Alpaslan Celik, a deputy commander in a Syrian Turkmen brigade (C), holds handles believed to be parts of a parachute of the downed Russian warplane near the northern Syrian village of Yamadi, near the Turkish-Syrian border. Photograph: Reuters

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions (...)

Still image  from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a warplane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria,  November 24th, 2015. Photograph: HaberTurk TV

Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday morning was the result of a slow though steady rise in tensions building since Moscow’s deploymen(...)

No explosives were found on board a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Turkey that was forced to divert to Halifax in Canada after a bomb threat, Canadian police said on Sunday. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

No explosives were found on board a Turkish Airlines flight bound for Istanbul from New York that was forced to divert to Halifax in Canada after a bo(...)

 Ahmet Dahmani is escorted by a plain clothes police officer on Friday in Antalya. It is believed Dahmani scouted out the target sites for the attacks  in Paris a week ago. Photograph: Ihlas News Agency/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey has arrested a Belgian man of Moroccan origin suspected of involvement in Islamic State’s attacks in Paris that killed 130 people a week ago, a(...)

Yazidi soldiers cheer a fallen comrade  near Sinjar, Iraq. Kurdish forces, with the aid of US-led coalition air strikes, liberated Sinjar from IS extremists in recent days. Photograph: Getty Images

United States military aircraft for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist Islamic State (IS) group had been using to(...)

Davide Martello playing in Paris on Saturday. “Everything started in a Irish pub in Konstanz while I was watching the soccer match. After I saw that insane violence I just followed my heart and went to Paris with my piano.” Photograph: Twitter

The man who played John Lennon’s Imagine on a grand piano outside the Bataclan theatre in tribute to the victims of the Paris attacks has been identif(...)

Migrants arriving at the port of Mytilene on Lesbos: Since the start of this year, more than 500 people have drowned while trying to make the sea crossing between Turkey and Greece’s islands. Photograph: Stratis Balaskas/EPA

Like most urban burial grounds in Greece, space is at a premium in the main cemetery in Mytilene, capital of the country’s third largest island, Le(...)

Gerry Gilroy in Sharm El-Sheikh

An Irish man currently in Sharm El-Sheikh has described “crazy” scenes at the resort as foreign visitors scramble to secure passage home. Speaking to (...)

Musicians play as supporters wait for Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. Turkey’s long dominant AK Party scored a stunning election success at the weekend. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Following a failed government-forming process, Turkey’s worst-ever terrorist attack and the return to war with militant Kurds, how is it Turkey’s AK P(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  said he deserved respect from the whole world following Sunday’s result. Photograph: Huseyin Aldemir/Reuters

International observers of Turkey’s parliamentary elections have criticised the climate of “violence and fear” that preceded the vote, saying the secu(...)