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EU leaders save landmark budget as Brexit looms

Apo - EU leaders on Thursday resolved a bitter dispute with Poland and Hungary and salvaged the bloc's landmark post-coronavirus recovery plan, as the threat of an imminent no-deal Brexit loomed large.Leaders were looking to salvage the EU's 1.

Pompeo heads to see allies who are turning page on Trump

Washington - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faces an elephant in the room as he heads Friday on a seven-nation trip to US allies -- they have congratulated President-elect Joe Biden on his victory and he most certainly has not.

Libya unity govt signs military accord with Qatar, Turkey

Tripoli - Qatar and Turkey have signed an accord to send military advisers and instructors for the armed forces of Libya's Government of National Accord, the UN-recognised GNA said.

Turkey's Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque

Istanbul - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a surprise visit to Hagia Sofia on Sunday just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to be held at the Istanbul landmark since it was reconverted to a mosque last week.

Greek police fire teargas as child migrants protest conditions in camps

Thessalon - Greek police fired tear gas at hundreds of children who protested in a packed migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday, the state news agency ANA reported.

'Queer Olympix' banned in Istanbul

Ankara - Authorities in Istanbul have banned the "Queer Olympix", organisers said Saturday, becoming the latest pro-LGBT event to be cancelled in Turkey.

Erdogan calls for Istanbul vote to be re-run

Istanbul - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for the opposition's local election victory in Istanbul to be declared invalid and the vote re-run, increasing the pressure on the country's electoral authorities.

RSF urges court to acquit Cyprus journalists over Erdogan 'insult'

Nicosia - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has urged authorities in northern Cyprus to acquit two journalists facing up to five years in prison on charges of insulting and defaming Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Deal with Syria regime 'inevitable': Kurdish commander

Oguz - A deal between Damascus and Syria's Kurds over their autonomous region in the country's north is "inevitable", a senior Kurdish military official said on Saturday, insisting that Kurdish forces should remain in the area.

US says Saudis still lack credible account of Khashoggi murder

Washington - Saudi Arabia's investigation and handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior US official said Friday.

Orthodox Patriarch welcomes Ukraine's independent church

Ankara - The Orthodox Patriarch has welcomed the creation of an Orthodox church in Ukraine independent of Moscow and invited its leader to Istanbul to receive official confirmation of its status.

US studying Turkey's demands to extradite preacher

Washington - The United States is studying Turkey's demands for the extradition of preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup attempt, the State Department said Thursday.

Three dead found on Greece-Turkey border had throats slit: police

Atenas - Three women found dead on the Greece-Turkey border earlier this month were a mother and two daughters whose throats were slit after they were tied up, a Greek police source said on Friday.

Jamal Khashoggi's killing was 'extrajudicial execution': UN expert

New York - Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" committed by the Saudi state, a UN expert said Thursday, calling for an international investigation.

Intruder chased from Gulen's US compound, Turkish cleric's group says

New York - An armed intruder was chased away Wednesday after attempting to enter the compound of a US-based Turkish preacher accused of masterminding a failed 2016 coup in his homeland, the cleric's organization said.

Russian Orthodox church threatens rupture with Istanbul-based rival

Moscow - The Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday threatened to retaliate against its Istanbul-based rival if it allows Ukraine to cut spiritual ties with Moscow, ending Russian religious rule in the country.

Turkish opposition leader vows to defeat Erdogan and 'unite' country

Yalova - For a man attempting to sweep away Turkey's long serving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition leader Muharrem Ince seems remarkably relaxed just over a week ahead of crucial elections, vowing to be a leader "who unites".

Macron expresses 'concern' over Turkish offensive in Afrin

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday expressed "concern" over Turkey's military offensive in Afrin in Syria, telling Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan it was vital that humanitarian aid be allowed to reach the area.

Syrian Kurds bitter over West turning a blind eye to Afrin

Paris - After leading the charge against Islamic State jihadists on Syria's frontlines, Kurds feel betrayed by their Western allies following the seizure of their stronghold Afrin by Turkish forces.

Foreign powers 'spectators' to Turkish war crimes: Kurdish envoy

Paris - A top Kurdish envoy on Monday accused the international community of being "spectators" as Turkish-led troops commit war crimes in Syria.

Four police assaulted at pro-Kurd rally in Berlin

Berlin - Four police officers were assaulted and three people arrested at a pro-Kurd protest in Berlin on Saturday demonstrating against Turkey's military offensive in Syria.

Freed German-Turkish journalist says Ankara held him 'hostage'

Berlin - A German-Turkish journalist who was freed in Turkey after spending more than a year in jail without trial said he was held "hostage" by Ankara and that other journalists are still stuck in Turkish prisons just "for doing their job".

Turkey rages after 'coup' officer granted asylum in Greece

Atenas - The Turkish foreign ministry on Saturday slammed a decision in Greece to grant asylum to a Turkish helicopter co-pilot, who fled the country after last year's failed coup, as "politically motivated" and warned of a negative impact on bilateral relation...

Turkish trader in US sanctions trial accused of sexual assault by inmate

New York - Reza Zarrab -- the key witness in a New York trial over alleged skirting of US economic sanctions against Iran -- has been accused of sexually assaulting a cellmate, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

NATO takes 'disciplinary' action over Turkey 'enemy' insult

Brussels - NATO has taken 'disciplinary action' against an individual over an incident in which Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's modern founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk were portrayed as enemies, the alliance's secretary general has said.

Turkish opposition newspaper chief kept in custody

Istanbul - An Istanbul court on Saturday remanded the board chairman of opposition Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet in custody, a day after he was detained, state-run news agency Anadolu said.

Turkey nabs French IS jihadist after hair transplant: report

Istanbul - Turkish police arrested a Frenchman suspected of being an Islamic State fighter after he had a hair transplant procedure at a beauty salon, local media reported.

Two Turkish police killed in Kurdish attack: Officials

Istanbul - Two Turkish police were killed in the southern town of Adana Monday in an attack by Kurdish rebels, a press report said, quoting local officials.

Turkish forces killed 771 'PKK rebels' in past month: state media

Ankara - Turkish forces have killed 771 militants of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in northern Iraq and southeastern Turkey over the last four weeks, the state news agency Anatolia said Friday.

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