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Iraqi PM declines Turkish offer to help in Mosul battle


BAGHDAD/ANKARA Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declined on Saturday an offer from Turkey to take part in the battle to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a decision that could rile Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

UPDATE 4-Turkey's civil aviation boss to take helm at Turkish Airlines 21 Oct 2016

* Weak lira, tourism woes hit carrier's profits (adds official confirmation)

Turkey pounds Syrian Kurdish fighters as both sides try to fight IS 21 Oct 2016

BEIRUT At least 90 Turkish rockets pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria on Friday, as clashes intensified between two sides both supposed to be fighting Islamic State, a monitor and militia spokesperson said.


Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. says 21 Oct 2016

ANKARA Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.


Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in Turkey talks 21 Oct 2016

ANKARA U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast 21 Oct 2016

ISTANBUL The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria.


EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa 21 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.

UPDATE 2-As lira falls, Turkey's central bank takes rare pause in rate cuts 20 Oct 2016

* Central bank cites lira volatility in its move (Recasts, adds comment and context)

Needs must; EU walks tightrope on Turkey 20 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS As dismayed as they may be at Turkey's post-coup crackdown, EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will avoid any harsh criticism of Ankara, whose help they badly need in keeping a lid on migration into Europe.


'No more Mr. Nice Guy' - EU gets tough on African migrants 19 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS Encouraged by their success in halting a mass influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and cutting a controversial deal with Turkey, EU leaders are getting tough on African migrants too.


Iraqi Kurds claim capture of town in advance on Mosul

ERBIL Kurdish fighters said they had taken the town of Bashiqa near Mosul from Islamic State on Sunday as coalition forces pressed their offensive against the jihadists' last stronghold in Iraq.