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UK 'condemnable' for taking three days to alert Turkey

Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc in Ankara, Turkey, in May 2010. Credit: Reuters

Turkey has criticised British authorities for taking three days to alert the country over the three teenage schoolgirls believed to be on the way to Syria via Istanbul.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase are still missing after they boarded a flight from Gatwick Airport to Istanbul last Tuesday - feared to be intending to join the so-called Islamic State (IS).

Turkish deputy prime minister Bulent Arinc said that British officials would be to blame if the girls cannot be found.

He said: "It is a condemnable act for Britain to let three girls come to Istanbul and then let us know three days later. They haven't taken the necessary measures.

"The search is ongoing. It would be great if we can find them. But if we can't, it is not us who will be responsible, but the British."

Turkish PM: 100 military vehicles involved in operation

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the military operation to evacuate 38 soldiers who were guarding the tomb of Suleyman Shah involved 100 military vehicles and 39 tanks.

Mr Davutoglu added that Turkey did not seek permission or assistance from other parties ahead of the operation.

The operation was successful, with the 38 soldiers safely back in Turkey, Mr Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara.

Turkish PM: Remains of Suleyman Shah moved

Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkish soldiers are still guarding the remains of Suleyman Shah. Credit: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/DPA/Press Association Images

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the remains of Suleyman Shah have been moved to a different area in Syria which has been brought under the control of the Turkish army.

Turkey's armed forces launched an operation on Saturday night to evacuate soldiers guarding the mausoleum of Suleyman Shah who is the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire.

Turkey's military said there were no clashes during the operation but one soldier was killed in an 'accident'.


Turkish military pulls soldiers out from Syrian tomb

The border city of Kobane lies about 35km from the tomb of Suleyman Shah. Credit: Sebastian Backhaus/DPA/Press Association Images

The Turkish military launched an operation into Syria on Saturday night to evacuate Turkish soldiers who were guarding the Suleyman Shah tomb, sources told Reuters news agency.

The Turkish government said late last year that Islamic State militants were advancing on the mausoleum, which is guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers.

The tomb was made Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921, when France ruled Syria. Turkey regards it as sovereign territory and had repeatedly vowed to defend it from any attack by the insurgents.

Turkish president vows 'heavy' punishment after killing

The President of Turkey has vowed to punish attackers who stabbed and beat a woman to death when she tried to fight off a man trying to rape her, amid calls for the death penalty to be reinstated in response to the case.

Describing violence against women as the "bleeding wound" of the country, President Tayyip Erdogan said he would "go all out" to make sure the perpetrators were handed "the heaviest sentences".

Ozgecan Aslan was travelling home on a minibus when she was attacked Credit: Reuters

The woman, named as 20-year-old Ozgecan Aslan, was travelling home on a minibus in Mersin province on February 11 when a man tried to rape her.

Reports state when she retaliated with pepper spray, he stabbed and beat her to death with an iron bar, before enlisting two others - believed to be his father and a friend - to help dispose of the body.

The attack has sparked protests across the country Credit: Reuters

Three people, including a 26-year-old man, have been arrested.

The brutal killing has sparked protests across Turkey, with women nationwide wearing black and the hashtags #sendeanlat and #OzgecanAslan trending worldwide.

Some politicians have also spoken out to say they believe the death penalty should be reinstated.

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