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Turkey to allow muftis to conduct weddings, sparking uproar on left

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ANKARA Turkey's parliament approved a law to allow some state-employed religious officials to administer civil marriages, a move opposition parties view as another blow to secularism and women's rights under President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey says Kurdish militant banner in Raqqa shows U.S. sided with terrorists 20 Oct 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey said on Friday that a huge banner of jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan unfurled in central Raqqa by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces would further harm already fraught relations between Ankara and Washington.

UPDATE 1-Turkey to reject Saudi request for Turk Telekom debt extension -sources 20 Oct 2017

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 20 Turkey's Treasury will not grant a request from Saudi shareholders in Turk Telekom to extend a deadline in debt talks, two people familiar with the matter said.

Turkey to reject Saudi request for Turk Telekom debt extension -sources 20 Oct 2017

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, Oct 20 Turkey's Treasury will not grant a request from Saudi shareholders in Turk Telekom to extend a deadline in on-going debt talks, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid 20 Oct 2017

BRUSSELS European leaders agreed on Thursday to explore cuts in EU funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's stalled bid to join the bloc after German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for action in response to what she described as "unacceptable" Turkish behaviour on human rights.

Erdogan critic held in Spain returns to Germany denouncing 'despotism' 19 Oct 2017

DUESSELDORF, Germany Author Dogan Akhanli flew back to Germany on Thursday after he was briefly detained in Spain at Turkey's request, and lambasted Ankara for launching a "failed manhunt".

UPDATE 1-Turkey-Iran central banks agree to trade in local currencies - Turkish PM 19 Oct 2017

ISTANBUL, Oct 19 Turkey and Iran's central banks have formally agreed to trade in their local currencies, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Thursday in a move aimed at increasing bilateral trade.

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Turkey's Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment - Hurriyet 19 Oct 2017

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq "at any moment" after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

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'Where are the others?': Somalia praises "genuine brother" Turkey for bombs response 18 Oct 2017

MOGADISHU Turkey's swift response to Somalia's deadliest truck bombing drew praise from survivors and officials who called Ankara their "only genuine" international partner.

UPDATE 1-"Where are the others?": Somalia praises "genuine brother" Turkey for bombs response 18 Oct 2017

* Somali officials contrast Turkish, Western aid (Adds comment from EU naval force in paragraphs 9 and 10)