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Turkey’s behavior in Syria contradictory: Analyst

DAMASCUS: Syria has strongly denounced Turkey’s recent attacks near the flashpoint town of al-Bab, calling on the United Nations to assume its responsibilities and put an end to the violation of the Arab country’s sovereignty. A former US Senate foreign policy analyst believes Turkey’s behavior in Syria continues to be …

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Armed man attempts suicide at Istanbul hospital; staff evacuated

ISTANBUL:  An armed man has locked himself at a psychiatric hospital in Istanbul, according to reports in Turkish media. Officers are said to be negotiating with the man who has threatened to kill himself after locking himself into a room. Patients and staff have been evacuated from Cerahpasa hospital. The …

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Minister: Turkey dismissed more than 90,000 public servants

ANKARA: Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 90,000 public servants for alleged connections to a coup attempt in July as part of a purge critics say has broadened to target any political opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to reporters at a roundtable interview broadcast on television, Labor Minister …

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Turkish lawmakers pass Erdogan powers bill

ANKARA: (Web Desk) Turkish lawmakers have voted in favor of a controversial reform bill that would grant additional executive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan The legislators approved the final 15-18 articles of the constitutional reform package early on Saturday with 339 votes in favor, after articles 8-14 were passed …

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Istanbul nightclub attacker captured

ANKARA: A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Eve confessed to the massacre on Tuesday, hours after his capture in a police raid. Authorities detained Abdulgadir Masharipov, who spent 17 days on the run after the attack claimed by the Daesh …

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Turkey Arrests 243 More Military Staff over Coup Links

ANKARA: Turkish government will arrest another 243 military staff after their arrest warrant was issued by prosecutors on Wednesday. The new series of arrests are part of Ankara’s ongoing crackdown on those suspected of having a hand in the failed July 2016 military coup. Based on a report by the …

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