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Ankara expresses its irritation at the EU’s attitude toward Turkey, saying it will go to the people to decide on the future of relations
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has blasted European Parliament President Martin Schulz over his suggestion that economic sanctions could be imposed on Turkey, hinting at the possibility of a Brexit-like referendum on the fate of Turkey’s EU membership candidacy
Turkey is heading to a referendum on granting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan new powers as early as next spring, ratcheting up tensions amid a crackdown on dissent and pro-Kurdish politicians, analysts say.
Linday Lohan, a Hollywood star known for her colorful lifestyle, asked U.S. President-elect Donald Trump over Twitter on Nov. 13 to join her in Turkey
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An intelligence consulting firm founded by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s top military adviser, was recently hired as a lobbyist by an obscure Dutch company with ties to Turkey’s government and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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1) The EU and its Member States are following the most recent developments in Turkey with grave concern. 2) Renewed considerations to introduce a bill to parliament to reinstate the death penalty; continued restrictions on the freedom of

 

The Turkey leader’s authoritarianism has reached new heights, with ruthless crackdowns on the media, internet access and Kurdish leadersFreedom of expression and the free press are under threat in Turkey. Last Saturday, the government closed down Tîroj, a Kurdish and Turkish literary magazine I had been due to contribute to. Tîroj (“light beam” in Kurdish) was special to me as it is published in Kurdish, my mother tongue, and a language which has been forbidden in schools and government institutions for 100 years.

Turkish opposition party the HDP is halting all activity in Parliament after its leaders’ arrest.
A European Commission report on Turkey’s progress towards European Union membership cites problems with press freedoms and independence of the judiciary, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung said
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has defied EU criticism over the arrests of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) lawmakers and journalists, saying that Turkey is “no longer subject to orders.”
The U.S. State Department has said there was no new deal with Turkey over the clearing of Syria’s Manbij from the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), the military wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is one of the sticking points in the already tense relationship between the two countries. It also noted that the YPG has already cleared the area.

Kurdish-led forces announce operation to liberate Raqqa from Isis – video

Syrian Democratic Forces announce operation Euphrates rage, a plan by Kurdish-led forces and backed by the US to retake Islamic State’s de facto capital, Raqqa. Speaking in Ain Issa, around 34 miles north of Raqqa on Sunday, the spokeswoman for the coalition expressed her hope that Turkey would refrain from interfering in Syrian affairs

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