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Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation

BEIRUT Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

Syrian rebels advance south of Jarablus in Turkey-backed operation 9:16am BST

BEIRUT Syrian rebels who seized Jarablus from Islamic State in a Turkey-backed operation on Wednesday have advanced up to 10 km (6 miles) south of the border town, rebel sources and a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.

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German military mulls withdrawing jets from Turkey air base - report 12:50am BST

BERLIN The German military is preparing for a possible withdrawal of six Tornado reconnaissance jets from Turkey's Incirlik Air Base given Ankara's continued refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit the facility, Der Spiegel magazine reported Thursday.

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Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over coup suspect Gulen 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards.

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Biden seeks to ease Turkey tensions over coup suspect Gulen 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards.

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Bulgaria seeks closer ties with Turkey to tackle migrant inflow 24 Aug 2016

SOFIA The lack of coordinated European response to the migrant flow from the Middle East means Bulgaria must work more closely with neighbouring Turkey to deal with the crisis, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Wednesday.

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Slow EU aid puts Syrian children's lives on hold in Turkey 24 Aug 2016

ANKARA Their faces so burned by a rocket blast they cannot fully close their eyes, 13-year-old Gheis Mekansi and his sister Limar, both Syrian refugees, wait in limbo in Turkey for surgery they need to return to life and school.

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Syrian Kurds accuse Turkey of aggression in Syria 24 Aug 2016

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish officials attacked Turkey's military intervention in Syria as "a blatant aggression" and warned that Ankara was entering a "quagmire" after it deployed tanks and troops against an Islamic State-held border town on Wednesday.

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EU enlargement chief: Turkey should address "open question" on accession 24 Aug 2016

VIENNA EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has called on Turkey to address the "open question" of whether it was willing to meet the criteria to join the European Union since the uncertainty was straining its relations with the bloc.

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Syria Kurds win battle with government, Turkey mobilises against them 24 Aug 2016

HASAKA, Syria/BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish forces took near complete control of Hasaka city on Tuesday as a ceasefire ended a week of fighting with the government, consolidating the Kurds' grip on Syria's northeast as Turkey increased its efforts to check their influence. | Video

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Italy quake toll rises to nearly 250 as rescuers struggle to find survivors

AMATRICE, Italy The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose sharply to almost 250 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. | Video