An Islamic State fighter destroys ancient objects  from Palmyra, as others watch on in the town of Manbij, northeast of Aleppo. Photograph: Kim Doo-Ho/AFP/Getty Images

The Syrian air force responded on Friday with heavy bombing to a fresh offensive in the northern city of Aleppo mounted by fundamentalists united in(...)

Turkey’s prime minister and leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party Ahmet Davutoglu and his wife Sare wave to supporters in Ankara on Monday. Photograph: Burhan Ozbilici/AP

Ahmet Davutoglu, the Turkish prime minister, resigned on Tuesday following Sunday’s parliamentary election but is to remain until a new government is (...)

There is a Shakespearean quality to the hubris that drives Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – a “vaulting ambition that o’erleaps itself”. Erdo(...)

Justice and Development Party (AKP) supporters wave party and Turkish flags at Istanbul’s AKP headquarters. Photograph: Yasin Akgulyasin/AFP/Getty Images

In a stunning rebuke of president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambitions to expand his powers, Turkish voters have stripped his party of its simple majority(...)

Supporters celebrate early election results outside the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) headquarters in Istanbul on Sunday night. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

The Kurdish-rooted People’s Democratic Party (HDP) is set to enter Turkey’s parliament for the first time following elections on Sunday that were a sw(...)

An injured man is carried after an explosion during an election rally of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph: Reuters

Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey on Friday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 two days before a general election, and t(...)

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Homs  shows the Palmyra prison being blown up by Islamic State group jihadists, 10 days after they seized the ancient city from pro-regime forces. The prison was the site of a massacre in 1980 in which hundreds of inmates were killed.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State group jihadists demolished a notorious government prison in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra on Saturday, as barrel bombs dropped by (...)

Armenian clergy walk as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armenians who lost their lives during mass killings under the Ottoman Empire, at the Temple complex of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Moscow. Photograph: Yuri Kotchekov/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has expressed his sympathy to the Armenian people on the centenary of massacres which resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 mill(...)

Mourners at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Turkey has said it “shares the pain” of Armenians who are marking a century since their ancestors were massacred by the Ottomans, but vowed never to (...)

Turkish police use water cannon to disperse protesters in Istanbul. Photograph: Ulas Yunus Tosun/EPA

A resurgence in left-wing violence in Turkey threatens to open up a new front of challenges for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Earlie(...)