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Turkey to fight Haftar if necessary

Turkey will not refrain from “teaching a lesson” to Khalifa Haftar if his eastern Libyan forces continue attacks against the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday. Turkey and Russia failed to convince Haftar on Monday to sign a binding truce to halt his nine-month campaign …

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Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence meet

Turkish and Syrian heads of intelligence met in Moscow on Monday, in the first official contact in years despite Ankara’s long-standing hostility to President Bashar al-Assad, a senior Turkish official and Syrian news agency SANA said. Both sides have said there have been intelligence contacts, but this is the first …

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Putin, Erdogan want speedy ceasefire in Libya

Turkey and Russia urged Libya’s warring parties on Wednesday to declare a ceasefire on Sunday as warring factions clashed and carried out air strikes in a conflict drawing increasing foreign involvement and concern. Turkey backs Fayez al-Serraj’s Tripoli-based, internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and has said it will …

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Russia in defence talks with Turkey and Iran

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu held telephone talks with Turkish national intelligence chief and chief of Iran’s general staff, local news agencies reported citing Russian defense ministry. Shoigu and Head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan discussed possible joint actions to reduce tensions in the Middle East after the …

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Libya divided over Turkish troops

Libya’s parliament has voted against a deal that would see Turkey deploy troops in the North African country. The assembly accused Libya’s official head of government, Fayez Serraj, of “treason.” Libya’s eastern-based parliament on Saturday rejected an agreement that would allow Ankara to send troops to Libya. The Libyan House of …

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German, Turkish, Russian talks on Libyan settlement

German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed efforts to reach a diplomatic solution for the Libyan conflict in separate phone calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, whose government intends to send troops to Libya, a government spokesman said on Monday. Turkey’s foreign minister has warned that the …

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Russian gas headed to Bulgaria via Turkey

Bulgaria will start receiving natural gas from Russia’s Gazprom via Turkey from Jan. 1 and would no longer use the route through Ukraine and Romania, Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova said on Monday. Petkova said the new route via the TurkStream pipeline would be more economically viable and could result in …

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Turkey helping bomb victims in Somalia

A Turkish military cargo plane landed in the Somali capital on Sunday to evacuate people badly wounded in a devastating truck bombing in the city a day earlier that killed at least 90 people including two Turkish nationals. The plane also brought emergency medical staff and supplies, according to a …

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Turkey to send troops to Libya ahead of schedule

Turkey’s foreign minister warned that the Libyan conflict risks sliding into chaos and becoming the next Syria, as he sought to speed up legislation to allow it to send troops to the North African country. Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has been struggling to fend …

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Turkey moving into electric car business

Turkey’s new domestic electric car project will have a fixed investment of 22 billion lira ($3.7 billion) over a period of 13 years, with an annual production capacity of 175,000 vehicles, the Official Gazette said on Friday. The project, launched on Oct. 30, will receive state support, including tax breaks, …

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Libya makes formal request for Turkish troops

Libya’s internationally recognized government has formally requested from Turkey “air, ground and sea” military support to fend off an offensive of eastern forces to take the capital Tripoli, a Tripoli official said on Thursday. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said earlier his country will send troops to Libya at the request …

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Erdogan makes surprise visit to Tunis

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tunisia on Wednesday in a surprise visit for talks with his Tunisian counterpart, his office said, in the first visit by a head of state since Tunisian presidential elections in the autumn. The visit comes as Turkey has ramped up efforts to strike deals …

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Turkey commited to Khashoggi case

Turkey will follow the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing “regardless how it goes”, the country’s Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said on Tuesday, slamming Riyadh’s verdict in the “sham trial” as an insult to the intelligence of observers. Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced five people to death and three …

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Greeks attack turkish embassy property

Unknown assailants set the car of a Turkish consulate employee ablaze early on Monday in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, a police official said. Authorities were investigating the incident which took place around 3:30 am. “There was extended damage,” said the official who declined to be named. There were …

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Turkey can’t take any more refugees, Erdogan warns EU

Turkey cannot handle a fresh wave of migrants from Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, warning that European countries will feel the impact of such an influx if violence in Syria’s northwest is not stopped. Turkey currently hosts some 3.7 million Syrian refugees, the largest refugee population in the …

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Trump not happy with Senate moves against Turkey

The Trump administration on Tuesday refrained from endorsing a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate recognizing as a genocide the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, saying it continued to see them as “mass atrocities.” The position taken appears aimed at assuaging Turkey, which was infuriated by the passage …

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Russia and Turkey to talk about Libya in January

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Ankara’s offer to provide military support to Libya’s internationally recognized government during talks in Turkey next month, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. On Saturday, Turkey sent a bilateral accord with the Tripoli government to its parliament for approval, in …

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Turkey in solidarity with rape victims in Chile

Female Turkish lawmakers sang a Chilean song in parliament that has been taken up in demonstrations globally to protest violence against women, and displayed photographs of women who have been killed. Unofficial data compiled by a Turkish advocacy group shows men murdered 440 women in the country last year, more …

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US ambassador to Turkey caught in genocide row

Turkey’s foreign ministry said on Friday it summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara over a resolution passed by U.S. lawmakers recognizing the mass killings of Armenians a century ago as a genocide, adding it conveyed Turkey’s dismay over the decision. The resolution was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on …

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