Turkey, U.S. play down differences on fight against Islamic State


ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's removal.

U.S. war planes strike Qaeda militants in Syrian border town: group

AMMAN - U.S. air strikes on a Syrian border town with Turkey killed at least two militants from Nusra Front, in the fourth such attack against the al Qaeda affiliate group since September, a monitoring group and Syrian activists said on Thursday.

World, Syria 20 Nov 2014

Turkey fears influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees

ANKARA - Turkey could face an influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees if President Bashar al-Assad's forces or Islamic State insurgents advance around Aleppo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, Syria 18 Nov 2014

Perpetrators of U.S. sailors' assault will 'pay the price,' Turkish foreign minister says

ISTANBUL - Turkey's foreign minister on Friday described an assault on U.S. sailors in Istanbul this week as reprehensible and vowed that the attackers would "pay the price for their actions."

World, 14 Nov 2014

Kurds again become focus of Western intervention in Middle East

- Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s was cited by Western powers as one of the justifications for the 2003 invasion that toppled him.

World, Iraq, 13 Nov 2014

Turkey seeks to bolster global influence with G20 role

ISTANBUL/ANKARA - Turkey aims to use its approaching presidency of the G20 to promote its image as a global economic power and alleviate a sense of a country increasingly isolated on the world stage and buffeted by conflict on its southern frontiers.

World, 13 Nov 2014

Turkey's role in Libya adds to pro-Islamist perception

ANKARA - Turkey's effort to play a role in resolving Libya's deepening conflict risks further damaging its strained relations with Western allies, by fuelling suspicions that it is doubling down on a pro-Islamist regional agenda.

World, United Nations, Libya 13 Nov 2014

Doors closing for Syrians seeking refuge abroad: humanitarian agencies

OSLO - Syria's neighbors Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq are cutting back sharply on the number of Syrians they allow onto their soil as they can no longer cope with the influx of refugees, two prominent humanitarian agencies said on Thursday.

World, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon 12 Nov 2014

Turkish state TV fined for favoring Erdogan in election coverage

ISTANBUL - Turkey's state-run broadcaster has been penalized for favoring President Tayyip Erdogan in its coverage of the country's first popular vote for head of state, the national election board said on Wednesday.

World, 12 Nov 2014

Kurdish footballer leaves Turkey after attack

ISTANBUL - An Alevi Kurdish footballer in Turkey's top league has left the country after a racist attack apparently motivated by his support on social media for Kurds fighting to defend a Syrian border town from Islamic State militants.

World, Syria 06 Nov 2014

Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline, seek extension

VIENNA - Iran, the United States and other world powers are all but certain to miss Monday's deadline for negotiations to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions, forcing them to seek an extension, sources say. | Video