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Erdogan Calls Ozil, Praises Exit From German Team
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Erdogan Calls Ozil, Praises Exit From German Team

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said he had backed Mesut Ozil’s decision to quit the German national team on racism grounds in a telephone call with the Turkish-origin football star, wading into a controversy that caused uproar in Germany. Ozil stunned football at the weekend by announcing he planned never to play again for the national team after criticism he deemed to be racist of a meeting with Erdogan two months ago. His move has divided opinion in Germany but received warm applause in Turkey, whose government has long campaigned against what Ankara sees as rising Islamophobia in Europe. “Last night I spoke to Mesut. His attitude in the statement is completely patriotic, it is absolutely praiseworthy behaviour,” Erdogan said, quoted by state news agency Anadolu. “I k...
Trump, Erdogan, Sisi Win Awards For Undermining The Press
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Trump, Erdogan, Sisi Win Awards For Undermining The Press

The Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, a journalists’ and press freedom campaign organisation based in the U.S., has named President Donald Trump as the winner of its award for ‘Overall Achievement in Undermining Global Press Freedom’. The CPJ said Mr. Trump emerged the overall winner at the award on Monday night in New York after he also emerged ‘Runner-Up’ to President Recep Erdoğan of Turkey, winner of the ‘Most Thin-skinned’ award. Other awards were ‘Most Outrageous Use of Terror Laws Against the Press’ won also by Mr. Erdoğan; ‘Tightest Grip on Media’ – excluded countries with no independent media, such as North Korea and Eritrea – won by President Xi Jinping of China; and ‘Biggest Backslider in Press Freedom’ won by State Counsellor and de facto leader Aung Suu-Kyi of Myanm...
Turkey Asks Germany To Extradite 81 Citizens Over Failed Coup
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Turkey Asks Germany To Extradite 81 Citizens Over Failed Coup

Turkey has asked the German government to extradite 81 of its citizens for suspected involvement in a failed military coup in 2016, the Justice Ministry said in response to a question from the Left Party. The government of President Recep Erdogan has accused Germany of harbouring supporters of Fethullah Gulen, an exiled preacher and former ally of the president whose movement is accused of orchestrating the coup. The answer to the Left Party’s question, seen by dpa on Monday, does not reveal how many extradition requests Ankara submitted for people it accuses of terrorism-related activities. In November 2016, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Turkey was seeking the extradition of “more than 4,000” supporters of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). “Reg...
Erdogan Says U.S. Sacrificing Ties With Turkey, Blames Envoy
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Erdogan Says U.S. Sacrificing Ties With Turkey, Blames Envoy

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan blamed his country's dispute with the United States on the outgoing U.S. ambassador on Thursday, saying Washington was "sacrificing" relations with its NATO ally. "Let me be very clear, the person who caused this is the ambassador here. It is unacceptable for the United States to sacrifice a strategic partner to an ambassador who doesn't know his place," Erdogan told provincial governors in Ankara.
Turkey Troops, Syria Jihadists Exchange Fire On Border
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Turkey Troops, Syria Jihadists Exchange Fire On Border

Turkish forces exchanged fire Sunday with jihadists from Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate on the border of Idlib province, a monitor and eyewitnesses said, a day after Ankara announced an imminent operation there. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday announced pro-Ankara rebels would lead a military campaign against the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist coalition in the northwestern Syrian province. On Sunday morning, HTS jihadists opened fire on Turkish forces removing part of a wall along the border between Turkey and Idlib, eyewitnesses and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said. “A group of HTS opened fire on the vehicle removing part of the wall, and the Turks returned fire and also shelled the area,” one eyewitness on the border told AFP. The Obs...
Islamic State Driven Out Of Last Stronghold In Northern Iraq
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Islamic State Driven Out Of Last Stronghold In Northern Iraq

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi forces announced on Thursday they had captured Islamic State's last stronghold in northern Iraq, leaving the militant group holed up near the Syrian border as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" shrinks further. The town of Hawija and the surrounding areas fell in an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops and Iranian-trained and armed Shi'ite paramilitary groups known as Popular Mobilisation. Some fighting took place to the north and east of the town where the militants were surrounded. With the fall of Hawija, which lies near the Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk, the only area that remains under control of Islamic State in Iraq is a stretch alongside the western border with Syria, where the militant group is also in retreat. The capture of Hawija was a b...
Erdogan Accuses Myanmar Of Genocide Against Rohingya
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Erdogan Accuses Myanmar Of Genocide Against Rohingya

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of “genocide” against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh to escape ethnic violence. “There is a genocide there,” Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul during the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast, which commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. “Those who close their eyes to this genocide perpetuated under the cover of democracy are its collaborators”. Around 400 people — most of them Rohingya Muslims — have died in violence searing through Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state, the army chief’s office said Friday. Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces — as well as by militants — have further amplifie...
Germany Warns Citizens To Steer Clear Turkey
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Germany Warns Citizens To Steer Clear Turkey

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, on Friday, has warned his nation’s holidaymakers to steer clear of Turkey amid deterioration in relations between Ankara and Berlin. “You cannot at the moment do this with a clear conscience. Gabriel said, “as a country we cannot tell people what to do’’ but warned about the risks of arrest in Turkey. Tensions between Berlin and Ankara worsened last week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hit out again at Germany and the Turkish authorities moved to extradite Turkish-born German writer Dogan Akhanli, who is an Erdogan critic. Erdogan said Turkish voters living in Germany should not cast their ballot for any of Germany’s major political parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Gabriel’s centre-left S...
Turkey Sacks 900 Public Sector Workers
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Turkey Sacks 900 Public Sector Workers

Turkey has dismissed over 900 public sector officials in the latest wave of the purge that has followed last year’s failed coup, according to an emergency decree published in the official gazette Friday. Over 140,000 people have been sacked or suspended from their jobs since July 2016 over alleged links to US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of ordering the attempted coup. Gulen denies the charges. More than 50,000 people including journalists have been arrested under the state of emergency imposed last year in a crackdown that has caused international concern. A total of 928 people were sacked in the latest decree, including civil servants working in the defence, foreign and interior ministries as well as military personnel. Turkish authorities also stripped 10 re...
Prolonging Gulf Crisis ‘Not In Anyone’s Interest’ – Erdogan
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Prolonging Gulf Crisis ‘Not In Anyone’s Interest’ – Erdogan

Prolonging the crisis in the Gulf sparked by the isolation of Qatar is not in the interest of anyone, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday as he embarked on a key visit to the region. “No-one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more,” said Erdogan before leaving Istanbul airport on the two-day trip that will take him to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and then Qatar. He accused “enemies” of seeking to “fire up tensions between brothers” in the region. On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar accusing it of backing extremism and fostering ties with their Shiite rival Iran. Doha denies the claim and has been strongly backed by Ankara throughout the standoff. The crisis with Qatar has put Turkey in a delicate position a...
Erdogan Condemns Israel’s ‘Excessive’ Use Of Force In Jerusalem
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Erdogan Condemns Israel’s ‘Excessive’ Use Of Force In Jerusalem

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday denounced as “excessive” the use of force by Israeli security forces in deadly clashes over sensitive Jerusalem holy site. “I condemn Israel’s insistence on its position despite all warnings… and the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against our brothers gathered for Friday prayers,” he said in a statement. Erdogan said that he was speaking in his capacity as the current chairman of the summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) whose chairmanship Turkey currently holds. The clashes the day earlier left three Palestinians dead. Three Israelis were stabbed to death in the West Bank by a 19-year-old Palestinian who was then shot by a neighbour. Tensions have risen to boiling point over new metal detectors inst...
Erdogan Plans Gulf Trip To Break Qatar’s Isolation
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Erdogan Plans Gulf Trip To Break Qatar’s Isolation

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar on July 23-24, the Turkish presidency said today, amidst the escalation of sanctions against Qatar. Egypt said Monday it will end visa-free entry for Qatari nationals with some exceptions, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry, the latest measure taken against Doha which Cairo and three Gulf governments, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates are boycotting. Erdogan has been a staunch ally of Qatar in its dispute with the Gulf Arab neighbours. He had criticised a list of demands to end sanctions they imposed on Doha last month over allegations Qatar funds terrorist groups and is allied to their arch-foe Iran. Qatar has denied the accusations and Erdogan said Qatar’s response was reasonable. Turkey k...
Turkey’s Erdogan Scolds US Over Arrest Warrants
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Turkey’s Erdogan Scolds US Over Arrest Warrants

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticised the US decision to issue arrest warrants for 12 of his bodyguards allegedly linked with a brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC. Several people were injured when a brawl broke outside Turkey’s embassy during Erdogan’s visit to the US in May. Washington, DC police reportedly obtained the arrest warrants for the bodyguards on Thursday. Speaking at a dinner to break the Ramadan fast in the capital, Ankara, on Thursday, Erdogan said: “They have issued arrest warrants for 12 of my bodyguards. What kind of law is this? “If my bodyguards cannot protect me, then why am I bringing them to America with me?” He said PKK fighters and members of what Turkey calls the Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) were united in protest ...
Qatar Military Base For The Security Of Gulf – Turkey
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Qatar Military Base For The Security Of Gulf – Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Bahrain’s foreign minister that Turkey’s military base in Qatar was aimed at contributing to the security of the entire Arab Gulf region, and was not aimed at any specific Gulf state. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkish foreign minister, made the announcement on Saturday during a joint press conference on Saturday in Istanbul with Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, the Bahraini foreign minister. Cavusoglu said Turkey would continue its efforts to resolve the dispute, as Qatar faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting “extremists” and Iran – charges Qatar calls “bas...
Turkey Deploys Troops To Protect Troubled Qatar
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Turkey Deploys Troops To Protect Troubled Qatar

President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday approved legislation on deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar, signalling support for the Gulf state as it faces isolation imposed by fellow Arab states over its alleged support for terrorism. Turkey’s parliament pushed through the bill on Wednesday and Erdogan’s rapid approval of it, announced by his office late on Thursday, was followed by its publication in the Official Gazette on Friday, completing the legislative process. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on Monday, accusing it of supporting Islamist militants and their arch-adversary Iran – charges Qatar calls baseless. Several countries followed suit. Qatar vowed on Thursday to ride out the isolation and said it would not compromis...
Erdogan Insists Turkey Reforms Don’t Make Him A Dictator
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Erdogan Insists Turkey Reforms Don’t Make Him A Dictator

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has insisted that his plans to assume sweeping new powers do not make him a dictator. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Erdogan said that a constitutional reform package -- backed by a narrow majority of Turkey's voters in a referendum on Sunday -- was not about him. "I am a mortal really, I could die at any time," he told Becky Anderson inside Ankara's presidential palace Tuesday, in his first interview since the vote. Turkish voters on Sunday passed an 18-article constitutional reform package that will transform the country's parliamentary system into a powerful executive presidency. The plan, put forward by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), gives Erdogan sweeping and largely unchecked powers. Erdogan rejected accusations tha...
Turkey Passes Bill To Boost Erdogan Powers
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Turkey Passes Bill To Boost Erdogan Powers

Turkey's parliament has approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office. In an all-night session that ended early on Saturday, lawmakers voted in favour of a set of amendments presented by the ruling party, founded by Erdogan. The reform bill cleared the minimum threshold necessary to put the measures to a national referendum for final approval. The vote took place with 488 lawmakers out of the 550-seat assembly in attendance. A total of 339 parliamentarians voted yes, 142 no, five cast empty ballots and two were ruled out as invalid. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim celebrated the result saying "we are now entrusting this to th...
Turkey Identifies Nightclub Gunman
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Turkey Identifies Nightclub Gunman

Turkey has identified the gunman in the Istanbul nightclub massacre as the president vowed that the country won't surrender to terrorists or become divided. The gunman, who killed 39 people during New Year's celebrations at the Reina club, is still at large but Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said authorities had identified the man, without providing details. "The identity of the person who carried out the attack on the Reina nightclub has been established," Cavusoglu told Anadolu in a live televised interview. Turkish police, meanwhile, detained at least five suspected Islamic State group militants believed to be linked to the attack, the state-run news agency reported. The operation was launched in the Aegean port city of Izmir and was ongoing, Anadolu Agency said. IS has claimed r...

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