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EU's Timmermans cites progress on visa-free travel for Turkey

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ANKARA The European Union and Turkey held constructive talks on the conditions for granting visa-free travel for Turks, and EU experts will visit Ankara next week to work on removing the last obstacles, the European Commission's vice-president said on Friday.

Turkey tourist arrivals see biggest drop in 17 years 27 May 2016

ANKARA/ISTANBUL The number of foreign visitors to Turkey fell by 28 percent in April, official data showed on Friday, the biggest drop in 17 years amid tensions with Russia and security concerns after a wave of bombings.

UPDATE 1-Halkbank shares fall over U.S. case against Turkish-Iranian gold trader 26 May 2016

ISTANBUL, May 26 Shares of Turkey's state-run Halkbank fell more than 3 percent on Thursday, with market participants citing fears about the impact of a case U.S. prosecutors have brought against a gold trader who had dealings with the bank.

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Turkish writer quits UNESCO to protest damage to heritage, rights abuse 26 May 2016

ISTANBUL Turkey's goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during clashes between the Turkish army and militants in his country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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Turkish writer quits UNESCO to protest damage to heritage, rights abuse 26 May 2016

ISTANBUL Turkey's goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during clashes between the Turkish army and militants in his country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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Merkel says more time needed on EU-Turkey visa deal 26 May 2016

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she was not worried about the fate of a migrant pact between the European Union and Turkey, but said more time was needed to overcome differences with Ankara over visa-free travel for Turks.

Turkish writer quits UNESCO to protest damage to heritage, rights abuse 26 May 2016

ISTANBUL, May 26 Turkey's goodwill ambassador to the UN cultural agency UNESCO resigned on Thursday, accusing it of hypocrisy in ignoring the destruction of large parts of a heritage site during clashes between the Turkish army and militants in his country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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Turkish investment climate, not just presidency, a priority: finance minister 25 May 2016

ANKARA A presidential system in Turkey will make it easier for the government to take decisions and boost the economy, Finance Minister Naci Agbal told Reuters, saying the new cabinet is as focused on the investment climate as on changing the constitution.

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Merkel says more time needed on EU-Turkey visa deal 25 May 2016

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she was not worried about the fate of a migrant pact between the European Union and Turkey, but said more time was needed to overcome differences with Ankara over visa-free travel for Turks.

UPDATE 2-Turkish investment climate, not just presidency, a priority -finance minister 25 May 2016

ANKARA, May 25 A presidential system in Turkey will make it easier for the government to take decisions and boost the economy, Finance Minister Naci Agbal told Reuters, saying the new cabinet is as focused on the investment climate as on changing the constitution.

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Rescued migrants say ship sank off Italy with hundreds aboard - NGO

ROME Migrants rescued from two boats in the Mediterranean this week told humanitarian workers in Italy that they saw another vessel carrying some 400 migrants sink, Save the Children said on Saturday.