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Turkey firm on missile purchase from Russia

Turkey is going ahead with a purchase of Russia’s S-400 missile system, a Turkish parliamentarian said ahead of an informal Friday deadline which a U.S. official said Washington has set for Ankara to respond to a rival U.S. offer. NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying …

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Turkey tells China to close Uighur internment camps

Turkey called on China to close its internment camps for Muslims, saying the camps which reportedly hold a million ethnic Uighur people are a “great shame for humanity”. Last week, rights activists urged European and Muslim nations to take the lead in establishing a U.N. investigation into China’s detention and …

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Turkey to begin petroleum drilling in Cypriot waters

Turkey will begin drilling for resources around Cyprus, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday, a move that could create tensions with neighboring Cyprus and Greece over ownership of natural resources. Attempts to tap gas and oil in the eastern Mediterranean have caused friction between Athens and Ankara. Turkey and …

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Erdogan issues further threat to Syria Kurds

President Tayyip Erdogan made clear on Monday that Turkey would not allow a “safe zone” that it is considering setting up in northern Syria to become a base for Kurdish separatists. Last week, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision on Dec. 19 to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria, …

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Turkey deports Dutch journalist on terrorist tip-off

Turkey said on Thursday it had deported a journalist working for the largest Dutch financial newspaper, Het Financieele Dagblad, after it received information from Dutch police that she had links to “a designated terrorist organization”. The newspaper defended its journalist, Ans Boersma, calling her expulsion a “flagrant violation of press …

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Libya-Turkey row over suspicious arms shipment

Libya and Turkey agreed on Saturday to open an urgent joint investigation into a consignment of arms which arrived from Turkey and was seized at a port near Tripoli this week, the UN-backed Libyan government said. The government released the statement following talks in Tripoli between Libyan Prime Minister Fayez …

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Syrian refugees in Turkey returning in hundreds of thousands

Nearly 300,000 Syrians have returned to their country after Turkey’s two cross-border operations in northern Syria, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu was quoted as saying on Saturday. Turkey has carried out two operations, dubbed “Euphrates Shield” and “Olive Branch”, against Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State in northern Syria. Ankara regards …

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Turkey on warpath against PKK in Iraq

Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air strikes violated its sovereignty and endangered civilians. The Turkish military said on Friday it killed eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, prompting Iraqi authorities …

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Turkey to combat Gulen financial network, in US

Turkey will start new initiatives abroad to target the financing of supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Erdogan made the comment in a speech in Ankara. Turkey says that followers of Gulen were behind the July 2016 attempt to topple Erdogan, when rogue soldiers …

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Claims made that CIA knew of plot to ‘silence’ Khashoggi all along

A Turkish newspaper reported on Thursday CIA director Gina Haspel signaled to Turkish officials last month that the agency had a recording of a call in which Saudi Arabia’s crown prince gave instructions to “silence” Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Asked about the report, a Turkish official told Reuters he had no information about such a recording. Saudi Arabia has said …

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Erdogan releases tapes of Khashoggi murder

Turkey has given recordings on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germany, France and Britain, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Turkish sources have said previously that authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder. Speaking ahead of his departure for France …

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