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Erdogan, Putin Discuss Syria as Turkish-Backed Rebels Push to Al-Bab

By Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Nov 25 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an attack on Turkish troops in Syria with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday as Turkish-backed rebels pressed an offensive to take the Syrian city of al-Bab from Daesh. The Turkish military has said Thursday’s air strike, which killed

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Car Bomb Rocks Southeast Turkey After Pro-Kurdish Lawmakers Detained

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 4 – A car bomb rocked southeastern Turkey’s largest city on Friday, killing at least one person and injuring more than 40, security sources said, hours after police detained the leaders of the mostly Kurdish region’s biggest political party. The blast struck near the police station in Diyarbakir where some of the

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Turkey Orders Dozens of Pilots Detained in Coup Investigation – Anadolu

ISTANBUL, Oct 27  – Turkish prosecutors have ordered the detention of 73 air force pilots, the latest in a stream of police operations related to the investigation of July’s attempted coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday. The operation targeting supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the putsch, focused

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Turkish Capital Bans Public Meetings Due To Militant Attack Fears

ANKARA, Oct 18  – Authorities in the Turkish capital Ankara have banned public meetings and marches until the end of November after receiving intelligence that militants were planning attacks in the city, which has been targeted with bombings over the past year. The ruling, announced by the Ankara governor’s office, came as Turkey pursued a

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German Broadcaster Files Complaint in Turkey Over Confiscated Tape

BERLIN, Sept 26 – German broadcaster Deutsche Welle said on Monday it had filed a complaint with a civil court in Ankara seeking the return of a confiscated video interview withTurkey‘s youth and sports minister. Turkey confiscated the tape after reporter Michel Friedman asked the minister, Akif Cagatay Kilic, in the Sept. 5 interview about

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Knife-Wielding Man Shot Outside Israeli Embassy in Turkey: Officials

By Umit Bektas and Jeffrey Heller ANKARA/JERUSALEM, Sept 21 – A man was shot and wounded by Turkish police outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara after he shouted slogans and wielded a knife on Wednesday, but initial inquiries indicated he had no links to an organised group, officials said. The man, a 41-year-old from the

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Germany Tells Turkey “Press Freedom is Non-Negotiable” Amid Media Row

BERLIN, Sept 7 – Germany said on Wednesday it regarded press freedom as crucial after German broadcaster Deutsche Welle complained that Turkey had confiscated the recording of an interview with a minister at his office in Ankara. The head of Deutsche Welle on Tuesday described the seizure of the tape of an interview with Turkish

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Turkish Police Raid 44 Firms in Coup Probe, to Detain Executives

ISTANBUL, Aug 16 – Turkish police launched simultaneous raids on 44 companies in Istanbul on Tuesday and had warrants to detain 120 company executives as part of the investigation into last month’s attempted military coup, state-run Anadolu agency reported. It said the companies were accused of giving financial support to the movement of U.S.-based Muslim

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Turkey Summons Austria Charge D’affaires Over ‘Indecent’ Report

ISTANBUL, Aug 14 – Turkey summoned Austria’s charge d’affaires in Ankara late on Saturday over what it said was “indecent report” about Turkey on a news ticker at Vienna airport, a foreign ministry official said. “Turkey allows sex with children under the age of 15,” read a headline on an electronic news ticker at the

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