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Turkey Calls for Opening of Communication Channels With Russia

ANKARA, Dec 1 – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Tuesday for the opening of communication channels between Turkey and Russia to prevent incidents like the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish jets along the Syrian border last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan did not meet at Monday’s

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Turkey Prepares to Hand Over Pilot’s Body to Russia

ANKARA, Nov. 29 (Reuters) – The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The body is being treated in accordance with the Orthodox tradition, Davutoglu said in a news conference in Ankara

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Russia’s President Putin Signs Turkey Sanctions Decree

By Andrew Osborn and Polina Devitt MOSCOW, Nov 28 – President Vladimir Putin signed a decree imposing a raft of punitive economic sanctions against Turkey on Saturday, underlining the depth of the Kremlin’s anger towards Ankara four days after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. The decree, which entered into force immediately, said charter flights

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Protesters Take To Streets Against Killing of Top Kurdish Lawyer

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Nov 20 – A prominent Kurdish lawyer and rights activist was shot in the head and killed on Saturday, in an incident likely to fuel further unrest in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast. The pro-Kurdish HDP Party called the killing of Tahir Elci a “planned assassination” and urged people to protest.

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EU Hopes for Turkish Help In Slowing Flow of Migrants

By Alastair Macdonald BRUSSELS, Nov 29 – Leaders of the European Union aim to sign an agreement with Turkey in Brussels on Sunday that offers Ankara cash and closer ties with the EU in return for Turkish help in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe. Aware of a sense of desperation in Europe for

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Turkey Does Not Want Escalation After Russian Jet Downed: Pres. Erdogan

By Nick Tattersall and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL, Nov 25 – President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that Turkey did not want any escalation after it shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border, saying it had simply acted to defend its own security and the “rights of our brothers” in Syria. But while neither

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Turkish Soldiers Claim Killing Four Daesh Fighters

ANKARA, Nov 15 – Turkish soldiers killed four Daesh fighters on Saturday after they came under fire from the militants along Turkey’s Syria border, local media reported. Two cars belonging to the extremist Sunni group approached a Turkish armored vehicle in the Oguzeli district of Gaziantep province and when ordered to halt, responded by firing

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Sense of Urgency Surrounds G20 Meet in Aftermath of Paris Attacks

BELEK, Turkey, Nov 15 – U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Turkey on Sunday for a summit of world leaders that has taken on a sense of urgency following deadly Paris attacks that pushed the fight against Daesh militants to the top of the agenda. Obama, who called the Paris attacks “an outrageous attempt to

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Tensions Rise in Turkey as Five Killed in Kurdish Militant Attacks

ANKARA (Nov 11)  A street cleaner in southeastern Turkey was killed on Wednesday by flying shrapnel and a police officer was wounded after his armoured vehicle drove over an explosive device thought to have been laid by Kurdish militants, security sources said. The blast in the town of Dargecit in Mardin province came after three

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