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Turkey returns fire on YPG in Syria, warplanes hit militants in Iraq

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ISTANBUL Turkish forces retaliated with an artillery barrage overnight and destroyed Kurdish YPG militia targets after the group's fighters opened fire on Turkey-backed forces in northern Syria, the military said on Wednesday.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar unlawful 25 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf state's sovereignty. | Video

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Erdogan dismisses pledges over weapons for Kurds in Syria 25 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday countries which promised to get back weapons supplied to Kurdish YPG fighters in northern Syria were trying to trick Turkey and would eventually realise their mistake.

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Trump, Putin and Erdogan behave like autocratic rulers - Germany's Schulz 24 Jun 2017

BERLIN The European Union must become stronger in response to a weakening of democracy in the United States, Russia and Turkey,

Turkey to stop teaching evolution theory in high schools - education board 23 Jun 2017

ANKARA Turkey is to stop teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in high schools, deeming it controversial and difficult to understand, a senior education official said, a move likely to alarm secular Turks.

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Turkey rejects call to shut military base in Qatar 23 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha.

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Turkey warns on Syrian Kurdish militia, welcomes U.S. weapons pledge 23 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey's defence minister warned on Friday that Ankara would retaliate against any threatening moves by the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and welcomed a U.S. pledge to take back weapons from the group after the defeat of Islamic State.

UPDATE 1-Turkey rejects call to shut military base in Qatar 23 Jun 2017

ISTANBUL, June 23 Turkey rejected a call from four Arab states on Friday to shut down its military base in Qatar, saying the base was a guarantor of security in the Gulf and demands for its closure represented interference in its ties with Doha.

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Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis: trade minister 23 Jun 2017

ANKARA Turkish exports to Qatar have tripled from their normal levels to $32.5 million since four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state on June 5, Turkey's Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said late on Thursday.

Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis - trade minister 23 Jun 2017

ANKARA Turkish exports to Qatar have tripled from their normal levels to $32.5 million (25.6 million pounds) since four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state on June 5, Turkey's Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said late on Thursday.

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Iraqi military pushes deeper into Mosul's Old City

MOSUL, Iraq Iraq's military pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, taking two more districts from Islamic State and bringing it closer to total control of the city.