German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes a statement on the Istanbul attack: at least 10 people died, most of them German tourists, in the city’s historic area. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Istanbul’s usually thronged tourist districts fell quiet last night following a suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 10 foreign tourists and call(...)

Mourners carry the coffin of killed Kurdish militant Osman Karadeniz during his funeral in   Diyarbakir. Tensions continue to run high in the southeast of the country. Photograph: Ilyas Akengin/AFP/Getty Images

Turkey’s military operation against militants in the Kurdish-populated southeast has entered a third week with government forces still unable to decis(...)

Several Kurdish-populated towns have been subjected to a series of often-deadly military sieges and blockades this year. Photograph: Reuters

The convoy of Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish trucks stuck outside besieged Cizre has been here for six days. Empty egg shells and potato skins litter the (...)

Demonstrators walk past  an armoured police vehicle during a protest in Diyarbakir, Turkey. Photograph: Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Seven people were killed in clashes with security forces in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast, officials said on Monday, as authorities declared curfe(...)

The funeral of Tahir Elci:  The well-known human rights lawyer had been arrested and tortured under military rule a number of times in the past. Photograph: Sertac Kayar/Reuters

Last month, Tahir Elci argued on a popular Turkish television show that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) was not a terrorist organisation, in defia(...)

Smoke rises from the site of US-led air strikes in the town of Sinjar, Iraq. Photograph: Ari Jalal/Reuters

Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes have seized the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar from Islamic State (IS), giving the jihadists’ opponents an impo(...)

Istanbul supporters celebrate AKP victory .... President Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains determined to introduce controversial executive presidency,  although his stunning elction victory has still left him short of the supermajority  he needs in parliament. Photograph:  Ozan Koseozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Two disconcerting indicators for the future of Turkish democracy have flown under the radar in the week since Sunday’s surprising parliamentary electi(...)

Musicians play as supporters wait for Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on Tuesday. Turkey’s long dominant AK Party scored a stunning election success at the weekend. Photograph: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images

Following a failed government-forming process, Turkey’s worst-ever terrorist attack and the return to war with militant Kurds, how is it Turkey’s AK P(...)

Supporters of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party celebrate outside the party’s headquarters in Ankara. Photograph: Getty Images/ Adem Altanadem Altan/AFP

Turkey’s AK Party scored a stunning victory in snap parliamentary elections yesterday, winning 49 per cent of the vote with 95 per cent of ballots cou(...)

AKP supporters celebrate after hearing the early results of Turkey’s general election in Ankara, Turkey. Photograph: EPA/STR

Turkey looked set to return to single-party rule after the Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to victory in a general election on Sunday, in a result that(...)

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