United States closes its embassy in conflict-hit Yemen

The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen, the Arabian peninsula state that is a front line in Washington`s war against al Qaeda, embassy employees and US officials said on Tuesday.

Turkish minority stages mass rights rally in Istanbul

Thousands of members of Turkey`s Alevi religious minority on Sunday held a mass rally in central Istanbul, demanding greater rights and the preservation of the country`s secular system.

Britain`s Cameron meets Turkish PM on response to IS

 The British and Turkish prime ministers held talks Tuesday on how to deal with the threat posed by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Germany beefs up security in wake of terror alert
Germany beefs up security in wake of terror alert

Amidst heightened terror alert in Europe, Germany has stepped up security measures in the central railway stations of Berlin and in Dresden following information from foreign intelligence agencies that they could be targeted for attacks by radical islamists.

Turkish teen arrested for 'burying alive sister's boyfriend'

A young Turkish man has been arrested on suspicion of burying alive a teenager who had a pre-marital relationship with his sister, reports said on Monday.

Main square of Istanbul 'world's ugliest': PM

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reportedly labelled Istanbul's Taksim Square, which was rocked by deadly anti-government protests last year, "as the ugliest square in the world".

Kurds recapture key Kobane hill from Islamic State militants
Kurds recapture key Kobane hill from Islamic State militants

The Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) battling the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group on Tuesday said they have recaptured a strategically important hilltop west of Kobane on Syria's border with Turkey.

Foreign jihadists traded for Turkish hostages: Reports

British media on Monday reported that Turkish hostages freed by the Islamic State group last month may have been released as part of a prisoner exchange for up to 180 jihadist fighters.

7 killed in bomb attack near Syria-Turkey border

At least seven people were killed and many others wounded Tuesday when an explosives-laden vehicle exploded near a rebel-held Syrian-Turkish border, activists and al-Mayadeen TV reported.

Don`t laugh loudly, Turkish deputy PM tells women

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.

Turkey charges eight police in wiretapping probe

Turkish prosecutors have charged eight police officers with illegally eavesdropping on top officials including Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said on Saturday.

Pelicans trade for Turkey`s Asik, Israeli Casspi

Turkish big man Omer Asik and Israeli forward Omri Casspi were obtained Tuesday by the New Orleans Pelicans in a three-team NBA trade deal that also included Houston and Washington.

Over 30 Turkish truck drivers freed in Iraq

Islamic militants have released at least 30 Turkish truck drivers who they captured in Iraq last month, relatives and a private Turkish news agency said today.

Turkish drivers held in Iraq to be released: Reports

The Turkish truck drivers seized in June by Islamist militants in northern Iraq are set to be released and are on their way to Turkey, reports and one of the drivers said.

Turkish central bank hints of further rate cut

The governor of Turkey`s central bank hinted Monday that another small cut in interest rates is likely at the end of the month, deflecting calls by the government for quicker action.

Man hurt when Turkish police clash with protesters

One man was injured when Turkish riot police on Thursday fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse a group of Istanbul protesters hurling Molotov cocktails and stones.

Turkey mine disaster: Death toll rises to 301, rescue operation ends

The death toll in Turkey`s coal mine tragedy rose to 301 as the bodies of two more miners were found on Saturday, as per Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said.

Turkey`s main opposition to reject Ankara electoral result

Turkey`s main opposition CHP party said on Monday it would appeal against municipal election results in the capital Ankara where it suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan`s AK Party (AKP) on Sunday.

Turkey`s Erdogan cancels election rallies to rest voice, his office says

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan pulled out of election rallies in central Turkey on Friday in order to rest his voice after weeks of campaigning around the country, his office said.

Turkish deputy PM expects block on Twitter to be temporary

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Friday he expected a block on Twitter to be temporary and that an agreement should be reached with the social media platform.