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Syria regime helicopter downed as Ankara threatens Damascus

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:26 AM

The advance marks another step in President Bashar al-Assad's campaign to retake Syria's last rebel-held pocket

REMAINS. Syrian rebel fighters gather around the burning remains of a military helicopter after it was shot down over the village of Qaminas, about 6 kilometres southeast of Idlib city in northwestern Syria on February 11, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Turkey within Trump red line; U.S. seeking ceasefire

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The US president, in a week of mixed messages, initially voiced understanding for Turkey before criticizing the offensive and warning of sanctions if the operation is not 'humane'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Putin, Erdogan meet in Moscow with focus on Syria

Aug 28, 2019 - 8:01 AM

The meeting comes ahead of a September 16 summit in Ankara that will bring together the main foreign players in Syria's conflict – Putin, Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakeshands with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon opening day in Zhukovsky outside of Moscow on August 27, 2019.  Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP

Erdogan's party to seek rerun of Istanbul election

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Officials at the Supreme Electoral Council will decide whether the ruling party has a case

RERUN. This file photo taken on March 31, 2019 shows ballots inside a polling box during the local elections at a polling station of Tuzla district in Istanbul. der way in several of Istanbul's 39 districts. File photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Ankara train crash leaves 9 dead, 86 injured

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:58 PM

A high-speed train crashes into a locomotive in the Turkish capital, which officials say become the latest rail disaster to hit the country

This picture taken on December 13, 2018 shows the train's wreckage after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in Ankara. Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured in this train accident. ADEM ALTAN / AFP

Saudi prosecutor to visit Istanbul over Khashoggi murder

Oct 26, 2018 - 6:03 PM

Turkish president Erdogan says they still have more evidence about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

A handout photo released by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivering a speech during the opening ceremony of the 'July 15 Martyrs’ Monument' at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on July 16, 2017, as part of the events held to mark one year since the July 15 defeat of the failed coup bid. Turkey on July 15 marked one year since the defeat of the failed coup bid with mass nationwide rallies seeking to showcase national unity and a stern warning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "chop off the heads" of traitors. / AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey ministers as pastor row ramps up

Aug 02, 2018 - 2:18 PM

The sanctions freeze any property or assets on US soil held by two Turkish ministers, and bar US citizens from doing business with them

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addresses a briefing at the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Turkey sacks 18,500 staff before expected end of coup emergency

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:57 PM

The Official Gazette says 18,632 people had been sacked including 8,998 police officers over suspected links to terror organizations that 'act against national security'

LEADER. Turkish President, Tayyip Erdogan reviews a guard of honour as he arrives to the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on July 7, 2018. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Cargo ship with 10 Turkish crew sinks off Istanbul

Nov 01, 2017 - 7:32 PM

The ship sent a distress signal early on Wednesday, November 1, the coast guard command said in a statement

ACCIDENT. Cargo ships passing through the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey in this file photo.

U.S., Turkey mutually suspend visa services in escalating row

Oct 09, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The diplomatic row is sparked by the arrest of a Turkish staffer at the American mission in Istanbul

Temui Erdogan di Turki, Jokowi akan bahas penanggulangan terorisme

Jul 04, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Dalam kunjungan itu pemerintah juga akan meluncurkan kesepakatan Kemitraan Ekonomi Komprehensif dengan Turki

TERORISME. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo akan berkunjung ke Turki pada 6 Juli untuk membahas kerja sama di bidang terorisme dan perdagangan. Foto oleh EPA

Turkey hopeful as Erdogan meets Qatar defense minister

Jul 01, 2017 - 11:56 PM

The meeting comes as Ankara resists pressure to shutter a Turkish military base on the emirate that Qatar s neighbors want to see closed

MEETING. This handout photo released on July 1, 2017 by the Turkish Presidential Press Service shows Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shaking hands with Qatar's Minister of Defense Khaled Al-Attiyah in Ankara. STR/Turkish Presidential Press Service/AFP

Talks in Moscow, Ankara to ease Damascus water crisis – UN

Jan 12, 2017 - 10:28 PM

Two meetings are taking place both in Ankara and now probably in Moscow too which will be discussing this aspect because … water in Damascus is vital Staffan de Mistura tells reporters in Geneva

WATER CRISIS. Syrians wait to fill plastic containers with water provided by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in the capital Damascus on January 10, 2017. Photo by Louai Beshara/ AFP

Turkey puts 36 suspects on trial over 2015 Ankara bombing

Nov 07, 2016 - 5:44 PM

Thirty five of the suspects are Turkish while one – named as Valentina Slobodjanjuk – is a Kazakh citizen the state run Anadolu news agency says

Erdogan approval rating soars after coup bid – poll

Aug 11, 2016 - 11:42 PM

In a survey of 1 275 people conducted between July 28 and August 1 Erdogan s approval rating was 67 6 a rise of 21 points over the previous poll in late June Ankara based Metropoll research company says

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses people gathered at the Presidential Complex to protest the July 15th failed military coup attempt in Ankara, Turkey on August 10, 2016. Photo by Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Press Service/AFP

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 100 staff at Ankara hospital – official

Aug 02, 2016 - 6:42 PM

UPDATED Police are searching the Gulhane Military Medical Academy GATA hospital in the capital

Militer Turki lakukan kudeta terhadap pemerintah

Jul 16, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Presiden Recep Tayyip Erdogan dalam keadaan aman dan meminta agar rakyat Turki turun ke jalan untuk menolak kudeta militer

KUDETA MILITER. Pasukan Turki berjaga di Plasa Taksim di Istanbul, Turki pada Sabtu, 16 Juli. Perdana Menteri Yildirim melaporkan militer Turki terlibat dalam upaya kudeta. Foto oleh Sedat Suna/EPA

EU chiefs urge 'swift return' to constitution in Turkey

Jul 16, 2016 - 7:10 AM

UPDATED Turkey will now likely dominate an EU foreign ministers meeting on Monday July 18 which will also be attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry

COUP ATTEMPT. A man approaches Turkish military with his hands up at the entrance to the partially shut down Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul on July 16, 2016. Photo by Gurcan Ozturk/AFP

Kremlin says Erdogan apologized to Putin over downed jet

Jun 27, 2016 - 11:53 PM

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over Ankara s downing of a Russian military jet last year that shattered ties the Kremlin said Monday June 27

INSPECTION. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu examine the flight recorder from the Russian Sukhoi Su-24 bomber which was shot down by a Turkish jet on November 24. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP

Merkel begins Turkey trip with visit to refugee camp

Apr 23, 2016 - 2:46 PM

3rd UPDATE Many in Europe will also be watching closely to see if the delegation takes a stand against the deterioration of rights in Turkey

MERKEL IN TURKEY. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), EU council President Donald Tusk (L) and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2-L) visit a refugee camp in Nizip district near Gaziantep, Turkey, on April 23, 2016. Sedat Suna/EPA

MSF pulls out of Lesbos hot spot as aid groups slam migrant deal

Mar 24, 2016 - 9:01 AM

The move comes a day after the UN refugee agency UNHCR said it had suspended some activities in Greece saying reception centers had become detention facilities

REFUGEES IN LESBOS. A refugee family after they arrived on a boat from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos, near the port city of Mytilene, Greece, March 9, 2016. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

EU 'gives Greece 3 months' to strengthen border against migrants

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:05 AM

The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

'STRENGTHEN BORDER.' Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

ISIS in PH, Malampaya fund, Turkey suicide blast | 6PM wRap

Jan 13, 2016 - 6:24 PM

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Turkey places under arrest ISIS 'New Year suicide bombing' suspects

Jan 02, 2016 - 10:58 PM

It said they had been given final instructions over the Internet by an ISIS handler on the day they were detained

ON GUARD. Turkish soldiers guard near Turkish-Syria border line after renewed attack by Islamic State in Kobane, Syria, 25 June 2015. Stringer/EPA

New Year attack plot, Pacquiao-Bradley 3, Bill Cosby | 12PM wRap

Dec 31, 2015 - 12:03 PM

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Iraqi Kurdish leader in Turkey after Baghdad row over troops

Dec 09, 2015 - 11:29 PM

Iraqi federal government tells Turkey to pull the forces out saying they had entered the country illegally without its consent

Turkey says 'has plans' for joint US operation against ISIS

Nov 18, 2015 - 11:24 PM

Without going into specifics Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu says plans are in place to put an end to the Islamic State group s control over parts of Turkey s border with northern Syria

BORDER CONTROL. The Islamic State group still controls parts of Turkey's border with northern Syria.

Turki tangkap WNI diduga bergabung ISIS

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:23 PM

Sebelumnya pada Jumat lalu polisi antiteroris Turki juga menahan 20 orang yang diduga anggota ISIS di Kota Antalya

ISIS. Seorang jurnalis duduk di depan spanduk menentang ISIS, di Jakarta, September 2014. Foto dari EPA

Ankara bombings were ordered by ISIS to disrupt vote – prosecutors

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:34 PM

Prosecutors say information extracted from electronic devices had revealed crucial information about the organization behind the carnage

IN MOURNING. Relatives of Vahdeddin Ozden, one of the victims in a twin bombing in Ankara, mourn during a funeral in Istanbul, Turkey October 12, 2015. File photo by Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Four held in Turkey over Ankara attack, bomber identified

Oct 20, 2015 - 12:49 AM

One of the suicide bombers has been officially identified through DNA testing with prosecutors naming him as Yunus Emre Alagoz

EXPLOSION. People try to help an injured woman after multiple explosions ahead of a rally in Ankara, Turkey, October 10, 2015. Twin bomb blasts killed at least 95 people outside a train station in the Turkish capital, Ankara, as pro-Kurdish groups were gathering for a planned peace rally. Turkey's Interior Ministry also said that 126 people were injured in the explosions, which it condemned as a 'heinous attack.' EPA/STR

Three top Ankara police officials sacked after bombings

Oct 14, 2015 - 2:52 PM

The fired officials include the head of police for the greater Ankara area as well as his intelligence and public security chiefs

IN PRAYER. A handout picture provided by the Turkish Prime Minister's Press Office on 13 October 2015 of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (3-R), his wife Sare (4-R) and others praying for the victims at the scene of the fatal 10 October twin bombing, in Ankara, Turkey. Photo by Prime Minister Press Office/EPA

Turkey PM says IS prime suspect over worst attack

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:49 PM

Turkish authorities are investigating 3 groups including the Islamic State in the aftermath of Saturday s suicide bombings in Ankara

LAID TO REST. Relatives of Uygar Coskun, who was killed the previous day in a twin blast in Ankara, mourn over his coffin during a funeral ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, October 12, 2015. Mourners anxiously began to gather to commemorate the 95 people killed in twin blasts the previous day at a pro-Kurdish peace rally, the worst attack in Turkey's modern history. No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which came three weeks before snap general elections set for 01 November and the G20 heads-of-government summit later next month, raising security concerns. Photo by Sedat Suna/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Helicopter missing, scores dead in Turkey blast

Oct 12, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other top stories include the arrival of international aid to combat forest fires and a long term investment between Indonesia and PT Freeport Indonesia

INTERNATIONAL HELP. Malaysian aircrew members stand in front of the Bombardier 415 Superscooper aircraft as they arrive at Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin airport in Palembang, South Sumatra, Indonesia to help combat forest fires. Photo by EPA

Suicide bombers likely behind Ankara attack – Turkey PM

Oct 11, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Whoever carried out an act of terror has committed a crime against humanity

Setidaknya 86 orang meninggal dalam ledakan di Ankara, Turki

Oct 10, 2015 - 6:05 PM

Ledakan terjadi di dekat stasiun kereta Ankara Turki pada Sabtu pagi 10 Oktober

LEDAKAN. Ledakan di al-Zobair city, Basra, bagian selatan Irak, 6 Oktober 2015. Foto dari AJ MOA/EPA

Toll from twin Ankara blasts soars to 95

Oct 10, 2015 - 5:09 PM

2nd UPDATE The attack comes with Turkey on edge ahead of November 1 polls and a wave of unrest over the last months

EXPLOSION. People try to help an injured woman after multiple explosions ahead of a rally in Ankara, Turkey, October 10, 2015. Twin bomb blasts killed at least 95 people outside a train station in the Turkish capital, Ankara, as pro-Kurdish groups were gathering for a planned peace rally. Turkey's Interior Ministry also said that 126 people were injured in the explosions, which it condemned as a 'heinous attack.' EPA/STR

At least 13 dead in migrant boat collision with ferry off Turkey

Sep 20, 2015 - 9:33 PM

Four children are among the victims of the accident involving a vessel carrying 46 migrants

BOAT COLLISION. Rescuers carry the body of a 6-year-old refugee girl at the coast of Mytilini, Lesvos island, Greece, on September 20, 2015. Photo by Stratis Balaskas/EPA

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Jun 20, 2015 - 11:26 PM

Ankara is on a diplomatic offensive in recent months aimed at preventing parliaments from recognizing the killing as genocide for the 100th anniversary of the tragedy

Turkey raises fears over potential spillover from Iraq

Jun 25, 2014 - 11:19 PM

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria which Turkey included in its list of terrorist organizations in early June has also kidnapped 31 Turkish truck drivers

Turkish riot police fire tear gas at hundreds of protesters

Jun 02, 2014 - 12:17 AM

Around 500 protesters wanted to stage a demo at the site where a 26 year old protester was shot and killed by police last year

Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked

Mar 27, 2014 - 11:36 PM

UPDATED The recording purports to be of senior Turkish government military and spy officials planning a staged armed clash or missile attack in Syria as a pretext for military response

Islamists attack Turkey 'kissing protest'

May 26, 2013 - 4:55 PM

Islamists attack a group of kissing couples who locked lips in a Turkish metro station to protest a morality campaign by the authorities in Ankara

Afghan tragedy mars Kerry trip focused on Syria, Mideast

Apr 07, 2013 - 10:42 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Turkey Sunday for key talks on Syria and the Middle East