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Erdogan hosts Islamic summit to back Palestinians, condemn Israel

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday hosts for the second time in half a year a summit of the world’s main pan-Islamic group seeking to show solidarity with the Palestinians and condemn Israel after its deadly shootings of Gaza protesters. Erdogan …

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Turkey hosts critical summit on Syria with Russia, Iran

ANKARA -AFP/UNS: The presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia met on Wednesday for their second tripartite summit in under six months, aiming to speed the peace process for Syria and bolster their influence in the country. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted his Russian and …

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Netanyahu “terrorist” as insults fly after Gaza deaths: Erdogan

ISTANBUL -UNS : Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu a “terrorist” on Sunday, escalating an exchange of insults that started after he criticised Israel’s lethal military response to a demonstration on the Gazan border. Israel has defended the killing of 15 …

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Turkey sends special forces into Syria’s Afrin for ‘new fight’

ANKARA -UNS : Turkey has sent special forces into the Syrian region of Afrin in anticipation of urban fighting in its operation against a Kurdish militia, Ankara said on Monday. Turkey on January 20 started an offensive supporting Syrian rebels against the US-backed People’s Protection …

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Erdogan threatens to ‘nip in the bud’ new US-backed Syria force

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday threatened to thwart the creation of a new US-backed 30,000-strong border security force in northern Syria before it was even set up. “America has acknowledged it is in the process of creating a terror army …

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Turkey to soon open ’embassy to Palestine in Jerusalem’:Erdogan

ISTANBUL (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope on Sunday that Turkey would soon be able to open an embassy to a Palestinian state in East Jerusalem, as he again denounced Donald Trump s recognition of the city as the Israeli capital. Erdogan has …

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OIC summit on Jerusalem in Istanbul:PM Abbasi to attend on Dec.13

BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will participate in the Extraordinary OIC Summit on Al-Quds Al-Sharif being held on 13 December 2017 at Istanbul. According to the Foreign Office, the summit will be preceded by the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting …

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Israel is ‘terrorist state’:Erdogan

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday described Israel as a “terrorist state” and vowed to use “all means to fight” against the US recognition of Jerusalem as the country s capital. “Palestine is an innocent victim… As for Israel, it is …

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Erdogan calls Islamic summit next week on Jerusalem

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling a summit of the main pan-Islamic body in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the expected US move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his spokesman said on Wednesday. “In the face of developments that …

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Turkey denies ‘ludicrous’ Gulen kidnap allegations

The Turkish embassy in Washington said the allegations were “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless”. Ex-CIA director James Woolsey revealed an alleged $15m (£11.5m) plan to remove cleric Fethullah Gulen in March. Turkey accuses Mr Gulen of being behind the failed July 2016 coup. In a …

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