Turkey

The foreign minister of the Republic of Turkey has voiced his concern over escalating violence along the Syrian-Turkish border following a week of heavy fighting between Syrian Kurds and Islamist fighters aligned to Al-Qaeda which resulted in stray gunfire across the Turkish border, killing two people. Meanwhile, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the international community of double standards for failing to label the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi a coup, as he continues his fierce criticism of the recent political changes in Egypt. Clashes also erupted in a Kurdish-majority town in southern Turkey over the weekend as local residents celebrated the victory of Kurdish fighters over Islamist militants in northern Syria. (July 18, 2013 VOA News; July 19, 2013 Al Arabiya; July 20, 2013 Euronews)