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Turkey's purged NATO staff not coup plotters: alliance commander

BRUSSELS NATO's top commander said on Wednesday he did not believe Turkish personnel sacked from NATO command were involved in July's abortive coup and has raised his concerns with Turkey about the impact on its armed forces.

Turkey's Erdogan says battle to shore up lira same as fight against Islamic State

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan drew parallels on Wednesday between Turkey's battle against Islamic State militants in Syria and efforts to shore up the lira, urging citizens to continue selling dollars and blaming speculators for the lira's decline.

World, Syria Dec 07 2016

EU urged to share data better to detect militants returning from Syria, Iraq

BRUSSELS The European Union must improve information-sharing internally and with the United States and Turkey to better track Europeans returning from fighting with Islamic State, the EU's counter-terrorism official will tell interior ministers.

World, Dec 07 2016

Thousands of people still displaced by violence in SE Turkey: Amnesty

ANKARA Thousands of people are still unable to return to their homes in a district of mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey one year after authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew in an attempt to crush Kurdish militants, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

World, Dec 06 2016

Erdogan maybe more open to Cyprus deal after coup: Cypriot minister

NICOSIA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan may be more willing to back a deal to reunite the divided island of Cyprus following Turkey's failed army coup in July, the Cypriot foreign minister said on Tuesday.

World, United Nations, Dec 06 2016

Russia says to start talks with U.S. on Aleppo rebel withdrawal

BEIRUT/MOSCOW The Russian government said on Monday it would start talks with Washington on a rebel withdrawal from Aleppo this week as Russian-backed Syrian forces fought to seize more territory from rebels who are struggling to avoid a major defeat. | Video

Greek court rules against extradition of three Turkish soldiers: lawyer

ATHENS A Greek court ruled against the extradition to Turkey of three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after an abortive coup attempt against President Tayyip Erdogan in July, their lawyer and court officials said on Monday.

World, Greece Dec 05 2016

Rebels defiant as Syrian army nears Aleppo's Old City

BEIRUT Syria's army and allied militia advanced towards rebel-held areas of Aleppo's Old City on Sunday in an attack which a military source predicted would be over in a matter of weeks.

World, Russia, Dec 04 2016

Dutch join push for EU-Turkey accession talks freeze: diplomats

BRUSSELS The Dutch government has lent its weight to calls for the EU to freeze Turkey's membership talks, diplomats said on Thursday, raising the prospect of European leaders making such a move at a summit in two weeks.

World, Dec 01 2016

Turkey, Russia see need for Aleppo truce but divisions remain

ALANYA, Turkey Turkey and Russia, two of the main backers of opposing sides in Syria's civil war, said on Thursday they agreed on the need for a halt to fighting and the provision of aid in Aleppo but deep divisions remain between them over the conflict.

World, Russia, Syria Dec 01 2016
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Syrian army's Aleppo advance slows, but victory in sight

ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT The Syrian army's advance in Aleppo slowed on Thursday but a victory was still firmly in sight after President Bashar al-Assad vowed that retaking the city would change the course of the six-year-old war. | Video