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Why the Fight for Kobani Matters

Battle over Syrian town emerges as test of US policy: 'New York Times'

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani , Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, "As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS." In an editorial today, the New York Times... More »

Turkey Will Let US Use Its Bases to Fight ISIS

As fighting continues in Kobani

(Newser) - Turkey will let US and coalition forces use its bases, including a key installation within 100 miles of the Syrian border, for operations against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, American defense officials said yesterday. But progress in negotiations with Turkey—including Ankara's agreement to train several thousand... More »

Here's the Best Place on Earth to Call Home

Canberra tops economic organization's list

(Newser) - An international economic group has named the best region on the planet to live, and it's one whose reputation hasn't always been sterling, the BBC reports: Canberra, Australia. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which has 34 member countries, calls the Australian Capital Territory the best in... More »

UN: ISIS Atrocities Loom in Besieged Border Town

World must act now to save Kobani, envoy warns

(Newser) - The world has seen the "massacres, humanitarian tragedies, rapes, horrific violence," and other atrocities that unfold when ISIS seizes a town—and it needs to act now to stop the same happening in the Syrian border city of Kobani , a UN official warns. The UN special envoy for... More »

Fears Mount That Key Border Town Will Fall to ISIS

Turkey's president says as much

(Newser) - The Syrian border city of Kobani continues to grab headlines today, with reports placing ISIS closer than ever to the heart of the city, which remains in Kurdish hands. The Wall Street Journal reports that ISIS yesterday managed to raise two of its black flags in the city's outskirts.... More »

Why Turkey Might Join ISIS Fight: Ancient Tomb?

Tomb of Suleyman Shah, located in Syria, is dear to country

(Newser) - Turkey is today weighing whether to join the fight against ISIS. As the AP explains, the country's parliament is debating a motion that would grant the government new powers to launch military operations targeting ISIS in Syria and Iraq; it also would allow for the use of Turkish bases... More »

In 4 Days, 130K Syrians Flee ISIS

They seek refuge in Turkey

(Newser) - Up until the middle of last week, Turkey put the number of Syrian refugees within its borders at more than a million. That number has swelled by 130,000 in the last four days, according to Turkey's deputy PM. It's not just the sheer number of refugees that'... More »

ISIS Frees 49 Hostages From Turkey

They were held in Iraq, and it's not known what deal Turkish officials struck

(Newser) - Dozens of Turkish hostages seized by Islamic militants in Iraq three months ago were freed and safely returned to Turkey today, ending the nation's most serious hostage crisis. The 49 hostages were captured from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Iraq, on June 11, when ISIS overran the city in... More »

Elevator Plunges 32 Stories, Kills 10

Turkey investigating horrific accident at Istanbul construction site

(Newser) - An elevator has plunged 32 stories at a construction site in Istanbul, killing 10 people. Istanbul's governor, Huseyin Avni Mutlu, said eight people have been detained and that an investigation has been launched into the incident that occurred yesterday. Mutlu said: "The laws are clear. If anyone is... More »

Obama Lines Up 9 Allies Against ISIS

But next step is to get more Arab nations on board

(Newser) - After taking grief for saying the US lacks a strategy in the fight against the Islamic State, President Obama sought to fix that yesterday by lining up nine nations at the NATO summit in a new coalition. The other nine are Britain, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and... More »

Kidnapped US Journalist on the Way Home

Qatar helped free Peter Theo Curtis from Nusra Front

(Newser) - The US has confirmed that a kidnapped American journalist has been freed by his captors —and John Kerry says he is "relieved and grateful" that Peter Theo Curtis is on the way home. Relatives tell the New York Times that Qatar helped free the Massachusetts native after nearly... More »

2-Headed Dolphin Washes Ashore

Museum in Turkey hopes to display it

(Newser) - What appears to be a two-headed dolphin has washed up on a beach in Dikili, near the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey. A marine biologist at Akdeniz University hasn't seen the remains in person but says they appear to be that of rare conjoined dolphins, reports the Independent . The... More »

Turkey Chooses PM as First Elected President

Critics fear Erdogan power grab

(Newser) - Turkey's first directly elected president is no stranger to winning Turkish elections: Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been the country's prime minister since 2003. He is barred from seeking a fourth term as PM, and although the post of president has been a largely ceremonial one until now, he... More »

Kate Moss Was Wasted on Flight: Passengers

Witnesses claim model didn't have ticket, was 'clearly inebriated' at Turkish airport

(Newser) - News about Kate Moss has been as scarce as the clothing she wasn't wearing in Playboy last year, but she made headlines at a Turkish airport on Monday. A witness at Bodrum Airport tells the Daily Mail that the 40-year-old supermodel appeared to wheedle her way into boarding the... More »

Official Says Women Shouldn't Laugh, Country Cracks Up

Turkey's deputy PM blasts 'moral collapse'

(Newser) - Turkey's deputy leader doesn't like it when women laugh in public, but he's caused plenty of hilarity across the country. In a widely mocked speech attacking "moral corruption," Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc slammed women for spending too much time talking on the phone, said... More »

Why 5 Siblings Walk on All Fours and Can't Stand Up

Scientists call into question a 'reverse evolution' theory about the Turkish family

(Newser) - Some people walk on all fours for fun, or for sport, but not for long stretches and certainly not for ease of mobility. Yet five siblings in a family of 19 in Hatay, Turkey, walk not just primarily but only on all fours, and lack the balance to do otherwise.... More »

Some People Ignored Writing for Thousands of Years

Ancient Assyrians still used clay markers, 2K years later

(Newser) - What if people still used typewriters in the year 4,000? Or wrote with a stone and chisel today? That's roughly the equivalent of what archaeologists discovered in Turkey, where a dig dating to 600 to 900 BC turned up clay tokens alongside cuneiform tablets, the Smithsonian reports. The... More »

Why Turkey Is Fascinated With Grisly Murder Trial

Man accused of killing parents, chopping them up, among other things

(Newser) - Turkey is in the midst of what Vocativ calls its murder trial of the century. Kenan Oner is accused of murdering his parents, chopping them up, and burying them in their yard, all so he could get his inheritance early, police believe. Still missing is his wife, who hasn't... More »

Turkey Detains 18 in Mine Disaster

Including at least 2 honchos from Soma Holding

(Newser) - Eighteen people, including company executives, have been detained as Turkish officials investigate the mining disaster that killed 301 people, a domestic news agency is reporting today. The Dogan news agency said Ramazan Dogru, general manager of the mine owned by Soma Holding, and its operations manager, Akin Celik, were among... More »

Turkey Ends Mine Search With Death Toll at 301

Anger among miners, families still rising

(Newser) - Turkey's energy minister says rescue workers have completed their search in Turkey's worst mining disaster after retrieving the bodies of the last two missing miners. Taner Yildiz said today that the death toll from the May 13 explosion and fire that devastated a coal mine in Soma is... More »

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