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TURKEY POLITICS: Qatar Isolation Violates Islamic Values: Erdogan

TURKEY POLITICS: Qatar Isolation Violates Islamic Values: Erdogan 0

“It’s as if a death penalty decision has been taken for Qatar,” Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan denounced the isolation of Qatar by neighbouring states.

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QATAR POLITICS: Qatar in Talks With Iran, Turkey For Food, Water Supplies

QATAR POLITICS: Qatar in Talks With Iran, Turkey For Food, Water Supplies 0

Qatar has also been using Iran’s air space after the diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and several other regional Arab states broke out.

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SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan

SYRIA POLITICS: US Snubs Russian Safe Zones Plan 0

“The coalition will continue to target ISIS wherever they operate to ensure they have no sanctuary,” said Pentagon spokesman Marine Maj. Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Bans US-Led Coalition Warplanes From Syria Safe Zones

SYRIA POLITICS: Russia Bans US-Led Coalition Warplanes From Syria Safe Zones 0

“In terms of their actions in the de-escalation zones then from this moment these zones are closed for their flights,” Kremlin’s envoy Kazakhstan Alexander Lavrentyev says.

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TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump

TURKEY POLITICS: May 16-17 Erdogan to Meet President Trump 0

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday he will meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in Washington.

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TURKEY POLITICS: ‘Referendum Should Be Repeated’: CHP Says

TURKEY POLITICS: ‘Referendum Should Be Repeated’: CHP Says 0

Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has underlined its resolve to use all the existing democratic channels to ensure a rerun of the controversial referendum on the country’s constitutional reform.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan-2029? ‘Yes’ Vote Winning in Turkey’s Constitutional Reform Referendum With Slim Majority

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan-2029? ‘Yes’ Vote Winning in Turkey’s Constitutional Reform Referendum With Slim Majority 0

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in the referendum on Turkey’s constitutional reform package. With most of the ballots opened, over 51 percent of voters have supported expanding the powers of president.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Referendum Results: Erdogan Celebrates Win

TURKEY POLITICS: Referendum Results: Erdogan Celebrates Win 0

Erdogan called Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and the leader of the nationalist MHP party, which supported the “Yes” vote, to congratulate them, presidential sources said. They quoted Erdogan as saying the referendum result was clear.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Referendum Takes Center Stage

TURKEY POLITICS: Referendum Takes Center Stage 0

Turks cast their votes in a referendum on Sunday that could place sweeping new powers in the hands of President of Turkey Tayyip Erdogan and herald the most radical change to the country’s political system in its modern history.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Isolate Assad: G7 Seeks Broad Support Against Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Isolate Assad: G7 Seeks Broad Support Against Syria 0

U.S. fired missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for the alleged chemical weapons attack by Assad’s government on civilians, including many children.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bishop to Turkey: Possible Gallipoli Terror Attack

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Bishop to Turkey: Possible Gallipoli Terror Attack 0

“The Australian government received information to suggest terrorists may seek to target ANZAC Day commemorations on Gallipoli Peninsula,” Julie Bishop said.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Bans Hoisting of Kurdish Flags in Kirkuk

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Bans Hoisting of Kurdish Flags in Kirkuk 0

Turkey, Iraq’s northern neighbor which has its own issues with Kurds and is in the midst of a crackdown on Kurdish militants, condemned the flag hoisting.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Warns Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely’ If Attitude Persists

TURKEY POLITICS: Erdogan Warns Europeans ‘Will Not Walk Safely’ If Attitude Persists 0

“Turkey is not a country you can pull and push around, not a country whose citizens you can drag on the ground,” Erdogan said at an event for Turkish journalists in Ankara, in comments broadcast live on national television.

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EUROPE POLITICS: Toll On Refugee, Migrant Children Continues to Mount One Year After EU-Turkey Deal: UNICEF

EUROPE POLITICS: Toll On Refugee, Migrant Children Continues to Mount One Year After EU-Turkey Deal: UNICEF 0

“While there has been a major decrease in the overall numbers of children on the move into Europe since last March, there has been an increase in the threats and distress refugee and migrant children endure,” said Afshan Khan UNICEF Regional Director and Special Coordinator for the Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe.

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SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran

SYRIA POLITICS: In Backing Assad, Russia Looks to Outdo Iran 0

“Russia is wary of Turkey, but prefers squeezing it and limiting its movement, instead of mounting full-frontal attack,” a political figure in Damascus said.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Threatens to Send Europe ‘15,000 Refugees a Month’

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey Threatens to Send Europe ‘15,000 Refugees a Month’ 0

“If you want, we could open way for 15,000 refugees that we don’t send each month and blow the mind” of Europe, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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BULGARIA POLITICS: Gerdzhikov Says Taking Steps to Prevent Election Meddling By Turkey

BULGARIA POLITICS: Gerdzhikov Says Taking Steps to Prevent Election Meddling By Turkey 0

Seeking to downplay the tensions with Bulgaria’s southern neighbor, Gerdzhikov said Turkey had tried to influence other Bulgarian elections since the fall of communism 26 years ago, and “now, there is nothing that is a way different”.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage

TURKEY POLITICS: Turkey, Netherlands Row Takes Center Stage 0

President Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking Turkish voters’ support in an April 16 referendum on boosting his powers as head of state, has previously accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazi remnants” for barring his ministers from addressing expatriate Turks to drum up votes.

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TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam

TURKEY POLITICS: Dutch PM Mark Rutte Bars Mevlut Cavusoglu From Flying to Rotterdam 0

“If my going will increase tensions, let it be. I am a foreign minister and I can go wherever I want,” Mevlut Cavusoglu Turkish Foreign Minister said.

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SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria

SYRIA POLITICS: Assad to UN: Force Turkey to Pull ‘Its Invasion Forces’ Out of Syria 0

Turkey launched its first major military incursion into Syria in August, deploying tanks and air power in support of rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al Assad.

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