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Turkish PM seeks backing for 'strong, stable' Turkey in April vote

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ANKARA Turkey's prime minister called on voters on Saturday to back a change to the constitution in an April referendum that would greatly strengthen President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, portraying the reform as a vote for stability.

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In push to reclaim Raqqa, Trump's choices range from bad to worse 24 Feb 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump's push against Islamic State in Syria could present him with an unenviable choice: Alienate NATO ally Turkey by relying on Kurdish fighters or adopt a plan that may slow the assault and require many more U.S. combat forces.

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Greece expects Turkey to seek extradition of commandoes 24 Feb 2017

ATHENS/ISTANBUL Greece said on Friday it was expecting an extradition request from Turkey for two Turkish soldiers who have claimed asylum and are suspected by Ankara of links to last year's failed coup attempt.

Greece arrests two Turks suspected of involvement in failed coup - sources 23 Feb 2017

ATHENS Greek authorities have arrested two Turkish soldiers suspected of involvement in a failed coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan last year, government officials in Athens said on Thursday.

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Turkey not making enough progress to merit visa-free EU travel - source 23 Feb 2017

BRUSSELS Turkey is not delivering sufficiently on reforms to meet the terms of a migration deal that would allow Turks visa-free travel into the European Union, a senior EU official told Reuters on Thursday, citing an EU Commission report.

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Turkey to allow female soldiers to wear headscarves - ministry officials 22 Feb 2017

ANKARA Turkey will allow female soldiers to wear a headscarf with their uniforms, defence ministry officials said on Wednesday, marking a symbolic shift for a military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state secularism.

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Turkey strips one jailed opposition leader of MP status, other leader sentenced 21 Feb 2017

ANKARA Turkey's parliament on Tuesday stripped one of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) two leaders of her status as a member of parliament and jailed the other, weeks ahead of a referendum on extending the president's powers.

UPDATE 1-Turkey strips one jailed opposition leader of MP status, other leader sentenced 21 Feb 2017

ANKARA, Feb 21 Turkey's parliament on Tuesday stripped one of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party's (HDP) two leaders of her status as a member of parliament and jailed the other, weeks ahead of a referendum on extending the president's powers.

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After decades of debate, Turkey starts building mosque in Istanbul square 21 Feb 2017

ISTANBUL Construction began on Friday of a mosque in Istanbul's central Taksim square, a controversial project championed by Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan but mired in years of court battles and public debate.

Turkey's cenbank working on rouble debt repayment for companies: source 21 Feb 2017

ANKARA, Feb 21 Turkey's central bank is finalising plans to allow companies to repay some loans from the state-owned development bank in roubles, a person familiar with central bank policy said, a move that would help exporters and tourism firms targeting Russia.

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Malaysia to sweep Kuala Lumpur airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam murder

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia will sweep one of the terminals at Kuala Lumpur international airport for toxic chemicals after Kim Jong Nam was murdered there with a nerve agent last week, as authorities said they would issue an arrest warrant if a North Korean diplomat wanted over the death did not come forward.