Turkish riot police stand guard in front of the Justice Palace in Istanbul on March 31st, 2015, after a far-left Turkish group took an Istanbul prosecutor hostage on Tuesday and threatened to kill him. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

A prosecutor who was held hostage by members of a banned leftist group inside a courthouse in Istanbul has died after police attempted to free him, Tu(...)

Shop workers sit in candle light at their shop after a major power cut in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

A major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday, including the capital of Ankara and the biggest city, Istanbul, where parts of(...)

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(...)

‘The New York Times this week reported what it called Obama’s and the West’s “quiet retreat from its demand that Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, step down immediately.”  That’s a euphemism for a very substantial policy U-turn, in effect an embracing of a morally dubious but pragmatic “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”. Above, President Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Photograph:  J Scott Applewhite/AP

If Obama is “turning the page” on domestic policy, as he suggested in his state of the union address, there is also a sense in which he is turning an (...)

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(...)

Men in Lahore, Pakistan,  chant slogans on January 15th, 2015,  as they  protest against satirical French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which featured a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as the cover of its first edition since an attack by Islamist gunmen. Photograph: Mohsin Raza/Reuters

Kamal Belaidi is one of nearly 60 people arrested across France on charges of “defending terrorism”. Dead drunk, Belaidi (34) refused to take an alcoh(...)

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(...)

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(...)