| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:49 PM
As the Obama administration seeks $500 million in additional aid for Syrian rebels, a leading figure of the major U.S.-backed Syrian opposition coalition has ordered the disbanding and complete restructuring of the group's military wing.
The shake-up is...
| Jun 30, 2014
| 7:00 AM
In case there is any doubt about who is in charge, guards patrolling the stretch of Syria around the Turkish border crossing here wear blue T-shirts stitched with "Islamic Front" patches.
Since opposition fighters first seized border crossings in 2012,...
| Jun 24, 2014
This philosophical conundrum was popular for a while in academic circles: "If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it still make a sound?"
Some women, members of a certain club, rewrote the query as follows: "If a tree falls...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 4:38 AM
To the surprise of almost no one, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan formalized his bid for the presidency on Tuesday, with his ruling Justice and Development Party announcing that he would be its candidate.
Erdogan is widely expected to win...
| Jun 10, 2014
I first visited Istanbul in the 1970s. Some of my most vivid memories of that trip are of the colorful locals. Scruffy kids sold cherry juice and old men would grab huge cucumbers from wheeled carts, then peel, quarter and salt them to sell for pennies....
| May 16, 2014
| 1:35 PM
The operator of a mine where an underground fire killed 292 workers admitted Friday that the complex did not have refuge chambers where crews could have taken shelter, but said the law didn’t require them.
“Legally, we don’t have an...
| May 17, 2014
| 10:39 AM
The search for survivors of Turkey’s worst mining accident of modern times ended Saturday with the recovery of two more bodies, the country’s energy minister said, leaving the death toll in the Soma mine disaster at 301.
| Jun 19, 2014
| 11:35 AM
| May 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
CANNES -- "Winter Sleep," Nuri Bilge Ceylan's sprawling, character-rich portrait of a self-absorbed Anatolian hotelier and his uneasy relationships with those around him, won the Palme d'Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night. It's...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 10:35 AM
The Turkish government late Thursday ordered Internet service providers to restore access to Twitter, lifting a two-week ban on the microblogging site a day after the nation's highest court ruled it illegal and an infringement on free speech.
| May 14, 2014
| 11:26 AM
As the death toll from one of Turkey’s worst mining disasters climbed to more than 200 on Wednesday, questions were being asked about why lawmakers rejected a parliamentary motion to investigate mine safety two weeks ago.
At least 245 miners...
| May 14, 2014
| 3:48 PM
The death toll in one of Turkey's worst mining disasters climbed to more than 270 on Thursday, and protesters took to the streets in several cities, accusing the ruling party of lax regulation, corruption and close ties to the mining industry.