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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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Turkey Says no Compromise With Washington on Cleric’s Extradition

By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Aug 13 – Turkey will not compromise with Washington over the extradition of the Islamic cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday, warning of rising anti-Americanism if the United States fails to extradite. Yildirim’s comments, at a briefing for local reporters, were the

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Greece Wants ‘Plan B’ After Turkey Threatens to Quit EU Migrant Deal

  BERLIN, Aug 3 – The European Union needs to come up with an alternative plan for tackling migration after Turkey threatened to back out of an accord to help stem the influx of migrants to Europe, Greece’s migration minister told German daily Bild. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said over the weekend that Ankara

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U.S. General Seeks to Soothe Turkey Ties Strained by Coup Purge

By Nick Tattersall and Gareth Jones ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug 1 – America’s highest-ranking military officer sought on Monday to soothe strained ties with NATO ally Turkey, which was angered by the West’s response to a failed military coup and an apparent U.S. reluctance to hand over the cleric it says was responsible. The fallout from

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Turkey Expels Nearly 1,400 Personnel From Armed Forces

By Ayla Jean Yackley and Seyhmus Cakan ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 31 – The Turkish government dismissed nearly 1,400 military personnel for suspected links to a cleric it blames for an attempted coup, state media said on Sunday, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan announced sweeping changes to the armed forces. The expulsions are the latest attempt

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Turkish Troops Hunt Remaining Coup Plotters as Crackdown Widens

By Daren Butler and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA, July 26 – Turkish special forces backed by helicopters, drones and the navy hunted a remaining group of commandos thought to have tried to capture or kill President Tayyip Erdogan during a failed coup, as a crackdown on suspected plotters widened on Tuesday. More than 1,000 members of

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