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26 people detained after Turkey car bomb attack

Added: 20.02.2017 19:16 | 0 views | 0 comments


ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish officials say 26 people have been detained following a car bomb attack, which killed two people in the southeast of the country.

Turkish soldiers accused of Erdogan assassination attempt go on trial

Added: 20.02.2017 10:59 | 0 views | 0 comments

MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - The trial of more than 40 Turkish soldiers accused of attempting to assassinate President Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup started on Monday, with prosecutors seeking life sentences, according to the indictment obtained by Reuters.

Turkish PM, U.S. vice president discuss improving ties: sources

Added: 19.02.2017 10:13 | 3 views | 0 comments

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was keen for a new start in relations between the two countries, sources in Yildirim's office said, after ties soured during the Obama administration.

Turkish Airlines flight to Toronto evacuated after note seen

Added: 18.02.2017 14:47 | 5 views | 0 comments

A Turkish Airlines plane in Istanbul has been evacuated after a suspicious note was discovered in one of its bathrooms.

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Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb, governor says PKK responsible

Added: 18.02.2017 8:44 | 0 views | 0 comments

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities detained 26 people over a car bomb attack in the southeastern town of Viransehir, the provincial governor's office said on Saturday.

Cyprus peace talks interrupted by old plebiscite row

Added: 16.02.2017 20:52 | 2 views | 0 comments


By Michele Kambas ATHENS (Reuters) - Face-to-face talks between both sides of divided Cyprus broke off on Thursday, sources at the meeting said, after the Greek Cypriot parliament angered Turkish Cypriots by honoring a 1950 plebiscite seeking union with Greece. The meeting between Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades and his Turkish Cypriot counterpart, Mustafa Akinci, ended abruptly about an hour after it started, after which a go-between had to shuttle between the two to keep the peace process on track. "Both leaders very strongly said they are committed to this process, and nobody sees this process as over, or terminated, or suspended," said Espen Barth Eide, the United Nations special envoy who is overseeing the peace negotiations which have been ongoing for almost two years.

Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia

Added: 16.02.2017 15:54 | 1 views | 0 comments


By Maria Tsvetkova and Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries. Turkish police have raided the homes of Russian-speaking immigrants in Istanbul, detained many and expelled others, according to interviews with Russian Muslims living in the city. At least some of those targeted by Turkish authorities are known to be sympathetic to radical Islamist movements.

Cyprus talks break up over decades-old vote

Added: 16.02.2017 15:42 | 2 views | 0 comments


A round of UN-brokered peace talks between rival leaders of divided Cyprus broke up in acrimony Thursday over moves for schools to honour a decades-old referendum on union with Greece. Tensions have soared over the approval by the Greek Cypriot parliament for schools in the south of the island to mark the 1950 referendum on "Enosis," or union with Greece. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci said that when the issue came up of scrapping the decision to mark the referendum, his Greek Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades said there "was nothing else to say, slammed the door and left".

Head of Syrian government delegation says Turkey, rebels aim to disrupt Astana talks

Added: 16.02.2017 15:13 | 1 views | 0 comments

The head of Syria's government delegation at peace talks in Astana accused Turkey's delegation and Syrian rebels, who arrived on Thursday - the last day of the meeting, of trying to disrupt the negotiations by refusing to agree to a communique. Bashar Ja'afari said the rebels and their Turkish backers had a "clear will to disrupt the Astana meetings", and that Ankara must pull its troops out of Syria and close its border to jihadist fighters if it was to be a real guarantor of a Turkish-Russian ceasefire agreed at the end of last year. The arrival of a downgraded Turkish delegation with the rebels on the last day of the talks in the Kazakh capital also signaled that they were not serious about participating in the talks, he said.

Russia, Turkey, Iran may look into Syria settlement issues: Russian official

Added: 16.02.2017 15:13 | 1 views | 0 comments

ASTANA (Reuters) - A joint Russian, Turkish and Iranian task force may look into political settlement issues for the Syria conflict, Alexander Lavrentiev, the head of the Russian delegation at peace talks in Astana, said on Thursday. Earlier, the head of the Syrian government delegation blamed rebel negotiators for a lack of progress in the talks in the Kazakh capital. Russia, which backs President Bashar al-Assad's government, and Turkey, which supports the rebels, are brokering negotiations. (Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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