Turkish mother fights to free cadet son from life sentence | AFP

Wearing a multi-coloured headscarf and a long coat to guard against the bitter Ankara frost, Turkish mother Melek Cetinkaya would not usually catch the police’s attention. But when she dons her vest calling for justice for her imprisoned son and demands the public’s support, she is swiftly detained. Her son, Furkan Cetinkaya, is a 19-year-old Turkish military cadet who was given a life sentence for coup involvement.

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Turkey’s Defence Minister visits troops at border with Syria after deadly flare-up | AFP

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar arrives in Turkey’s Hatay province, on the border with Syria, to meet with troops after Turkish and Syrian troops traded deadly fire in Syria’s northwest on Monday, further raising tension between Ankara and regime backer Moscow over the war-torn Idlib rebel enclave. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Evacuees disembark Turkish cargo plane in Ankara | AFP

42 people with 32 Turkish citizens, along with citizens of Azerbaijan, Albania, and Georgia disembark a Turkish military cargo plane in Ankara after being evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. IMAGES

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EU top diplomat condemns Turkey ‘interference’ in Libya | AFP

The EU’s diplomatic chief condemns Turkish “interference” in Libya after Ankara sent troops to support the UN-backed Tripoli government, warning this complicates the crisis in the oil-rich state. SOUNDBITE

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Greece, Israel and Cyprus sign EastMed pipeline agreement in Athens | AFP

Greece, Cyprus and Israel sign an agreement for a huge pipeline project designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. The move comes amid tensions with Turkey over its own activities in the area and a contentious maritime deal with Libya expanding Ankara’s claims over a large gas-rich area of the sea. IMAGES

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Iraqi Kurds boycott Turkish goods after Syria assault | AFP

Shopkeepers in Iraq’s Kurdish region have been responding to activists’ calls to boycott Turkish goods in protest at Ankara’s assault on Kurdish forces in neighbouring Syria. From pomegranates to plastic buckets, yoghurt and beauty products, Iraq imports more than $8 billion worth of Turkish goods a year through its autonomous Kurdish north.

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Convoy of Syrian troops arrives in Kobane | AFP

A convoy of Syrian troops arrives in the northern border town of Kobane as part of a deal that sees Damascus, Ankara and Moscow carve up the now-defunct Syrian Kurdish autonomous region. IMAGES

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Trump: ‘Success’ in Syria; lifts Turkey sanctions

President Donald Trump says he’s lifting sanctions on Turkey after Ankara agreed to permanently stop fighting Kurdish forces in Syria. Trump said Wednesday that others should “fight over this long, blood-stained sand.” (Oct. 23)

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EU’s Tusk says US-Turkey deal not real ‘ceasefire’ | AFP

European Council president Donald Tusk says after a meeting of EU leaders that Turkey’s US-brokered truce is not serious and demands Ankara halt its offensive against Kurdish forces. SOUNDBITE

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Deadly Turkish air strikes shatter NE Syria truce | AFP

Deadly Turkish air strikes shatter an hours-old US-brokered deal to stop Ankara’s military offensive against Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

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Turkish operation in northern Syria | AFP Animé

US Vice President Mike Pence met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to push for a ceasefire in Syria after Ankara rebuffed international pressure to halt its deadly offensive against Kurdish forces. Videographic locating northern Syria.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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