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US president Donald Trump walks on the south lawn of the White House in Washington on Sunday, after stepping off Marine One as he returns from a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/ AP

A day never passes when the worst president in US history does not again pile egregiousness upon egregiousness. And there is little relief at hand, ex(...)

Head coach Joachim Löw faces the media   following the German team’s arrival at Frankfurt airport on Thursday. Photograph: Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

The most amazing thing about Germany’s World Cup exit at the group stage is that the sun still rose this morning. You wouldn’t have thought so on Wedn(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

One of the first congratulatory calls Recep Erdogan received on Monday , after his successful constitutional crusade, was from Donald Trump, no less. (...)

Turkish troops  land in Kyrenia, northern Cyprus, on July 23rd, 1974. The illegal Turkish invasion, ostensibly to protect the many Turkish people living in Cyprus, precipitated a crisis that continues today. Photograph: AP/Hurriyet

The predictable collapse of last month’s Cyprus peace talks underlines the fragility of borders and identities in the entire Balkan-Levant region. The(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington had received no request from Ankara to extradite Fetullah Gulen. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned that Turkey should “not go beyond the rule of law” as it deals with the aftermath of Friday’s failed milit(...)

The presence of 50,000 migrants in Greece is proof that diplomacy works – on its own terms, and certainly not for the benefit of the victims of history. Above: a makeshift refugee camp is seen in the reflection of a passenger waiting area at the port of Piraeus, Greece. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The Greek word “diplo” means “double”, from which we get the idea of “diplomat”, someone who moves between two points of view attempting a compromise.(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu after visiting a refugee camp in Turkey late last month. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/EPA

The announcement by the European Commission that it has provisionally backed visa-free travel for Turkish citizens marks the latest stage in the EU’s (...)

Events on Turkey’s troubled border with Syria have pushed its leaders into a major policy change towards the Syrian civil war. Last week’s decision th(...)

Pope Francis and Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara: Any illusions about the difficulties of Muslim-Christian, East-West dialogue the pontiff might have had were dispelled by a remarkable statement by the Turkish leader. Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Reuters

If Pope Francis had any illusions about the difficulties of Muslim-Christian, East-West dialogue, they would have been dispelled by a remarkable st(...)

An explosion rocks Kobani city centre yesterday during a reported suicide car bomb attack by Islamic State militants group. Photograph: Getty

US secretary of state John Kerry justified the first air drop of weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobani, Syria, (...)

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