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Sister's delight at release of Brit held on terror charges

Philip Pendlebury with his sister Alex. Credit: ITV Granada

The sister of one of the British journalists held on terror charges in Turkey has expressed her joy at their release.

Philip Pendlebury's sister Alex confirmed the news, writing on Facebook: "I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am.

"This has been the most difficult week of our lives but now the nightmare is over!

"I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you, because without you this wouldn't have happened!!! From the bottom of my heart thank you so much!!"

On Wednesday, she told ITV Granada that the accusations were "ludicrous".

Vice news reporters released in Turkey

Philip Pendlebury (left) and Jake Hanrahan have been released Credit: Credit: Vice News

The two Vice news reporters arrested in Turkey have been released.

British journalists Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury were detained last Thursday in Turkey.

The pair were charged by a Turkish court with “aiding a terrorist organisation”.

It was reported yesterday that they had been moved to a high security prison.

The journalists' fixer, Iraqi national Mohammed Ismael Rasool, remained in custody.

VICE News has received confirmation from the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office that two of our journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released from a Turkish prison.

While we are grateful that they have been freed, we are deeply worried by reports that our other VICE News colleague, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, has had his appeal of release rejected by the Turkish government. Rasool is an experienced journalist and translator who has worked extensively across the Middle East with VICE News, Associated Press, and Al Jazeera.

We call on the Turkish authorities for a swift end to this unjust detainment and to grant his immediate release.

– Vice News

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Masked kidnappers seize 18 Turkish workers in Iraq

At least 18 Turkish workers have been kidnapped by masked men in Baghdad, according to a construction firm.

The CEO of construction firm Nurol said that 18 employees had been kidnapped by men in military uniforms.

"People dressed in military uniforms broke down the door at 3 am (0100 BST) and abducted all these people," Nurol chief executive Ugur Dogan said.

Iraq interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan earlier said 16 people were taken during the raid in the north-eastern district of Habibiya.

Agence France Presse news agency reports that the men were working on a football stadium in the area when they were taken.

Eight Turkish soldiers killed in bomb attack on vehicle

Soldiers were killed in an attack on their vehicle in the province of Siirt Credit: Reuters

Eight Turkish soldiers have been killed in a bomb attack in the southeastern province of Siirt.

The soldiers were killed in an attack on their vehicle by members of the Kurdistan Workers Party, who security officials claimed planted explosives on a highway and detonated them at around 11.10am GMT.

The attack came amid a surge in violence across the mainly Kurdish southeast after the breakdown of a two-year ceasefire last month.

It comes after two armed suspects were detained following a shooting near Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace.

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'Terror group' blamed for Istanbul gun and grenade attack

An armed police officer stands guard near the scene of the shooting. Credit: DHA

Terrorists have been blamed for a grenade and gun attack near a major Istanbul tourist attraction.

Turkish officials said two suspects detained near the Dolmabahce Palace were armed with weapons including hand grenades and automatic rifles.

The suspects targeted police officers stationed near the entrance to the Ottoman-era building, according to the Dogan news agency.

The office of Istanbul's governor said a "terrorist group" was behind the attack.

Dolmabahce Palace is a popular tourist attraction and houses the Turkish prime minister's Istanbul offices. Credit: Reuters

Ambulances were sent to the area around the palace, which also houses the Turkish prime minister's Istanbul offices, but there were no reported casualties.

Roads near the palace, located on the shores of the Bosphorus, were sealed off by police.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutolgu was in the capital Ankara as reports of the attack emerged.

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US Consulate in Istanbul remains closed after shootout

The US consulate in Turkey has confirmed it will remain closed today following a shootout outside the building this morning.

Embassy officials said no consulate staff were injured in the attack which far-leftist Turkish group the Revolutionary People's Liberation Army-Front has claimed responsibility for.

Kurdish militants fire on Turkish military helicopter

Kurdish militants fired on a Turkish military helicopter today, killing one soldier and wounding seven others.

Security sources confirmed the military helicopter had come under fire as it was taking off in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

A military helicopter was fired on in Sirnak today Credit: Googlemaps
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