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Why does the capture of Syria's Al-Bab matter?

Istanbul - The Syrian town of Al-Bab was for three years a key jihadist stronghold in northern Syria, whose capture Ankara hopes will give Turkey greater influence over the postwar shape of the country.

Turkey says 2,000 Syrian families set for citizenship

Ankara - Istanbul authorities on Thursday said 2,000 Syrian families in the city could be set for Turkish citizenship but the government insisted approval would only come after an April referendum on boosting the president's powers.

Turkey says only 100 jihadists left in IS-held Syria battleground

Istanbul - Turkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 jihadists were still holed up in the flashpoint Islamic-State Syrian town of Al-Bab, as rebel commanders predicted its capture was imminent.

Turkey lifts military ban on Islamic headscarf

Istanbul - Turkey will lift a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country's armed forces, state media said Wednesday.

Turkey lifts ban on army officers wearing Islamic headscarf

Istanbul - Turkey's army is lifting a historic ban on female officers wearing the Islamic headscarf in the officially secular country, the state-run Anadolu news agency said Wednesday.

Turkey says '100 IS fighters' left in Syria's Al-Bab

Istanbul - Turkey said Wednesday fewer than 100 Islamic State jihadists were still holed up in a flashpoint Syrian town which has seen the bloodiest clashes of Ankara's half-year campaign inside the conflict-torn country.

Turkey Kurdish party co-leader given 5-month jail sentence

Ankara - A Turkish court on Tuesday ordered the co-leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtas to serve five months in jail, in the latest legal blow to the politician.

Regional rivals Iran, Turkey trade barbs over Syria

Istanbul - Diplomatic tensions escalated between Turkey and Iran on Tuesday as the regional powers traded accusations over their roles in the Syria conflict and the Middle East.

Turkish trial opens into coup death of 'hero' soldier

Ankara - The trial opened Tuesday into the killing of a Turkish soldier who became a national hero after shooting dead one of the suspected ringleaders of last year's failed coup.

Turkey puts 47 on trial for 'coup plot to kill Erdogan'

Mugla - One of the nearly 50 suspects in an alleged plot to assassinate Turkey's president admitted involvement in the botched July 15 putsch bid as the mass trial opened Monday.

Pence tells Turkey PM wants 'new start' in ties: report

Ankara - US Vice President Mike Pence has told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that the new administration wanted a "new start" in relations between the two NATO member states, local media reported Sunday.

Turkey eyes strong Trump alliance, despite splits

Ankara - Turning a blind eye to multiple policy differences, Turkey is seeking a tighter alliance with Washington under President Donald Trump but the road to a rapprochement may not be easy.

'War won't stop us' vow Syria child victims Bana, Abdel

Ankara - Two Syrian children who have become powerful symbols of their homeland's conflict met Saturday, vowing that "the war will not stop us" despite the horrific violence around them.

Turkey presents US options for Raqa operation: report

Ankara - Turkey has presented two plans to the US detailing how a joint operation could retake the IS de-facto capital of Raqa in northern Syria, a local newspaper reported Saturday.

Turkey car bomb kills child, wounds 17

Ankara - A car bomb on Friday rocked the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa, close to the Syrian border, killing a child and wounding 17 people, the provincial governor's office said.

Turkey's Erdogan kicks off campaign for greater powers

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday kicked off his campaign for a "yes" vote at the April 16 referendum on expanding his powers, predicting Turks will back the changes in a contest that could be tight.

Turkey 'no' voters demonised as tight referendum looms

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters are increasingly demonising voters thinking of rejecting a plan to grant him greater powers in an April referendum, raising fears of a further polarisation of society.

Syria crisis still 'appalling': aid chief David Miliband

Istanbul - The head of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and former British foreign secretary David Miliband on Thursday said the humanitarian crisis in war-torn Syria was still "appalling" despite a fragile ceasefire.

Binali Yildirim: Turkey's last prime minister?

Istanbul - Campaigning with gusto for a "Yes" vote in Turkey's referendum on a new constitution, it may seem surprising Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is an impassioned champion of the plan to expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish court formally arrests Istanbul New Year attacker: report

Istanbul - A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of an Uzbek man suspected of killing 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, local news agency reported.
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