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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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Mohammed Dahlan a wanted man in Turkey

Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its “red list” of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to his capture, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Dahlan on accusations of playing …

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Uzbek delegation attends Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process forum

Istanbul hosts trilateral meeting between Uzbekistan, the USA and Afghanistan The trilateral meeting of the heads of Uzbekistan, the USA and Afghanistan delegations took place within the framework of the eighth ministerial conference of the forum “Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process”. At the meeting, Uzbekistan was represented by the …

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US Senate passes anti-Turkey legislation

A U.S. Senate committee backed legislation on Wednesday to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive in Syria and purchase of a Russian S-400 missile system, the latest move in the chamber to push Republican President Donald Trump to take a harder line against Ankara. The Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations …

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Putin, Erdogan pledge continued military cooperation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan pledged to continue cooperation in the military and energy spheres, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, The pledge, made in a phone call, comes after a Turkish presidential spokesman said American legislation to impose sanctions against Turkey will not affect Ankara’s …

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Greece furious over Libya-Turkey deal

Greece said on Friday it was expelling the Libyan ambassador, angered by an accord between Libya and Turkey signed on Nov. 27 that maps out a sea boundary between the two countries close to the Greek island of Crete. Libya called the move unacceptable. Turkey dismissed it as outrageous. Greek …

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Cyprus goes to The Hague over Turkish gas exploration

Cyprus has petitioned the International Court of Justice at The Hague to safeguard its offshore mineral rights, its president said on Thursday, as neighbor Turkey disputes its claims. The two countries are at loggerheads over offshore maritime zones around the island, where Cyprus has granted licenses to multinational companies for …

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Turkey adament that Syrian civilians be unharmed

All attacks against Syrian civilians, including in the rebel-held area of Idlib, must end, the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Turkey agreed on Tuesday ahead of a NATO summit in London. “The leaders said they would work to create the conditions for the safe, voluntary and sustainable return of …

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Turkey opposed to NATO’s Blatic plans

Turkey will oppose NATO’s plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the alliance does not recognize groups that Turkey deems terrorists, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, ahead of a NATO alliance summit in London. Relations between Turkey and its NATO allies have been strained over a host …

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Turkey GDP growth regains momentum

Turkey’s economy grew 0.9% year-on-year tmsnrt.rs/2P6vV18 in the third quarter, breaking three consecutive quarters of contraction as it shook off a recession which followed last year’s currency crisis. Turkey has a track record of 5% growth, but a 30% slide in the lira last year pushed up inflation and interest …

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Turkey preparing for second S-400 purchase

Turkey’s presidential administration has said that the purchase date for more S-400 missile systems from Russia is just a technicality and that it thinks a deal will happen before too long, the RIA news agency reported on Monday. Moscow hopes to seal a deal to supply Turkey with more S-400 …

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Erdogan accuses Macron of brain death

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron’s warning that NATO was dying reflects a “sick and shallow” understanding, telling the French president “you should check whether you are brain dead”. The comments drew a swift rebuke from the French foreign ministry, which summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Paris …

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Davutoglu to form new party in Turkey

Former Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who was once President Tayyip Erdogan’s closest ally but who broke away from the ruling AK Party in September, will form a new party within weeks, a source close to the matter said on Friday. Davutoglu, 60, served as prime minister between 2014 and …

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Erdogan signs maritime boundary deal with Libya

Turkey and Libya’s internationally recognized government have signed an agreement on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea as well as a deal on expanded security and military cooperation, the Turkish government said on Thursday. There were no immediate details on the maritime accord, which could further complicate disputes over energy …

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