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Talks to Repair Israeli-Turkish Ties Must Await New Government: Envoy

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, May 10 – Long-running efforts to fully restore Israeli-Turkish ties strained after an Israeli raid of a Turkish boat in 2010 must now await the formation of a new government in Ankara, Israel’s top diplomat in Turkey said. Turkey downgraded diplomatic relations and ejected Israel’s ambassador in 2011, a year

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EU Leaders Meet to Offer Migrant Deal to Turkey

By Gabriela Baczynska and Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, March 17  – Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday to agree on a deal to offer Turkey the following day that would secure Ankara’s commitment to a scheme intended to halt migrant flows to the Greek islands. A year into a crisis in which

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EU Welcomes Bold Turkey Plan to Stop Migrants, Defers Decision

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, March 8 – European Union leaders welcomed Turkey’s offer on Monday to take back all migrants who cross into Europe from its soil and agreed in principle to Ankara’s demands for more money, faster EU membership talks and quicker visa-free travel in return. However, key details remained to

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Turkish PM Says No Bargaining On New Constitution

ISTANBUL, March 6  – There will be no bargaining over a new constitution for Turkey and the ruling AK Party will seek the 330 votes it needs in parliament to put the matter to a referendum, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted as saying on Sunday. In an interview with broadcaster A Haber, Davutoglu said

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Turkish Police Fire Tear Gas at Newspaper, EU Laments Rights Record

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, March 6 – Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to disperse protesters outside the country’s biggest newspaper after authorities seized control of it in a crackdown on a religious group whose leader the government accuses of treason. A court on Friday appointed an administrator to run

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Rivals Turkey and Iran Seek to ‘Manage Differences’

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin ISTANBUL/DUBAI, March 6 – Turkey and Iran, two countries on opposite sides of Syria‘s civil war, agreed they must cooperate to end sectarian strife, including support for a fragile ceasefire, in the region after their leaders met in Tehran on Saturday. Iran, along with Russia, has stood by Syrian President Bashar

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Syria Divisions Aside, Turkish PM Eyes Closer Ties With Iran

By Orhan Coskun and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, March 5 – The first visit by a Turkish prime minister to Iran in two years is unlikely to narrow deep divisions over Syria’s war, but it could boost trade ties as the lifting of sanctions on Tehran and political gains by reformists clear the way for a business boom. Turkey,

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Putin Says Turkey’s Downing of Russian Warplane a ‘Stab in the Back’

  MOSCOW/SOCHI, Russia, Nov. 24 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin called Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet a stab in the back administered by “the accomplices of terrorists,” saying the incident would have serious consequences for Moscow’s relations with Ankara. Speaking in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Tuesday before a meeting

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