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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.

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

NATO nearing solution to continue Aegean migrant mission: UK general

BERLIN Turkey will likely hand off responsibility for NATO's counter-migration mission in the Aegean Sea, averting tensions with Greece, when it takes command of a broader maritime mission in the region next year, a top British general said on Wednesday.

World, Germany, Greece Nov 30 2016

Twelve detained after Turkish dormitory fire kills schoolgirls

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Police in southern Turkey detained 12 people on Wednesday and sought two others over a fire in a dormitory that killed 11 schoolgirls and one other person, an official at the prosecutor's office handling the investigation said.

World, Nov 30 2016

Merkel does not see EU expanding membership talks with Turkey

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not expect the European Union to open negotiations on new policy areas with Turkey in its talks to join the bloc, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

World, Nov 30 2016

Erdogan says Turkey not yet 'closed the book' on EU, but has alternatives

ISTANBUL Turkey has not yet "closed the book" on the EU after the European Parliament recommended freezing accession talks last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, but added that Ankara always has other options.

World, Nov 29 2016

Turkish PM says finalizing constitutional change to bolster Erdogan powers

ANKARA Turkey's ruling AK Party is finalizing plans to formally cement President Tayyip Erdogan's powers by creation of an executive presidency and will meet the nationalist opposition to iron out details, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Tuesday.

World, Nov 29 2016

Closer Moscow ties don't change Turkey's stance on Assad: Deputy PM

LONDON Turkey's rapprochement with Russia has not changed Ankara's position that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must go to restore peace in the country, Turkish deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Saturday.

World, Russia, Syria Nov 26 2016

Rouhani urges Iran-Turkey joint efforts in Iraq, Syria

DUBAI Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called on Saturday for greater cooperation between regional rivals Iran and Turkey to help establish stability in Syria and Iraq.

World, Davos, Syria, Iraq Nov 26 2016

Don't underestimate EU warnings on membership talks, Juncker tells Turkey

BRUSSELS Turkey should heed European Union warnings over halting membership talks and carry out reforms demanded by the bloc, the president of the European Commission said on Saturday in a newspaper interview.

World, Nov 26 2016

China lodges protest after Trump call with Taiwan president

BEIJING/WASHINGTON China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move. | Video