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Security Council to Discuss Turkish Shelling in Syria at Russia’s Request

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 16 – The United Nations (U.N.) Security Council will on Tuesday discuss Turkey’s shelling of targets in Syria at the request of Russia, which has voiced concern about Turkish military attacks on Russian-backed Kurdish militia fighters, according to an email exchange. Turkey shelled Kurdish YPG positions for a third straight day to

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Some 200,000 at Risk in Turkey’s Fight Against Kurdish Militants

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 21 – Security operations in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast have put up to 200,000 people at risk, placing them in the crossfire or cutting them off from emergency and basic services such as water, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday. Round-the-clock curfews amid clashes between security forces and

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Erdogan Calls for Nationalisation of Turkey’s Isbank

ISTANBUL, Jan 20 – An aide to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for the nationalisation of the country’s biggest private bank, Isbank, in which the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has a 28 percent stake. The aide, Yigit Bulut, made the comments after lawyers for Erdogan this week filed a lawsuit against CHP

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Greek President Accuses Turkish Port Officials of Helping People Smugglers

BERLIN, Jan 18 – Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos said Turkey was not doing enough to reduce the number of migrants arriving in Europe and accused Turkish port officials of helping people smugglers. Turkey reached a deal with EU officials late last year to keep more refugees inside its borders and stop them travelling on. Thousands

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Turkish Forces Kill 32 Kurdish Militants as Conflict Escalates

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 10 – Security forces killed 32 Kurdish militants in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast this weekend, the army and security sources said on Sunday, escalating a conflict reignited by the collapse of a two-year ceasefire last summer. It was one of the bloodiest weekends since the three-decades-old insurgency resumed last

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Turkey Finds Bodies of 27 Migrants on Aegean Coast

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Jan 5 – Turkish authorities said they found the bodies of 27 migrants, at least three of them children, at two separate locations on the Aegean coast on Tuesday after a migrant boat apparently capsized as it tried to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. The flow of mostly Syrian refugees

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Civilians, Security Forces Killed in Turkey’s Diyarbakir Operation

By Seyhmus Cakan DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Jan 4  – Two civilians, a soldier and a police officer have been killed in southeastern Turkey as military operations to root out armed fighters focused on urban centres across the mainly Kurdish region, security sources said. Violence in the three-decade war with Kurdistan Workers Party fighters flared in July

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Erdogan Backs Criminal Probe into Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Opposition

ISTANBUL, Jan 3 – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he backs a criminal investigation into leaders of the pro-Kurdish opposition over comments about Kurdish self-rule, saying those who committed constitutional crimes must pay the price. A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Selahattin Demirtas, co-head of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), last week

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Nine Killed as Turkey Steps-Up Offensive Against Kurdish Militants

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Turkish security forces stepped up operations targeting Kurdish militants in southeastern towns on Wednesday, security sources said, as pro-government media detailed plans for a 10,000-strong force to restore state control in the region. The mainly Kurdish southeast has been beset by conflict between the police and armed forces and

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