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Erdogan says to extend Turkey's emergency rule, rounds on rating agencies

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ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan suggested on Thursday that emergency rule could be extended beyond a year and rounded on rating agencies after Moody's cut Turkey to "junk" status, helping send the lira to its weakest in almost two months.

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Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies 29 Sep 2016

BEIRUT Russian or Syrian warplanes knocked two hospitals out of service in the besieged rebel sector of Aleppo on Wednesday and ground forces intensified an assault in a battle which the United Nations said had made the city worse than a slaughterhouse. | Video

German ministry says mother, baby escape from Syria to Turkey 28 Sep 2016

BERLIN A German woman who was kidnapped in war-torn Syria last year and gave birth while in captivity escaped with her baby to Turkey on Wednesday, the German foreign ministry said.

Turkey security council to recommend extending state of emergency 28 Sep 2016

ANKARA Turkey's National Security Council will propose extending the state of emergency introduced after the failed coup in July, it said on Wednesday, a move expected since President Tayyip Erdogan floated the idea.

WRAPUP 4-Warplanes knock out Aleppo hospitals as Russian-backed assault intensifies 28 Sep 2016

* Russia says ready to resume diplomacy after Kerry-Lavrov talks

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Preparations under way for Putin to visit Turkey in October - Kremlin 28 Sep 2016

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Wednesday that preparations were under way for President Vladimir Putin to visit Turkey in October, a further sign that Moscow is keen to restore full political, trade and economic ties with Ankara.

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Turkey to complete Syria border wall within five months, official says 28 Sep 2016

ANKARA/ISTANBUL A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey's 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.

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Turkey to draw lessons from Moody's cuts, says reforms underway 28 Sep 2016

ANKARA Turkey will draw lessons from its credit downgrade to "junk" by Moody's but is already tackling some of the challenges highlighted by the agency, including structural reform and improving the quality of its institutions, Finance Minister Naci Agbal told Reuters.

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Turkey to draw lessons from Moody's cuts, says reforms underway 28 Sep 2016

ANKARA Turkey will draw lessons from its credit downgrade to "junk" by Moody's but is already tackling some of the challenges highlighted by the agency, including structural reform and improving the quality of its institutions, Finance Minister Naci Agbal told Reuters.

INTERVIEW-Turkey to draw lessons from Moody's cuts, says reforms underway 28 Sep 2016

* Wants to accelerate privatisation programme (Adds quotes, details throughout)

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After military raid, India looks at more ways to pressure Pakistan

NEW DELHI Beyond Thursday's raid by Indian special forces into Pakistan's side of divided Kashmir, New Delhi is considering new economic and diplomatic measures to bring pressure to bear on its neighbour, Indian officials said.