Turkey

In dealings with the West, Erdogan holds all the cards

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ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan's tightening grip on power is likely to meet little more than symbolic resistance from the West next year, as Turkey's G20 presidency and the fight against Islamic State trump concerns about a slide towards authoritarianism.

Youth killed in clashes with police in southeast Turkey 17 Dec 2014

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - A 17-year-old boy was shot dead during armed clashes between police and assailants in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey overnight and one police officer was wounded, security sources said on Wednesday.

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Turkey's main opposition to challenge new police powers in top court 16 Dec 2014

ANKARA - Turkey's main opposition party said on Tuesday will launch a legal challenge against a government-sponsored law expanding police search powers, saying it violates the rights of individuals.

U.S. urges Turkey to protect democratic values after media raid 14 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department called on Turkish authorities to protect media freedom and other democratic values in response to media raids and detentions in operations across Turkey on Sunday.

UPDATE 4-Italy, Turkey to service F-35 jet, engine in Europe -Pentagon 11 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 - Italy and Turkey will provide initial heavy maintenance of Lockheed Martin Corp's F-35 fighter jet and its engine in Europe from 2018, the Pentagon said on Thursday, paving the way for billions of dollars in work for companies in the two countries.

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Italy, Turkey to service F-35 jet, engine in Europe: Pentagon 11 Dec 2014

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon on Thursday said Italy and Turkey would provide initial heavy maintenance of Lockheed Martin Corp's new F-35 fighter jet and its engine in Europe from 2018, paving the way for billions of dollars in work by companies there.

UPDATE 2-Turkey may suggest LNG project to Russia 11 Dec 2014

* Ankara to invest $300 million in exploration with Shell (Adds Russian Energy Ministry's comments para 7)

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Britain and Turkey vow closer cooperation on foreign fighters 09 Dec 2014

ANKARA - Britain and Turkey will share more information on foreign fighters among the ranks of Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq to try to prevent them posing a threat when they return home, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

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Britain's Cameron to ask Turks for more data on foreign fighters 09 Dec 2014

LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron will use talks in Ankara on Tuesday to ask Turkey to supply Britain with more and swifter information about Britons fighting in Syria and Iraq with Islamic State (IS), his spokesman said.

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WFP restarts food aid for Syrian refugees after campaign 09 Dec 2014

BEIRUT - The U.N. World Food Programme is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme.

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Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiralling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. | Video