Uphill battle: the aftermath of air strikes in Kafr Nabel, a town in Idlib province. Photograph: Hadi al-Abdallah via AP

The timeline of Syria’s grinding civil war is dotted with illusory turning points. These were atrocities or grim milestones that the world assumed wou(...)

Residents waiting in line to receive food aid distributed in the Palestinian Yarmouk refugee camp, Damascus, in January 2014. Many Palestinian refugees fled the camp after it was overrun by al-Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra fighters. Photograph:  United Nation Relief and Works Agency via Getty Images

“The journey began on 9/11 and ended on 11/9,” said Jamil with a wry smile. A smuggler driver, contacted weeks earlier, rang on September 10th last ye(...)

Coffins are draped in the Kurdish flag during the funerals of people killed during clashes between Turkish forces and PKK militants, in Cizre, Turkey. Photograph: Llyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

A second curfew in as many days on the besieged Turkish city of Cizre was announced last night following a 36-hour cessation that allowed supplies ent(...)

 Turkish soldiers secure the area at a barricade near the Yuksekova district of Hakkari city, in the southeast of Turkey. An attack  by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party  in the south-eastern Turkish province of Hakkari killed 31 soldiers, according to the PKK. Photograph: EPA/STR

Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish insurgent targets on Sunday night after the militants staged what appeared to be their deadliest attack since the col(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: better to make sure that the Fed's data are absolutely confirmed. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The US Federal Reserve should not rush its decision to raise interest rates and should move only when it is sure the decision is unlikely to be revers(...)

Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic said those kidnapped included 14 workers, three engineers and one accountant. Photograph: Ahmed Saad/Reuters

Masked men in military uniforms have kidnapped 18 Turkish employees of an Ankara-based construction company in Baghdad, bundling them into several SUV(...)

 A picture taken on a smartphone shows  a destroyed Turkish army vehicle after an attack  near Siirt city, Turkey,  on August 19th,  which killed eight soldiers. Photograph: EPA

Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside a palace in Istanbul and eight soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the southeast on Wednesday, heigh(...)

Turkey’s prime minister and leader of the Justice and Development Party  Ahmet Davutoglu: he said a fresh election now appeared to be the only option. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey faces a snap election this autumn after talks on forming a coalition government broke down on Thursday, increasing uncertainty in the NATO mem(...)

A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the Al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh last month. Photograph: Getty Images

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq who are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants were attacked with chemical weapons a few days ago, (...)

A boy holds a sign reading “The palace wants war, people want peace”’ during a demonstration in Istanbul on Sunday demanding an end to Turkish military air strikes against Kurdish targets. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

The Turkish military have ratcheted up pressure on Kurdish militants with a fresh round of air strikes in the southeast of the country as the insurgen(...)