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Turkish parliament strips two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of status

ANKARA Turkey's parliament said it had stripped two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP of their parliamentary status on Thursday, further reducing the party's strength in the assembly two months ahead of elections.


Turkey's ruling party taunts opposition over early election 12:57pm BST

ANKARA Turkey's ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president's 15-year hold on power.


Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border 8:02am BST

AGRI, Turkey On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

Turkish lira moves sideways after surging on snap election news 6:31am BST

ISTANBUL, April 19 Turkey's lira took a breather on Thursday, a day after clocking its biggest one-day advance in more than a year after President Tayyip Erdogan declared early elections on June 24.


Turkey's economy seen growing 4.1 percent in 2018, short of government target: Reuters poll 18 Apr 2018

ANKARA Turkey's economic growth will fall short of the government's target this year, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday, even as President Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party continues to implement stimulus measures ahead of elections.


Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey 18 Apr 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations.


Turkey taking 'huge strides' away from European Union - top EU official 17 Apr 2018

STRASBOURG Turkey is moving rapidly away from the path of European Union membership, the top EU official in charge of negotiations said on Tuesday, as Brussels delivered its harshest criticism yet of what it sees as Ankara's shift towards authoritarianism.


Turkey's ruling party to discuss call for early election 17 Apr 2018

ANKARA Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party will discuss the possibility of holding Turkey's presidential election in August, more than a year earlier than planned, the government spokesman said on Wednesday, following a suggestion from its nationalist allies.


U.S. pastor denies allegations of coup links as Turkey trial begins 16 Apr 2018

ALIAGA, Turkey A U.S. pastor denied allegations of links to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup in Turkey as he went on trial on Monday in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations.

Turkey warns Greece after hoisting of flag on Aegean islet 16 Apr 2018

ISTANBUL/ATHENS Turkey cautioned on Monday against what it described as Greek provocations in a longstanding dispute in the Aegean Sea, after Ankara said it had removed a Greek flag that had been hoisted over an uninhabited islet.


North Korea seeks 'complete denuclearisation', says Moon, as U.S. vows continued pressure

SEOUL/GENEVA North Korea has expressed its commitment to "complete denuclearisation" of the Korean peninsula and is not seeking conditions, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday, as the United States vowed to maintain "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang. | Video