Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (top) waves to supporters after arriving at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport early this morning. Mr Erdogan called on Turks on Friday to distance themselves from  protests and said accusations of  excessive use of police force during recent unrest were being investigated. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Turkey must investigate whether police used excessive force in a crackdown on days of anti-government demonstrations and hold those responsible to acc(...)

Riot police behind shields fire tear gas as they clash with anti-government protesters at Taksim square in central Istanbul. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Shopkeepers and municipal workers began cleaning the streets of Istanbul and Ankara today after the fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years. (...)

Riot police use a water canon against a protester during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square in central Istanbul today. Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon for a second day to prevent hundreds of protesters reaching the central Taksim Square, scene of violent protests in which hundreds were injured yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan today called for an immediate end to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years, as protesters clash(...)

Demonstrators hold Kurdish flags and portraits of jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan during a gathering to celebrate Newroz in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir today. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has ordered his fighters to cease fire and withdraw from Turkish soil as a step to ending a conflic(...)