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June 10, 2017 9:34 am gmt |
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Turkey’s troop deployment in Qatar is an apparent message of support for Qatar, said a Turkish political analyst on Thursday in Istanbul. Turkey’s Grand National Assembly on Wednesday approved draft bills allowing its deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The bill incl...
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April 16, 2017 7:26 am gmt |
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More than 167,000 polling stations across Turkey opened at 07:00 local time (0400 GMT) on Sunday for a referendum on expanding presidential powers. More than 55 million Turkish citizens, including one million first-time voters, will vote on constitutional amendment that proposes replacing the current...
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April 7, 2017 11:00 am gmt |
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In a hardening of Turkey’s tone, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters on Friday (April 7) that it was necessary to oust the Syrian regime “as soon as possible from the leadership of Syria.” Turkey, a NATO member and part of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, h...
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March 31, 2017 9:41 am gmt |
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Several people were injured and taken to hospital after supporters and opponents of the Turkish government clashed outside the country’s consulate in central Brussels on Thursday (March 30), Belgian police said. A police spokeswoman said she could give no further details on the number of wounde...
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March 26, 2017 12:40 pm gmt |
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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday (March 25) that Turkey may hold a second referendum on whether to continue with European Union accession talks following a planned vote on April 16. Turkey began EU accession talks in 2005 but they have moved very slowly due to disagreements over Cyprus, huma...
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March 26, 2017 12:35 pm gmt |
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Demonstrators gathered in front of the Swiss parliament in Bern on Saturday (March 25) to protest against Turkey’s president, Tayyip Erdogan. The protests had been organised by several Kurdish associations, socialist activists and members of the left-wing movements, demanding the protection of ...
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February 3, 2017 9:40 am gmt |
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Germany is going to receive 500 refugees from Turkey each month, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Ankara, while paying a one-day working visit to Turkey. Merkel held talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim during her visit. The Chan...
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January 19, 2017 10:09 am gmt |
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Russia and Turkey conducted their first joint airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) group in northern Syria on Wednesday, the Russian defense ministry said. Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the Russian military’s General Staff said at a press briefing that altogether 17 Russian and Turkish aircra...
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January 4, 2017 9:50 am gmt |
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Police detained 27 people as part of the Istanbul nightclub attack investigation in the western city of Izmir on Wednesday (January 4), including women and children, who had travelled from Konya,it is learnt. Video footage showed some of them being brought out of an apartment building to waiting vehi...
In Europe
November 23, 2016 7:29 am gmt |
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Leading European lawmakers on Tuesday (November 22) urged a halt to membership talks with Turkey over its post-coup purges. Erdogan, exasperated with the EU’s intensified criticism of his rights record, has said the bloc would have to “live with the consequences” should it stop the ...
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October 23, 2016 7:48 am gmt |
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Turkey is prepared to “take measures” in Iraq because it is not satisfied by promises from Washington and Baghdad that Kurdish militants and Shi’ite militias will not take part in current fighting, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday (October 22). “Turkey can never...
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October 19, 2016 10:48 am gmt |
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The European Union should implement visa-free travel for Turks by the end of the year and stop insisting that Turkey changes its anti-terrorism laws, Turkey’s EU minister told Reuters on Tuesday (October 18), warning that Ankara may cancel the readmission agreement. Turkey agreed in March to st...
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September 14, 2016 10:06 am gmt |
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The UN high commissioner for human rights has voiced concerns over allegations of continued violations of international law in southeast Turkey. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein made the remarks during a speech at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva on Tuesday. While adding that his conc...
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August 18, 2016 7:00 am gmt |
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Turkey began freeing 38,000 prisoners on Wednesday (17th Aug), after announcing a penal reform that will make space for tens of thousands of suspects rounded up over last month’s attempted coup. The reform was one of a series of measures outlined on Wednesday (17th Aug) in two degrees under a s...
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August 18, 2016 6:51 am gmt |
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Turkey has called on Germany for clarification, after a confidential government document leaked to the German press referred to the country as a “central platform for action for Islamist groupings”. Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday (17th Aug) that the allegations were fur...
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August 11, 2016 8:40 am gmt |
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Bomb blasts in two cities in southeast Turkey killed at least three civilians and wounded dozens on Wednesday (10th Aug), security sources said, blaming the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) for the coordinated attacks on police targets. Earlier in the day, three soldiers were killed and 10 wounded when ...
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August 9, 2016 11:47 am gmt |
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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed the agreement “will not be possible” unless the EU delivers on a promise that Turkish citizens will get visa-free access to mainland Europe. And he hinted that the three million refugees currently in Turkey could even be allowed to head north into ...
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August 9, 2016 7:46 am gmt |
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Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are due to meet face to face for the first time since the Turkish air force shot down a Russian plane last November. The incident led to a breakdown in relations between the countries and their leaders. Erdoğan’s day trip to St Petersburg today (9th Aug) will a...
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August 8, 2016 12:12 pm gmt |
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Germany does not believe that a thaw in relations between Turkey and Russia will affect Turkey’s role in the NATO alliance, a spokeswoman for the German Foreign Ministry said on Monday (8th Aug). The spokeswoman said it was important for both countries to communicate given the threat situation in the...