TURKEY

  • US-led coalition jets strike Kobani, Islamic State shells hit Turkey 1 week ago

    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...
  • Thousands demonstrate against Austria visit of Turkish PM June 20, 2014

    Vienna: As many as 10,000 people demonstrated in Vienna against a visit by Turkey's strongman Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, organisers and police said. Erdogan has been accused of autocratic tendencies in his home country and a similar trip to Germany last month ruffled feathers after he spoke out against assimilation...
  • YouTube still blocked in Turkey despite top court verdict June 1, 2014

    Ankara: Popular videosharing site YouTube remained blocked in Turkey on Sunday despite the country's top court ruling that the blanket ban contravened the right to free speech. Turkey's constitutional court ruled Thursday that the ban on YouTube violated individual rights and freedoms, clearing the way for access to the service to...
  • Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes May 25, 2014

    Cannes: Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday for "Winter Sleep", a slowburn domestic drama that mesmerised audiences despite its more than threehour length. Jury president Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker, handed over the trophy to Ceylan, who beat out 17...
  • Five sentenced for attacking, robbing Indian expatriate in Dubai May 22, 2014

    Dubai: Five foreigners, including two women have been sentenced by a Dubai court for up to three years in jail for attacking and robbing a 24yearold Indian in Dubai, a media report said. The Indian salesman was punched and hit with a lamp before the assailants fled with his...
  • Fire in Turkish mine delays rescue work, death toll rises to 299 May 17, 2014

    Soma: A fire broke out on Saturday in part of a mine where nearly 300 miners were killed in Turkey's worst industrial disaster, hindering efforts to find up to three remaining workers believed to be still underground, the energy minister said. The bodies of 15 miners were retrieved overnight, bringing the...
  • Turkey: Coal mine deaths rise to 282 May 15, 2014

    Rescue teams recovered eight more victims of Turkey's worst mining accident on Thursday, raising the death toll to 282 in a disaster that has thrown Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's presidential ambitions off stride. Hundreds of people were attending funerals for the victims in the western mining town of Soma; dozens...
  • 274 dead in Turkey's worstever mine disaster May 15, 2014

    Soma: Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine on Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150 others still trapped deep underground in smoldering...
  • Turkey: Violent protest in Soma after miners death May 14, 2014

    A violent protest erupted on Wednesday in the Turkish city of Soma, where at least 238 coal miners have died after a mine explosion. Many in the crowd expressed anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Rocks were being thrown and some people were shouting that Erdogan was a "Murderer!"...
  • 201 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine May 14, 2014

    Soma: Rescuers desperately raced against time to reach more than 200 miners trapped underground Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 201 workers, authorities said, in one of the worst mining disasters in Turkish history. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 people...