Turkey says EU criticism over arrests unacceptable

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday Ankara could not accept "such heavy criticism" from the European Union about weekend raids that targeted opposition media.

Turkey-US moving closer on Syria no-fly zone: Ankara

NATO allies Turkey and the United States are narrowing their differences over plans to create a no-fly zone along the Syrian border, the Turkish foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Pope Francis visits iconic religious sites in Istanbul

His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the mainly Muslim nation.

Turkey governor under fire over museum plan for synagogue

A Turkish regional governor was accused Monday of inciting hatred towards the country`s Jewish community after suggesting a synagogue be turned into a museum as a reprisal for Israel`s policies over the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Turkey says US not meeting its conditions for bigger Syria role

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday expressed frustration that the US and its allies were not responding to conditions set for his country to play a greater role in the coalition against militants in Syria.

Iran hardliners want nuclear deal but no ties with Washington

Iran may be ready to reach a nuclear deal with world powers to revive its economy, but is in no rush to go further by restoring relations with the United States, calculating this would imperil its domestic support.

Syria denounces Turkey over Kobane reinforcements

 Syria accused Turkey on Thursday of a "flagrant violation" of its sovereignty, as Ankara allowed Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and opposition rebels to cross its border to battle jihadists.

At least 18 miners trapped in Turkey

At least 18 miners were trapped inside a coal mine in central Turkey's Karaman province following a landslide triggered by an accumulation of water, authorities said Tuesday.

Kurdish guerrillas steal 400 kg chemicals to make explosives: Turkey

The Turkish government on Tuesday said that insurgents belonging to Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) are likely to make explosives out of the chemicals they have stolen.

At least 31 killed, 360 injured in Turkey protests this week

At least 31 people have been killed and 360 others injured in four days of violent protests in Turkey led by pro-Kurdish demonstrators against the government's policy on Syria, the interior minister said Friday.

Kurds clash with Turkish police, 14 dead

Turkish news agencies say at least 14 people have died and scores were injured in clashes between Turkish police and Kurdish protesters.

Turkey slaps curfew to disperse protests over IS advance

 Turkey Tuesday declared a curfew in three provinces in an effort to disperse demonstrations against the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants into Kurdish populated Kobane town in northern Syria, media reported.

Turkey warns will hit back if IS attacks Syria exclave

Turkey warned on Saturday it would not hesitate to strike back at Islamic State jihadists if they attacked Turkish troops stationed at Ankara's exclave inside Syria.

Iran warns Turkey against aggravating regional tensions

Iran warned neighbouring Turkey Thursday against doing anything that might aggravate tensions in the region, after the parliament in Ankara voted to authorise military intervention in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey says airspace not used in latest anti-IS strikes

Turkey on Wednesday said neither its airspace nor a strategic air base on its territory were used in the latest US-led strikes against Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Syria, a Turkish official said.

Turkey mulls buffer zone along Iraq, Syria border

Turkey`s military is mulling the prospect of establishing a buffer zone along its border with Syria and Iraq amid an escalating threat posed by Islamic State extremists, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

John Kerry arrives in Ankara seeking support for anti-IS coalition

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Ankara Friday for talks aimed at building a coalition against Islamic State jihadists, a visit that comes after Turkey said it would not allow its air bases to be used for strikes on the extremists.

Militants kidnap 10 children in Turkey

Militants of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) have kidnapped 10 children in Turkey's eastern province of Mus, a media report said Monday.

Turkey government wins vote of confidence

The government of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu won a vote of confidence in parliament on Saturday, little over a week after the former chief diplomat was crowned to take over from long-time premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan to be sworn in as Turkey's new president

Turkey's outgoing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to be sworn in as president today to extend his more than decade-long domination of the country.