Eight killed as migrant boat sinks off western Turkey: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) – Eight people were killed on Monday after a dinghy carrying migrants sank off Turkey’s western coast, the state-run Anadolu news agency said, adding that 31 others had been rescued. Search and rescue operations were launched by the coast guard to reach the passengers of the boat, which sunk off the coast of the Bodrum district in the […]

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Istanbul candidates clash on TV before election test for Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s mayoral candidates argued over the election they contested in March in a rare televised debate on Sunday, a week before a re-run vote seen as a test of Turkish democracy and the reach of President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK party. In the first televised debate of its kind in the country in nearly two decades, AKP candidate […]

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Turkey breaks up smuggling ring that brought thousands of migrants to Europe

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police said on Wednesday they had detained the leaders of what they called Europe’s biggest people-smuggling ring, which helped thousands of irregular immigrants reach Europe from the Middle East. Twenty people, including ringleader Akbar Omar Tawfeeq, were detained in operations in four Turkish provinces after a year-long investigation into the organization, Istanbul police said. The network […]

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Iraq hands over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey on Wednesday at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said. Representatives of the Iraqi judiciary and the U.N. agency were present until the children got on the plane. UNICEF Regional Chief […]

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Turkey Kurds: The bitter politics of the football pitch

If ethnic tensions in Turkey are reflected on the football pitch, then Amedspor and their Kurdish following are at the very centre of the field. The club represents the Kurdish-majority city of Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey, about 120km (75 miles) from the Syrian border, with a population of about one million. Mahsum Kazikci, a passionate member of Amedspor’s “Resistance” fan […]

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Germany says voters alone must decide on Istanbul mayor's office

BERLIN (Reuters) – A Turkish decision to scrap the result of a vote for Istanbul’s mayor lost by President Tayyip Erdogan’s candidate is neither transparent nor comprehensible, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday. Turkish voters alone must decide on the mayor’s office, Maas said in a statement, adding that basic democratic principles and transparent election rules are paramount. […]

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UAE court upholds life sentence against Turkish citizen for terrorism

CAIRO (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates’ Supreme Federal Court upheld a life sentence against a Turkish citizen in a terrorism case, Emirates News agency (WAM) said on Monday. The Turkish national, according to the indictment, was found guilty of “launching an extensive campaign on a Facebook account named ‘Ali Ozturk Mehmet’ without getting an official permit. He used the […]

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Turkey's election board rejects objection for decree-dismissed voters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s high election board has rejected part of an effort by President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party to have a re-run of elections in Istanbul, dismissing an appeal regarding voters who were dismissed by decrees from government jobs after an attempted coup in 2016, state news agency Anadolu said. In a petition submitted to cancel and re-run the […]

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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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