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Details Revealed in Chilling Plot to Kill Anti-ISIS Activists in Turkey

SANLIURFA, Turkey — The double murder achieved its goal. It sent the message that, even here in the relative safety of Turkey, ISIS and its supporters can reach its critics.<p>The bodies of 22-year-old Ibrahim Abdel Qader and 20-year-old Fares Hammadi were found early Friday in an apartment in the …

Turkey lashes out at pope, EU over Armenia genocide comments

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey was on the defensive Wednesday, lashing out at both Pope Francis and the European Union's legislature for their descriptions …

Turkey is 'playing a dangerous game' with ISIS — and what comes next could make it worse

And what happens next will determine just how messy Ankara's Syria policy has become.<p>This week's dramatic reversal came after a suicide bomber killed 32 activists in the southeastern town of Suruc, just across the border from the embattled city of Kobani, Syria. The bombing was tied to the Islamic …

Diyarbakir prepares to vote: 'There is no joy in the runup to these elections'

Air of resignation in Turkish city ahead of national elections, as pro-Kurdish HDP, whose rallies have been bombed, tell of police harassment<p>A few months ago, the streets of Diyarbakir, in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish south-east, were alive with celebration. The leftist, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ …

Middle East

Turkey has killed 2,000 militants at home and abroad: Erdogan | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has killed around 2,000 militants in recent operations inside and outside its borders and the operations will continue, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.<p>Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan gives a speech during an inauguration ceremony of a water pipeline project …

Turkey's Critical Elections: Sink or Swim

There is absolutely no doubt that Turkey will have its make-or-break election on Sunday.<p>More than any other collective choice on politics, the upcoming polls will be a referendum on whether or not the voters will give the go-ahead for a power grab so meticulously, cunningly and daringly designed by …

The End of the Turkish Model

Erdogan’s moderate Islamist AKP party promised reform and growth but has turned instead to consolidating power<p>Five years ago, Turkey was a beacon of hope for the troubled Middle East—not only one of the world’s fastest-growing economies but also the biggest success story in the Muslim world. Edging …

South Asia

Anti-Islamic State activist and his friend beheaded in Turkey

BEIRUT — A prominent member of a secretive monitoring group in Syria that works to expose Islamic State atrocities in the war-ravaged country was found dead Friday along with a friend in southern Turkey, activists said.<p>Members of the group, known as Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, accused the …

Turkish PM Davutoglu says downed drone was Russian-made: TV | Reuters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A drone shot down by Turkish warplanes in Turkish air space near Syria on Friday was Russian-made, but Moscow has told Ankara the unmanned aircraft did not belong to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday.<p>A still photograph used in a video shows a downed drone in …

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: I want to be like Queen of UK

The former prime minister says rather than seeking to gain more powers, he wants to be like Queen Elizabeth II<p>Despite living in the <b>world's biggest residential palace</b> that cost £384 million, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan insists he is <b>not seeking to be a sultan</b>, but more like the British Queen.<p>The Turkish …

The ISIS Link to the Ankara Bombing

October 14, 2015<p>By Aaron Stein<p>On Saturday October 10, two bombers detonated suicide vests near the main Ankara train station, killing ninety-seven …

Turkish protests over seizure of firm linked to opposition

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the government's move to seize control of a company that owns opposition TV stations and is linked to a government critic.<p>A prosecutor has ordered Koza-Ipek Holding placed under the management of a trustee …

Ankara bombings were ordered by IS to disrupt vote, say prosecutors

The Ankara prosecutor's office said there was "strong evidence" that the cell was also behind other attacks in the country, including one on the border with Syria in July, and was planning more atrocities.<p>"The cell received permission from the terrorist group in Syria to attack all PPK(Kurdistan …

Turkey flexes military muscles in Republic Day parade in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend the Republic Day military parade in Ankara<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended a parade in Ankara on Thursday to mark Republic Day.<p>This year's celebrations mark the 92nd …

South Asia

Turkey, Deeply Divided, Prepares to Reprise Its June Vote

President Erdogan's Justice and Development party is struggling amid worries about the country’s economy and security<p>ISTANBUL—As Turks head back to the polls this weekend for a rerun of the election that rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bid to consolidate power, the country’s fortunes have …

South Asia

'Of course I feel restricted': How press freedom in Turkey is declining - and getting worse

With more journalists arrested for "insulting the president" and one of the only critical media groups seized by the government, correspondents face greater pressure on their freedom to report<p>Police are conducting raids on buildings and offices of newspapers. Journalists are being arrested for …

Middle East

'More than 70 children dead' since Alan Kurdi

More than 70 children have died attempting the same crossing between Turkey and Greece as three-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi, whose body was found face down on a Turkish beach last month - prompting worldwide outrage about the plight of refugees travelling to Europe.<p>In a statement issued on …

WikiLeaks reveals KSA, Turkey, Qatar secret anti-Syria plot

WikiLeaks

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Human Rights

EU should not 'harp on' at Turkey about human rights, says Jean-Claude Juncker

Attacking Turkey's crackdown on press freedom will not help solve migration crisis, says the European Commission president<p>Europe should not "harp on" at Turkey about its record on human rights, the European Commission president has said, as he admitted the EU was dependent on the state for solving …

Human Rights

US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in northern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey and the United States have agreed on the outlines of a plan to rout the Islamic State group from a strip of Syrian territory …

Kerry sees new Syria talks next week, does not rule out Iran role | News Home | Reuters

VIENNA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he expects new talks on Syria to begin as soon as next week, and did not rule out participation by Iran, President Bashar al-Assad’s closest ally, which has been kept away from past peace conferences.<p>A frame grab taken from …

Why Turkey’s Youngest Political Leader Is Making Waves Ahead Of Sunday’s Elections

Selahattin Demirtas, who is being dubbed "Turkey's Obama," was key in doubling his party’s vote and denying the ruling AKP a majority for the first time since 2002.<p>ISTANBUL — Hours after a pair of suicide bombers killed more than a hundred people at a rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara, …

Four things Turkey did for business in the G20

As we are coming closer to the B20 Summit in November, B20 Turkey is getting ready to pass the baton on to its partners from China.<p>The B20 started as …

The rise of Turkey’s Demirtas, Erdogan's nemesis

All eyes are on Selahattin Demirtas as Turkey heads to the polls on Sunday, but the charismatic leader of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) and the main rival to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP has had a far from smooth campaign.<p>As Turkey heads to the polls once more in the …

The ISIS War Inside Turkey Is Escalating

A ferocious firefight in the Turkish city of Diyarbakir, coming in the wake of the Ankara massacre, shows the government is turning its wrath on …

Jihadi Jedis: Police find Darth Vader masks stashed in Islamic State terror cell in Turkey

Police in Turkey discovered a stash of Darth Vader masks when they raided an Islamic State cell in Diyarbakir on Tuesday.<p>The masks are believed to …