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Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote

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ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. | Video

Greek court's rejection of asylum appeals sets bad precedent: Amnesty

ATHENS A ruling by Greece's top administrative court that two Syrian asylum seekers can be safely returned to Turkey sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of refugees, according to Amnesty International.

World, Greece, Syria Sep 23 2017

Turkey urges Iraqi Kurds to drop referendum, cites sanctions

ISTANBUL Turkey appealed to northern Iraq's Kurdish region on Friday to drop plans for an independence referendum, saying it would threaten security and force Ankara to slap sanctions on a neighbor and trading partner.

World, Iraq Sep 22 2017

Ship carrying migrants sinks off Turkish coast, kills 15 - coast guard

ANKARA Fifteen people drowned when a fishing boat carrying migrants sank off the Turkish coast in the Marmara Sea on Friday and up to 15 more were missing, Turkey's coast guard said. | Video

World, Sep 22 2017

Friday Morning Briefing

Kim Jong Un issued new nuclear test threats, London’s transport regulator stripped Uber of its license and a U.S. Department of Homeland Security report revealed critical cyber security weaknesses on the SEC’s computers were detected earlier this year.

Exclusive: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib - Erdogan

NEW YORK Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month. | Video

Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday. | Video

World, United Nations, Iraq Sep 21 2017

Turkey threatens sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

HABUR BORDER CROSSING, Turkey Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to impose sanctions against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence vote, piling economic pressure on Kurdish authorities after Turkish troops deployed near the main commercial border crossing.

World, Iraq Sep 20 2017

Turkey warns of global conflict if Iraq or Syria break up

SIRNAK, Turkey Turkey escalated its opposition to a Kurdish independence referendum in northern Iraq on Tuesday, training tank guns and rocket launchers across the southern border and saying the break-up of its neighbors could lead to global conflict.

World, Iraq, Sep 19 2017

Turkish asylum applications in Germany jump 55 percent this year

BERLIN The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year's failed military coup in Turkey, German government data showed on Monday.

World, Germany, Sep 18 2017
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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

BERLIN Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but will have to build an uneasy coalition to form a German government after her conservatives haemorrhaged support in the face of a surge by the far-right.