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Turkish Foreign Minister Calls For Immediate Ceasefire In Syria

BEIRUT, Dec 2 – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria on Friday, describing the situation in Aleppo as critical and saying that President Bashar al-Assad was unfit to rule. Asked about Assad at a news conference in Beirut, Cavusoglu said it was undeniable that the Syrian leader was responsible

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Merkel Does Not See EU Expanding Membership Talks with Turkey

BERLIN, Nov 30 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday. Membership talks have progressed only slowly since they began in 2005 but Merkel has said the EU, which needs Turkey

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Twelve Detained After Turkish Dormitory Fire Kills Schoolgirls

By Humeyra Pamuk and Gulsen Solaker ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Nov 30  – Police in southern Turkey detained 12 people on Wednesday and sought two others over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, an official at the prosecutor’s office handling the investigation said. Flames swept through the mostly wooden interior of

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This Week in History: November 30 – December 6

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 3, 1912: First Balkan War Ends The Balkan League, a military coalition between Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and Montenegro, signed an armistice agreement with the Ottoman Empire on this day in history, with Greece refusing to sign the truce agreement despite being

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Record Number of Boat Migrants Reach Italy this Year

By Steve Scherer ROME, Nov 28 – The number of migrants who have reached Italy by boat from North Africa this year has already topped a previous record set two years ago, official data show, as pressure on Italy’s shelter and asylum systems grows. Italy has borne the brunt of new arrivals since the implementation

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Turkey Targets Foster Families in Post-Coup Crackdown – Official

By Gulsen Solaker ANKARA, Nov 28 – Turkish authorities are investigating foster families for suspected ties to a failed coup and may remove children from homes if their guardians are found to be supporters of the putsch, a government official said on Monday. The government has so far detained or dismissed 125,000 people over alleged

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Australia Awaits Turkey’s Response on Extradition of Daesh Recruiter

SYDNEY, Nov 28  – Australia is awaiting Turkey’s response to a request to extradite a citizen believed to be a top recruiter for Daesh who has been arrested in Turkey, the Australian government said on Monday. Justice Minister Michael Keenan said the man is believed to be Neil Prakash, who has been linked to several

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Closer Moscow Ties Don’t Change Turkey’s Stance on Assad – Deputy PM

By Karin Strohecker LONDON, Nov 26 – Turkey’s rapprochement with Russia has not changed Ankara’s position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go to restore peace in the country, Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday. Russia is Assad’s main military backer while Turkey backs the rebels fighting to oust him in the

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Don’t Underestimate EU Warnings on Membership Talks, Juncker Tells Turkey

BRUSSELS, Nov 26 – Turkey should heed European Union warnings over halting membership talks and carry out reforms demanded by the bloc, the president of the European Commission said on Saturday in a newspaper interview. Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday’s vote by the European Parliament to suspend talks with Ankara should not be underestimated because, although

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