Ankara is the capital of Turkey, located in Central Anatolia. It is Turkey's second largest city behind Istanbul. It has been the capital of the Republic of Turkey since its founding in 1923, replacing Istanbul.
Turkey's capital is located at an intersection point of highways connecting east to west and north to south of Anatolia and it is a home to National Assembly of Turkey. Ankara lies between four mountains of Anatolia Plateau.
Extradition hearings have been taking place in Greece for eight Turkish officers Ankara accuses of hijacking a military helicopter and leaving Turkey after July's failed military coup. Ankara says all eight helped plot the coup and attempted to assassinate President Erdogan - a charge the fugitives vehemently deny. Anthee Carassava reports from Athens.
Turkey's foreign ministry has invited the German ambassador for talks in Ankara after a lawmaker was held at Cologne's airport. German police said the woman was held for a short time due to a problem with her passport.
Mass displacement in southeast Turkey has left civilians without homes, jobs, education or basic necessities. A human rights group has called for Ankara to lift curfews, allow residents to return and grant compensation.