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Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria

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BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighbouring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance. | Video

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Kurds issue call to arms as Islamic State gains in Syria 18 Sep 2014

BEIRUT - Islamic State fighters besieged a Kurdish city in northern Syria on Thursday after seizing 21 villages in a major assault, prompting a call to arms from Kurds in neighboring Turkey who urged followers to go and help resist the group's advance.

Turkey urges more information sharing on foreign jihadists 18 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday called for a greater exchange of information with other states to prevent jihadists entering his country and travelling on to Iraq or Syria to join Islamic State militants.

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Turkey announces strategy to bolster EU accession bid 18 Sep 2014

ANKARA - Turkey said on Thursday crises in the Middle East and elsewhere made closer co-operation between Ankara and the European Union essential and announced a new programme to revive the country's stalled drive for EU membership.

PKK militants call on Turkish Kurds to fight Islamic State in Syria 18 Sep 2014

ISTANBUL - Turkish PKK rebels, who have spent three decades fighting for autonomy for Turkey's Kurds, called on Thursday for the youth of the country's mostly Kurdish southeast to join the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.

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Turkey's Erdogan denies bid to sink lender as Bank Asya row rumbles on 18 Sep 2014

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan denied on Thursday the existence of any concerted effort in Turkey to sink one of its banks, days after lender Bank Asya said it had been the target of a systematic campaign to undermine it.

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Spain to replace Dutch in Turkey Patriot missile deployment 17 Sep 2014

MADRID - Spain will send a Patriot anti-ballistic missile battery to Turkey's southern border with Syria as part of a NATO initiative, Defence Minister Pedro Morenes said on Wednesday, replacing the Netherlands' contribution to the deployment.

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Dubai lender Mashreq sets sights on Egypt and Turkey, says CEO 17 Sep 2014

DUBAI - Dubai's Mashreq is targeting Egypt and Turkey for acquisitions to expand beyond its crowded home market, its chief executive told Reuters as he dismissed suggestions that it could be interested in any of Standard Chartered's assets in the United Arab Emirates.

UPDATE 1-Bank Asya vows to see off "smear campaign" amid Turkish power struggle 17 Sep 2014

* Vows to strengthen capital base in coming months (Adds opposition leader, fund manager comment, updates shares)

Bank Asya vows to see off "smear campaign" amid Turkish power struggle 17 Sep 2014

ISTANBUL, Sept 17 - The head of Turkey's Bank Asya has vowed to strengthen its capital base and see off what he described as a systematic campaign to undermine it, warning the attack on his bank could sour foreign investors' views of Turkey.

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French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

BAGHDAD/PARIS - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighbouring Syria.