Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embrace after signing a joint statement at the Church of St George, the principal Greek Orthodox cathedral, in Istanbul. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Epa

Pope Francis condemned “Islamophobia” while at the same time calling on intellectuals, politicians and religious leaders to denounce all fundamentalis(...)

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) greets Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.  Erdogan would like to have an American-style presidential system in Turkey. Photograph: EPA/ Turkish presidential press office

Turkey has stood strong this week in the face of intense international pressure to act against the jihadist forces laying siege to the Syrian town of(...)

The town of Kobani, a Kurdish enclave near Syria’s border with Turkey, has become an important flashpoint in the United States-led campaign against th(...)

Smoke rises after a US-led air strike in the Syrian town of Kobani yesterday
which is in danger of falling to Islamic State fighters. 
Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

“We’ve been swamped by tear gas for the last two nights,” said shopkeeper Hussein Tas. “Around 100 police in two areas came here last night. This is m(...)

President Obama had asked Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan to do more when they met  at the September Nato summit in Wales. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

There will be a special sense of urgency to talks starting in Ankara today between Gen John Allen, President Barack Obama’s special envoy for Syria, a(...)

Turkish Kurds watch as airstrikes hit Kobani, inside Syria, as fighting intensifies between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

New US-led air strikes targeted Islamic State fighters near the strategic Syrian Kurdish border town of Kobani yesterday amid urgent appeals for act(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee  and her daughter waits for transportation after crossing into Turkey from  Kobani yesterday. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Fighting between Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants for the Syrian border town of Kobani fuelled rising tension inside Turkey yesterday as th(...)

Turkish army tanks move towards the Turkish-Syrian border yesterday, as clashes intensified with Islamic State militants. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Turkey is gearing up for a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State (IS), which could include sending Turkish troops into Syria and Iraq. But co(...)

A Syrian Kurdish refugee woman and her child wait after crossing the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province today. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

New US-led air strikes against Islamic State fighters failed to stop them from pressing their assault on a strategic Syrian town near the Turkish bord(...)

 A grab picture from Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV shows Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised address.

Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia yesterday confirmed their warplanes took part in US-led air raids on Islamic State (IS) targets in S(...)