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Turkey to set up Camp for Aleppo Evacuees in Syria

By Umit Ozdal CILVEGOZU, Turkey, Dec 16 – Turkey plans to set up a camp inside Syria to host people evacuated from the city of Aleppo but will continue to take the sick and wounded to Turkish hospitals, officials said on Friday. Two potential sites, around 3.5 km (2 miles) inside Syria, have been identified

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Germany Arrests Turkish Man Suspected of Spying for Turkey

BERLIN, Dec 16 – German police have arrested a 31-year-old Turkish man who is suspected of providing information on Kurds living in Germany to Turkish intelligence agencies, the German federal prosecutor’s office announced on Friday. The arrest could exacerbate tensions between NATO partners Germany and Turkey, which has accused Berlin of harboring militants from the

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Turkey says no Disagreement with Russia, Iran on Need for Syria Ceasefire

ANKARA, Dec 16  – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday repeated his call for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and said there was no disagreement between Turkey,Russia and Iran on the need for a truce. At a news conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu also said Russian President Vladimir Putin had told his Turkish counterpart that

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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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Netherlands says it Wary of “Long Arm” of Turkish State

AMSTERDAM, Dec 14  – The Netherlands said on Wednesday it would challenge every instance of the “long arm” of Ankara extending to its territory, after a report the Turkish embassy had sent home a list of Dutch Turks who might have sympathized with July’s failed coup. The Dutch foreign minister summoned Turkey’s ambassador in The

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Turkey Talking to Russia, Iran to Try to Keep Aleppo Evacuation on Track

By Orhan Coskun and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, Dec 14 – Turkey is talking to Russia and Iran to try to ensure the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from Syria’s Aleppo, as air strikes and heavy shelling on Wednesday threatened to scupper the deal. President Tayyip Erdogan accused Syrian government forces of breaking a truce

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The Other Kurdish War

Historians battle to save the remnants of Kurdish culture BY  Tanya Goudsouzian and Lara Fatah When Mazhar Khaleghi was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) in 1980, he says his only crime was being himself. A sitar player and singer of Kurdish folk songs, Khaleghi was something of a pop star among Kurds. He was

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Turkey Talking to Russia on Ceasefire, Evacuation from Syria’s Aleppo

By Orhan Coskun and Humeyra Pamuk ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Dec 13 – Turkey is negotiating with Russia to open a corridor to evacuate Syrian rebel fighters and civilians from the remaining opposition-held districts of Aleppo, but no agreement has yet been reached, a senior Turkish official said. Rebel defences in Aleppo collapsed on Monday, leading to a

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