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Turkey pounds Syrian Kurdish fighters as both sides try to fight IS

BEIRUT At least 90 Turkish rockets pounded a group of Kurdish fighters allied to a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria on Friday, as clashes intensified between two sides both supposed to be fighting Islamic State, a monitor and militia spokesperson said.

Turkey, Iraq reach agreement 'in principle' on Mosul, U.S. says

ANKARA Turkey and Iraq have reached an agreement in principle that could eventually allow a Turkish role in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday after talks with President Tayyip Erdogan.

World, Iraq Oct 21 2016

Pentagon chief to stress Iraq sovereignty in Turkey talks

ANKARA U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he would stress the need to respect Iraq's sovereignty during a visit on Friday to Turkey, which has been locked in a dispute with Baghdad over who should participate in the campaign to retake Mosul from Islamic State.

World, Iraq Oct 21 2016

Turkish military says it killed 18 Kurdish militants in Iraq and southeast

ISTANBUL The Turkish military said on Friday it had killed 12 Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey and another six in air strikes in northern Iraq, while also targeting their allied fighters in northern Syria.

World, Syria, Iraq Oct 21 2016

EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa

BRUSSELS European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.

World, Africa Oct 20 2016

Needs must; EU walks tightrope on Turkey

BRUSSELS As dismayed as they may be at Turkey's post-coup crackdown, EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday will avoid any harsh criticism of Ankara, whose help they badly need in keeping a lid on migration into Europe.

World, Oct 20 2016

'No more Mr. Nice Guy': EU gets tough on African migrants

BRUSSELS Encouraged by their success in halting a mass influx of refugees by closing Greek borders and cutting a controversial deal with Turkey, EU leaders are getting tough on African migrants too.

Africa, World, Greece Oct 19 2016

Evoking Ottoman past, Erdogan vows to tackle Turkey's enemies abroad

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Smarting over exclusion from an Iraqi-led offensive against Islamic State in Mosul and Kurdish militia gains in Syria, President Tayyip Erdogan warned on Wednesday Turkey "will not wait until the blade is against our bone" but could act alone in rooting out enemies.

World, Syria, Iraq Oct 19 2016

Turkey's EU minister says migrant readmissions may end without visa deal

ANKARA The European Union should implement visa-free travel for Turks by the end of the year and stop insisting Turkey change its anti-terrorism laws or Ankara may cancel its side of a deal to readmit illegal migrants, Turkey's EU minister told Reuters.

World, Oct 18 2016

Turkey heads toward vote on stronger presidency, with nationalist nod

ANKARA Turkey's ruling AK Party will soon bring to parliament its plans to expand the powers of the presidency, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday, paving the way for a referendum which the nationalist opposition said it would not oppose.

World, Oct 18 2016

Church bells peal in town retaken by Iraqi troops from Islamic State

BARTELLA, Iraq The din of bullets, mortars and bombs in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella was replaced momentarily on Friday by a sound not heard there for more than two years: the peal of church bells. | Video