Turkey

Consul asks parents not to worry about children’s safety

This is as a result of the civil war in Syria and possible terrorist attack on Turkish soil.

He points out that Turkey shares a common border with Syria and since the start of the uprising in 2011, 2,500,000 Syrians have crossed the border to seek safety in his country.

On the other hand he says terrorist attacks can take place in any country including England and France. “As far as I know, terrorism is a global problem”, he says.

Turkish scholarships available soon

While making the announcement, Istanbul-based Vanuatu Honourary Consul Mehmet Atar says in Turkey, they regard ni-Vanuatu students as part of “our family, our brothers and sisters”.

Honourary Consul Atar visited one of the students, Maureen Paul from Tangoa on Santo, in Ankara before last weekend.

Passenger takes turkey on US plane as support animal

A hilarious image has been doing the rounds on the internet, showing the large bird sitting on the plane, with what looks to be an arm around its back.

According to a Reddit thread, it is thought the turkey was taken on onboard the flight as an "emotional support animal".

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NATO chief: Russian jets in Turkish airspace no accident

Turkey's military, meanwhile, said more of its jets patrolling the border with Syria were placed in a radar lock by Russian planes and surface-to-air missile systems.

In Syria, Russian warplanes reportedly continued pounding targets in the country, where the Kremlin has come to the aid of beleaguered ally President Bashar Assad.

Germany, Turkey back solution to Syrian war

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone Wednesday. The government said Merkel praised the "enormous Turkish efforts" to take care of nearly 2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. It added that the two leaders agreed to increase cooperation on resolving the refugee crisis, with an emphasis on combatting traffickers.

Thai police chief links Bangkok blast to Uighur trafficking

     

Somyot Poompanmoung's comments marked the first time authorities have publicly linked the Aug. 17 bombing to the smuggling of Uighurs, after weeks of hinting at it and saying only that they believe the attack was carried out by human traffickers angered by a crackdown on their network.

Turkey's Erdogan says he will call a new election for Nov. 1

Erdogan said he will meet with the parliament speaker on Monday, the day after the deadline for forming a new government, to complete the formalities. "After that, we will take our country to early elections," he said.

VIDEO: Six Syrian migrants drown off Turkey

Those who drowned were attempting the risky journey to Europe - bound for the Greek island of Kos only four kilometers (2.5 miles) from Turkey.

Turkish coastguard unloaded five body bags at the harbour in the western tourist town of Bodrum.

A rescue team later found the drowned infant's body, according to a member of the Bodrum Sea Rescue Association, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Day of violence in Istanbul leaves at least 3 dead

In the southeast of the country a roadside bomb killed four police, and Kurdish rebels attacked a helicopter, killing a conscript. There has been a recent sharp spike in violence between Turkey's security forces and rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

One of the consulate attackers was later captured injured in a nearby building and hospitalized. 

Al-Qaida in Syria withdraws from area near Turkish border

The move by the Nusra Front came two weeks after Turkey began carrying out airstrikes against IS targets in Syria. 

Turkey also agreed to allow U.S. warplanes to use the strategic Incirlik Air Base for operations against IS in Syria. The two countries have agreed on the outlines of a plan to create an IS-free zone along the border.