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World - Turkey to complete Syria border wall within 5 months, official says


By Orhan Coskun and Daren Butler ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey`s 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday. Ankara has long been under pressure from its NATO allies to seal off the border with Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria and is also concerned by the presence of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which controls most of its Syrian border. Construction on a border wall to combat smuggling and illegal migration started as early as 2014 even as Turkey maintained an open-border policy that has seen nearly 3 million Syrians seek refuge in the country.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016  13:58

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World - U.S. tells Turkey it will respond soon to demand for cleric`s arrest: justice minister


ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. officials have told their Turkish counterparts they will respond within a couple of days to Turkey`s demand to arrest Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, blamed for a bloody coup attempt, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Wednesday. Turkey wants the United States to extradite Gulen, who resides in Pennsylvania, and prosecute him on charges he masterminded the attempt to overthrow the government on July 15. The 75-year-old preacher denies any involvement. Bozdag was speaking to NTV channel in an interview broadcast live. ...


Wednesday, September 28, 2016  08:56

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World - `Ottoman` Boris Johnson makes first visit to Turkey since Erdogan poem


By Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday kicked off his first official visit to Ankara by highlighting his `proud ownership` of a Turkish washing machine and steered clear of his past prize-winning insults of President Tayyip Erdogan. Johnson, the former mayor of London, was named in May as the winner of the Spectator magazine`s `President Tayyip Erdogan Offensive Poetry competition` for a five-line entry that involved the Turkish president, wild oats and a goat. Two months later, Prime Minister Theresa May tapped Johnson as foreign secretary, prompting concern about a rift with Ankara.


Monday, September 26, 2016  18:52

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World - Knife-wielding man shot outside Israeli embassy in Turkey: officials


By Umit Bektas and Jeffrey Heller ANKARA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A man was shot and wounded by Turkish police outside the Israeli Embassy in Ankara after he shouted slogans and wielded a knife on Wednesday, but initial inquiries indicated he had no links to an organized group, officials said. The man, a 41-year-old from the central city of Konya, was carrying a bag and brandishing a 30-cm (12 inches) knife as he approached the embassy, the Ankara governor`s office said in a statement.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016  12:46

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World - Ankara governor`s office: Israel embassy suspect not linked to organizations


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police shot and wounded a 41-year-old man outside the Israeli embassy in Ankara after he chanted slogans and wielded a knife on Wednesday, the Ankara governor`s office said in a statement. The attacker, who appeared to be mentally unstable, ignored a police warning to stop, the governor`s office said. No links to any organization or criminal records have been found for the man, it said. (Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by David Dolan)


Wednesday, September 21, 2016  12:04

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World - UK`s Johnson dismisses Turkey poem, eyes `jumbo` trade deal


British foreign minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday brushed off as `trivia` an offensive poem he wrote about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, boasting of the strength of Ankara-London ties even after Britain`s vote to leave EU. On his first visit to Turkey as top diplomat, Johnson called for a `jumbo free trade deal` with Ankara that would strengthen economic relations that take in everything from cakes to washing machines. Johnson, who is of partly Turkish ancestry, described Turkey as `the land of my fathers`, emphasising that relatives had worked in senior Turkish foreign ministry positions.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016  16:07

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World - EU launches debit cards for refugees in Turkey


The European Union on Monday launched a scheme worth almost 350 million euros providing mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey with pre-paid debit cards, the biggest project yet under a landmark deal between the bloc and Ankara. EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Christos Stylianides, in Ankara for the start of the programme, said the debit cards will help give vulnerable refugees a `sense of normality` in their lives.


Monday, September 26, 2016  17:54

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World - Gulen says will return to Turkey if US backs extradition


US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen is ready to return to Turkey if Washington approves Ankara`s request for his extradition over the failed July coup, he told German broadcaster ZDF on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Gulen of ordering the failed putsch and Ankara wants Washington to arrest the Islamic cleric and deliver him to Turkish authorities. Then I will spend the rest of my days tormented (by the government) and so I will reach God as a pure man,` Gulen said.


Friday, September 23, 2016  14:39

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World - Erdogan says US arming Syrian Kurdish militia


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the United States of sending more weapons to a Syrian Kurdish militia in defiance of Ankara`s repeated insistence it is a `terrorist` organisation. Although the US views the the People`s Protection Units (YPG) militia as its most significant ground ally against jihadists, Ankara says the fighters are `terrorists` linked to the Kurdistan Workers` Party (PKK) which for decades has waged an insurgency in southeastern Turkey.


Friday, September 23, 2016  11:25

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World - Eight injured as rockets from Syria pound Turkish border town


By Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ayla Jean Yackley DIYARBAKIR/ANKARA (Reuters) - Eight people, including children, were wounded when rockets fired from Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria hit a Turkish border town on Thursday, officials and security sources said. The attacks on Kilis were the first since Ankara-backed rebels swept into northern Syria last month to clear Sunni Islamist fighters from Turkey`s southern border. `We entered Syria because these rockets are damaging property and human life.


Thursday, September 22, 2016  17:28

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