An Islamic State fighter destroys ancient objects  from Palmyra, as others watch on in the town of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo. Photograph: Kim Doo-Ho/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian air force responded on Friday with heavy bombing to a fresh offensive in the northern city of Aleppo mounted by fundamentalists united in(...)

Garo Paylan, Huda Kaya, Selahattin Demirtas and Pervin Buldan celebrate the Kurdish-rooted Peoples’ Democratic Party’s election victory in Istanbul earlier this month. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Idris Ozkan wears a broad smile as he talks about Turkey’s recent parliamentary election. As a Kurd who sells tea from the back of a van in Istanbul’s(...)

Syrian Kurdish fighters celebrate on Monday after wresting Tal Abyad from Islamic State. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Islamic State fighters have been expelled from the strategic town of Tal Abyad by a Syrian Kurdish militia bolstered by US air cover. Commander Husey(...)

Supporters of the Peoples’ Democracy Party celebrate the results of parliamentary elections in Diyarbakir on Monday. With turnout of over 86 per cent, the election is regarded as a triumph for Turkey’s democratic credentials. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Turkey looks set for weeks of political wrangling with no party gaining enough seats to rule alone following Sunday’s unexpected parliamentary electio(...)

 Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan greeting supporters during a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/EPA.

Turks began voting on Sunday in the closest parliamentary election in more than a decade, one that could pave the way for president Tayyip Erdogan to(...)

An injured man is carried after an explosion during an election rally of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph: Reuters

Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey on Friday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 two days before a general election, and t(...)

Supporters of the ruling AK Party hold aloft a placard with a picture of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan as they attend an election rally. The slogan on the placard reads: “National willpower. National power. Goal: 2023, 2053, 2071.” Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Everywhere the political class meets in Ankara these days, at diplomatic receptions, noisy dinner parties and quiet lunches, the talk is all of arithm(...)

The Libyan coastguard at a heavy machine gun position off the coast of the eastern port city of Misrata on May 9th. Turkey accused government forces of an unprovoked attack on its ship. Photograph: Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images

Forces loyal to Libya’s internationally recognised government said on Monday that they shelled a Turkish ship off the Libyan coast after it was warned(...)

 A flower-laying ceremony in the Armenian capital Yerevan to mark the centenary of the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman Turks. Photograph: Vahram Baghdasaryan/EPA

Armenia has marked the centenary of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders, as (...)

Souvenirs commemorate the Gallipoli campaign at a shop in Eceabat. Turkey has moved commemorations up one day. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Turkey has been accused of belittling the imminent centenary of the Armenian genocide by advancing its Gallipoli commemorations to the same day. (...)