Turkish drilling ship Yavuz: set to start work off the  coast of Cyprus within the country’s exclusive economic zone, in violation of international law. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Turkey is set to deploy a fourth ship to explore for gas and oil off the coast of Cyprus in defiance of EU sanctions imposed to end Ankara’s illegal o(...)

Turkish ship Yavuz anchored off Cyprus’s east coast in preparation for drilling. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Turkey has rejected European Union charges that its oil and gas drilling in Cypriot waters are violations of international law and accused Brussels of(...)

Syrian refugees remove a corrugated metal as they dismantle their shelters at the Lebanese border town of Arsal. Photograph: Reuters/Hassan Abdallah

Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, the three regional countries hosting 5.6 million Syrian refugees, are struggling under the burden. Economic crises in all(...)

US president Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to visit North Korea after crossing from the demilitarised zone that divides the Korean Peninsu(...)

Supporters of the secular opposition Republican People’s Party candidate for mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu,  celebrate in  Istanbul. For all the understandable euphoria, it is too early yet to write off Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photograph: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has gambled and lost – spectacularly. In an election for mayor of Istanbul at the weekend, Turkey’s all-powerful president suffer(...)

Turkish people gather to celebrate after the Istanbul mayoral elections re-run, at Kadikoy in Istanbul, on Sunday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

‘Whoever wins Istanbul wins Turkey, ” Recep Tayyip Erdogan once said. How he must hope he is wrong. In perhaps the most significant setback he has suf(...)

Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate for mayor of Istanbul Ekrem Imamoglu celebrating in front of supporters at Beylikduzu in the city after his decisive win in Sunday’s election. Photograph: CHP press service/AFP/Getty Images

Delivering a victory speech at his party’s election headquarters on Sunday night, Istanbul’s new opposition mayor declared that his triumph in a (...)

Supporters of president Tayyip Erdogan wave Turkish flags in Istanbul. The country’s  international relations are  changing. Photograph: Murad Sezer

Datca town council in southwest Turkey is closing its beaches because of “expected simultaneous sand and snow storms”. The hotel we are staying in at (...)

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades: has expressed “utmost satisfaction”with the EU’s  supportive stance. Photograph: Julian Warnand

The European Council’s willingness to contemplate measures against Turkey over its illegal drilling for natural gas off the coast of Cyprus has been m(...)

Republican People’s Party candidate for Istanbul mayor Ekrem Imamoglu during a campaign rally in Istanbul on Wednesday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Millions of voters in Istanbul go back to the polls for a controversial mayoral election re-run on Sunday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party t(...)

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