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Calls to release Turkish prisoners during coronacrisis

Turkish academics, journalists and rights groups are demanding that a planned release of tens of thousands of prisoners to stem the spread of the coronavirus should not exclude inmates whose only crime, they say, has been to challenge the authorities. President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party proposed a bill on Tuesday …

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Russia accuses Turkey of common front wih Idlib rebels

Russia’s Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday that fortified rebel positions in Syria’s Idlib province had merged with Turkish observation posts, and that artillery attacks on nearby civilian areas and Russia’s air base in Syria had become daily. The allegations, made by Major-General Igor Konashenkov, are likely to increase tensions …

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Turkey claims it downed Syrian warplane

The Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that a warplane of the Syrian government forces had been shot down in the course of a Turkish-led military offensive launched in northwest Syria to push back the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. The ministry described the downed jet as an L-39 warplane. …

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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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Syrian rebels okay Turkish plans for their country

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels pledged on Friday to back a potential cross-border offensive that Ankara has threatened to mount against Kurdish fighters in northeast Syria. Ankara and Washington have agreed to set up a zone in northeast Syria along the border with Turkey, which wants to expel the Syrian Kurdish YPG …

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Erdogan, the local elections and Syria

By Dr. Akil Mahfoud* — The results of the municipal elections in Turkey (March 31, 2019) show that politics sometimes takes in what the politician thinks it gives, and may hit him from his safe haven, and lose in terms of his expected victory. The Turkish President Rajab Tayeb Erdogan …

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Erdogan, Macron vow to foster trade ties

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone call on Thursday to foster trade ties, a Turkish presidential source said, after the lira’s dramatic fall in the wake of escalating tensions with the US. “Both leaders emphasised the importance of fostering economic and …

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Qatar promises $15b investment in Turkey: presidency

Qatar pledged $15 billion (Dh55.09 billion) of investment in Turkey that will be channeled into Turkish financial markets and banks, a government source told Reuters yesterday. The investment package was announced after Qatar’s Emir Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani met President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, as Turkey grapples with a …

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Erdogan to boycott iPhones

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to boycott American electronics, including Apple Inc.’s iPhone, as he retaliates against Donald Trump’s attempts to isolate his economy. After the US imposed sanctions on two Turkish ministers and amid growing domestic pressure from businesses and banks to contain a currency crisis, Erdogan said …

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Ozil quits international football over ‘racism’

Mesut Ozil said Sunday he was quitting the German national football team, citing “racism” in the criticism of him in the side’s World Cup debacle. “It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international …

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Erdogan says Turkey will continue advancing in Syria

Turkey will continue to “liberate Syrian lands” so that refugees can return to Syria safely, President Tayyip Erdogan said in an election victory speech on Monday. Speaking to supporters from the balcony of his ruling AK Party’s headquarters in Ankara after Sunday’s presidential and parliamentary elections, Erdogan said Turkey would …

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Erdogan declares victory in Turkish election

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself the winner of a high-stakes election, in which he sought to cement his power on the nation he has ruled for 15 years. But the opposition has cried foul, claiming that state media and the election commission have manipulated the results. The …

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Turkish president calls snap polls in June

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday called early presidential and parliamentary elections for June, a move that will usher in a new political system increasing the powers of the president earlier than scheduled. Erdogan announced, following a meeting with Devlet Bahceli, the leader of Turkey’s main nationalist party, that elections originally scheduled for November 2019 will now …

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Erdogan: we will ‘strangle’ U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born”

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to “strangle” a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria “before it’s even born,” as Washington’s backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies. The United States announced its support on Sunday for plans for a “border force” to defend territory held by U.S.-backed, …

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Iran’s peace, stability important for Turkey

Iranian president and his Turkish counterpart held a phone conversation during which the two sides called for expanding their ties and Erdoğan stressed the significance of ‘maintaining peace and stability in Iran. Erdoğan and Rouhani discussed ongoing demonstrations in Iran in a phone conversation on the morning of Jan. 3, …

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