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Kosovo prosecutor drops extradition case over alleged Turkey coup links


PRISTINA A Kosovo prosecutor withdrew his bid on Thursday to extradite a Turkish citizen accused by Turkey of being part of a group linked to a failed coup there in 2016, saying Ankara had not provided enough evidence to back the case.

UPDATE 2-Turkish central bank hikes top rate less than expected, lira weakens 14 Dec 2017

* Analysts say limited move could leave lira vulnerable (Adds analysts' quotes, background)


Turkey chides Arabs for 'weak' reaction ahead of Jerusalem summit 13 Dec 2017

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey criticised what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington. | Video


Erdogan and Macron to urge U.S. to turn back on Jerusalem decision - sources 09 Dec 2017

ISTANBUL Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday.

Bulgaria says border treaty revision not beneficial for regional stability 08 Dec 2017

SOFIA Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said on Friday any discussion about a revision of the treaty defining the borders of its neighbours Greece and Turkey would not help stability in the region.


Breast milk and soot mark Turkey's fading beauty 08 Dec 2017

KIZILTEPPE, Turkey When Ayse Yusufoglu was a girl, she and her friends in southeast Turkey tried to win the hearts of young men in their village using breast milk and soot. | Video


Defector says thousands of Islamic State fighters left Raqqa in secret deal 08 Dec 2017

ANKARA A high-level defector from Kurdish-led forces that captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State has recanted his account of the city's fall, saying thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left under a secret, U.S.-approved deal. | Video


Greece and Turkey trade barbs as Erdogan visits Athens 07 Dec 2017

ATHENS Greece and Turkey squared up over old disputes on Thursday during a state visit to Athens by President Tayyip Erdogan that quickly descended into verbal sparring over a list of historical grievances. | Video

UPDATE 4-Greece and Turkey trade barbs as Erdogan visits Athens 07 Dec 2017

* Two allies at odds on Cyprus, mineral rights, islets (Adds fresh comments, para 4)


Pro-Kurdish opposition leader's trial opens in Turkey 07 Dec 2017

ANKARA The jailed leader of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition was remanded in prison for at least two more months on Thursday at the opening of his trial on terrorism-related charges.


While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup - think tank

WASHINGTON While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea, a U.S. think tank said on Thursday.