Yusuf Yerkel (left), adviser to Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, seen kicking a protester in  the Soma district where last week’s mining tragedy took place. Mr Yerkel is on sick leave after being diagnosed with soft tissue trauma in his right leg. Photograph: Mehmet Emin Al/Reuters

The Turkish prime ministerial aide photographed last week kicking a protester at the site of the country’s worst mine disaster is on sick leave after (...)

Protesters dance in Gezi park in Istanbul’s Taksim square early this morning despite being ordered yesterday by   Turkey’s ruling AK Party to leave  immediately. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan will meet today with members of a group opposed to the redevelopment of an Istanbul park in a bid to end two wee(...)

Protests have also taken place in Ankara. Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party yesterday ruled out early elections as tens of thousands of anti-government demonstrators defied his call for an immediate end to protests. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters
Turkish protests continue

Turkish police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse thousands of demonstrators as the country’s biggest wave of anti-government protests (...)

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan condemned the “burn and destroy” tactics of some of those involved in days of violent protests today, and promis(...)