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Rebels defiant as Syrian army nears Aleppo's Old City

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BEIRUT Syria's army and allied militia advanced towards rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Old City on Sunday in an attack which a military source predicted would be over in a matter of weeks.

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Turkey, Russia see need for Aleppo truce but divisions remain 01 Dec 2016

ALANYA, Turkey Turkey and Russia, two of the main backers of opposing sides in Syria's civil war, said on Thursday they agreed on the need for a halt to fighting and the provision of aid in Aleppo but deep divisions remain between them over the conflict.

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Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze - diplomats 01 Dec 2016

BRUSSELS The Dutch government has lent its weight to calls for the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks, diplomats said on Thursday, raising the prospect of European leaders making such a move at a summit in two weeks.

UPDATE 1-Turkey hikes tax on cigarettes, alcoholic drinks - official gazette 01 Dec 2016

ANKARA, Dec 1 Turkey has raised the special consumption tax on alcoholic drinks and tobacco products, according to a notice in the government's Official Gazette on Thursday, a move one official said would push up prices by some 3-6 percent.

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NATO nearing solution to continue Aegean migrant mission - UK general 30 Nov 2016

BERLIN Turkey will likely hand off responsibility for NATO's counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea, averting tensions with Greece, when it takes command of a broader maritime mission in the region next year, a top British general said on Wednesday.

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Twelve detained after Turkish dormitory fire kills schoolgirls 30 Nov 2016

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Police in southern Turkey detained 12 people on Wednesday and sought two others over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, an official at the prosecutor's office handling the investigation said.

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Erdogan says Turkey not yet 'closed the book' on EU, but has alternatives 29 Nov 2016

ISTANBUL Turkey has not yet "closed the book" on the EU after the European Parliament recommended freezing accession talks last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara always has other options.

UPDATE 1-Turkish PM says finalising constitutional change to bolster Erdogan powers 29 Nov 2016

ANKARA, Nov 29 Turkey's ruling AK Party is finalising plans to formally cement President Tayyip Erdogan's powers by creation of an executive presidency and will meet the nationalist opposition to iron out details, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

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Turkey's ruling party set to submit constitution bill within two weeks 29 Nov 2016

ISTANBUL Turkey's ruling AK Party will submit to parliament within two weeks a draft constitution reform law that will expand presidential powers, the head of the assembly's constitutional commission said on Monday.

Australia awaits Turkey's response on extradition of IS recruiter 27 Nov 2016

SYDNEY Australia is awaiting Turkey's response to a request to extradite a citizen believed to be a top recruiter for Islamic State who has been arrested in Turkey, the Australian government said on Monday.

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Italy's Renzi vows to resign after crushing referendum defeat

ROME Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi vowed to resign after suffering a crushing defeat on Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reform, tipping the euro zone's third-largest economy into political turmoil. | Video