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Tusk to ask EU states to help stop illegal migrants reaching Bulgaria
TALLINN (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk will next week ask EU leaders to approve sending guards and equipment to Bulgaria to help protect its border against flows of illegal migrants from Turkey, following complaints from Sofia.
14 points by Reuters | Turkey Europe European Union Asia Bulgaria Spain Middle East Greece
Germany's Steinmeier sees Turkey decision on air base as signal for dialogue
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday said he viewed Ankara's decision to allow German lawmakers to visit a Turkish air base as "political signal" of its willingness to resume dialogue with Berlin after significant strains.
8 points by Reuters | European Union Turkey Germany Asia Europe Reuters Middle East Thomson Reuters
Dozens held as teachers protest suspensions in Turkey's southeast, union says
DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) - Turkish police detained dozens of people and used water cannon on Friday to disperse several hundred teachers demonstrating against their suspension from classrooms in the largely Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, union sources said and TV footage showed.
70 points by Reuters | Turkey Reuters Iraq Thomson Reuters Kurdistan Workers' Party Kurdistan Kurdish people News agency
EU seeks to soothe Turkey ties, but no breakthrough on visa deal
ANKARA (Reuters) - Two of the European Union's top officials sought to smooth fractious relations with Turkey on Friday, vowing deeper trade ties and continued cooperation on migration, but there was no immediate end to a deadlock over visa-free travel for Turks.
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Turkey hopeful on EU visa-free deal for citizens
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's foreign minister says he believes Turkey and the European Union can come to an agreement on granting visa-free travel for Turks. Turkey has threatened to scrap a key deal with the EU on stemming the flow of migrants heading from Turkey to Europe if visa ...
1 points by The Washington Times | European Union Europe Council of Europe Turkey United Kingdom Eastern Europe Spain Brussels
Timing of solution on visa liberalisation up to Turkey: EU's Hahn
ANKARA (Reuters) - European Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said on Friday he believed a solution to a dispute with Turkey over the pace of visa liberalisation was possible and the timing up to Ankara.
7 points by Reuters | European Union Europe European Commission Turkey European Economic Community United Kingdom Belgium Reuters
NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against IS: NTV
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
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Turkish air strikes destroy four targets in northern Syria: military
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish air strikes destroyed four stationary targets in northern Syria on Friday, the military said in a statement, as it continues attacks against militants in the region.
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Turkish coup, Muslim democracy and Western bad faith
Western democracies seeking to dominate the region have been the greatest impediment to accountability in Muslim world.
2832 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Western world Democracy Jean-Paul Sartre Barack Obama George W. Bush Turkey Muslim world
Times reporter abducted and shot in Syria says his kidnapper now US-backed rebel
A Times reporter who was kidnapped and twice shot in the leg in Syria claims to have recognized his abductor on a recent Facebook video, which shows him in the ranks of a US-backed “moderate” opposition rebel group. Read Full Article at
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NATO chief says welcomes Turkey's efforts against Islamic State: NTV
ANKARA (Reuters) - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday he welcomed Turkey's efforts against Islamic State and that Ankara had a right to defend itself.
19 points by Reuters | United Nations Turkey Reuters Iraq Thomson Reuters News agency Barack Obama Arabic language
Turkey conducting 'largest ever' operations against PKK
At least 186 PKK fighters killed, military says, as thousands of teachers with alleged links to the group are suspended.
2958 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Kurdistan Workers' Party Terrorism Kurds in Turkey Turkish general election 2007
Turkish leader calls for U.S.-Turkey 'joint operation' in Syria
A key political ally of Turkey’s president says defeating the Islamic State in Syria will require U.S. troops joining Turkish military forces on the ground inside the war-torn nation — a move that would require a significant shift in the Obama administration’s current policy. “I don’t ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Turkey Bashar al-Assad Syria Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Iraq Terrorism
German state curbs work with Islamic group with ties to Turkey
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German state has stopped working with the country's biggest Muslim association, which has strong links to Ankara, on a project to prevent radicalization due to a row over a comic that it said glorified martyrdom.
61 points by Reuters | Turkey Angela Merkel Germany Reuters Thomson Reuters North Rhine-Westphalia Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Chancellor of Germany
Over 70 aid groups say U.N. allows Syria to manipulate relief
More than 70 humanitarian organizations are accusing the United Nations of allowing the Syrian government to manipulate relief efforts and deprive thousands in besieged areas of help. The aid groups working in Syria ...
1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Syria Bashar al-Assad United Nations Humanitarian aid Lebanon Turkey Hafez al-Assad Humanitarianism
Germany to invest $65mn in Turkish Incirlik base – report
Turkey’s Incirlik military base, used to launch anti-terrorist missions in the region, will reportedly be revamped with the help of a €58 million ($65 million) investment from Germany. That’s despite Ankara recently banning German authorities from visiting the site. Read Full Article at
472 points by Russia Today | Turkey Abdullah Gül Germany Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Angela Merkel Armenia Christian Democratic Union Ottoman Empire
Syrian government forces capture more areas in Aleppo
BEIRUT — Syrian government forces and their allies captured new ground on the edge of the contested northern city of Aleppo on Thursday, tightening the siege on rebel-held parts of the city, state media and an activist group said.The latest push came after pro-government troops recaptured several military academies over the weekend that they had lost in attacks by insurgents a month ago.
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Turkey's government says under popular pressure to drop EU talks
BLED, Slovenia (Reuters) - Turkey's government is under "huge pressure" from its people to abandon its decades-old drive to join the European Union because they see it applying double standards toward their country, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.
62 points by Reuters | Turkey European Union Europe United Kingdom Bulgaria Poland World War II Reuters
8 things you should know about Aleppo, including what it is
Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson had some trouble recognizing the name of a major Syrian city on Thursday. “What is Aleppo?” he asked in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” (In his defense, he claimed that he thought it was an acronym.) We’re here to help.  1. What is Aleppo? ...
1256 points by Los Angeles Times | Syria Turkey Mesopotamia Jordan History of Syria Kibbeh Iraq Damascus
At least five killed in explosion in Syria's Jarablus: Turkish security sources
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and 12 wounded in an Islamic State attack in the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Turkish security and hospital sources said on Thursday, only a day after civilians started returning to their homes in the town.
19 points by Reuters | Turkey Syria Reuters Thomson Reuters United States Iraq Turkish language News agency
Mosul Offensive to Begin in Coming Weeks, General Says
Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the new commander of the U.S.-led military coalition against Islamic State, says fight to retake the jihadist-held city will be long and difficult.
1170 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Fertile Crescent Egypt Israel Arabic language Ottoman Empire Turkey
French helicopters to rescue 110 stuck in cable car at over 3,000 meters
PARIS (Reuters) - Helicopters are being sent to rescue 110 people stuck at over 3,000 meters altitude in a cable car that links France and Italy near Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc, police said.
111 points by Reuters | Reuters Turkey Thomson Reuters News agency Iraq Syria Mutual fund Investment
‘What Is Aleppo?’ Gary Johnson Asked. Let Us Explain.
An American presidential candidate asked what Aleppo is on national television. Some of the basics about what’s going on there.
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Turkey suspends 11,000 teachers for suspected PKK links
More than 11,000 Turkish education staff suspended as Turkey conducts largest-ever operation against Kurdish fighters.
4852 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Politics of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Prime minister Terrorism
Iraq gears up for late-year push to retake Mosul from Islamic State
QAYYARA AIRBASE, Iraq (Reuters) - The U.S.-led war on Islamic State has depleted the group's funds, leadership and foreign fighters, but the biggest battle yet is expected later this year in Iraq's northern city of Mosul, where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago.
511 points by Reuters | Iraq Iraq War Turkey Arabic language Syria Euphrates Tigris Kurdish people
Turkish military says takes control of four settlements in Syria operation
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's military said on Thursday it had taken control of four residential areas in northern Syria as it presses an offensive to sweep Islamic State out of a patch of border territory and prevent Kurdish militia fighters gaining ground in their wake.
15 points by Reuters | Turkey Iraq Reuters Thomson Reuters Syria News agency Arabic language Turkish language
Ankara seizes Deutsche Welle footage containing interview with Turkish minister
The Turkish government has seized a Deutsche Welle tape containing an interview with its youth and sports minister. The German media outlet has called the move a “blatant violation of press freedom.” Read Full Article at
120 points by Russia Today | Germany Turkey ARD Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Turkish language Turkish people Istanbul German language
Turkey expels 73 more personnel from armed forces
ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey says it has expelled 73 more personnel from its armed forces as part of an ongoing effort to rid the military of what it says are followers of the alleged mastermind of the failed July 15 coup. The Turkish Ministry of Defense said on its official ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Armed forces Turkey Navy Turkish people Military Soldier Military history Istanbul
EU grants 348 million euros in aid for Syrian refugees in Turkey
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Thursday announced it was contracting 348 million euros ($393 mln) to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) for humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey, part of the bloc's migration cooperation with Ankara.
37 points by Reuters | Turkey Europe European Union Reuters Cyprus France Thomson Reuters Austria
World briefs: U.S. not involved in coup conspiracy, Turkey says
ANKARA, Turkey — Despite dark conspiracy theories in Turkey linking the U.S. government to the military coup attempt July 15, Turkish leaders see no signs of American complicity with the plotters, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Tuesday.
-1 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Abdullah Gül Iran Islam London London City Airport Syria
Fight for key cities imminent
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants’ supply lines from the outside world. That could affect their ability to protect their last bastions — the cities of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.The area und...
3 points by Concord Monitor | Turkey Iraq Syria Arabic language Kurdish people Iraq War Kurdish language Israel
Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area.
2282 points by Reuters | Iraq Turkey Syria Kurdish people Kurdish language Fertile Crescent Euphrates Kurdistan
Islamic State’s loss border area with Turkey sharply harms group
Expelling the Islamic State group from the last territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border has effectively cut the militants' supply lines from the outside world.
2 points by The Denver Post | Turkey Iraq Syria Arabic language Kurdish people Israel Kurdish language Iraq War
Tables Turn for Media in Turkish Press Crackdown
Western leaders and press freedom groups accuse Turkey of an unprecedented crackdown on free speech. But after years of hurling inflammatory accusations, journalists are having a harder time finding sympathy.
140 points by The Wall Street Journal | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Politics of Turkey Turkish general election 2007 Accession of Turkey to the European Union
Ancient Karkemish sees modern war on Turkey-Syria border
The tourist gate and ticket house are ready at the ancient city of Karkemish, where Turkish troops crossed last month into Syria and ousted Islamic State militants from the border. Despite Syria's civil war, archaeologists on the Turkish side of border-straddling Karkemish unearthed sculptures, mosaics and other artifacts in relative ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Turkey World Heritage Site Syria Ottoman Empire Iraq Mesopotamia Archaeology World War I
Syria activists: Warplanes dropped chlorine bombs in Aleppo
Syrian activists and rescue workers in the rebel-held part of the contested city of Aleppo said that government warplanes dropped suspected chlorine bombs Tuesday on a crowded neighborhood, injuring dozens. The report could not be independently verified and it was not clear how it was determined...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Turkey Chemical warfare Syria Bashar al-Assad Chlorine Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Iraq Abdullah Gül
Italy breaks up ring smuggling Syrian refugees to Western Europe
ROME (Reuters) - Italian police said on Tuesday they had broken up a criminal network that smuggled mostly Syrian refugees across the Balkans to Western Europe.
23 points by Reuters | European Union Italy Turkey Arabic language Reuters Europe Thomson Reuters Austria
Turkey ready to join U.S. in capturing Syrian city from Islamic State: Erdogan
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama floated the idea of joint action with Turkey to capture the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in remarks published on Wednesday.
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Aleppo bombed as U.S. and Russia plan Syria talks
An airstrike near in Syria killed at least 10 civilians as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov agreed to meet this week for extended discussions on ending the civil war.
1 points by The Denver Post | Syria Bashar al-Assad Vladimir Putin Barack Obama Turkey Hafez al-Assad Aleppo Iraq War
Terry George on His Armenian Genocide Romance and Why Hollywood’s Blockbuster Obsession Hurts Movies
Terry George earned critical raves with 2004’s “Hotel Rawanda,” an unflinching portrait  of courage in the face of human cruelty that nabbed Oscar nominations for its script and for stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo. Now, the Irish screenwriter and director is shining a light on another dark chapter in history with “The Promise.” The... Read more »
1363 points by Variety | Ottoman Empire English-language films Armenia A Great Way to Care Hotel Rwanda Love Armenian diaspora Turkey
Turkey approves German lawmakers' trip to Incirlik air base: German MP
BERLIN (Reuters) - The Turkish government has agreed that German lawmakers can visit 250 German soldiers stationed at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in October, a senior German Social Democrat lawmaker said on Thursday, confirming a report on Spiegel Online.
46 points by Reuters | European Union Turkey Reuters President of the European Council United Kingdom Germany European Council Denmark
Turkey jails businessmen, orders military officers detained: media report
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey jailed 16 businessmen pending trial on Thursday and issued arrest warrants for dozens of military officers over alleged links to the U.S.-based cleric blamed by Ankara for July's attempted coup, Turkish media said.
33 points by Reuters | Turkey Reuters Thomson Reuters News News agency Arrest Tom Glocer
Turkeys are attacking people in Foxborough
It looks like turkeys in Foxborough are getting advance revenge for Thanksgiving. The town’s animal control officer, Sue Thibedeau, said she’s received several reports of wild turkeys going on the attack against humans in the past few weeks. This has been the first summer that she’s received repeated reports of turkey attacks, and she thinks the issue […]
3186 points by The Boston Globe | Bird Galliformes Turkey Attack Wild Turkey Domestic turkey Attack! Fear
Gazprom gets permits for Turkish gas pipeline
Daniel J. GraeberMOSCOW, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Russian energy company Gazprom said it received the first permits from the Turkish government to start implementing a new natural gas pipeline project.
25 points by UPI | Natural gas United Press International Russia William Randolph Hearst International News Service Turkey News World Communications Pipeline transport
Turkish Official Says U.S. Was Not Complicit in Coup Plot
In an interview on Tuesday with The New York Times Editorial Board, Turkey’s deputy prime minister said “we don’t see any evidence” of American involvement.
208 points by The New York Time | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an United States Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Barack Obama President of the United States Politics of Turkey
Syrian rebel wants 'safe zone', says it needs deal with Russia
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey-backed Syrian rebels would like to see a "safe zone" set up in areas of the border they are capturing from Islamic State, but this would need an agreement between the United States, Turkey and Russia, a rebel commander said on Tuesday.
471 points by Reuters | Syria Iraq Turkey Bashar al-Assad Ottoman Empire Kurdish people Fertile Crescent Euphrates
Fleeing Syria as a refugee is tough. Now imagine doing it in a wheelchair
Strapped onto either side of a horse, 30-year-old Alan Mohammad and his 28-year-old sister Gyan crossed craggy mountains from Iraq into Turkey.
1874 points by CNN | Europe Turkey Greece Smuggling European Union Immigration Refugee Family
Tokyo shaken by magnitude 4.9 earthquake; no tsunami warning
TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 shook buildings in Tokyo on Wednesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
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Sanaa Lathan Joins Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton in ‘American Assassin’
Sanaa Lathan has come on board CBS Films-Lionsgate’s “American Assassin” to portray CIA Deputy director Irene Kennedy. She joins Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch. “Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film. Based on Vince... Read more »
143 points by Variety | Special Activities Division World War II Central Intelligence Agency Turkey World War III Stephen Kappes Middle East Mitch Rapp
Venice Film Review: ‘King of the Belgians’
A delightful, surprisingly respectful mockumentary that takes gentle aim at the incongruities of monarchy, Belgium, and the Balkans.
279 points by Variety | Bulgaria Serbia Turkey Peer Gynt NATO Montenegro Belgium Balkans