The Republic of Turkey is a parliamentary republic in Eurasia, largely located in Western Asia, with the smaller part of Eastern Turkey in Southeast Europe.
The country is bordered by Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bulgaria and Greece. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance. It is a democratic, secular, unitary, constitutional republic with a diverse cultural heritage.
Basking in glory after emerging victorious in a recent divisive referendum, Turkish leader Erdogan is traveling to India as part of a whirlwind tour of global powers. The agenda includes terror, trade and nuclear issues.
More than 9,000 personnel have been temporarily suspended from Turkey's police force while they are investigated for suspected links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. The cleric was blamed for last year's failed coup.
More than a dozen Kurdish fighters have died in Turkish air raids in Syria and Iraq. The US State Department has said the bombings were not authorized by the international coalition led by Washington.
The sinking of an inflatable boat has claimed at least 15 lives off Lesbos, the Greek island whose refugee camps have been slammed by Pope Francis. At one camp on the island, Syrian refugees have gone on hunger strike.
Rajtoral's club Gaziantepspor in Turkey announced that the defender, who played 14 times for his country, was found dead in his home. The club chairman said players raised the alarm when he didn't turn up for training.
An IS fighter has been killed in a ground operation in Syria, the US military announced. Close to the IS leadership, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki was linked to an attack on a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people.