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Powerful earthquake jolts eastern Turkey, killing 18

A powerful earthquake struck eastern Turkey yesterday, killing at least 18 people and collapsing buildings in affected towns near the centre of the tremor, which was felt in several neighbouring countries. The magnitude 6.8 quake shook Elazig province, about 550km

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Russian jets resume bombing of Syria’s rebel-held northwest

Russian jets struck several rebel-held towns in northwest Syria’s Idlib for the first time since a ceasefire agreed with Turkey came into force two days ago, witnesses and rebels sources said. They said the towns of Khan al Subl, Maasaran

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Violence rages in Libya as Turkey votes on deployment of troops

Three civilians were killed today in an air raid on a town south of Libya’s capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the United Nations-recognised government said. The deadly violence comes just a day before the Turkish Parliament votes today to deploy troops

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Turkey to send troops to Libya at Tripoli’s request: Erdogan

Turkey will send troops to Libya at the request of Tripoli as soon as next month, President Tayyip Erdogan said yesterday, putting the North African country’s conflict at the center of wider regional frictions. Libya’s internationally recognized Government of National

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Turkey, rights groups decry Saudi verdict on Khashoggi murder

Turkey and international rights groups have led condemnation of a Saudi court verdict over the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it failed to deliver justice. Five people were sentenced to death yesterday over the brutal killing of the writer by

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Turkey: Over 3,000 irregular migrants held last week

ANKARA: More than 3,000 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources. Turkish gendarmerie forces held some 1,600 of the migrants in the northwestern province of Edirne, which

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US Senate passes resolution recognizing Armenian genocide, angering Turkey

The US Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution that recognizes as genocide the mass killings of Armenians a century ago, a historic move that infuriated Turkey and dealt a blow to the already problematic ties between Ankara and Washington. Turkey

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Erdogan: Stop linking Islam with terrorism

LONDON: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday condemned those who use the word ‘Islam’ as an adjective to describe terrorism, Anadolu Agency reported. “Islam is a religion of peace,” Erdogan said during an event at a venue in east London

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Turkey captures sister of dead IS ‘caliph’ in Syria

WASHINGTON: Turkey captured the sister of dead Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi yesterday in the northern Syrian town of Azaz, a senior Turkish official told Reuters, and is interrogating her husband and daughter-in-law, who were also detained. Rasmiya Awad,

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Israeli jets strike Hamas observation posts in Gaza

GAZA: Israeli jets bombed an area in northern Gaza late Friday belonging to the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, Turkey’s Anadolu Agency reported according to sources on the ground. The Israeli Defence Forces said

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