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Turkish president lauds US strike in central Syria

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has praised the incumbent US administration for the US missile attack against a military airfield in Syria’s central province of Homs, stating that President Donald Trump has shown a “more determined” approach than his predecessor Barack Obama. “It was late coming but …

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Turkey nabs 1,000+ over failed coup

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish authorities detained over 1,000 people suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen overnight Wednesday, in one of the largest operations in months against the network which Turkey blames for a failed coup in July last year. They said the crackdown targeted the network’s structure in …

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Turkey opposition appeals referendum result at top court

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkey’s main opposition party launched a legal challenge at a top court on Friday to last-minute changes to voting rules in the referendum that saw President Recep Tayyip Erdogan win expanded powers. The ‘Yes’ side won 51.4 percent of the vote in last Sunday’s referendum on creating …

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Turkish presidential aide calls for Shia-Sunni unity

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Shia and Sunni Muslims should look to their common origins rather than allow themselves to be split by sectarianism, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Thursday. “Shia and Sunni Muslims should remember that they were both fed from the same book, the same prophet, the same persuasion and …

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Turkey extends post-coup emergency state for three more months

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkey’s cabinet has extended a state of emergency in the country for another three months just one day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins a referendum extending his executive powers. The state of emergency was initially imposed following a failed coup in the country on July 15. …

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Erdogan wins Turkey referendum as opposition cries foul

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a historic referendum on Sunday that will tighten his grip on power, but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided and the opposition crying foul. The sweeping constitutional changes approved in the vote create a presidential system that will …

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‘Yes’ camp ahead in Turkey’s referendum

ANKARA/ISTANBUL: (Web Desk) Votes for constitutional change to hand President Tayyip Erdogan sweeping powers held a narrow lead with almost all ballot boxes opened on Sunday, but Turkey’s three largest cities and the mainly Kurdish southeast looked set to vote “No”. The “Yes” votes stood at 51.7 per cent after …

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Swiss investigate protest sign calling for Erdogan’s killing

ZURICH: (Web Desk) Swiss prosecutors are investigating whether a protest sign calling for the killing of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan violated laws against inciting violence, police said on Monday. People demonstrating in Bern on Saturday against plans to extend Erdogan’s powers held up a sign reading “Kill Erdogan with his own …

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