Turkey and the United States signed an agreementto train and arm Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State group, said the US Embassy in Ankara.
The ambassador and other embassy staff had returned to Turkey, a Foreign Ministry official told Reuters.
Turkish media say several people have been injured in an explosion at a Turkish town near the border with Syria.
The Catholic and Orthodox churches split in 1054 over differences on the primacy of the papacy.
Iraq’s prime minister said his country and Turkey have agreed on closer security and intelligence cooperation.
Coast guard vessels, divers and passing fishing boats were scanning the waters for more survivors.
Pins bearing the militants’ black-and-white flag are on sale at a jihad-themed bookstore near the Istanbul University campus.
IS poured in reinforcements and fired at least 11 rocket-propelled grenades into the town centre, said the Britain-based monitoring group.
The outgunned Kurdish fighters struggling to defend Kobani got a small boost from a series of U.S.-led airstrikes against the militants.
Ummi Abdullah’s experience illustrates the pull of the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria.
On Sunday, heavy clashes broke out between the IS militants and Kurdish fighters only miles from the Syrian border town of Kobani,
Militants of the extremist Islamic State group have been barreling through the area for the past three days.
The freed hostages were later to be flown to Ankara to be reunited with their families. They were advised not to immediately talk to the news media.
A tanker carrying LPG overturned and exploded on a highway near Diyarbakir on July 22.
Erdogan has been power since 2003 and is barred by party rules from running as prime minister again.