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With prospective change of premier, Turkey's Erdogan aims at stronger presidency

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey could face an early general election this year after the prospective removal of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, unnerving investors and testing relations with Europe as President Tayyip Erdogan accelerates his drive for a stronger presidency.

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Turkish ruling party preparing to replace PM Davutoglu - officials 04 May 2016

ANKARA Turkey's ruling party is set to replace Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu at an extraordinary congress in the coming weeks, officials said on Wednesday, signalling the end of his term as premier and plunging the country into political uncertainty.

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Defending deal on migrants, EU seeks end of visas for Turks 04 May 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union asked member states on Wednesday to grant visa-free travel to Turks in return for Ankara stopping migrants reaching Europe, but insisted Turkey must still change some laws and said it would get no "free ride".

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Defending deal on migrants, EU seeks end of visas for Turks 04 May 2016

BRUSSELS The European Union asked member states on Wednesday to grant visa-free travel to Turks in return for Ankara stopping migrants reaching Europe, but insisted Turkey must still change some laws and said it would get no "free ride".

NATO approves Israeli representation to its headquarters 04 May 2016

BRUSSELS NATO said on Wednesday it had agreed to non-member Israel setting up representation at its Brussels headquarters, a tentative sign of rapprochement between the Jewish state and NATO member Turkey.

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Turkey could send ground troops into Syria in self-defence - PM 04 May 2016

ANKARA Turkey is ready to send ground forces into Syria to tackle Islamic State militants if need be, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, as two more rockets fired by the group struck a border town.

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Turkey on verge of completing EU visa deal work - minister 04 May 2016

ANKARA Turkey is on the verge of completing the necessary work to secure visa-free travel for Turkish citizens to the European Union, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday after parliament passed new legislation overnight.

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Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition says lifting immunity will bring more violence 04 May 2016

ANKARA A bill proposed by Turkey's ruling party that would strip some parliamentarians of their immunity from prosecution is likely to create more violence and stifle democratic politics, the co-head of the pro-Kurdish opposition party said.

Car bomb targets Turkish military, air strikes destroy militant targets 04 May 2016

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched a car bomb attack on a military installation in southeast Turkey overnight, killing one soldier, while Turkey's army destroyed PKK targets in air strikes and killed more than 20 militants.

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Bad loans and bankruptcies sound the alarm for Turkey's economy 04 May 2016

ISTANBUL After years of growth fueled by credit and domestic consumption, bad debts and bankruptcies are rising in Turkey, squeezing banks and exposing a fragile real economy which risks denting support for the ruling AK Party.

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Anguished Republicans wrestle with whether to support Trump

Republican lawmakers, operatives and donors grappled with whether to support Donald Trump, who effectively clinched his party's nomination this week after the departure of his two remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich. | Video