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Germany in talks with Turkey to allow lawmakers to visit air base

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BERLIN/PRAGUE Germany is in discussions with Turkey to ensure that the German military can keep flying reconnaissance missions from Incirlik Air Base in support of a U.S.-led fight against Islamic State, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

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Turkish opposition leader targeted by Kurdish militants - minister 4:17pm BST

ANKARA Turkey's outlawed Kurdish PKK militant group attacked a convoy carrying the main opposition party leader, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, in the northeast of the country on Thursday but he escaped unharmed, the interior minister said.

UPDATE 2-Turkish opposition leader targeted by Kurdish militants - minister 4:08pm BST

* Opposition CHP does not name perpetrators (Adds comments from CHP officials)

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Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation 11:08am BST

BEIRUT Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation 9:17am BST

BEIRUT Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

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Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over coup suspect Gulen 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards.

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Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over coup suspect Gulen 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards.

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Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkey to tackle migrant inflow 24 Aug 2016

SOFIA The lack of coordinated European response to the migrant flow from the Middle East means Bulgaria must work more closely with neighbouring Turkey to deal with the crisis, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday.

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Slow EU aid puts Syrian children's lives on hold in Turkey 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA Their faces so burned by a rocket blast they cannot fully close their eyes, 13-year-old Gheis Mekansi and his sister Limar, both Syrian refugees, wait in limbo in Turkey for surgery they need to return to life and school.

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Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of aggression in Syria 24 Aug 2016

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish officials attacked Turkey's military intervention in Syria as "a blatant aggression" and warned that Ankara was entering a "quagmire" after it deployed tanks and troops against an Islamic State-held border town on Wednesday.

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Italy quake toll hits 250 as rescuers search flattened towns

AMATRICE, Italy The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy climbed to 250 on Thursday as rescue teams scoured mounds of rubble for a second day in towns and villages flattened by the natural disaster. | Video