Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan (left) heads a security meeting as he is flanked by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (2nd left) and top military and government officials at the Presidential Palace in Ankara this week. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/Handout via Reuters

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that 49 hostages seized by Islamic State militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June ha(...)

Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan has warned leading rating agencies over its assessments of the Turkish economy.

Turkey stepped up its criticism of credit rating agencies on Tuesday, with president Tayyip Erdogan warning it could cut ties with Moody’s and Fitch (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry (C) walks to his car as he arrives at Cairo International Airport today. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry has said it was “not appropriate” for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to pl(...)

Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who is set to succeed president-elect Tayyip Erdogan as the country’s prime minister. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan named foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as his future prime minister today and said a power struggle with a US-b(...)

Smoke rises after an air strike in eastern Gaza City today. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Fighting subsided in Gaza today after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensi(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to members of ruling AKP party. Photograph: Umit Bektas/EPA

Tayyip Erdogan today declared his candidacy for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule but supporters, esp(...)

A rebel fighter from the Islamic Front in a church in the Armenian Christian town of Kessab. Photograph: Ammar Abdullah/Reuters

Direct Turkish military involvement in the invasion by fundamentalist insurgents of the Armenian village of Kessab in the far north of Syria ha(...)

Protesters against the Syrian government demonstrate outside the UN building in Geneva as international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi holds talks today with a Syrian government delegation led by Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem. Photograph: Jamal Saidi/Reuters

The Syrian government and its opponents will hold their first joint meeting tomorrow to launch peace talks aimed at resolving nearly three years of ci(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter passes by the convoy of U.N. vehicles carrying a team of United Nations chemical weapons experts

UN chemical weapons inspectors yesterday visited sites in the eastern Ghouta near Damascus as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said the team should be(...)

Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus yesterday. He said his country had defences that would “suprise” its antagonists. Photograph: AP

Western envoys have told opposition Syrian National Coalition leaders in Istanbul to expect strikes on Damascus within days, as Syrian foreign ministe(...)