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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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Turkish Military Strikes Daesh Targets in Northern Syria

ANKARA, Dec 13  – Turkish warplanes pounded 28 Daesh targets in northern Syria while another 157 targets were hit by artillery and other weaponry in the latest attacks, the army said on Tuesday. The jets hit shelters, vehicles mounted with guns, ammunition depots and other targets in the strikes on Monday in the al-Bab and

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Turkey Rejigs GDP Calculations as Output Falls for First Time Since 2009

By Daren Butler and Nevzat Devranoglu ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Dec 12 – On paper at least, 79 million Turks got a near 20 percent boost to their average standard of living on Monday when the government rejigged GDP calculations, a change unlikely to stem frustration about an economy now in contraction. Turkey, which restated its gross domestic

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