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Erdogan, Putin clash over Idlib ‘ceasefire’

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MNA International Desk: Russian president Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday openly disagreed about a “ceasefire” in Syria’s Idlib province, highlighting their differences despite a close cooperation. The rare scenes captured on camera came as Putin, Erdogan and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani met in Tehran for a three-way summit to discuss the fate of the country’s last major rebel bastion of Idlib. Russia and Iran are key allies of president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Turkey however backs opposition fighters seeking the ouster of the Syrian leader, and has argued against a large-scale offensive against the rebels fearing ...

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Erdogan fights for 2nd term in Turkey election

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MNA International Desk: Turks vote for a new president and parliament on Sunday in elections that pose the biggest challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago. The elections will also usher in a powerful new executive presidency long sought by Erdogan and backed by a small majority of Turks in a 2017 referendum. Critics say it will further erode democracy in the NATO member state and entrench one-man rule. Erdogan, the most popular but also divisive leader in modern Turkish history, moved the elections forward ...

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Trump, Erdogan discuss regional security

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MNA International Desk: US president Donald Trump spoke by telephone Saturday with Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan and discussed working more closely with its NATO ally to improve regional security, reported news agency. “President Trump emphasised the common commitment of the United States and Turkey to work together to increase regional stability,” a White House statement said. The phone call came amid a backdrop of deteriorating relations between Washington and Ankara, NATO allies whose relations have soured over the US decision to arm Kurds in Syria to fight Islamic State. Turkey regards the Kurdish militias as “terrorists.” Turkey has also repeatedly ...

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Head of Turkish opposition newspaper arrested

MNA International Desk: The Head of Turkish opposition newspaper arrested of the board of Turkey’s opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, has been arrested following a probe into “terrorist activities”, the publication confirmed. Akin Atalay was taken into custody at Istanbul’s main international airport after arriving from Germany, said Cumhuriyet, which also saw nine of its staff arrested last week amid swelling concern over media freedom in Turkey. The paper has in recent years taken a strong line against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP). Atalay was targeted by a warrant that was part of a probe ...

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Attempted Coup in Turkey kills at least 265

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MNA International Desk: Attempted Coup in Turkey kills at least 265. At least 265 people including 104 army men were killed and 1563 were arrested through a night of violence across Turkey. The violence flashed when rudiments in the military staged an attempted coup. The majority of those killed were civilians and most of those arrested are soldiers. Turkey’s news agency meanwhile broadcast a recording of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaking earlier in the night, saying an uprising had been tried against the solidarity and unity of the country but that no power was above the national will. Erdogan in ...

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