Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to members of ruling AKP party. Photograph: Umit Bektas/EPA

Tayyip Erdogan today declared his candidacy for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule but supporters, esp(...)

Iraqi Shia Turkmen fighters take part in an intensive security deployment in the town of Taza, south of the northern oil city of Kirkuk. Photograph: Reuters/stringer

US president Barack Obama said today the United States would send up to 300 military advisers to support Iraqi forces confronting an al Qaeda-inspired(...)

One of the photographs capturing the moment when a protester was kicked by Yusuf Yerkel (left), adviser to Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, as Special Forces police officers detained the activist during a protest against Mr Erdogan’s visit to Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa, after the minding disaster there earlier this month.  Photograph: Mehmet Emin/Reuters

An aide to Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan who made front page news around the world after being filmed kicking a protester in the wake of Turke(...)

Relatives mourn during the funeral for the victims of a mining disaster in Soma, Turkey.   Rescuers are still trying to reach parts of the coal mine in Soma, 480 km southwest of Istanbul.  Photograph:  Ahmet Sik/Getty Images

The operator of the Turkish mine where 284 workers were killed this week in Turkey‘s worst ever mining disaster said today there was no negligence on (...)

 Relatives mourn during the funeral for the victims of a mining disaster. Photograph: Ahmet Sik/Getty Images

Loudspeakers broadcast the names of the dead as rows of graves were filled in this close-knit Turkish mining town today, while thousands protested in(...)

An injured miner is carried to an ambulance after being rescued this morning from a coal mine he was in trapped in, in Soma, a district in Turkey’s western province of Manisa. Photograph: Emre Tazegul/Reuters 2:01

Hopes faded of finding more survivors in a coal mine in western Turkey today, where 245 workers were confirmed killed and 120 more still feared to be (...)

Turkey’s top court ruled blocking access to  social-media website Twitter violated  freedom of expression and individual rights. Photo: Bloomberg

Turkey’s telecoms authority lifted a two-week-old ban on Twitter today after the constitutional court ruled the block breached freedom of expre(...)

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by his wife Emine, greets his supporters at the AK Party headquarters in Ankara last night. He declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule. Photograph: Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in local polls that had become a referendum on his rule and said he would “enter th(...)

Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an election campaign rally in Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA.

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan turns to the ballot box that has favoured him over a decade today in his battle to ward off graft allegat(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan: “They even leaked a national security meeting,” he said at a campaign rally. “This is villainous, this is dishonesty ... Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkish prime minister Tayyip Erdogan yesterday denounced as “villainous” the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possi(...)