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Turkey calls on Muslims to take clear stance over Gaza

Muslim countries must show a united and clear stance over Israel’s conflict with the Islamist Hamas movement in Gaza, Turkey’s vice president, Fuat Oktay, said on Thursday, criticising world powers for condemning violence without acting. “What we desire is that active measures are taken,” Oktay told reporters after […]

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes eastern Turkey, no casualties

ANKARA – An earthquake of magnitude 5.3 struck eastern Turkey on Sunday, the country’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said, while the interior minister said there were no immediate reports of casualties or significant damage. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 15.95 km (9.91 miles), AFAD […]

Turkey pulls 2 girls out of rubble three days after quake

IZMIR, Turkey — In what one rescue worker called “a miracle,” extraction teams brought two girls out alive Monday from the wreckage of their collapsed apartment buildings in the Turkish city of Izmir, three days after a strong earthquake hit Turkey and Greece. Onlookers applauded in joy and […]

Strong Aegean Sea earthquake topples buildings in Turkey

ISTANBUL — A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has shaken Turkey and Greece. Several buildings were wrecked in Turkey’s western Izmir province, according to officials, but there was no immediate information on casualties. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said Friday’s earthquake was centered in the Aegean […]

Turkey confirms military operation against Syrian regime

Turkey on Sunday announced the launch of an offensive against the Moscow-backed Syrian regime, as Ankara put pressure on Europe by opening its border for migrants to seek passage to the continent via Greece. Tensions have soared between Russia and Turkey — who back opposing forces in the […]

Syria says 2 warplanes downed by Turkey as tensions soar

KASTANIES, Greece — Syria’s official news agency said two of its warplane were shot down by Turkish forces inside northwest Syria, amid a military escalation there that’s led to growing direct clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces. SANA says the jets were targeted over the Idlib region, and […]

Turkey threatens Europe with refugees after 33 troops killed

REYHANLI, Turkey — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke over the phone on Friday, a day after Syrian government airstrikes killed 33 Turkish troops, significantly ratcheting up tensions between Ankara and Moscow. It was the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara […]

Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national

ANKARA, Turkey — A U.S. national who is a member of the Islamic State group has been deported home, a Turkish official said Monday, as Ankara began repatriating captured foreign IS fighters. Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli told Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency that a German and a […]

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