A traveller pets a therapy dog providing solace to stressed travellers before they board their flight at the Istanbul Airport, in Istanbul, on May 3.//AFP

Turkey therapy dogs join Istanbul Airport staff

Istanbul, Turkey – Six-year-old Kuki and one-and-a-half-year old Alita recently joined the staff of Istanbul Airport, one of the busiest in the world, with a mission to provide solace for stressed…

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This combo photo shows (Clockwise from top L) Rachabalizoda Saidakrami, Dalerdjon (alternatively spelled Dalerdzhon) Barotovich Mirzoyev, Muhammadsobir Fayzov and Shamsidin Fariduni.

Two Moscow attack suspects travelled ‘freely’ because no arrest warrant: Turkish official

Istanbul, Turkey – A Turkish security official on Tuesday said two of the Moscow concert hall attack suspects travelled “freely” to Russia as no arrest warrants were issued against them. Russian…

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Two Thai tourists die in tour bus accident in Turkey

Two Thai tourists were killed in Turkey when their tour bus slammed into a roadside sign on Thursday (local time), according to Thai Foreign Ministry spokesperson Kanchana Patarachoke today. The…

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CHP members watch TV after the first results at the CHP building in Istanbul on May 14, 2023, after polls closed in Turkey’s presidental and parliamentary elections first round. Turkey votes in a momentous election that could extend incombent President’s two-decade grip on power or put the mostly Muslim nation on a more secular course. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP)

Turkey braces for momentous runoff after election drama

Turkey braced Monday for its first election runoff after a night of high drama showed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan edging ahead of his secular rival but failing to secure a…

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Turkish parliament ratifies Finland’s NATO accession as Sweden kept waiting

ANKARA, March 30 (Reuters) – Turkey’s parliament approved a bill on Thursday to allow Finland to join NATO, clearing the way for the country to become part of the Western defence alliance as…

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Syrian artists Aziz Asmar and Salam Hamed paint street art on the rubble of damaged buildings in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake, in the rebel-held town of Jandaris, Syria February 22, 2023. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Turkey widens probe into building collapses as quake toll exceeds 50,000

Turkey has arrested 184 people suspected of responsibility for the collapse of buildings in this month’s earthquakes and investigations are widening, a minister said on Saturday, as anger simmers over…

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The coastal city of Samandag on February 21, 2023, a day after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake was recorded in Turkey’s southern province of Hatay, the hardest hit by a February 6 tremor which left more than 41,000 dead in the country, the disaster response agency AFAD said. (Photo by Bulent Kilic)

Turkey earthquake a daunting debut for Thailand’s international rescue team

The concept of a national urban search and rescue (USAR) team set up for large-scale natural or man-made disasters is rather new in Thailand. The country’s only USAR team has…

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Staff of the Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) search through the rubble of a damaged building after a 6.4-magnitude quake hit the Hatay province in southern Turkey, in Antakya, on February 20, 2023. YASIN AKGUL / AFP

Thais in Turkish province of Hatay are safe after earthquake on Monday night

Sixteen Thai people living in the Turkish province of Hatay are safe, after the latest earthquake on Monday night. Spokesperson for the Thai Foreign Ministry, Kanchana Patarachoke, said today (Tuesday)…

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People react after an earthquake in Antakya in Hatay province, Turkey, February 20, 2023. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Fresh earthquake hits Turkey-Syria border two weeks after disaster

Another earthquake struck the border region of Turkey and Syria on Monday, just two weeks after the area was devastated by a larger quake that killed more than 47,000 people and damaged…

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Thai rescue team welcomed back from Turkey on Saturday

The 42-member Thai USAR (urban search and rescue) team were welcomed home by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on their arrival in Bangkok today (Saturday), after the completion of their 10-day…

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34 Thais, including one deceased, to be flown back from Turkey on Thursday

A group of 34 Thais, some injured and one decedent, will be flown back from Turkey to Thailand this Thursday, but the Thai USAR (search and rescue) team will continue…

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Members of a search and rescue team worked on a collapsed structure after the earthquake in southeastern Turkey on Sunday. A crucial Twitter tool known as Application Developer Interface, used by software developers to comb the platform for calls for help from earthquake victims, may become accessible only by paying a $100 monthly fee.BERNAT ARMANGUE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Twitter’s plan to charge for crucial tool prompts outcry

In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria, thousands of volunteer software developers have been using a crucial Twitter tool to comb the platform for calls for…

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Fleeting glimpses of hope

For a change, heavy equipment and machinery are being mobilised from all parts of the world to one destination to save lives, not destroy them; religious and political differences were…

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Thai King and Queen send letters of condolence to Turkey and Syria

The King and Queen of Thailand sent letters of condolence today (Thursday), addressed to the presidents of Turkey and Syria, following the loss of life in the devastating earthquake which…

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Thai team to fly to Turkey to help in rescue and relief operations

The first team of 42 Thai rescue workers, from the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, will leave Bangkok for Turkey tonight (Thursday) to help in rescue and relief…

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People in the Turkish city of Gaziantep are living in their cars or makeshift shelters after the massive earthquake © Zein Al RIFAI / AFP

Turkish quake survivors face big freeze in cars, tents

Temperatures in the quake-stricken Turkish city of Gaziantep plunged to minus five degrees Celsius early Thursday but thousands of families spent the night in cars and makeshift tents — too…

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Dozens of families that fled Syria’s civil war are taking shelter from Turkey’s earthquake in Diyarbakir’s ancient mosque © Ilyas AKENGIN / AFP

Fleeing war, Syrians lose adopted homes in Turkey quake

Ridwan Gurre had the instincts to hide from roaring warplanes when he lived in Syria during its civil war. But little prepared him for the rumble of the 7.8-magnitude quake…

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Syrian rescuers gather above the rubble of a collapsed building, on February 7, 2023, in the town of Jandaris, in the rebel-held part of Aleppo province, as a search operation continues following a deadly earthquake. (Photo by Mohammed AL-RIFAI / AFP)

Earthquake kills more than 5,000 in Turkey, Syria

Rescuers in Turkey and Syria braved frigid weather, aftershocks and collapsing buildings Tuesday, as they dug for survivors buried by an earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people. Disaster agencies…

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Earthquake kills more than 3,800 in Turkey, Syria

A major earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Monday, killing more than 3,800 people and flattening thousands of buildings as rescuers dug with bare hands for survivors. Dozens of nations pledged aid…

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A member of Syria’s White Helmets civil defence group carries a child rescued from rubble in the town of Zardana in Idlib province © Abdulaziz KETAZ / AFP

Quake kills over 1,400 in Turkey, Syria

The most powerful earthquake in nearly a century struck Turkey and Syria early Monday, killing over 1,400 people in their sleep, levelling buildings and causing tremors felt as far away…

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A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook central Turkey early Monday and was followed by a strong aftershock (AP Graphics)

Powerful 7.8 quake knocks down buildings in Turkey, Syria

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A 7.8 magnitude quake knocked down multiple buildings in southeast Turkey and Syria early Monday and many casualties are feared. At least 10 deaths were reported…

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This photograph shows a view of the Kocatepe mosque and Atakule, in Ankara, on January 27, 2023. (Photo by Adem ALTAN / AFP)

Thailand-Türkiye relations – more than trade and investment

At the very beginning, it must be stressed that Thailand and Türkiye share a common national identity – neither has ever been colonised by the Western powers. They are also…

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Finland says time-out needed in talks with Turkey over NATO bid

Finland’s foreign minister said on Tuesday a time-out of a few weeks was needed in Finland and Sweden‘s talks with Turkey on their application to join the NATO military alliance. Turkey’s president said on Monday that Sweden should not…

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Putin says ready for Ukraine talks if Kyiv accepts ‘new territorial realities’

President Vladimir Putin told Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan he was open to dialogue with Ukraine if Kyiv accepts territories occupied by Moscow as Russian, the Kremlin said Thursday.  “Putin again confirmed Russia’s openness to serious dialogue on…

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Magnitude 5.9 quake hits northwest Turkey, causing panic

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit a town in northwest Turkey early Wednesday, causing widespread panic but there was no immediate report of major damage, Turkey’s Disaster…

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Police works at the scene after an explosion on busy pedestrian Istiklal street in Istanbul, Turkey, November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Kemal Aslan

Six dead in Istanbul blast, Erdogan says it ‘smells like terrorism’

ISTANBUL, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Six people were killed and 81 others wounded on Sunday when an explosion rocked a busy pedestrian street in central Istanbul in what Turkish President…

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A general view of the coal mine after an explosion in Amasra in the northern Bartin province, Turkey November 14, 2022. Ihlas News Agency (IHA) via REUTERS

Turkish mine blast’s death toll rises to at least 28

An explosion in a coal mine in Turkey‘s northern Bartin province on Friday killed 28 people, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, but it was not clear how many people were still…

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This handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Presidency on July 19, 2022 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) arriving for a joint news conference after at the end of the Astana Trilateral Summit at the Tehran International Conference Hall in Tehran. / AFP

Putin forges ties with Iran’s supreme leader in Tehran talks

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin had talks with Supreme Leader  Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Iran on Tuesday, the Kremlin leader’s first trip outside the former Soviet Union since Moscow’s Feb. 24…

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Farmers harvest wheat as Vuhlehirsk’s heat power plant burns in the distance after a shelling, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the Donbas region, Ukraine July 13, 2022. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Breakthrough at Ukraine grain export talks as heavy shelling continues

ISTANBUL/UNITED NATIONS, New York, July 14 (Reuters) – Ukraine, the United Nations and Turkey hailed progress at talks aiming to resume Black Sea grain exports blocked by Russia and ease the risk…

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Sweden’s Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberga, Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu react after signing a document during a NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

Turkey lifts veto on Finland, Sweden joining NATO, clearing path for expansion

MADRID/HELSINKI (Reuters) – NATO ally Turkey lifted its veto over Finland and Sweden‘s bid to join the Western alliance on Tuesday after the three nations agreed to protect each other’s security, ending a weeks-long drama that tested allied unity against…

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FILE / The murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul ruined Turkey-Saudi ties / AFP

Saudi crown prince pays first visit to Turkey since Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler will on Wednesday take another step towards breaking his international isolation by paying his first visit to Turkey since the murder in 2018 of journalist…

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Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist speaks during a news conference at the military base in Adazi, Latvia April 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

Sweden’s plans for NATO membership hit snag as Turkey says no

Sweden will formally apply for NATO membership in the next few days, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said on Monday, but its accession process, and that of Finland, hit a snag when NATO member Turkey‘s president said he would not approve…

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia March 16, 2022. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Pool

Turkey says Russia and Ukraine nearing agreement on ‘critical’ issues

ISTANBUL, March 20 (Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign minister said in an interview published on Sunday that Russia and Ukraine were nearing agreement on “critical” issues and he was hopeful for a ceasefire if…

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The site of sunken ship off coast Gallipoli in Turkey. (Photo by Reuters)

Shipwrecks of World War I are a seabed museum in Turkey

Turkey’s newest park is an underwater museum of fourteen shipwrecks that lie beneath the waves of the Dardanelles Strait, a glimpse into the fierce battles between Ottoman and Allied forces…

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US soldiers from Second Platoon, Bravo Troop, 33rd Cavalry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team take position during a patrol in Ibrahim Khel village of Khost province on April 11, 2010.(Photo by MASSOUD HOSSAINI / AFP)

Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan before this year’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, finally ending America’s longest war despite mounting fears of a…

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Rescue operations take place on a site secured by the police after an earthquake struck the Aegean Sea, in the coastal province of Izmir, Turkey, November 1, 2020. / REUTERS

Three-year-old rescued from rubble, Turkey quake death toll hits 81

A three-year-old girl was rescued from a collapsed building in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Monday, officials said, nearly three days after a powerful earthquake in the Aegean…

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Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee Hatice (left) and her friends in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul early this month.

Turkey demands extradition of 18 Saudis in Khashoggi case as his fiancée recounts event

Turkish prosecutors have prepared an extradition request for 18 suspects from Saudi Arabia in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as his fiancee said on Friday she did not accept…

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