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Russia, Iran, Turkey back new Syria constitution body but fail to agree makeup

GENEVA (Reuters) – Russia, Iran and Turkey, supporters of the main sides in Syria’s complex civil war, on Tuesday failed to agree on the makeup of a U.N.-sponsored Syrian Constitutional Committee but called for it to convene early next year to kick off a viable peace process. United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura meets with Russian Foreign ...

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Turkey may start new Syria operation at any moment, Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Konya, Turkey, December 17, 2018. Cem Oksuz/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey may start a new military operation in Syria at any moment, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that U.S. President Donald Trump had given a positive response to Turkey’s plans for an operation east of the ...

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Turkey revives ghosts of Gezi protests as elections loom

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Three years after she was acquitted over her role in Turkey’s Gezi Park protests, Mucella Yapici was called in last month by police to face more questions about the unrest that had posed a direct challenge to the authority of President Tayyip Erdogan. Mucella Yapici, who was called in last month by police to face more questions ...

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Turkey says Trump working on extraditing wanted cleric Gulen

DOHA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has told his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan that Washington is working on extraditing a U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed Turkish coup in 2016, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Sunday. “In Argentina, Trump told Erdogan they were working on extraditing (Fethullah) Gulen and other people,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said, referring to the ...

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Turkey would consider working with Assad if he won a democratic Syrian election

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu attends a news conference in Ankara, Turkey November 22, 2018. Cem Ozdel/Turkish Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS DOHA (Reuters) – Turkey and other world powers would consider working with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if he won a democratic election, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told a conference in Qatar on Sunday. Turkey supported the opposition to ...

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Turkey will keep attacking PKK in Iraq, foreign ministry says

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a flag of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) during a demonstration against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in central Brussels, Belgium, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air ...

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Turkey orders arrest of 219 soldiers in Gulen investigation: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention of 219 soldiers with suspected links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Friday. Police have conducted a steady stream of raids against alleged supporters of the preacher Fethullah Gulen since the coup attempt in July 2016, in which 250 ...

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Turkey to target financing of Gulen followers abroad, Erdogan says

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an opening ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey December 8, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey will start new initiatives abroad to target the financing of supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday. Erdogan made the comment in a speech in Ankara. Turkey says that followers of Gulen ...

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