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'At least 24 migrants' die in Black Sea boat sinking

Seven coast guard vessels, a team of divers, one helicopter, two police vessels and numerous fishing boats were assisting in the search-and-rescue operation. Credit: Reuters

A boat carrying suspected refugees from Afghanistan and Syria has sunk off the coast of Turkey, killing at least 24.

Turkish authorities say coastguard vessels, nearby fishing boats and divers are searching the area for more survivors. 24 bodies have been recovered, and seven people rescued. It is not yet known how many souls were on board the stricken vessel or what caused it to sink.

Turkish authorities say the boat went down three miles north of the Bosphorus Straight in the Black Sea.

Operation under way to save trapped miners in Turkey

A rescue operation is continuing at the mouth of a mine in southern Turkey after 19 miners became trapped underground.

What appeared to be an air pump was in use at the scene following reports that part of the mine had been flooded.

The rescue operation at the mouth of the mine in the town of Ermenek in southern Turkey Credit: Reuters
What appears to be an air oump and pipe system leading to the shaft Credit: Reuters
Rescue workers at the mouth of the shaft Credit: EBU

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At least 19 still trapped after Turkish mine collapse

At least 19 miners remain trapped after a flood inside a coal mine caused it to collapse, according to local media reports.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the mine in the town of Emerek around 70 miles north of Turkey's Mediterranean coastline.

The collapse is believed to have been caused after water that had built up inside the mine flooded into areas where the workers had been located.

Karaman Governor Murat Koca told Turkey's Dogan News Agency (DHA): "The water accumulated underground has flooded into the gallery. According to initial reports 25 workers have been saved while 19 workers remain trapped."

The flood occurred shortly after midday about 300 meters below ground, DHA said.

Turkey's worst ever mining disaster took place less than six months ago in the western town of Soma, where 301 workers were killed.

Suspicious packets sent to western consulates in Turkey

Security alerts have been declared in the Turkish city of Istanbul after the consulates of five western countries were sent packets of unidentified yellow powder, Reuters has reported.

Sixteen people were taken to hospital as a precaution after the suspicious deliveries to the consulates of the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Belgium, including 10 from the Canadian consulate.

Members of Turkey's disaster management agency removed bags from the Canadian consulate in Istanbul after the delivery of a suspicious package. Credit: Reuters

The packets were treated as a heightened potential threat following the militant attacks in Canada this week with other consulates and embassies reviewing their security measures.

Tests on the powder will be delivered on Monday.

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'At least nine killed' in Turkey anti-IS protests

Demonstrators in Turkey have clashed with police as they protest against Islamic State's (IS) advance on the besieged northern Syrian border town of Kobani.

At least nine protesters have been killed in the country, according to Agence France-Presse.

Thousands of Kurds have joined protests in several countries, including the UK.

British men 'traded by Turkey for IS hostages'

Two British men were among a group traded by Turkey in return for diplomats held by Islamic State (IS), the Times (£) reports.

The paper claims Shabazz Suleman, 18, and Hisham Folkard, 26, were among as many as 180 militants used to secure the release of 46 Turkish citizens and three local staff, who were captured in the Iraqi city of Mosul almost five months ago.

The Foreign Office (FCO) told ITV News that they were aware of the disappearance of Suleman, saying:

“We are aware of a British national reported missing in Turkey in 2014. We are providing consular assistance to the family.”

The FCO also confirmed that Folkard is British.

Turkish forces clash with refugees on Syrian border

Turkish security forces have clashed with Kurdish refugees trying to cross the border from Syria, where they are fleeing an advance by Islamic State militants.

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister said an estimated 130,000 Kurds had crossed the border in the last three days.

The Turkish force fired water cannon and tear gas at the refugees, while on the Turkish side of the border some pro-Kurdish MPs staged a sit-down protest.

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