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Turkish parliament nears approval of presidential system

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ANKARA Turkey edged closer to adopting a constitutional bill extending President Tayyip Erdogan's powers overnight, with parliament approving four more articles of a reform which opponents see as a step towards an authoritarian state.

Turkish parliament nears approval of presidential system sought by Erdogan

ANKARA Turkey moved closer to adopting a new constitutional bill extending President Tayyip Erdogan's powers that supporters welcome as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil and opponents see as a step toward an authoritarian state.

World, Jan 19 2017

Turkish parliament approves more constitutional reform articles

ANKARA Turkey's parliament approved the first seven articles in a second round of voting overnight on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, keeping the reform on course for a spring referendum.

World, Jan 19 2017

New York Times says Turkey denies entry to its correspondent

ISTANBUL Authorities in Turkey denied entry to a veteran New York Times correspondent and forced him to take a flight back to London, the newspaper said on Wednesday, in what its executive editor denounced as "an affront to freedom of the press".

World, Jan 18 2017

Greece sees progress on Cyprus, says Turkey should drop 'aggressive' talk

ATHENS Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday progress had been made in ending a decades-old stalemate over the division of Cyprus, but urged Turkey to drop 'aggressive rhetoric' to reach a deal.

World, Greece Jan 18 2017

Iran says it does not want U.S. at Syria talks in Astana

DUBAI Iran's foreign minister said on Tuesday Tehran opposed a U.S. presence at peace talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital next week, after a decision by Russia and Turkey to invite Washington.

World, Russia, Syria, Davos Jan 17 2017

Lawyers demand release of U.N. judge imprisoned in Turkey

THE HAGUE Lawyers at a U.N. court urged Turkey on Monday to release a judge who is being held in connection with July's coup attempt, saying his detention was delaying a genocide case.

World, Jan 17 2017

Syrian rebels to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan

BEIRUT/AMMAN Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies.

World, Syria, Russia, Jan 16 2017

Turkey's parliament votes in favor of constitutional reform in first round

ANKARA Turkey's parliament has voted in favor in a first round ballot on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, which opposition politicians say could put the country at risk of growing authoritarianism.

World, Jan 16 2017

Turkey's parliament approves key articles of constitutional reform

ANKARA Turkey's parliament has approved key measures allowing the president to be a member of a political party and issue decrees, part of a constitutional reform the opposition says will fuel authoritarianism.

World, Jan 13 2017
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Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to appear in New York court on Friday

NEW YORK CITY Mexican cartel kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is expected to appear in a court in New York on Friday, shortly after his surprise extradition from Mexico ended a decades-long career in drug-trafficking, dare-devil jail breaks and murder. | Video