Here is a round-up of some of the biggest events on the annual workers' holiday
(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the 3 countries 'must help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists'
European Union President Donald Tusk says improved relations would depend on progress on issues, including the rule of law and press freedom as well as Syria
(UPDATED) The report cautions that the extraordinary powers handed to the authorities following the failed coup attempt had caused 'a continued erosion of the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation'
Meanwhile, Ankara-backed rebels advance against the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria
'Turkey's problems are not resolved just because we are set free. As journalists, our mission is to do our job fearlessly as we did before,' says Sabuncu
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The Ankara prosecutor says 12 suspects had been detained after it issued 20 arrest warrants as part of an operation against ISIS, state news agency Anadolu reports
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the strikes on Kafr Janna were the third such raid on loyalist fighters in the enclave in less than 48 hours
The court in the southern province of Adiyaman convicted the janitor after it was found he raped children and would sneak into some of the pupils' beds, Hurriyet daily says
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'
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
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'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.
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
76 countries, numerous international funds and global organizations and hundreds of investors have made pledges
The fatalities follow Turkey sending troops and launching air strikes against Kurdish militia in Northern Syria
Erdogan: 'We want full membership [in the EU]. Other options are not satisfactory.'
But there needs to be a 'political transition in Syria', leading to a new constitution and elections, says President Erdogan's spokesperson
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to expand the offensive against the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to Manbij, east of Afrin
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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.
The cause of the incident was unknown but an investigation is under way
'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
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
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
(UPDATED) A total of 2,756 people were removed from different bodies including the interior, foreign and defense ministries
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
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
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
The legend of Father Christmas began in the 16th century at a time when stories about St Nicholas became popular
The art of the 'pizzaiuolo' joins UNESCO's list of 'intangible heritage,' securing the coveted status alongside a host of cultural treasures
(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
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
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
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
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
(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
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'
Lawyers for Michael Flynn label the allegations 'outrageous' and 'false'
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
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
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
'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
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