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Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections


SILVAN, Turkey The outcome of Turkey's elections on Sunday could depend on a jailed presidential candidate's sway over voters more than 1,200 km (750 miles) away in the country's largely Kurdish southeast.


Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish candidate in first TV appearance for 20 months 17 Jun 2018

ANKARA The jailed presidential candidate for Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition made his first television appearance in over a year and a half on Sunday, giving a campaign speech ahead of next week's elections.

Human Rights Watch - Turkey-backed forces seizing property in Syria's Afrin 14 Jun 2018

BEIRUT Turkey-backed rebels in northwest Syria's Afrin have seized, looted and destroyed Kurdish civilians' property after taking control of the region in March, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Turkish lira weakens, market seems to shrug off Erdogan's comments on Moody's 14 Jun 2018

ISTANBUL, June 14 Turkey's lira weakened slightly against the dollar in volatile, pre-holiday trade on Thursday, with investors appearing to largely shrug off comments from President Tayyip Erdogan that he would carry out an "operation" against ratings agency Moody's.

Turkey wants to tighten up China textile imports- clothing firms 13 Jun 2018

ANKARA, June 13 Turkey wants to impose new requirements on textile firms importing material from China, alarming leaders of one of the country's biggest export industries, three clothing company executives told Reuters.

INTERVIEW-Post-election policy moves now key for Turkey - Fitch 11 Jun 2018

LONDON, June 11 Turkey's sovereign rating can ride out the current market turbulence if authorities there move to address the economy's main weaknesses after upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections, Fitch said on Monday.


Turkey will drain 'terror swamp' in Iraq's Qandil, Erdogan says 11 Jun 2018

ISTANBUL Turkey will drain the "terror swamp" in northern Iraq's Qandil region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, a day after the military said it hit more than a dozen Kurdish militant targets in air strikes.


Turkish PM says troops 30 km inside Iraq, could move on Kurdish stronghold 08 Jun 2018

KARS, Turkey Turkish forces are stationed 30 km inside northern Iraq and could advance further to target Kurdish PKK militants in their Qandil Mountains stronghold, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

UPDATE 3-Turkish lira weakens after rate hike-driven gains; bank stocks drop 08 Jun 2018

ISTANBUL, June 8 Turkey's lira weakened against the dollar on Friday, giving up some of the previous session's gains, when it rallied after the central bank raised interest rates more than expected.


Turkey halts filling Tigris dam after Iraq complains of water shortages 07 Jun 2018

ANKARA/BAGHDAD Turkey has temporarily stopped filling a huge dam on the Tigris River after complaints from neighbouring Iraq, which is suffering water shortages, officials said on Thursday.


Afghan Taliban frown at militants' Eid ceasefire selfies

PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban are angry at their members swapping selfies with soldiers and government officials during their three-day ceasefire, a senior Taliban official said on Monday, after the militants roamed at will through cities before the truce ended.