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14 killed in attacks on police, military in Turkey; 220 hurt

A string of bombings, blamed on Kurdish rebels and targeting Turkey’s security forces, killed at least 14 people and wounded more than 220 others, officials said Thursday.


Turkish prosecutors seek 2 life sentences for Gulen

Prosecutors in western Turkey have demanded a life sentence for U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of masterminding the failed coup in the country, the state-run news agency …


U.S.-based Turkish navy officer ‘missing’ after coup

Two Turkish military attaches working in Greece have fled to Italy after the failed military coup attempt, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday, while reports said a naval officer based in …


Officials: 7 killed in 2 PKK attacks in Turkey

Kurdish rebels on Wednesday carried out two simultaneous attacks on police vehicles in the mainly Kurdish southeast of Turkey, wounding dozens of people, an official said.


Putin, Erdogan agree on steps to mend relations

Turkey’s president cozied up to his “dear friend” Vladimir Putin on Tuesday in a visit intended to send a message to his allies in the West, whom he blames for …


Massive Turkish anti-coup rally packs Istanbul waterfront area

Turkey will continue fighting whatever powers seek to undermine the government, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday as he addressed a massive flag-waving rally in Istanbul in the wake of …


Kerry to visit Turkey amid strained ties after failed coup

.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Turkey later this month, Turkey’s foreign minister said Friday, amid strained relations with Washington over the possible extradition of …


Turkey’s Erdogan brings military more under government

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a new presidential decree Sunday that introduced sweeping changes to Turkey’s military in the wake of a July 15 failed coup, bringing …


Turkey issues warrants for 42 journalists amid criticism

Turkey on Monday issued warrants for the detention of 42 journalists suspected of links to the alleged organizers of a failed military uprising, intensifying concerns that a sweeping crackdown on …


Turkey seizes over 2,250 schools, foundations, hospitals

In a new tactic against suspected coup plotters, Turkey on Saturday announced it had seized more than 2,250 social, educational or health care institutions and facilities that it claims pose …


Turkish lawmakers give leader Erdogan sweeping new powers

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish lawmakers declared a three-month state of emergency Thursday, overwhelmingly approving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request for sweeping new powers to expand a government crackdown after last …


Turkey declares 3-month state of emergency after failed coup

ANKARA, Turkey – Cracking down on alleged subversives in education, Turkey said Wednesday that it will close more than 600 private schools and dormitories following an attempted coup, spurring fears …


Kerry to Turkey: Send us evidence, not allegations on Gulen

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State John Kerry is calling on Turkey to provide hard evidence that a U.S.-based cleric was behind a foiled coup attempt last weekend if it wants …


Trudy Rubin: Turkey must provide extradition evidence

Thanks to the Gulen uproar, Turkish media are filled with anti-American conspiracy theories charging Washington with endorsing the plot – a charge even some of Erdogan’s cabinet ministers are making.


Turkey fires tens of thousands in coup plotters hunt

ISTANBUL – The Turkish government on Tuesday escalated its wide-ranging crackdown against people it claims have ties to plotters of last week’s attempted coup, firing tens of thousands of public …


Tensions with West rise as Turkey continues purge

Turkey’s Interior Ministry has fired nearly 9,000 police officers, bureaucrats and others and detained thousands of suspected plotters following a foiled coup against the government, Turkey’s state-run news agency reported …


Turkish government cracks down after coup try; 6,000 detained

The Turkish government accelerated its crackdown on alleged plotters of the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with the justice minister saying Sunday that 6,000 people had been detained …


UPDATED: Fri., July 15, 2016

Turkish president tells supporters government is in charge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the nation Saturday that his government is in charge after a coup attempt brought a night of explosions, air battles and gunfire across the …


Islamic State pressured after Turkey tightens jihadi highway

Along the border near the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, a wall of giant concrete blocks is going up as Turkey tries to seal off a region that for years …


Istanbul airport attack: 52 wounded still hospitalized

Fifty-two people are still being treated in the hospital four days after suicide bombing attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport killed at least 44 others, the city’s governor said Saturday.


Turkey airport bombers from Russia, Central Asia, official says

As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan …


UPDATED: Tue., June 28, 2016

Suicide blasts kill dozens at Istanbul airport

Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, as Turkish officials blamed Tuesday’s massacre at the international terminal on three suspected Islamic State group …


Twin blasts near Damascus kill 12, wound dozens

Two suicide bombers struck close to the Syrian capital Saturday, killing at least 12 people and wounding dozens more in the latest attack to hit the predominantly Shiite area in …


IS loses ground in Syria, Iraq, Libya

U.S.-backed fighters in Syria converged from three sides on an Islamic State stronghold near the Turkish border Thursday, while Iraqi special forces pushed deeper into Fallujah, one of the last …


Suicide car bomb attack kills 4 in Turkish town; PKK blamed

A Kurdish rebel suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle outside a police headquarters near Turkey’s border with Syria Wednesday, killing four other people, according to Turkish officials.


Syria attacks to cut off Islamic State’s capital

BEIRUT – Syrian troops launched an offensive Saturday aimed at cutting off Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa from the Turkish border, a monitoring group said. Troops and militiamen backed by …


Scott Martelle: Turkey’s press crackdown troubling

Turkey is a longtime U.S. ally in a part of the world where reliable friends are sorely needed, but such oppressive behavior raises serious questions.


Russian orchestra plays in Palmyra ruins as strikes kill 28

DAMASCUS, Syria – An airstrike hit a crowded refugee camp in Syria on Thursday close to the border with Turkey, killing at least 28 people, according to Syrian pro-opposition activists. …


Suicide bomber hits Turkish city, wounding at least 7

A suicide bomber blew herself up in the Turkish city of Bursa Wednesday, wounding at least seven people, officials said.


President Obama breaks promise to call Armenian killings ‘genocide’

President Barack Obama declined Friday to call the 1915 massacre of Armenians a genocide, breaking a key campaign promise as his presidency nears an end.