Supporters of Ekrem Imamoglu celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral election rerun, in  Turkey. Photograph: Erdem Sahin/EPA

Turkey’s ruling party has conceded defeat in Istanbul’s controversial mayoral election rerun, handing the nation’s beleaguered opposition a landmark v(...)

A flag depicting Abdullah Öcalan, founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Washington’s Kurdish allies face the threat of Turkish invasion and occupation of the border zone they rule in Syria once US troops pull out of that c(...)

Members of the Syrian Democratic Forces. The militia is dominated by the Kurdish group known as  YPG, which the United States regards as its most reliable partner in the area. Photograph: Ivor Prickett/the New York Times

They seek to sweep away borders and establish a stateless society. Their female fighters struggle and die beside male comrades. Their leftist, anti-Is(...)

Picture of Turkey’s founding father Mustafa Kemal Ataturk held at the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s parliament has developed a reputation for heated arguments, fist fights and general chaos. Yet since the failed coup attempt on July 15th, op(...)

‘Adams has enjoyed an unchallenged tenure at the top of the Sinn Féin of a duration once seen only in newly established African democracies.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

A nationalist Twitter user in Turkey recently suggested that perhaps the best way to discredit the iconic and currently imprisoned Abdullah Öcalan, f(...)

Kurdish women fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and women wearing traditional dress  celebrating the spring festival of Newroz  in the Kurdish city of Qamishli, Syria. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

Turkey’s Kurds yesterday marked the annual spring festival of Newroz with a call for the resumption of peace talks between the government and Kurdish (...)

A Turkish police officer holds an assault rifle during clashes with protesters demonstrating against government-imposed curfews on February 15th in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

A claim of responsibility on Friday by the little-known Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (Tak) for last Wednesday’s bombing in Ankara, which killed 28 people(...)

A member of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) mans a mounted machine gun in the Al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakeh last month. Photograph: Getty Images

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq who are fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants were attacked with chemical weapons a few days ago, (...)

 Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan greeting supporters during a rally in Ankara. Photograph: Kayhan Ozer/EPA.

Turks began voting on Sunday in the closest parliamentary election in more than a decade, one that could pave the way for president Tayyip Erdogan to(...)

An injured man is carried after an explosion during an election rally of pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph: Reuters

Two blasts ripped through a Kurdish rally in Turkey on Friday, killing two people and injuring more than 100 two days before a general election, and t(...)

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