Turkey

One dead, 150 hurt as jet skids off runway in Istanbul

The Pegasus Airlines jet was carrying 171 passengers and six crew members from Izmir province in the west when it crashed at Sabiha Gokcen airport.

The Boeing 737 was trying to land in heavy tailwinds and rain.

The airport was closed and flights diverted after the accident.

Turkish media said the majority of people on board were Turkish but there were also about 20 foreign nationals.

Guarding IS prisons no longer a priority, say Kurds

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) currently hold thousands of suspected IS prisoners.

Areas in north-eastern Syria under SDF control have come under heavy bombardment from Turkey since it launched its offensive on Wednesday.

More than 50 civilians have reportedly died on both sides of the border.

Turkey accuses the Kurds of being terrorists and has said it wants to drive them away from a "safe zone" reaching some 30km into Syria.

It also plans to resettle more than three million Syrian refugees in the zone who are currently in Turkey.

Vanuatu has its first-ever proud grad in Turkey

Maureen Paul, who just earned her master's degree at Gazi University in the capital Ankara, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that she come to Turkey under the scholarship program of the state Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB).

Paul came thousands of miles to Turkey from her country, which is located west of Fiji, southeast of the Solomon Islands and home to over 270,000 people.

"I'm happy to be the first graduate," she said, expressing her gratitude to the Turkish people and specifically the YTB for providing her scholarship.

Turkey: German gay film festival banned in Ankara

The organisers Pink Life QueerFest Four had planned to screen four films at cinemas on 16 and 17 November.

They said the decision "deprives us of our constitutional rights".

Homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey but activists say homophobia remains widespread.

In a statement, Ankara's governor office said the festival's content "could incite grudges and enmity toward a part of society".

Vanuatu seeks stronger ties with Turkey

Ati Sokomanu, Vanuatu’s former president and the only one to serve two terms, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency in Istanbul.

The statesman was in Turkey for last week’s summit of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.

Sokomanu said Turkey can help his country a great deal in social development and education. "Economically and politically, Turkey is a very big country, it has also an ocean but not like we have in the Pacific," he said.

Turkey and US suspend most visa services

The Turkish embassy in Washington said it needed to "reassess" the US government's commitment to the security of the mission and personnel.

A very similar statement was earlier made by the US embassy in Ankara.

This comes after a US consulate worker in Istanbul was held last week on suspicion of links to a cleric blamed for last year's failed coup in Turkey.

Washington condemned the move as baseless and damaging to bilateral relations.

The arrested consulate employee was a male Turkish citizen, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkey fires 7000 in dissident crackdown

It comes as part of a major purge of state institutions, including the judiciary, police and education, in response to last year's unrest.

On Saturday, Turkey marks one year since rogue soldiers bombed buildings and opened fire on civilians.

More than 250 people were killed in the violence.

The Turkish authorities accuse a movement loyal to the Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, of organising the July 2016 plot to bring down President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey wants US envoy to leave

He said Brett McGurk, the US envoy to the coalition against so-called Islamic State, was "definitely" supporting the YPG in Syria and the separatist PKK.

The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

Tensions were high after Mr Trump said he would arm the Syrian Kurds.

Syria: Rebels storm out as 'safe zones' plan signed

Russia's plan for "de-escalation" zones was backed by Iran at talks in Kazakhstan. Both countries support Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Turkey, which supports rebel groups, also agreed to act as a guarantor.

But some delegates from the rebel forces angrily rejected the plan.

As the three countries were invited to sign the document on Thursday in the Kazakh capital, Astana, rebel delegates angrily shouted that they did not accept it and walked out.

Turkey blocks Wikipedia over what it calls terror 'smear campaign'

     

Articles and comments on the popular online encyclopedia showed Turkey "in coordination and aligned" with terrorist groups, the Turkish Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications said.

"It has become part of an information source which is running a smear campaign against Turkey in the international arena," the ministry said.

Turkey warned Wikipedia to remove such content, but the nonprofit encyclopedia refused, the government said.

Once Wikipedia meets Turkey's demands, the access ban will be lifted, it said.