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Court in Izmir orders Turkey Amnesty chief to stay behind bars

ANKARA (Web Desk) A Turkish court has extended the detention of Amnesty International’s regional head over allegations of involvement in last year’s failed coup.The court in Izmir ordered on Thursday that Taner Kilic, who was detained in June, remain in detention pending trial.Kilic is accused of having links to a …

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Iraq’s Abadi visits Turkey for talks on Kurds

ANKARA (Web Desk) Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has arrived in Turkey to discuss developments in the Arab country’s Kurdistan region as Baghdad and Ankara seek stronger bonds to deal with the Kurdish independence drive.Turkey’s state broadcaster TRT said on Wednesday that Abadi arrived in Ankara late morning and went …

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Turkey urges for ‘international cooperation’ against terrorism

ANKARA (Web Desk) The fight against terrorism can only be achieved through international cooperation and solidarity, Turkey’s Prime Minister, Binali Yıldırım, said in a message, as quoted by his media office.As the prime minister of a country which has struggled with terrorism for years, I believe that the fight against …

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Iranian, Turkish Central Banks Ink Currency Swap Deal

ANKARA (Web Desk) Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif and his Turkish counterpart,Murat Cetinkaya, signed an agreement, according to which the two countries can conduct trade transactions through using their national currencies.During a meeting between visiting Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri and Turkish Prime Minister Binali …

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Turkey may shut Iraq border any moment

ANKARA (Web Desk) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq “at any moment” after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.We have completely closed our air space to …

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Erdoğan to Barzani: How dare you say Kirkuk is mine?

ANKARA (Web Desk) President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again slammed the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) recent independence referendum, questioning Arbil’s links to the contested province of Kirkuk.Those who act by disregarding the structure of the region, which is composed of many different identities,with hysterical and opportunistic haste, Will …

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Trump hostility set to deepen Iran power struggles

ANKARA (Web Desk) Iranians quickly closed ranks against a hawkish new US approach to Tehran, but Iran’s powerful hardliners are set to exploit the latest dispute with Washington to weaken domestic rivals who are open to the West,analysts and insiders say.President Donald Trump’s warning on Friday that he might ultimately …

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Erdogan bemoans US is mistreating Turkey

ANKARA (Web Desk) Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States on Thursday of mistreating a strategic ally,in a blistering speech which appeared to rule out swift resolution to a dispute between two Nato members jointly fighting the militant Islamic State (IS).Hours after Ankara announced officials would meet soon to …

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Iran, Turkey sign deal to trade in own currencies

ANKARA (Web Desk) Iran and Turkey have signed a draft agreement to carry out trade activities based on their own local currencies instead of traditional foreign currencies such as the euro and the dollar.The agreement was signed during a visit to Ankara by Valiollah Seif,the governor of the Central Bank …

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US missions in Turkey halt all non-immigrant visa services

ANKARA (Web Desk) US consulates in Turkey indefinitely halted all non-immigrant visa services on Sunday, the American embassy said, after one of the mission’s Turkish staffers was arrested in the latest dispute between the Nato allies.The embassy said “recent events” had forced the US government to reassess Turkey’s “commitment” to …

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