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Turkey seizes unsafe boats intended for refugees: Reports

Istanbul - Turkish police seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western Turkey, reports said Saturday.

Anxious wait in Turkey for Syrian relatives of refugees

Kilis - Grappling with agonising uncertainty, Syrian refugees living in Turkey wait for news of relatives stuck on the Syrian side of the border after fleeing Russian and regime offensives in the Aleppo region.

France, Germany pile pressure on Turkey to stem migrant tide

Ankara - The massive flow of migrants into Europe must be slowed with the help of Turkey and better screening of asylum applicants on arrival on the continent, the interior ministers of France and Germany said Friday.

Turkish opposition journalists set for March trial

Istanbul - Two Turkish opposition journalists accused of espionage and trying to overthrow the government in a case that has caused global concern are due to go on trial next month.

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

Erdogan calls Russian claim of Syria invasion plan 'laughable'

Ankara - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday blasted as "laughable" Russia's accusation that Turkey was actively preparing to invade Syria."I find this Russian statement laughable...

Turkey says refused access to Russian flight near Syria

Ankara - Turkey on Thursday said that it had refused to allow a Russian reconnaissance plane to overfly its territory near Syria, citing a disagreement over the flight plan, as relations between the two countries hit a post-Cold War low.

Turkey charges suspected tycoon killer after 20 years at large

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Thursday charged a radical leftwing militant over the 1996 assassination of a top industrialist after the suspect was caught allegedly plotting an attack, local media said.

Turkey to send envoy back to Vatican after Armenia 'genocide' row

Ankara - Turkey says it will send its ambassador back to the Vatican, after recalling him last year in a row over Pope Francis' use of the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.

Turkey partly lifts curfew in beleaguered city

Diyarbakir - The Turkish authorities Wednesday partially lifted a curfew in an area of Diyarbakir, the main city in the country's Kurdish-dominated southeast which has seen heavy clashes in recent weeks between rebels and security forces.

Fears for Kurds trapped in besieged town in Turkey

Diyarbakir - The basement of apartment block "23" in the the flashpoint town of Cizre in southeastern Turkey has become the focus of a bloody standoff as fighting rages on between security forces and Kurdish rebels.

Turkey to unveil security, economy plans for Kurdish southeast

Ankara - Turkey will unveil a new economic and security plan for the Kurdish-dominated southeast, the prime minister said Tuesday, unveiling a bid to revitalise a region battered by renewed fighting between rebels and government forces.

Nine migrants drown off Turkey

Ankara - The Turkish coastguard on Tuesday recovered the bodies of nine migrants including two babies after their boat sank just a short distance from land while trying to reach Europe.

Nobel laureate Pamuk chides EU for ignoring Turkey's rights record

Ankara - Internationally acclaimed Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk has accused the European Union of turning a blind eye to the state of democracy in Turkey because of its cooperation in the migration crisis, local media reported on Sunday.

Erdogan warns Russia will 'face consequences' after airspace violation

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned Russia it will "face consequences" after Ankara accused Moscow of a new violation of its airspace.

Turkey accuses Russia of new airspace violation

Ankara - Turkey on Saturday accused Russia of a fresh violation of its airspace, warning Moscow it would "face consequences" as relations between the two countries hit a new post-Cold War low.

Turkey police recover stolen Picasso in Istanbul: Report

Ankara - Turkish police have recovered an original painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso in an undercover operation in Istanbul, state-run Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday.

At least 37 dead, including children, as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

Ayvacik - The Turkish coastguard on Saturday recovered the bodies of women and children washed up on a beach after yet another migrant boat sank while trying to reach Europe, leaving at least 37 dead.

Erdogan eyes expanding Turkey influence on Latin America tour

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday embarks on a major tour of Latin American countries in a bid to expand Ankara's ties outside its traditional sphere of influence.

At least ten migrants drown off Turkey, several missing

Ayvacik - At least ten migrants, including five children, drowned on Saturday when their boat sank in the Aegean Sea while trying to cross from Turkey to Greece, the Turkish coastguard said.
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