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Syrian rebels to attend Kazakhstan peace talks

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BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.

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Turkey's parliament votes in favour of constitutional reform in first round 7:54am GMT

ANKARA Turkey's parliament has voted in favour in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, which opposition politicians say could put the country at risk of growing authoritarianism.

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Turkey's parliament approves key articles of constitutional reform 13 Jan 2017

ANKARA Turkey's parliament has approved key measures allowing the president to be a member of a political party and issue decrees, part of a constitutional reform the opposition says will fuel authoritarianism. | Video

Turkish president says Greeks "fleeing" settlement over Cyprus 13 Jan 2017

ISTANBUL Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Greece on Friday of "fleeing" efforts to reunite Cyprus and said Turkey would retain troops there forever to protect minority ethnic Turks.

UPDATE 3-Turkey will `root out' speculators, adviser says, as lira plunges 13 Jan 2017

ISTANBUL, Jan 13 Turkey will root out anyone found to have manipulated foreign exchange markets, an adviser to President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, as the lira headed for its biggest weekly decline since the aftermath of a failed coup last July.

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Cyprus president foresees "radical" reform of island's security 13 Jan 2017

GENEVA Talks on reunifying Cyprus should produce a "radical" change in the island's security situation, which is currently guaranteed by Greece, Turkey and Britain, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades told a news conference in Geneva on Friday.

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Prized pigeons fetch high prices at famed Turkish auction 13 Jan 2017

SANLIURFA, Turkey As night-time approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city's old bazaar are emptying out, except for one.

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Prized pigeons fetch high prices at famed Turkish auction 13 Jan 2017

SANLIURFA, Turkey As night-time approaches in Sanliurfa, southeastern Turkey, most of the alleyways of the city's old bazaar are emptying out, except for one.

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Turkish ruling party warns of elections if constitution bill not passed 12 Jan 2017

ANKARA Turkey will hold elections if parliament fails to approve a constitutional reform package expanding President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, a ruling AK Party lawmaker was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu agency on Thursday. | Video

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Erdogan calls for Turkish 'national mobilisation' to defend lira 12 Jan 2017

ANKARA/ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan accused Turkey's enemies on Thursday of using currency speculation to try to topple the state and urged the central bank to "thwart these games", saying it had all the tools it needed after the lira plunged to record lows. | Video

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New Year nightclub attacker caught in Istanbul - Turkish media reports

ISTANBUL The gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day has been caught in the city's Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper website and other media reports said on Tuesday.