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Erdogan shows New Zealand attack video in weekend rallies

Turkey’s president showed parts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand to comment on what he called rising Islamophobia. Continue reading

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Turkey strikes Kurdish positions in northern Syria

The Turkish army shelled on Sunday positions held by the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, east of the Euphrates River, in a new spike in tension along the borders. Continue reading

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Turkey says it will patrol north Syria town with US forces

Turkey will soon conduct joint patrols with U.S. forces in the strategic northern Syrian town of Manbij, once a stronghold of the Islamic State group, a top Turkish official said on Friday The announcement came as Turkey’s Defense Ministry said in a Fr… Continue reading

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Turkey to freeze assets of 2 US officials as retaliation

Turkey’s president said Saturday the country will freeze the assets of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions against Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the detention of an American pastor, while attempting a conciliatory tone. Continue reading

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Turkey: American pastor on trial for terror let out of jail

An American pastor who had been jailed in Turkey for more than 1½ years on terror and espionage charges was released Wednesday and put under house arrest as his trial continues. Continue reading

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Erdogan inaugurates Turkey’s powerful executive presidency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Monday under a new governing system that grants him sweeping executive powers, which critics say give him far too much control. Continue reading

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Turkish journalists sentenced for links to US-based cleric

A court in Istanbul convicted six journalists of terror-related charges Friday in a case that heightened concerns over the freedom of expression and media rights in Turkey. Continue reading

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Turkish police disperse LGBTI activists holding banned march

Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex activists gathered Sunday for an LGBTI pride march in Istanbul, moving from street to street for an hour as police tried to end an event the local government had banned for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading

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Can one man do it all? Turkey is about to find out

Days before his victory in last weekend’s elections, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled his plans for a revamped state structure of administrative offices, policy councils and ministries. Continue reading

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Campaign promises galore in last day before Turkish election

Turkey was awash in campaign promises Saturday as politicians pressed to get voters’ attention in the last remaining hours before a ban begins ahead of Sunday’s critical presidential and parliamentary elections. Continue reading

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A look at dual elections in Turkey testing Erdogan’s power

Turkish voters will vote Sunday in a historic double election for the presidency and parliament. Continue reading

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AP Explains: Turkey’s ‘Operation Olive Branch’ in Afrin

Turkey has launched an air and ground campaign into Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria. Continue reading

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Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from US

Turkey has dismissed as “ludicrous and groundless” a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars. Continue reading

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Uproar in Turkey over removing evolution from biology class

Students in Turkey are returning to school Monday where they will be taught evolution for the last time in their biology classes. Continue reading

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Turkey’s prime minister slams protest by opposition leader

Turkey’s justice minister has slammed the leader of the main opposition party for statements protesting the imprisonment of a lawmaker. Continue reading

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Turkey imprisons lawmaker for 25 years for revealing secrets

A Turkish court convicted on Wednesday a prominent lawmaker from the main opposition party for revealing state secrets and sentenced him to 25 years in prison, prompting an outcry from his party. Continue reading

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Turkey demands US replace envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey’s leader told Donald Trump his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key U.S. ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday. Continue reading

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