Category: Turkish

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Greek Cypriot election, as seen by Turkish Cypriots

Nicosia, Cyprus – Cypriots are voting on Sunday in the second round of a tight presidential election that might determine whether peace talks to end four decades of division on the ethnically split island will resume later this year. Incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades, a conservative who came first on January 28 with 35.5 percent, will…

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Syria threatens to ‘murder’ Turkish warplanes

Syria threatened on Thursday to “destroy” any Turkish warplanes that fly into its territory as Ankara prepares to launch a cross-border military operation to wipe out Kurdish fighters it calls “terrorists”.     Turkish officials have repeatedly vowed to attack the Syrian-Kurd militia known as the YPG at any moment in the Afrin region in northern Syria,…

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Turkey casts shadow over Turkish Cypriots’ vote

The Turkish Republic or Northern Cyprus (TRNC) will head to the polls on Sunday, in a parliamentary election that has failed to stir enthusiasm among a largely disillusioned electorate. Elections in the internationally unrecognised entity are typically dominated by the long-running dispute of Cyprus, a Mediterranean island split between Turkish Cypriots in the north and Greek…

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Greece moves to block asylum granted to Turkish soldier

Greece’s government has filed a request to cancel the granting of asylum to one of eight Turkish soldiers who fled their country during last year’s failed coup attempt. The move on Saturday came hours after a Greek administrative committee ruled in favour of the man’s appeal against his earlier application for asylum. The committee’s ruling…

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Israel arrests, releases three Turkish men in Jerusalem

An Israeli court has released three Turkish men a day after they were arrested at the entrance to al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem. The men were taken into custody on Friday evening. Two of them, Abdullah Kizilirmak and Mehmet Kargili, who are also Belgian citizens, were accused of carrying…