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Turkey to allow female soldiers to wear headscarves - ministry officials

ANKARA Turkey will allow female soldiers to wear a headscarf with their uniforms, defense ministry officials said on Wednesday, marking a symbolic shift for a military that has traditionally seen itself as a guardian of state secularism.

Turkey sets out Raqqa operation plans to U.S.: report

ISTANBUL Turkey has presented two proposals to the United States for how to carry out a joint military operation to drive Islamic State from its stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday.

World, Syria Feb 18 2017

Car bomb in Turkey's southeast kills child: governor's office

DIYARBAKIR A car bomb exploded in the garden of a housing complex in Turkey's southeastern town of Viransehir on Friday, killing a child and wounding 17 other people, the provincial governor's office told Reuters. | Video

World, Feb 18 2017

Turkey says almost taken Syria's Bab, war monitor cites heavy toll

ANKARA/BEIRUT Turkey's military said on Friday it was close to taking Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State, but a war monitor said the jihadists still controlled 90 percent of the town itself and that shelling and air strikes had killed dozens of civilians in recent days.

World, Syria Feb 17 2017

Turkey steps up scrutiny on Muslim migrants from Russia

ISTANBUL Turkey has increased scrutiny of Russian-speaking Muslim communities in the past few months following a series of attacks blamed on Islamic State, a concrete example of the renewed relationship between the two countries.

World, Russia, Africa Feb 17 2017

Syrian government delegation says Turkey, rebels aim to disrupt Astana talks

AMMAN The head of Syria's government delegation at peace talks in Astana accused Turkey's delegation and Syrian rebels, who arrived on Thursday - the last day of the meeting, of trying to disrupt the negotiations by refusing to agree to a communique.

World, Syria Feb 16 2017

Turkey says U.S. not insisting on Kurdish role in Raqqa operation

ANKARA Turkey's defense minister said on Thursday the new U.S. administration has a more flexible approach to Syria and is not insisting on the Kurdish YPG militia being involved in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Raqqa stronghold.

World, Syria Feb 16 2017

Syria's al-Bab largely under control of Turkey-backed rebels, Turkish PM says

ANKARA Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of Syria's al-Bab from Islamic State militants, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, but a war monitoring group said the jihadists still controlled most of the town.

World, Syria Feb 14 2017

Turkey to hold referendum on stronger presidency on April 16

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey will hold a referendum on April 16 on replacing its parliamentary system with the stronger presidency long sought by incumbent Tayyip Erdogan, electoral authorities announced on Saturday.

World, Feb 11 2017

Russia halted Syrian army, rebel clash in northern Syria: sources

BEIRUT/ISTANBUL Russia intervened to halt a clash between Syrian government forces and Turkey-backed Syrian rebels in northern Syria, sources on both sides said on Friday, the first confrontation between them as both sides fight Islamic State in the area.

World, Russia, Syria Feb 10 2017

North Korea blames Malaysia for death of its citizen: KCNA

SEOUL North Korea blamed Malaysia on Thursday for the death of one of its citizens there last week and accused it of an "unfriendly attitude" in a scenario drawn up by South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated the North Korean leader's half-brother.