TURKEY

  • Pope wades into Mideast turmoil with Turkish visit 4 hours 1 minutes ago

    Ankara: Pope Francis is visiting Turkey at a sensitive moment for the Muslim nation, as it cares for 1.6 million refugees and weighs how to deal with the Islamic State group as its fighters grab chunks of Syria and Iraq across Turkey's southern border. Francis is expected to use his opening...
  • Mumbai youth who joined Islamic State returns to India, likely to face arrest 5 hours 7 minutes ago

    New Delhi: In a major development, one of the four youths who had left their Mumbai homes to join terror group Islamic State, has returned to India. Arif Majeed, an engineering graduate, has been brought back from Turkey. He is being questioned by the National Investigation Agency. He is likely to...
  • Seattle mayor pardons tofu turkey for Thanksgiving to draw attention to hunger in community Yesterday

    Seattle: As Thanksgiving approaches, Tofurkys in Seattle can breathe easy, even if real turkeys can't. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray pardoned a soybean-based roast Friday, The Seattle Times reported this week. Spokesman Jason Kelly says Murray posed with the tofu turkey at City Hall to draw attention to hunger in the community. It...
  • Turkish president rounds on feminists, says men and women not equal 3 days ago

    Istanbul: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told a meeting on women's rights on Monday that gender equality was contrary to nature and said feminists did not recognize the value of motherhood. Erdogan, whose conservative, Islamist ideology frequently raises hackles in more liberal segments of Turkish society, said women's "delicate" nature meant it...
  • Competitive eater Joey Chestnut wins turkey eating contest, sets a record by devouring an entire bird 4 days ago

    Mashantucket, Conn.: Competitive eater Joey Chestnut has won a turkey-eating contest in Connecticut, setting a record by devouring an entire bird. Ten contestants vied to see who could eat the most of a 20-pound turkey in a competition Saturday at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds of meat off the bone...
  • Neymar shines as Brazil crush Turkey 4-0 November 13, 2014

    Neymar scored twice as Brazil continued their winning run under new head coach Dunga with a 4-0 victory against Turkey in a friendly in Istanbul on Wednesday. The 22-year-old Barcelona forward also provided an assist to add to his brace and was aided by a brilliant performance by Chelsea winger Willian. Neymar...
  • Turkey deploys heavy weapons on border with Syria November 7, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey has deployed additional heavy weapons, including tanks, along the border with neighbouring Syria, a media report said. Turkish army has increased security measures between southeastern provinces of Sirnak and Mardin bordering Syria since Wednesday, deploying 20 tanks in Nusaybin town of Mardin province, along the Kurdish populated Qamishli town...
  • Turkey, Iraq mutually abolish visa requirements November 6, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey and Iraq have mutually abolished visa requirements during a visit by Iraq's new Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari to Ankara on Wednesday. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iraq's al-Jaafari signed a protocol for lifting visa requirements in a bid to restore bilateral relations between the two countries following the...
  • Iraqi Kurdish forces enter Syria to fight Islamic State October 30, 2014

    Suruk: A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied US air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders. Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim...
  • US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey October 18, 2014

    Mursitpinar: US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town's centre and hit border areas within Turkey. Shelling continued after the strikes hit the centre of Kobani....
  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Syrian town October 16, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Two days of heavy air strikes by US warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani. Last week Turkish and US officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily outgunned Kurdish defenders, after...
  • US-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilises Turkey October 15, 2014

    Mursitpinar: American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria's Turkish border after the jihadists' advance began to destabilise Turkey. The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday...
  • Riots in Turkey kill 19 over failure to aid besieged Syrian Kurds October 8, 2014

    Mursitpinar: At least 19 people were reported killed in riots across Turkey, the deadliest street unrest in years, after the Kurdish minority rose up in fury at the government's refusal to protect a besieged Syrian town from Islamic State. Street battles raged between Kurdish protesters and police across Turkey's mainly Kurdish...
  • Turkey vows to fight Islamic State, coalition strikes near border October 2, 2014

    Mursitpinar: Turkey signalled it may send troops into Syria or Iraq and let allies use Turkish bases to fight Islamic State, as coalition jets launched air strikes on Wednesday on insurgents besieging a town on its southern border with Syria. The government sent a proposal to parliament late on Tuesday which...
  • Turkey bans tattoos, piercings in schools September 28, 2014

    Istanbul: Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has banned pupils from wearing tattoos or body piercings in schools, a measure denounced by opponents as oppressive and unenforceable, reports said. While tattoos are frowned upon by conservative elements in Turkey's diverse society, they are highly fashionable among secular urban youth, including school-age teens. The measure...
  • Turkish leader slams UN Security Council September 25, 2014

    United Nations: The president of Turkey has slammed the UN Security Council's inaction on some of the world's most pressing issues, accusing its members of rendering the world body ineffective. Speaking before the General Assembly meeting in New York on Wednesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the UN has repeatedly failed to...
  • Turkey lifts ban on hijab in schools September 24, 2014

    Ankara: Female students in Turkey are free to wear the Islamic veil, or the hijab, to class, the country's Education Minister Nabi Avci has announced. Avci's announcement on Tuesday came after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided Monday to repeal a law stipulating that girls keep their heads uncovered in high school...
  • Syrian refugees in Turkey reach 1,50,000 September 24, 2014

    Surus (Turkey): Refugees streaming into Turkey from Syria say their home city, once bustling with 4,00,000 citizens, has become a ghost town, emptied of all people but a few thousand fighters trying to hold off an onslaught by Islamic militants. The masses fleeing the brutal offensive by the Islamic State group...
  • Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 1,00,000 September 21, 2014

    Kucuk Kendirciler (Turkey): The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said on Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds. The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said...
  • Turkish hostages freed, but questions linger September 21, 2014

    Ankara: Turkish authorities say they have freed 49 hostages from one of the world's most ruthless militant groups without firing a shot, paying a ransom or offering a quid pro quo. But as the welldressed men and women captured by the Islamic State group more than three months ago clasped their...
  • About 60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance September 21, 2014

    Suruc (Turkey): About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an...
  • Pranab Mukherjee congratulates Turkey's new President August 25, 2014

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday congratulated Turkey's former prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election as the country's president. "On behalf of the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to extend my greetings and good wishes on your election as the...
  • MumbaiBrussels plane's altitude drops as pilot sleeps, copilot says she was busy on her tablet August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In an alarming incident, a Jet Airways aircraft flying from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday suddenly dropped 5,000 feet in the Ankara airspace over Turkey. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has summoned both pilots over the incident. At the time of the incident, the commander of the flight...
  • Turkey set to elect Erdogan as strongman president August 10, 2014

    Istanbul: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to vanquish his two rivals in elections to become the next Turkish president on Sunday, promising to expand the post with new powers as opponents worry Turkey is creeping towards autocracy. Erdogan, a pious Muslim, has ruled Turkey as premier since 2003, a...
  • Don't laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women July 30, 2014

    Istanbul: One of the most senior members of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government sparked an outcry on Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the cofounders of the ruling Islamicrooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), made the comment...
  • Turkish PM says Israel is 'more barbaric than Hitler' July 20, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while lambasting Israel's ground invasion of Gaza,on Sunday accused the Israeli government of "barbarism that surpasses Hitler", a leading British daily reported. "(Israelis) have no conscience, no honour, no pride. Those who condemn Hitler day and night have surpassed Hitler in barbarism," the Independent...
  • UN Security Council authorises crossborder aid access in Syria July 15, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council on Monday authorised humanitarian access without Syrian government consent into rebelheld areas at four border crossings from Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, even though Syria has warned it deems such deliveries incursions into its territory. "The consent of the Syrian authorities will no longer be...
  • Watch: Heartstopping moment a pregnant woman is caught on film jumping from a burning building into a waiting crowd July 14, 2014

    That was a narrow escape. Whew. A pregnant woman was filmed jumping from the first storey of a burning building in Turkey into a crowd waiting below with sheets and pieces of cardboard. The woman is in a hospital but in good condition. The fire in South St. Louis saw a...
  • Turkey urges Israel to halt Gaza assault July 9, 2014

    Ankara: Turkey called on Israel on Tuesday to "immediately" halt its assault against the Gaza Strip, following the deadly air campaign against the Palestinian enclave. "We are calling on Israel to immediately halt its attacks on Gaza," the foreign ministry said in a statement. It urged the international community, especially the United...
  • Seven people abducted by Kurdish militants in Turkey June 23, 2014

    Ankara: A group of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) militants have kidnapped seven people in southeastern Turkey, the media reported on Sunday. The PKK rebels on Saturday kidnapped seven people, including five from a same family who were collecting firewood in the forest area of Senoba zone in Uludere town...