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. (...)

Pope Francis leads a mass for Armenian Catholics marking 100 years since the mass killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire. Photograph: AFP

Pope Francis has commemorated the 100th anniversary of the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians as “the first genocide of the 20th century”, w(...)

Turkish riot police stand guard in front of the Justice Palace in Istanbul on March 31st, 2015, after a far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

A prosecutor who was held hostage by members of a banned leftist group inside a courthouse in Istanbul has died after police attempted to free him, Tu(...)

Shop workers sit in candle light at their shop after a major power cut in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of(...)

Soldiers and Houthi fighters inspect the damage caused by air strikes on the airport of Yemen’s northwestern city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold near the Saudi border, on Monday. Fighter jets attacked the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said. Photograph: Reuters

Iran-allied Houthi militiamen pushed into the northeastern suburbs of the Yemeni port city of Aden on Monday amid heavy clashes with loyalists of pre(...)

 Kurdish flags on display  during a gathering celebrating Newroz, which marks the arrival of spring and the new year, in Diyarbakir, Turkey, March 21st, 2015. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan said on Saturday his militant group’s three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state had become “unsust(...)

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Since unrest erupted in Syria in mid-March 2011, opposition figures and factions have multiplied and mutated on the political level, making common act(...)

A general view shows the Golden Horn Metro Bridge in Istanbul: Turkey’s largest city racks up a massive 55%  of the country’s total trade production and  35 billionaires – more than Paris, Tokyo or Dubai – have made their homes there.  Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images
Boomtime for cities across Turkey

Even with a president on the warpath and almost two million Syrian refugees weighing the country down, a recent study by the Brookings Institution and(...)

Turkish soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the memorial site of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of Osman I, founder of the Ottoman Empire, in Karakozak village, northeast of Aleppo, Syria. Photograph: AP Photo

Turkish tanks backed by drones and reconnaissance planes entered Syria overnight to evacuate several dozen Turkish soldiers. The soldiers were guardin(...)