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Erdogan Backs Criminal Probe into Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Opposition

ISTANBUL, Jan 3 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he backs a criminal investigation into leaders of the pro-Kurdish opposition over comments about Kurdish self-rule, saying those who committed constitutional crimes must pay the price. A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Selahattin Demirtas, co-head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), last week

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Erdogan Cites ‘Hitler’s Germany’ As Effective Presidential System

ISTANBUL, Jan 1 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, who is pushing for executive powers, cites Hitler’s Germany as an example of an effective presidential system, in comments broadcast by Turkish media on Friday. Erdogan wants to change the Turkish constitution to turn the ceremonial role of president into that of a chief executive, a Turkish

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Turkish Central Bank Holds Interest Rates in Surprise Move

ISTANBUL, Dec 22 – Turkey’s central bank left its main one-week repo interest rate unchanged at 7.5 percent on Tuesday, a surprise move likely to heighten concern about threats to its independence and heap more pressure on a struggling lira currency. Analysts and investors have repeatedly called for a rate hike to rein in inflation

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No Sign of Peace for Turkey’s Kurds After Erdogan Victory

By Ayla Jean Yackley SILVAN, Turkey, Dec 20 – The shepherd’s widow no longer asks God for peace. Like many Kurds in Turkey’s southeast, Sevgi Gezici, 22, believed President Tayyip Erdogan might relent in a clampdown against Kurdish militants after his party won back its majority in an election in November. Three days after the

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Turkey Media Claims Killing 23 Kurdish Militants in Southeast

ISTANBUL, Dec 17 – Turkish security forces killed 23 Kurdish militants during two days of operations in two southeastern towns, state media said on Thursday, as the government takes its fight against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) increasingly into urban areas. The PKK’s three-decades-old insurgency flared up again in July after the collapse of a

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Kremlin Says Planned Putin-Erdogan Summit in Russia Cancelled

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A bilateral summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan planned for Dec. 15 in St. Petersburg will not now happen, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. The summit was agreed upon during a meeting between the two men in Turkey on the sidelines of

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Turkey Detains Senior Police Officers for Allegedly Supporting Erdogan’s Foe

ISTANBUL, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Turkish police detained 18 people including senior police officers on Tuesday, in an investigation of alleged supporters within the police force of President Tayyip Erdogan’s foe, Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, state-run Anadolu Agency said. It said arrest warrants were issued for 27 police officers in an operation across 13 provinces

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Turkey – Russia Relations: The Butterfly Effect

A diplomatic confrontation between Turkey’s President Erdogan and Russia’s President Putin may unleash a conflict which may impact the world By NOUR SAMAHA It was as though it was clipped from the sky: a single satellite image that has set the region agog. Across a tiny area on the map, over the opposition-held Jabal Turkman

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Obama Urges Turkey to Reduce Tensions with Russia

By Jeff Mason PARIS, Dec 1 – U.S. President Barack Obama urged his Turkish counterpart on Tuesday to reduce tensions with Russia while stressing U.S. support for its NATO ally’s security. Obama met Tayyip Erdogan in Paris, where he has been attending the climate summit, a week after Turkish jets downed a Russian warplane along

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