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Report: Turkey’s Offer to Release Pastor Rejected by U.S.

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s administration has rejected Turkey’s offer to condition the release of an American pastor on clearing a top Turkish bank of billions of dollars in US fines, media reported Monday.

The sign of Nevzat Tandogan Street where the U.S. Embassy is located in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, hours before US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson starts trip to Turkey amid growing tensions between the two NATO allies. Ankara's Mayor Mustafa Tuna has announced Monday plans to change Nevzat …

Shots Fired at U.S. Embassy in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Unknown attackers fired shots at a security booth outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey’s capital early Monday, but U.S. officials said no one was hurt.

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Erdogan Declared Winner in Turkish Vote, Cementing Grip on Power

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan won tightly-contested presidential polls, the election authority said Monday, extending his 15-year grip on power as the opposition complained bitterly about the conduct of the vote count.

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US Missions in Turkey set to Resume Full Visa Services

US consular missions in Turkey are set to resume full visa services following a suspension triggered by the arrest of a staff member, the American embassy in Ankara said Thursday, leading Turkey to announce it will also resume full services.

Iraqi Kurdish protesters wave flags of their autonomous Kurdistan region during a demonstration to claim for its independence on July 3, 2014 outside the Kurdistan parliament building in Arbil, in northern Iraq. The Kurdish leader, Massud Barzani asked its parliament to start organizing a referendum on independence. AFP PHOTO / …

Turkey Warns Iraqi Kurdish Referendum Risks ‘Civil War’

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey warned Wednesday that plans by the leadership in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence could lead to civil war, in Ankara’s strongest warning yet against next month’s poll.

In this handout image provided by Albatross, The Tamar drilling natural gas production platform is seen some 25 kilometers West of the Ashkelon shore in February 2013 in Israel.

Turkish Energy Minister ‘to Visit Israel for Pipeline Deal’

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s Energy Minister Berat Albayrak is set to visit Israel by the end of this year to conclude an agreement for the building of a natural gas pipeline from the Jewish state to Turkey, the Israeli energy minister said on Wednesday.

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Erdogan to Exploit New Rules to Take Control of Ruling Party

ANKARA (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to return as chairman of Turkey’s ruling party on Sunday in a special congress, swiftly exploiting a key change agreed in the controversial April referendum on expanding his powers. Erdogan rejoined the

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Turkish Referendum ‘Unlevel Playing field’: Monitors

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s referendum campaign was conducted on an “unlevel playing field” and the vote count itself was marred by late procedural changes that removed key safeguards, international observers said on Monday.

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Turkey Ends ‘Euphrates Shield’ Syria Operation — in Name Only

The Turkish Security Council and Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced Thursday that Turkey would officially conclude “Euphrates Shield,” a military operation begun in August to keep the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from inching too close to the Turkish border.

A Syrian rebel fighter loads an anti-aircraft machinegun in the northern town of Atareb, 25 kms east of Syria's second largest city Aleppo, on July 31, 2012. While fighting raged in Syria's commercial capital Aleppo for a fourth straight day, clashes between the Syrian army and rebels also erupted in …

Plane Believed to be Syrian Crashes near Turkey-Syria Border

Turkish officials said that an aircraft believed to belong to the Syrian military crashed near the Turkey-Syria border Saturday, with the Syrian opposition claiming to Turkish media they were responsible for shooting the plane down.