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November 9, 2017 9:45 AM Turkey detains more than 100 Islamic State suspects

ISTANBUL - Turkish police have detained 111 people over suspected links to Islamic State in Ankara and have arrest warrants for a total of 245 suspects in the capital and surrounding province, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday. It said 1,500 police officers were taking part in the operation across Ankara province, raiding 250 addresses 603

October 31, 2017 8:05 AM Iraqi authorities gain first foothold at Kurdish frontier with Turkey

ANKARA/BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi troops deployed on Tuesday at one of the main land crossings with Turkey, gaining a foothold at the Kurdish-held frontier for the first time in decades and imposing one of Baghdad's central demands on the Kurds. Iraq's entire land border with Turkey is located inside the Kurdish autonomous region, and has been controlled 133

October 31, 2017 6:20 AM Turkey's Erdogan takes legal action after lawmaker calls him 'fascist dictator'

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against a prominent opposition lawmaker, one of Erdogan's lawyers said on Tuesday, after the deputy called the Turkish leader a fascist dictator. In blistering criticism of Erdogan, the spokesman for the main opposition Republican People's Party Bulent Tezcan attacked what he said was a "fearful 117

October 29, 2017 10:05 AM Turkey detains 143 people over suspected Islamic State links: Anadolu

ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained 143 people over suspected links to Islamic State in anti-terror operations in eight cities over the weekend, the state-run Anadolu Agency said on Sunday. Counter-terrorism police detained 49 foreign nationals on Saturday during operations in the capital Ankara, Anadolu said. Some of the detained were believed to be preparing 101

October 20, 2017 1:00 PM EU will cut some money for Turkey as ties sour

BRUSSELS - The European Union will cut some of the money earmarked for Turkey to join the bloc, reflecting increasingly sour ties with Ankara but stopping short of killing membership bid of the country it still sees as a strategic partner. The EU has been walking a tight rope for months on Turkey, angered by President Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on critics 43

October 19, 2017 11:25 PM EU leaders want to 'responsibly' cut Turkey pre-accession aid: Merkel

BRUSSELS - The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Thursday, adding European Union leaders had asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a "responsible way". Merkel urged her fellow leaders on Thursday to cut European Union funds to Turkey that are linked 40

October 16, 2017 4:03 PM Are the Days of Low Oil Prices Receding?

Kurdish fighters known as the pesh merga have played a central role, alongside Iraqi troops, in operations against the Islamic State. Last month, however, the Kurds voted for full independence from Iraq, prompting an angry rebuke from Baghdad and threats of military intervention. Both Turkey and Iran fear that an independence move by Iraqi Kurds could 48

October 16, 2017 2:00 PM Turkey detained more than 1,200 people in last week

ANKARA - Turkish security forces detained 1,210 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed coup, the interior ministry said on Monday. A total of 947 of those were detained for suspected links to the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara holds responsible for a failed coup in July last year. Gulen 36

October 16, 2017 12:36 AM World leaders condemn Somalia bombing 'in strongest terms'

PARIS: World leaders from the United States, Britain, Canada and France on Sunday (Oct 15) strongly condemned the weekend suicide bombing in Somalia, the worst attack in the country to date with at least 137 deaths. Saturday's blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of the capital Mogadishu which has many shops, hotels and businesses 40

October 13, 2017 6:01 PM Trump strikes blow at Iran nuclear deal in major US policy shift

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump struck a blow against the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement on Friday in defiance of other world powers, choosing not to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal and warning he might ultimately terminate it. Trump announced the major shift in U.S. policy in a speech in which he detailed a more confrontational approach 42