Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest in Istanbul yesterday.

The US last night called for an investigation into the political violence in Turkey and urged restraint on all sides following the fifth day of escala(...)

Turkey’s prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, flanked by deputies Bulent Arinc (left) and Bekir Bozdag, at a news conference in Istanbul yesterday. Erdogan called for calm after a weekend of fierce anti-government protests, urging people not to be provoked by demonstrations he said had been organised by “extremist elements”. Photograph: Reuters

Erdogan, Turkey’s prime minister, has spent the past 10 years establishing himself as a sort of righteous, vengeful and paternalistic commissar occupy(...)

Anti-government protesters clash with riot police in central Istanbul yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Murad Sezer

Riot police and protesters turned a central Istanbul square into a scene of chaos yesterday following a week-long campaign to stop city authorities fr(...)

The bombings that killed dozens in the Turkish city of Reyhanli on Saturday later expose the violent risks of spillover into neighbouring countries posed by the Syrian conflict. Photograph:  Reuters/Umit Bektas

Israel’s missile strikes on military targets in the Damascus area on May 5th and the bombings that killed dozens in the Turkish city of Reyhanl(...)

People view the debris of the Saturday explosion sites that killed 46 and injured about 50 others in Reyhanli. Photograph: AP Photo

On a drizzling Sunday afternoon in Reyhanli, a rural city near the Syrian border in Turkey’s Hatay province, locals wandered streets littered w(...)

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a news conference  in Istanbul. Photograph: Murad Sezer

US secretary of state John Kerry will hold talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem today, but efforts to revive the Middle Eas(...)

Tammam Salam has been tasked with forming a government of national unity in Lebanon. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has warned that the Middle East could be chaotic for decades if rebel forces topple his regim(...)

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