Gwen Taylour and Michael Cotter Gwen, a graphic designer from Westmeath, met Michael, from Killiney, through friends in 2009 at student nights out wh(...)

The Turkish Oncupinar crossing gate near Kilis. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Abdo Shakh quietly sips tea in the corner of a house just north of the Oncupinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border. He is one of hundreds of resi(...)

Syrian refugees wait before the Oncupinar crossing gate near the town of Kilis, in south-central Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

As the sun inches towards the centre of the sky and noon approaches, the sound of the call to prayer ripples through the air. Here, on the Turkish-Syr(...)

Amedspor fans cheer outside the stadium before the Turkish Cup quarter-final  soccer match between Amedspor and Fenerbahce in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern city of Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph:  Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Tear gas hung in the air and an F-16 fighter jet roared overhead, as the two teams took their places on a football pitch in Diyarbakir, the unwilling (...)

Travel: Let’s talk Turkey
  • Travel
  • February 6, 2016, 02:00

You don’t have to play golf to enjoy a holiday in Belek, a Turkish seaside-and-golf resort area developed over the past 20 or so years in the A(...)

Syrians fleeing the northern embattled city of Aleppo wait in Bab-Al Salama, next to the city of Azaz, northern Syria, near the Turkish crossing gate.  Photograph:   Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Thousands of Syrians have fled towards the Turkish border to escape a Russian-backed military offensive by president Bashar al-Assad’s forces on Syria(...)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Sarah Patterson: ‘Istanbul wakes up early to the screaming of seagulls, quickly followed by the call to prayer and finally, joining in the cacophony, are the street dogs and cats.’

I moved to Istanbul seven years ago, having met my Turkish husband while travelling in Mexico. I arrived late at night on a warm September evening dur(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  places carnations as he visits the site of the suicide bomb attack that killed 10 German tourists in central Istanbul. Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Reuters

For Syrians who have fled the war for the relative safety of Turkey, life looks set to get worse. The suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in (...)

Turkish police  hold up an original painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in Istanbul. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Turkish police have recovered a Picasso oil painting in a sting operation in Istanbul. The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that on Saturday police(...)