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Erdogan told Merkel of anger over asylum for 'putschists'

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Angela Merkel of his displeasure over Germany's reportedly giving asylum to troops accused of links to last year's failed coup, he said in an interview published Saturday.

No increase in civilian deaths under Trump: US general

Ak - A top US Air Force official on Wednesday denied claims that civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria are soaring under President Donald Trump, who has given greater leeway to battlefield commanders.

Erdogan says EU must decide on Turkey membership

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said ahead of crunch talks with the EU's leadership it was up to Brussels to decide if it wanted Turkey as a member of the bloc.

Turkey seeks 20-year terms for hunger strikers protesting purges

Ankara - Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday demanded up to 20 years in jail on terror charges for an academic and a teacher who have been on hunger strikes for over two months to protest their dismissal in a purge after last year's failed coup.

Turkey summons US envoy over 'security lapses' in Erdogan visit

Ankara - Turkey summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest "aggressive behaviour" by American security personnel and "security lapses" during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington last week.

Istanbul demolishes nightclub targeted in New Year attack

Istanbul - Istanbul authorities on Monday demolished the Reina nightclub that was hit by a deadly jihadist gun attack on New Year revellers, saying the venue had violated Turkish legislation.

Russia to lift some Turkey sanctions, tomato ban stays

Istanbul - Russia agreed Monday to lift some trade sanctions against Turkey imposed in the wake of the shooting down of a Russian warplane over the Turkish-Syrian border in 2015 but kept in place a contentious ban on tomatoes.

Tense trial opens of alleged Turkey coup ringleaders

Sincan - More than 220 suspects, including over two dozen former Turkish generals, went on trial Monday accused of being among the ringleaders of the attempted coup last year aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey detains two hunger strikers dismissed in purges: report

Ankara - Turkish authorities detained an academic and a teacher in Ankara who have been on a hunger strike for over two months in protest against their dismissal in the purge that followed last year's failed coup, media reported Monday.

Trial begins of alleged Turkey coup ringleaders

Sincan - The trial opened on Monday of more than 220 suspects, including over two dozen former Turkish generals, accused of being among the ringleaders of the attempted coup last year aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Amnesty lambasts 'arbitrary dismissals' in Turkey purges

Ankara - Amnesty International on Monday accused Turkey of implementing "arbitrary dismissals" of public sector workers in a series of purges since last year's failed coup.

Turkey ruling party elects Erdogan as chairman after referendum win

Ankara - Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Sunday elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its new chairman, returning him to the post he held for over a decade up until August 2014, party officials said.

Turkey's Erdogan returns as ruling party boss after referendum

Ankara - Turkey's ruling party on Sunday reappointed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its chief after a nearly three year break, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in a controversial referendum on expanding his powers.

Ankara police kill two suspected IS members planning attack: governor

Ankara - Turkish police on Sunday killed in Ankara two suspected members of the Islamic State jihadist group believed to have been planning an attack in the capital, the regional governor said.

Erdogan to return as ruling party chief after vote victory

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey's ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers.

Turkey Kurd party elects fill-in for jailed leader

Ankara - Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) replaced its jailed female co-leader Saturday as the party seeks to move forward while its MPs and officials remain imprisoned, accused of links to Kurdish separatists.

Turkey targets opposition daily suspecting links to coup bid

Ankara - Turkish authorities targeted Friday opposition daily Sozcu, seeking the arrest of the owner and detaining two employees as the crackdown on opposition media widened.

Turkey seeks arrest of owner, 3 staff of opposition daily: report

Ankara - Turkish authorities issued arrest warrants on Friday for the owner and three employees of opposition daily Sozcu, state media reported, as the crackdown on opposition media widened.

Turkey says will 'not beg' Germany to stay at NATO base

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday hit back at German threats to pull its troops out of a key NATO base on its soil, saying it would "not beg" them to stay.

Turkey calls for ouster of US envoy for anti-IS coalition

Istanbul - Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the US diplomat coordinating the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias.
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