US president Joe Biden and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan fist bump during a plenary session of a Nato summit in Brussels last June. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AFP via Getty Images

Why has Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan poured cold water on announcements by Finland and Sweden that they wish to join Nato? The ambitions of(...)

Finland’s prime minister Sanna Marin (left) and president Sauli Niinisto give a press conference to announce that the country will apply for Nato membership  in Helsinki on Sunday. Photograph: Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva/AFP via Getty

Finland has formally confirmed it intends to join Nato, abandoning decades of military non-alignment in a historic decision triggered by Russia’s inva(...)

Omar Souleyman has worked with Björk, Four Tet, Damon Albarn and Diplo,  performed at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony and at festivals  worldwide. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Syrian musician Omar Souleyman, who has performed at festivals around the world, has reportedly been arrested in Turkey on terrorism charges relat(...)

Ahmet Turk, a Kurdish opposition politician, was removed from office in Mardin.  Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey’s ancient city of Mardin was jubilant this spring when a Kurdish opposition politician once again won the race to become the province’s mayor. (...)

Turkey-backed  fighters inspect the site of a car bomb explosion in the northern Syrian  town of Tel Abyad, on the border with Turkey. Photograph: Bakr Alkasem/AFP via Getty Images

A car bomb killed a dozen people and injured 30 on Saturday in a market in a Syrian border town that Turkish-backed forces seized last month, promptin(...)

 Syrians gather in the northern Syrian town of Hasakeh to celebrate adeal between the Damascus government and the Kurdish administration. Photograph: Sana/AFP via Getty Images

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels will press ahead with a plan to take a key town in northern Syria, Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Monday, in a sign that a(...)

A woman flees with her children amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

Turkey began its promised military incursion into northeast Syria on Wednesday as US president Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw US troop(...)

 Kurdish YPG militiamen taking part in a military parade in Qamishli, Syria, on March 28th. Turkey insists the YPG is a threat as it is an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Syria has criticised a US-Turkish plan to establish a buffer zone to separate Turkish and US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria and castigated Sy(...)

 People pass in front of a banner with pictures of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Binali Yildirim, AKP’s local candidate, in Istanbul on Tuesday. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Official results in local elections that appear to have delivered a blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s dominance over Turkey have been pushed ba(...)

Supporters of Republican People’s Party (CHP) celebrate on a main square in Ankara, Turkey.  Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuters

Turkey’s opposition looked poised to win control of the country’s two biggest cities as it dealt President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative party o(...)

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