM

Those detained are accused of making propaganda for the Syrian Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) militia, deemed a terror group by Ankara and the target of Turkey's operation

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony on November 24, 2016 File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkish jets pound Kurdish militia in new Syria offensive

Jan 21, 2018 - 8:16 AM

The launch comes despite warnings that the operation could be militarily tough against an already battle-hardened foe and complicate relations with both Washington and Moscow

WITH TURKEY'S BLESSING. Turkish-backed fighters from the Free Syrian Army stand in the Tal Malid area, north of Aleppo, as they fire towards Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) positions in the village of Um al-Hosh, in the area of Afrin, on January 20, 2018. Nazeer al-Khatib/AFP

Russia voices concern over Turkey operation in Syria

Jan 21, 2018 - 12:45 AM

Russia said its troops were withdrawing from the area "to prevent potential provocation and exclude the threat to the life and wellbeing of Russian military"

OPERATION. In this file photo, smoke rises on November 13, 2014 after shelling in the Syrian city of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish border village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

Erdogan: Turkey has 'de-facto' launched ground operation on Syria's Afrin

Jan 20, 2018 - 8:49 PM

Turkey has sent dozens of military vehicles and hundreds of troops to the border area amid repeated threats from top officials that an operation could be launched soon

RECEP TAYYIP ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ground operations to oust Kurdish militia in Syria has begun. Photo by Adem Altan/ AFP

Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

Jan 20, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Turkey accuses the YPG of being the Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a rebellion in the Turkish southeast for more than 3 decades

ERDOGAN. A banner bearing the Turkish flag and a picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seen hanging from a building while Syrians wave rebel flags during a demonstration below in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria on January 19, 2018, in support of a joint rebel and Turkish military operation against Syrian-Kurdish forces in Afrin. Photo by Nazeer al-Khatib / AFP

HRW report hails resistance to Trump-style populism

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:45 PM

In its annual report, Human Rights Watch tracks unchecked abuse in unstable states like Syria and Myanmar, authoritarian trends in powers like Turkey and China – and also weighs in on year one of Trump's White House

RESIST. In this file photo, NYC Coalition to Resist US President Donald Trump holds Inauguration Day protest and march to the Trump Building on Wall Street, January 20, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Turkish President Erdogan to visit Pope Francis on February 5

Jan 16, 2018 - 10:59 PM

The Argentine pope met Erdogan during his trip to Turkey in November 2014. The return visit will be the first by a Turkish president since 1959.

ERDOGAN AND THE POPE. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Pope Francis upon his arrival for a meeting at the presidential palace in Ankara on November 28, 2014. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkish passenger plane skids off runway onto seaside cliff

Jan 15, 2018 - 9:13 AM

The cause of the incident was unknown but an investigation is under way

OFF THE RUNWAY. A Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737 passenger plane is seen struck in mud on an embankment, a day after skidding off the airstrip, after landing at Trabzon's airport on the Black Sea coast on January 14, 2018. Stringer/Ilhas News Agency/AFP

German, Turkish top diplomats vow to heal ties

Jan 06, 2018 - 10:32 PM

'We have both given ourselves the task to do everything to overcome the difficulties in German-Turkish relations," said German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who hosted his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, at his home

SIGMAR AND MEVLUT. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L) talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu during his visit on January 6, 2018 in Goslar, central Germany. Photo by Swen Pförtner/AFP

Pro-regime rallies in Tehran increase as U.S. imposes sanctions

Jan 06, 2018 - 12:15 AM

For a third straight day, there were large pro-government rallies, this time in 40 locations around Tehran province and several cities after Friday prayers though authorities declared the unrest over

PRO-REGIME. Pro-government demonstrators hold a poster of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and shout slogans during a march following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in Tehran on January 5, 2018. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Journalist and judge clash in Turkey opposition newspaper trial

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:23 PM

Monday's hearing is one of the angriest exchanges so far in the trial on terror charges of 17 current and former writers, cartoonists and executives from Cumhuriyet

Turkey dismisses over 2,700 in post-coup purges

Dec 24, 2017 - 6:08 PM

(UPDATED) A total of 2,756 people were removed from different bodies including the interior, foreign and defense ministries

Turkey accuses new Austria government of 'racist approaches'

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:27 PM

The landmark coalition deal, marking the return to power in Austria of the Freedom Party, has sparked ripples of concern throughout Europe after a year of successes for far-right movements

CHANCELLOR-ELECT. In this file photo, Sebastian Kurz attends a television debate about the Austrian general elections in Vienna on October 15, 2017. File photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Erdogan seeks to galvanise Muslim leaders over Jerusalem

Dec 13, 2017 - 10:15 AM

Erdogan, whose country holds the rotating chairmanship of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is hoping to unite often feuding Muslim leaders into a tough final statement on the move

SEEKING UNITY. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

On Mideast trip, Putin orders partial withdrawal from Syria

Dec 12, 2017 - 7:03 AM

This comes after Vladimir Putin said last month that efforts to end the war are entering a 'new stage' as the focus shifts from military intervention to political reforms

IN CAIRO. Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on during a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart (unseen) following their talks at the presidential palace in the capital Cairo on December 11, 2017. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

Did Santa Claus really exist? Ancient relic offers new clue

Dec 09, 2017 - 12:20 AM

The legend of Father Christmas began in the 16th century at a time when stories about St Nicholas became popular

I SAW SANTA. A man dressed as Santa Claus prepares to hand over Christmas trees to ship crews at the port of Hamburg, northern Germany, on December 8, 2017. Christmas trees are traditionally offered to crews of ships in the port of the Hanseatic city to bring a festive atmosphere on board. Photo by Axel Heimken / dpa / AFP

Naples pizza-making wins UNESCO heritage status

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:45 PM

The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures

WORLD HERITAGE. Members of the Pizzaioli Acrobats Coldiretti perform 'twirling' pizza to celebrate the Unesco decision to make the art of Neapolitan 'Pizzaiuolo' an 'intangible heritage,' on December 7, 2017 in Naples.  Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Trump Jerusalem move triggers Palestinian unrest

Dec 07, 2017 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) Sporadic clashes break out between Palestinians and Israeli forces, as Israel deploys hundreds more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout

ANGER IN GAZA. Palestinian protestors burn the Israeli flag and a poster of US President Donald Trump following his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017. Mohammed Abed/AFP

Erdogan says Turkey cannot be 'condemned by courts' in U.S.

Dec 02, 2017 - 11:11 PM

Turkish-Iranian gold trader Reza Zarrab tells a court Turkey president Recep Tayyip Erdogan authorized two Turkish banks to circumvent sanctions and launder money from Iran

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he delivers a speech at the Bestepe National Congress And Culture Center in Ankara, on October 12, 2016. File photo by Adem Altan/APF

UN aims to restart Syria talks with unified opposition

Nov 26, 2017 - 9:51 AM

The UN-brokered talks to end the war that has killed more than 340,000 people since 2011 have achieved little through 7 previous rounds

IN RUINS. In this file photo, a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US special forces, talks on the radio near Raqa's stadium as they clear the last positions on the frontline on October 16, 2017 in the Islamic State (ISIS) group jihadists crumbling stronghold. Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey expects Trump to 'keep promise' not to arm Syria Kurds

Nov 25, 2017 - 11:16 PM

Washington views the Kurdish YPG militia as the most effective fighting force on the ground against ISIS, but Ankara sees them as 'terrorists' linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party

VERSUS ISIS. Members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, patrol next to boats at the Lake Assad on April 29, 2017, as they advance in their battle for the Islamic State's (IS) stronghold in nearby Raqa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Putin urges 'compromise' ahead of new Syria peace talks

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:15 AM

New talks should happen soon, Putin says after a summit with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, insisting that they will reinvigorate a hobbled peace process

PUSH FOR SYRIA PEACE. Russian President Vladimir Putin (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pose during a trilateral meeting on Syria in Sochi on November 22, 2017. Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik/AFP

Putin meets Assad ahead of Syria talks with Turkey and Iran

Nov 21, 2017 - 2:31 PM

(UPDATED) Russia's president Vladimir Putin met with his embattled Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, the Kremlin says

SOCHI MEETING. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), accompanied by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (R), meets with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad (2nd L) in Sochi on November 20, 2017. Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:40 PM

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg has told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that the actions of the individual in question 'do not reflect the views of NATO'

NATO CHIEF. In this file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. Photo by Thierry Charlier/AFP

Ex-Trump aide Flynn probed over secret Turkey dealings – reports

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:20 AM

Lawyers for Michael Flynn label the allegations 'outrageous' and 'false'

PROBED. In this file photo, Michael Flynn speaks at the US Institute of Peace in Washington DC. Photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Human rights activists released from Turkish jail

Oct 26, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Eight human rights activists, including Amnesty International's Turkey director Idil Eser, were greeted by celebrating relatives and supporters as they were released from jail near Istanbul

FREE. Activist Peter Steudtner (2nd R) of Germany and Ali Gharavi (2nd L) of Sweden talk to the media after their release from Silivri prison in Istanbul on October 26, 2017. Yasin Akgul/AFP

Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding

Oct 20, 2017 - 2:05 PM

In the latest round of a bitter spat between Berlin and Ankara, the powerful German leader says it is important the EU acted in unity to defend its values

TURKEY AND EU. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Syria demands 'immediate' withdrawal of Turkey troops

Oct 15, 2017 - 12:11 AM

Turkish troops entered Idlib on October 12 as part of efforts to enforce a so-called 'de-escalation zone' agreed by rebel backer Ankara and regime allies Russia and Iran

TURKEY MILITARY. Turkey-backed Syrian rebels are preparing for an operation to oust jihadists from the northwestern province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

NATO chief urges U.S., Turkey to 'find solutions' to row

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:33 PM

'We are always ready to help, but I know there are direct contacts so I am certain Turkey and the United States are talking to each other directly and addressing some of this disputes,' NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JEN STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference with chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on November 9, 2016. File photo by Thierry Charlier

Growing evidence detainees tortured in Turkey – HRW

Oct 12, 2017 - 5:10 PM

The US-based watchdog cites 'credible evidence' of 11 cases of serious abuse including severe beatings, sexual assault, or the threat of sexual assault as well as threats and being stripped naked

WSJ says Turkey reporter convicted of 'terror propaganda'

Oct 11, 2017 - 6:07 PM

Journalist Ayla Albayrak, who is currently in New York, is sentenced in Turkey to two years and one month in prison, the Journal said on Tuesday, October 10

Erdogan steps up U.S. row with ambassador boycott

Oct 11, 2017 - 8:21 AM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey no longer regards outgoing envoy John Bass as the US representative to Turkey after American missions in the country stopped issuing visas

QUIET. A woman walks in front of the United State Embassy in Ankara, on October 9, 2017 as United States and Turkey mutually suspended visa services.  Adem Altan/AFP

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

Turkey troops, Syria jihadists clash ahead of expected incursion

Oct 08, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Turkey seeks to oust Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda, from the province of Idlib

Turkish tanks are arriving at the Iskenderun train-port on October 7, 2017 at Iskendurun district in Hatay. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 7, 2017 said pro-Ankara Syrian rebels were staging a new military operation in Syria's jihadist-controlled Idlib province. / AFP PHOTO / DOGAN NEWS AGENCY / STRINGER / Turkey OUT

Turkey-backed rebels in new Syria operation – Erdogan

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) The move comes as Turkey along with Russia and Iran prepare to set up a so-called 'de-escalation' zone in Idlib in line with accords in peace talks in Astana aimed at ending the Syrian civil war

NEW SYRIA OPERATION. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says pro-Ankara Syrian rebels are staging a new military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. File photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Turkey sentences 40 to life in jail over Erdogan death plot

Oct 04, 2017 - 9:14 PM

(UPDATED) The convicted defendants include former brigadier general Gokhan Sahin Sonmezates, who was accused of directing the plot

ERDOGAN. Turkish President and Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on October 3, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan /AFP

Social media and democracy: Optimism fades as fears rise

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Fears grow over how social media may have been manipulated to disrupt the US election, and over how authoritarian governments are using the networks to clamp down on dissent

Erdogan, Putin agree joint push to end Syria war

Sep 29, 2017 - 8:41 AM

President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to push for the creation of a 'de-escalation' zone in Syria's key northern province of Idlib, currently controlled by jihadists

Tensions rise after Iraq Kurds' independence vote

Sep 26, 2017 - 10:25 AM

The vote in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq and some disputed areas is non-binding and will not lead automatically to independence, but is seen by the Kurds as a major step towards a long-cherished dream of statehood

CELEBRATION. Iraqi Kurds wave the Kurdish flag as they celebrate in the streets of the northern city of Arbil on September 25, 2017 following a referendum on independence. Safin Hamed/AFP

Top Turkey journalist released after almost year in jail

Sep 26, 2017 - 9:55 AM

The judge rules that Kadri Gursel, one of Turkey's most respected journalists, could go free after 11 months in jail though he remains on trial on charges of links to terror groups

FREE AGAIN. Turkish cartoonist Musa Kart (L) embraces Kadri Gursel (2nd L) as the representative of the international rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Turkey, Erol Onderoglu (R), holds his hand after the Gursel's release from Silivri prison on September 26, 2017 in Istanbul. Yasin Akgul/AFP