• Turkey, Singapore sign strategic partnership agreement
    3:50 AM

    Ankara, Oct 15 (IANS) Turkey and Singapore have signed a strategic partnership agreement to boost economic, political and cultural cooperation, as well as security collaboration, during the official visit of Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong here. “We (Turkey and Singapore) have increased the level of our relations to a

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  • Turkish fighter jets bomb Kurdish militant positions
    4:42 PM

    Ankara, Oct 14 (IANS) Turkish fighter jets Tuesday bombarded positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) following militant attacks on military outposts in southeastern Turkey. The Turkish General Staff ordered the bombing of the PKK’s positions in the Daglica district in the southeastern Hakkari province Monday, Hurriyet news reported.

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  • Four killed in Turkish military helicopter crash
    2:44 PM

    Ankara, Oct 13 (IANS) Turkish rescuers found the wreckage early Monday of a military helicopter that went missing Sunday and recovered the remains of all four crew members, media reported. The wreckage of the Sikorsky S-70B was discovered at a village in the northwestern province of Kocaeli, Xinhua reported citing

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  • Iran, Russia plan joint bank to bypass sanctions: Report
    7:58 PM

    Tehran, Oct 11 (IANS) Iran and Russia are planning to establish a joint bank in an effort to multiply bilateral trade and bypass sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s banking sector, a media report said Saturday. Asadollah Asgaroladi, head of the Iran-Russia Joint Chamber of Commerce, said that Tehran and Moscow

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  • Turkey steps up border security to confront IS
    7:10 AM

    Ankara, Oct 11 (IANS) Turkey tried to strengthen security measures along the Turkish-Syrian border so as to confront threats from the Islamic State (IS) militant organisation in Syria by sending a dozen of military tanks to its southeastern part, a media report said Friday. A military convoy including 15 tanks

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  • Turkey president slams parties instigating street violence
    2:30 AM

    Ankara, Oct 11 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday accused pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party ( HDP) and the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) of instigating anti-Islamic State (IS) protests, leaving over 30 people killed. The Turkish president said in the Black Sea city of Trabzon that the two

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  • 31 killed in anti-IS protests in Turkey
    7:55 PM

    Ankara, Oct 10 (IANS) Thirty-one people have been killed and 351 others wounded in violent protests in Turkey against the Islamic State Sunni radical group, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Friday. Thousands of Kurdish people have flocked into streets since Monday for demonstrations against the advance of IS militants

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  • Two Turkish police commanders killed in attack
    5:16 AM

    Istanbul, Oct 10 (IANS/EFE) Two senior Turkish police officers were killed and one was wounded Thursday in an attack by unidentified gunmen in the mainly Turkish city of Bingol. People inside a vehicle fired shots at municipal police chief Atalay Urker and several of his senior officers as they were

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  • Toll in Turkey’s anti-IS protests rises to 24
    9:38 PM

    Ankara, Oct 9 (IANS) The toll in the anti-Islamic State (IS) protests across Turkey rose to 24 Thursday, media reported. Most of those killed were from the southeastern provinces where the Turkish government has declared a curfew to quell the unrest that has been fueled mainly by supporters of the

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  • NATO says Syria safe haven not discussed yet
    6:46 PM

    Ankara, Oct 9 (IANS) Declaring a safe haven and no-fly zone in Syria has not yet been discussed in NATO, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said here Thursday. “It’s not been on the table in any NATO discussions yet,” Stoltenberg said, in reference to Ankara’s proposal for a buffer zone and

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  • Unrest continues in Turkey between Kurds, Islamists over Kobani
    6:18 PM

    Ankara, Oct 9 (IANS/EFE) Kurdish demonstrations against Turkey’s failure to stem the advancement of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in northern Syria continued overnight and at least 23 people died in the unrest, Turkish media reported Thursday. Turkish authorities extended the curfew in the heavily Kurdish southeastern province of

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