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Austria Arrests Two after Arson Attack on Turkish Cultural Centre

VIENNA, Aug 15 – Two suspects have been arrested in connection with an attempt to set fire to a Turkish cultural centre in the northern Austrian town of Wels, police said on Monday, at a time of heightened tension between Vienna and Ankara. The attack took place in early morning and the suspects, whom police

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Politicians Concerned Over Ankara’s Influence on Turks in Germany

BERLIN, Aug 7 – German politicians voiced concern on Sunday about the growing influence of Ankara on people with Turkish roots living in Germany. Germany has seen violence in the past between nationalist Turks and militant Kurds and officials fret that tensions in Turkish society following last month’s attempted coup could spill over onto its

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Clashes With Kurdish Rebels Devastate Turkish World Heritage Site

By Ayla Jean Yackley DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, July 14 – When the United Nations inscribed the Roman-era walls of this mainly Kurdish city on its World Heritage list last year, it crowned a decade of efforts to rehabilitate a war-torn region. Within weeks, a ceasefire with Kurdish militants in southeastern Turkey shattered, unleashing some of the

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UK-Turkey Ties Stronger Than Boris Johnson’s Quips: Turkish official

ISTANBUL, July 14 – Turkey will draw a line under disparaging comments by Britain’s new foreign secretary Boris Johnson about President Tayyip Erdogan and his nation, a senior official said on Thursday, but warned relations would be damaged if he repeated such insults. Johnson, the former London mayor who was appointed foreign secretary late on

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Erdogan Speaks With Abbas on Turkish-Israeli Deal Over Gaza: Sources

ANKARA, June 27  – President Tayyip Erdogan spoke with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by telephone on Sunday night and told him a deal had been reached with Israel to improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza, sources from the Turkish presidency said. The call came as senior officials from both Turkey and Israel said a deal

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Turkey May Soften Stance on Assad Exit as Kurdish Gains Force Shift

By Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA, June 15 – Turkey’s determination to prevent an autonomous Kurdish region emerging in northern Syria could see it ease up on demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s immediate exit, as it overhauls a foreign policy that has left it more isolated than influential. Days after taking office last month, new Prime Minister

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Turkish Writer Quits UNESCO to Protest Damage to Heritage, Rights Abuse

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, May 26 – Turkey’s goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during clashes between the Turkish army and militants in his country’s mainly Kurdish southeast. With Roman-era basalt walls encircling historic

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Divisive Turkish Plan to Strip MPs’ Immunity Could Go to Referendum

ANKARA, May 18 – Turkey’s ruling AK Party has won initial support in parliament for a constitutional change that could see pro-Kurdish and other lawmakers prosecuted, but failed to secure a strong enough majority for now to avoid a referendum. In a secret ballot late on Tuesday, 348 lawmakers in the 550-seat parliament backed the

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Turkish Police Seal Off Hotel to Halt Dissident Opposition Congress

By Gulsen Solaker and Mert Ozkan ANKARA, May 15 – Police sealed off a hotel in Ankara on Sunday, preventing dissidents in Turkey’s nationalist opposition from holding a party congress that could jeopardize President Tayyip Erdogan’s plans for more power. Several hundred members of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) have launched a bid to oust

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