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Turkey's ousted pro-Kurdish mayors denounce 'political' sackings

Istanbul - Three pro-Kurdish mayors sacked by the Turkish government this month over alleged links to militants lambasted on Thursday a "political putsch" they vowed to challenge in court.

Syria Kurds say will help implement US-Turkey 'safe zone'

Tanriverdi - Syria's Kurds said on Saturday they would support the implementation of a US-Turkey deal to set up a buffer zone in their areas along the Turkish border.

US-Turkey Syria operations centre at full capacity: minister

Ankara - A US-Turkey operations centre aimed at creating a safe zone in northern Syria is operating at "full capacity", Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said Saturday.

Turkish police block protests over sacking of pro-Kurdish mayors

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Wednesday blocked protests over the government's sacking of three mayors in the southeast accused of having links to Kurdish militants, an AFP correspondent said.

Syria Kurds hand over four IS-linked children to Germany

Kamishli - The Kurdish authorities in northeast Syria on Monday handed over four children linked with the Islamic State group to Germany, their first such repatriation to the European country, an official said.

Turkey removes pro-Kurdish mayors

Diyarbakir - The Turkish government removed three mayors from office on Monday over alleged links to Kurdish militants as Ankara deepened its crackdown on the opposition.

How likely are the Turks to attack northeast Syria?

Beirut - After 18 months of threats, Turkey's president warned Tuesday that his troops could attack Kurdish-held areas of northeast Syria "very soon".

Syria Kurds warn of Turkish attack despite US mediation

Kamishli - A top Kurdish political official in northeast Syria Monday warned neighbouring Turkey would attack at the first chance it got, despite US efforts to prevent a cross-border incursion.

Turkey clears RSF representative of 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - The Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) was acquitted on Wednesday of the charge of making "terror propaganda" for Kurdish militants, in a case which triggered international alarm over press freedom in the country.

Turkey court acquits RSF representative of 'terror propaganda'

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Wednesday acquitted the Turkey representative for Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and two other campaigners on charges of making "terror propaganda" for Kurdish militants, an AFP correspondent said.

Iraq Kurds name president's cousin as their new PM

Iraqi Kurdistan's parliament named Masrour Barzani as the region's new premier on Tuesday, a day after his cousin was sworn in as its president.

Kurdish prisoners end hunger strike in Turkey after Ocalan call

Ankara - Thousands of inmates in Turkish prisons ended their mass hunger strike on Sunday, heeding a calling by militant Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan whose jail conditions they were protesting.

Kurdish rebel leader calls end to jail hunger strikes in Turkey: lawyers

Istanbul - Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called for an end to hunger strikes by thousands of jailed supporters in Turkey protesting the conditions of his detention, his lawyers said Sunday.

France reopens probe into killing of 3 Kurdish activists

Paris - French officials have reopened an investigation into the 2013 Paris killings of three female Kurdish activists, after their families asked them to look at whether Turkish agents were involved, sources said Wednesday.

Turkish Kurd leader Ocalan meets lawyers for first time since 2011

Istanbul - The leader of Turkey's militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, has met his lawyers for the first time in eight years, one of them said on Monday. "This is the first meeting with the lawyers since 2011.

Syria's Kurds reject regime-imposed 'reconciliation'

Beirut - A Kurdish-led Syrian force said Friday it believes in dialogue with the government but warned a settlement on the future of territory it controls cannot arrive through a Damascus-prescribed "reconciliation" agreement.

Turkey council confirms ban on pro-Kurdish elected officials

Ankara - Turkey's Supreme Electoral Council on Thursday upheld a ban on candidates from a pro-Kurdish party taking office after they won local elections, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Pro-Kurdish deputy injured in Turkey election protest

Diyarbakir - A pro-Kurdish deputy was injured on Wednesday during protests in southeastern Turkey over a ban on her party's candidates taking up their posts after winning in last month's election, an AFP correspondent said.

Pro-Kurdish party slams Turkey ban on elected mayors taking office

Diyarbakir - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party on Thursday said it would appeal to electoral authorities to annul elections in five districts and towns after some of its successful candidates were blocked from taking office after a March 31 local vote.

As IS 'caliphate' dies, so does hope for the missing

- The demise of the jihadist empire that spirited away his teenage son could have been reason to rejoice but, for Abdelsalam Mohammed, with the fall of Baghouz came a crushing disappointment.

Syria Kurds urge world to take back foreign jihadists

Syria's Kurds warned Sunday that the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained in their fight against the Islamic State group are a time-bomb the international community urgently needs to defuse.

Syria Kurds urge Damascus to choose dialogue: commander

The top military commander in Syria's autonomous Kurdish region urged Damascus on Saturday to choose the path of dialogue after his forces sealed a key victory over the Islamic State group.

Syria Kurd autonomy under threat after IS 'caliphate' falls

Beirut - Now the Islamic State group's "caliphate" has fallen, the hard-won limited autonomy of Syria's Kurds will be left in peril if their key US ally goes ahead with its announced pullout.

Pro-Kurdish party campaigns in shadow of Erdogan threats

Batman - Under daily attack from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and with dozens of its mayors in jail, Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party is fighting an uphill battle for this month's local elections.

Syria's Kurds criticise Damascus 'threats'

- Syria's Kurds have criticised the "threatening language" of the Damascus regime after it pledged to retake northeastern areas they control by reconciliation or by force.

Clashes after Kurdish prisoner suicide in Turkish jail

Diyarbakir - The death of a Kurdish activist on hunger strike in a Turkish prison sparked clashes between supporters and police near his grave on Monday as his lawyers and Kurdish party officials said he had committed suicide.

Don't abandon us, Syrian Kurds tell Europe

Paris - A top Kurdish official has called on Europe not to abandon Syrian Kurds once the battle against the Islamic State group is over and to help set up an international force to protect them from Turkey.

Assad warns Syria's Kurds that US will not protect them

Damascus - President Bashar al-Assad warned Syria's Kurds Sunday that their ally the United States would not protect them against any Turkish offensive as Washington looks to withdraw it troops.

Turkey bans rally for Kurdish MP on hunger strike

Diyarbakir - Turkish police on Friday prevented supporters from rallying outside the home of a pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike for 100 days.

Kurdish MP on hunger strike in Turkey leaves hospital: source

Diyarbakir - A pro-Kurdish lawmaker on hunger strike in Turkey for more than three months, was brought to a hospital Wednesday but went home by ambulance after refusing treatment, a hospital source said.
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