Turkey's Albayrak, Trump discuss Russian missile defense issue: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak held talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and he said Trump took a “reasonable” stance regarding Turkey’s planned purchase of a Russian air defense missile system, Turkish media reported. Ankara’s plan to buy the S-400 system has fueled tensions between the NATO allies and Washington has said Ankara could face […]

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Appeals and recounts spark frustration as Istanbul vote count enters third week

ANKARA (Reuters) – Electoral officials ordered a second recount of votes in an east Istanbul district on Monday, after two weeks of appeals by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party against results showing it had narrowly lost control of Turkey’s largest city. Repeated AKP challenges to the initial results have led to growing frustration among supporters of the main opposition CHP, […]

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Turkey, Russia 'to build hospital' for Syrians fleeing E Ghouta

Turkish president says Ankara and Moscow will coordinate over project, after meeting Russian and Iranian counterparts. Turkey and Russia will collaborate to establish a hospital in Syria’s Tel Abyad to treat those escaping Eastern Ghouta, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday alongside his Russian and Iranian counterparts – Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani […]

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Turkish lira down as U.S. halts fighter parts delivery, threatens sanctions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The lira dropped nearly 3 percent on Tuesday after the United States halted delivery of equipment related to a Turkish order of F-35 fighter planes, warning Ankara’s insistence on buying Russian defense systems risked triggering sanctions. At 1634 GMT, the lira stood at 5.6590 against the dollar, having earlier fallen 3.3 percent to as low as 5.6800. […]

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Erdogan on track to lose Turkey's biggest cities in shock poll upset

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party was on track on Monday to lose control of Turkey’s two biggest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, in a stunning local election setback that could complicate the president’s plans to combat recession. While official vote tallies and Turkish broadcasters put the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidates ahead in both cities, the […]

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Turkey to set up refugee camps near Syria's Idlib

Establishment of camps is in case of civilian exodus from Afrin where Turkey is fighting Kurdish fighters, official says Turkey will set up refugee camps with a total capacity of 170,000 at various locations under the control of Turkish army and Turkish-backed rebels, Hami Aksoy, the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman, said. Aksoy told reporters in the capital Ankara on Tuesday that […]

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Greek Cypriot president welcomes EU support over gas issue

Anastasiades welcomes EU’s ‘unprecedented’ condemnation of Turkey’s actions off Cyprus, a statement slammed by Ankara. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has hailed as “unprecedented” the European Union’s condemnation of Turkey for blocking his government’s search for offshore oil and gas of the divided island. Anastasiades spoke in reaction to a statement made by EU leaders on Thursday, condemning Turkey for […]

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Gargash: Relations with Turkey not at their 'best'

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official has said Turkey’s policy towards neighbouring Arab states was not reasonable. Relations between the two countries have been strained by Ankara’s support for Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Doha last year.  “It is no secret that Arab-Turkish relations aren’t in their best state, and in order to […]

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Turkey official denies use of chemical weapons in Afrin

Yasin Aktay, adviser to president, tells Al Jazeera that parties making the accusations are responsible to prove them. A senior Turkish official has denied the claims by a monitoring group and Syrian state media that Turkey’s military used chemical weapons on civilians in its operation against the Kurdish YPG fighters in northwestern Syria. “It is out of the question for Turkey […]

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Turkey says U.N. investigation on Khashoggi killing has to be launched

ANKARA (Reuters) – A United Nations investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has to be launched, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in the southern province of Antalya, Cavusoglu said Turkey considered the findings of the U.N.-led inquiry into Khashoggi’s murder important, but added that an official U.N. investigation was needed at […]

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