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Cheese bests Mac in quest for Obama's Thanksgiving turkey pardon

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WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday pardoned a turkey named Cheese to mark the country's Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, when roasted turkey is the traditional main course.

Syria 'no-fly zone' not being considered: NATO general

IZMIR, Turkey - NATO is not considering establishing a "no-fly zone" in northern Syria, something Turkey has been calling for to alleviate security and humanitarian pressures on its southeastern borders, one of the alliance's top generals has told Reuters.

World, Syria 26 Nov 2014

Turkey condemns Tripoli air strikes claimed by Libyan government

ISTANBUL - Turkey on Wednesday condemned air strikes claimed by the Libyan government on an airport in Tripoli controlled by a rival administration, setting it at odds with the country's internationally-recognized authorities.

World, Libya, 26 Nov 2014

Turkey, U.S. ease strains on Islamic State but differences remain

ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies.

World, 25 Nov 2014

Turkey, U.S. ease strains on Islamic State but differences remain

ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States smoothed over some differences in the fight against Islamic State during a weekend visit by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, but the talks heralded little in the way of deeper military cooperation between the NATO allies.

World, 24 Nov 2014

Turkey, U.S. play down differences on fight against Islamic State

ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States played down differences in the fight against Islamic State on Friday, but Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu made clear Ankara would keep pressing for a no-fly zone in Syria and President Bashar al-Assad's removal.

World, Syria 21 Nov 2014

U.S. war planes strike Qaeda militants in Syrian border town: group

AMMAN - U.S. air strikes on a Syrian border town with Turkey killed at least two militants from Nusra Front, in the fourth such attack against the al Qaeda affiliate group since September, a monitoring group and Syrian activists said on Thursday.

World, Syria 20 Nov 2014

Turkey fears influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees

ANKARA - Turkey could face an influx of 2-3 million more Syrian refugees if President Bashar al-Assad's forces or Islamic State insurgents advance around Aleppo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, Syria 18 Nov 2014

Perpetrators of U.S. sailors' assault will 'pay the price,' Turkish foreign minister says

ISTANBUL - Turkey's foreign minister on Friday described an assault on U.S. sailors in Istanbul this week as reprehensible and vowed that the attackers would "pay the price for their actions."

World, 14 Nov 2014

Kurds again become focus of Western intervention in Middle East

- Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds in the 1980s was cited by Western powers as one of the justifications for the 2003 invasion that toppled him.

World, Iraq, 13 Nov 2014
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Russian troops giving 'backbone' to Ukraine rebels: NATO commander

KIEV - Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, NATO's top military commander said on Wednesday after talks with Ukrainian leaders. | Video