Erdogan’s ambition

Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, dominates his country’s politics like no other leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who led it to indepen(...)

Iraqis fleeing the violence in Mosul arrive yesterday at a checkpoint in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region in north Iraq. Photograph: EPA/Kamal Akrayi

Sunni militants who overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul as government forces crumbled in disarray extended their reach in a lightning advance (...)

A Turkish plainclothes policeman detains a journalist during a demonstration on the first anniversary of the Gezi Park protests near Taksim Square in Istanbul. Photograph: Sedat Sund/EPA

Mesut Sener recalls the attempted bulldozing of Gezi Park 12 months ago as if it was yesterday.“The construction machines arrived in the morning; they(...)

A woman mourns at the grave of a miner who died in the  Soma disaster earlier this month. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

A miner at Turkey’s stricken Soma coal mine has told The Irish Times he never participated in safety training in the time Soma Holding has run the ope(...)

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 (...)

A Turkish riot policeman shoots plastic bullets at protesters during a protest against the government yesterday after the mine explosion in Soma. EPA/Tolga Bozoglu

Turkish police used teargas, plastic bullets and water cannon to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who gathered yesterday at the scene of the coun(...)

Turkish riot police clash with protestors during a demonstration for the victims of the Soma mine explosion, in Istanbul. Photograph:  EPA/Ulas Yunus Tosun

If Tuesday was a day of shock and Wednesday one of anger, then yesterday was when hope was lost forever for more than 100 trapped miners in the easter(...)

A protester is kicked by Yusuf Yerkel, advisor to Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, as special forces police officers detain him during a protest against their visit to Somaon Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Mehmet Emin Al/Depo Photos 1:23

The political fallout from Tuesday’s mine explosion in western Turkey intensified yesterday with thousands of workers joining protest strikes and d(...)

A miner cries as rescue workers carry the dead body of a miner from the mine in Soma, western Turkey, yesterday. Photograph: Emrah Gurel/AP

Some came out of the mine defiant, others in tears. One young miner looked totally bewildered. Then on Tuesday night the motionless bodies of Soma’s d(...)

Cargo ships pass the giant concrete towers which will form part of the new $2.5 billion suspension bridge during construction on the Bosporus in Poyrazkoy, near Istanbul, Turkey. The project is a key piece of a decade-long drive by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to create what he calls a new Turkey. Photograph: Kerem Uzel/Bloomberg

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is riding high again, after his AK Party’s success at recent polls. The country’s most successful leader (...)