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IS jihadists taunt Turkish army at Syrian border


A video showing fighters from the group calling itself Islamic State talking to Turkish soldiers near the embattled city of Kobane has widely circulated online. The video has angered Kurdish activists, who see it as proof of collusion between the Turkish army and the jihadist group. However, the scene appears to be the result of provocation on the part of the IS fighters. Here’s why…
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Turkish police ‘flash political symbols’ as they storm Ankara campus

Turkish police brutally broke up protests on multiple university campuses on Thursday, including Ankara University, where officers were seen flashing a four-finger hand sign. According to students at the protest, this was unmistakably the four-finger salute regularly used by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters. Read more...

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Kobane Kurds stranded on landmine-ridden border


In Kobane, a Syrian city located near the border with Turkey, street battles are raging between jihadists from the Islamic State (IS) group and Kurdish fighters. A few hundred metres away, more than 2,000 Kurdish refugees have amassed at the border on terrain riddled with landmines. Read more...
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'Kobane is being abandoned to IS group,' say Kurds in Turkey


Since Monday night, Kurds and their supporters have held dozens of demonstrations in streets all over Turkey to protest against the Islamic State organisation’s advance on Kobane, a Kurdish town just across the border in Syria. Turkish police have responded by dispersing protesters using tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets, which for many protesters has confirmed what they already believed: the government doesn’t care about Kobane’s collapse. Read more…

Using graffiti, Turks share tips for getting around Twitter ban

 
Turkey may have blocked the use of Twitter, but that hasn’t stopped many Turks from continuing to tweet. Technologically-savvy youth are quickly getting their fellow citizens up to speed on how to bypass the ban by posting instructions online as well as on city walls. Read more...
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Two Syrians invent robot medic to outfox snipers

 
A robot might soon save the victims of sniper fire in Syria. At least, that’s what the inventors of Tena, a “robot medic”, are hoping. Working out of a shed not far from the Turkish border with Syria, two engineers see their creation as the only solution to Syria’s sniper problem. Read more...
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In pictures: Turkey’s protesters see the funny side

 
Despite being confronted with water cannons and tear gas, it seems Turkey’s anti-government demonstrators haven’t lost their sense of humour. Day after day, they post photos and videos of their offbeat, often humorous forms of protest. Read more…
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Turkish protesters want "neither Islamisation, nor unbridled capitalism"

 
Despite the Turkish deputy prime minister apologising for police’s “excessive violence”, protesters once again went out into the streets by the thousands in cities around Turkey Tuesday night. Our Observers taking part in the protests explain their many grievances against prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and why they are determined to keep up the struggle. Read more…

Who are the men in civilian clothing attacking Turkish protesters?

 
Since Friday, protests against Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s conservative Islamic government have been springing up in Turkey’s main cities. The crackdown on protesters has been very violent, particularly in Izmir, on the country’s western coast, where men dressed in civilian clothing and armed with long batons have been attacking them, working alongside the police. Read more...
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