Smoke raises on November 23rd last in  central Kobani, where buildings have been damaged in months of fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces. File photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey’s main Kurdish party accused the government of turning a blind eye to Islamic State militants on its soil on Saturday after suicide bombers att(...)

Kurdish refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani in a refugee camp  the Turkish town of Suruc yesterday. Turkey has warned of  a further wave of refugees. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Syrian forces are committing massacres in and around Syria’s second city, Aleppo, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu claimed yesterday.As US warpl(...)

An Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga soldier   on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP

News of the deployment at the besieged Kurdish town of Kobani of 150 Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga militiamen and 52 fighters claiming connections with the (...)

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrive in southeastern Turkey early today ahead of their planned deployment to the Syrian town of Kobani to help fellow Kurds repel an Islamic State advance which has defied US-led air strikes. Photograph: Reuters

A convoy of Iraqi peshmerga fighters and weaponry has made its way across southeastern Turkey en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fe(...)

A miner leaves the mine as they search miners after an explosion near Soma in Turkey in May. Today, 18 miners became trapped in a coal mine  in Ermenek in Karaman province. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Hopes were fading tonight that 18 miners who were trapped in a flooded coal mine in southern Turkey would be rescued. Rescue teams, including divers, (...)

Eastern promise: Istanbul – Enterprise Ireland opened an office in the city in January

Irish food exporters are up against it. The Russian ban on EU and others’ foodstuffs over the conflict in Ukraine has had another negative consequence(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu. “The Barbaros ship will continue to do its seismic studies . .  nobody should try to create a crisis.” Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Cyprus’s president Nikos Anastasiades is to raise Turkey’s incursion into the island’s maritime exclusion zone at today’s European Council summit in B(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

Turkish Kurds watch the Syrian town of Kobani. Iraqi peshmerga are now allowed into Kobani from Turkey. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Since Islamic State (IS) extremists laid siege to the Kurdish-majority town of Ayn al-Arab or Kobani in northern Syria last month, Turkey has been hol(...)

Syrian refugees who fled Kobani try to get food at a refugee camp at Suruc in Turkey. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

For Shamsa Tammi, a refugee in this city from the nearby Syrian town of Kobani, the men of the Islamic State were a scourge her family could not escap(...)