Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Clashes rock Turkey’s Diyarbakir after arrest of Kurdish mayors

Turkish police clashed with protesters in Diyarbakir on Wednesday, using tear gas and water cannon to prevent them demonstrating against the detention of the Kurdish-majority city’s co-mayors. Gultan Kisanak and Firat Anli were taken into custody on Tuesday night in a surprise move against the leaders of a city hit by renewed fighting between Turkish […]

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Deadly twin blasts rock Kurdish-held northern Syrian city

Two bomb blasts claimed by the Islamic State group hit the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli near the Turkish border on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding 170 others, state television reported. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the blasts but gave a lower death toll of 14 killed and dozens […]

Several killed as explosions, gunfire rock Istanbul’s Ataturk airport

Several killed as explosions, gunfire rock Istanbul’s Ataturk airport

  A triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport killed at least 32 people and left scores wounded, in the latest deadly strike to rock Turkey’s biggest city. The attackers began spraying bullets at airport guards at the terminal entrance and a shootout erupted before they blew themselves up one by one […]

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Dar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace

Perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley, some 15 km away from the capita city of Sana, Yemen, is Dar al-Hajar, better known as the Imam’s Rock Palace. It is an iconic symbol of Yemen, whose picture you can find on postcards and magazines to bills and water bottles. What makes […]