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Turkish Troops Hold Exercises in Qatar in Show of Support

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 19 – Qatar held military exercises with Turkish troops on Monday, demonstrating one of its few strong alliances after two weeks of ostracism and economic isolation imposed by neighbours which accuse the U.S. ally of supporting terrorism. Qatar’s state-funded pan-Arab news channel Al Jazeera showed footage of a column of

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Turkey to Strip Citizenship of 130 ‘Fugitives’ Including Cleric Gulen

ANKARA, June 5 – Turkey said on Monday it would strip citizenship from 130 people suspected of militant links, including the U.S.-based cleric it blames for orchestrating last July’s failed coup, unless they return to the country within three months. In a list of what it called fugitives from justice, the interior ministry named Muslim

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Turkey, Russia Sign Memorandum on Lifting Trade Restrictions: Turkish Sources

ANKARA, May 22 – Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum on lifting trade restrictions against each other, Turkish presidential sources said on Monday, after Ankara and Moscow agreed at a meeting this month to settle trade disputes. The memorandum was signed by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek and his Russian counterpart Arkady Dvorkovich in

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Turkey Wants U.S. Envoy on Daesh Removed Over Kurdish Policy

By Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, May 18 – Turkey said on Thursday the U.S. special envoy in the battle against Islamic State should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia. The comments, which followed a White

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Turkey Orders Arrest of 85 Ministry Staff in Post-Coup Probe

ISTANBUL, May 16 – Turkey ordered the arrest of 85 energy and education ministry staff in an investigation targeting the network of a U.S.-based cleric whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating last July’s attempted coup, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday. Some 50,000 people have been formally arrested in court cases targeting supporters of cleric Fethullah

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Wikipedia appeals to Turkish constitutional court over website’s blocking

NKARA, May 9 – Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a

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Turkey’s EU Dream Over, Says Top Official

By Robin Emmott VALLETTA, May 2 – Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan has turned its back on joining the European Union, at least for now, the bloc’s top official dealing with Ankara said, offering economic cooperation instead if both sides can restore friendly ties. After years of stalemate on Turkey’s bid to join the world’s

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Iranian TV Executive Shot Dead in Turkey

ISTANBUL, April 30 – The head of an Iranian satellite television network who last year was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison by a Tehran court was shot dead in Istanbul together with a business partner, Turkey’s Dogan news agency said on Sunday. GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian and an associate were driving

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Turkish police fires tear gas on labor right protesters, on Labor Day

By Yesim Dikmen and Mehmet Emin Caliskan ISTANBUL, May 1 – Police in Istanbul fired tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a group of May Day demonstrators on Monday, a Reuters witness said, as authorities detained more than 200 people at protests around the city. Protests for May Day, the international workers’ holiday,

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Putin and Erdogan Agree to Make Joint Effort to Evacuate East Aleppo

ANKARA, Dec 14 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call on Wednesday to make a joint effort to start the evacuation of civilians and opposition forces from eastern Aleppo as soon as possible, Turkish presidential sources said. Putin and Erdogan emphasised the need to prevent the violations

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