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(...)

 Members of the Syrian Kurdish YPG celebrate recapturing the  town of  Kobani, Syria, near the Turkish border. Photograph: EPA/STR

Kurdish forces have taken full control of the Syrian town of Kobani, driving out remaining Islamic State fighters to end a four-month battle that beca(...)

An airstrike from US-led coalition in the city of Kobani, Syria, in November. Islamic State laid siege to Kobani, in September.  The fighting continues with most residents having fled but the city is being defended by the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Last September nine Arab states agreed at a meeting in Jeddah to join the US-led military campaign against Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria, bu(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk (left) welcomes Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu ahead of a meeting in Brussels on January 15th.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Turkey’s prime minister compared his Israeli counterpart Binyamin Netanyahu to the terrorists who killed 17 people in Paris last week, as the Europea(...)

Still from passport control CCTV at an Istanbul airport believed to show Hayat Boumeddiene, who is allegedly connected to the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. Photograph: Haberturk/EPA 0:57

With the minimum of fuss or difficulty, Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of French Islamist Amedy Coulibaly, crossed the French border into Spain on (...)

Police officers stand guard at the scene of a bomb blast in Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

A female suicide bomber attacked a police station in a historic district of Istanbul on Tuesday, killing one officer and wounding another.According t(...)

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 (...)