Syria peace hopes at Paris crossroads

 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed for Paris to fresh Syria talks, hoping to press the fractured opposition to participate in upcoming peace talks

Ammunition rounds seized in buses bound to Hatay on Turkish-Syrian border

A large quantity of ammunition was seized in two trucks bound for the southern province of Hatay bordering Syria

 

Al-Qaeda ?legitimizes? al-Assad: FM Davutoğlu

 

Ahmet Davutoğlu said both al-Qaeda and al-Assad were not only benefiting each other, but supporting one another as well

Radicals make al-Assad look less evil: Turkish FM

 

The incorrect methods adopted by radical groups in Syria have made the Syrian government appear ‘less evil,’ Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said

No need for concern over graft probe, Turkey?s new EU minister tells Brussels

 

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu urged EU to refrain from ‘unilateral and impatient’ statements

US expresses concerns about Turkey’s graft crisis

 

The US State Department called for a Turkish legal system that respects highest standards in ‘fairness’ and ‘transparency’

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Ankara ?adds? uranium clause in nuclear deal with Tokyo

 

Ankara reportedly asked a clause allowing uranium enrichment and plutonium extraction to be added into a nuclear agreement signed by Turkey and Japan, prompting nuclear proliferation fears

 

Turkish energy minister denies uranium enrichment intention

 

Ankara reportedly demanded allowance for uranium enrichment within the framework of a $22 billion nuclear plant and technology export deal with Tokyo

Commission warns Turkey against purges of graft investigators

The Turkish government has purged hundreds of police, among them senior commanders, since a graft scandal erupted on 17 December. The European Commission issued today (8 January) a warning that recent developments in the largest candidate country are a ?matter of concern? for the EU executive.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AK Party sent plans to parliament late on 7 January which would give the government more say over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, the latest salvo in its battle against a damaging corruption inquiry.

 

Arrogance undoes the Turkish model

 

Erdogan is demonstrating to the world that his is a country with a shaky democracy, a flawed constitution and a diminishing number of allies

 

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