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Syrian state TV: Rebels set to quit enclave northeast of Damascus


BEIRUT Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad.

Two-thirds of U.S. Senate pushes Turkey to release American pastor

WASHINGTON Sixty-six U.S. senators signed a letter released on Friday urging Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan to release an American pastor on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed military coup.

World, Politics, Election 2016, Apr 20 2018

Erdogan's shock election call brings cherished powers within reach

ISTANBUL Tayyip Erdogan's shock announcement of snap elections in June has caught Turkey's troubled opposition off guard and brought him within reach of his cherished goal, a powerful presidency with sweeping executive powers.

World, United Nations, Apr 20 2018

Austria says will bar Turkish politicians from campaigning on its soil

VIENNA Austria's right-wing coalition government, which is strongly opposed to Turkey joining the European Union, will bar Turkish politicians from campaigning on its territory ahead of June elections in Turkey, the chancellor has said.

World, Apr 20 2018

Turkey's ruling party taunts opposition over early election

ANKARA Turkey's ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president's 15-year hold on power.

World, United Nations, Apr 19 2018

Turkish parliament strips two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of status

ANKARA Turkey's parliament said it had stripped two lawmakers from the pro-Kurdish opposition HDP of their parliamentary status on Thursday, further reducing the party's strength in the assembly two months ahead of elections.

World, Apr 19 2018

Afghans make long trek west before Turkey secures border

AGRI, Turkey On a mountainous road leading west from the Iranian border, 22-year-old Sunnatilla Rasulbek trudges through heavy rain, one of tens of thousands of Afghans hoping to find work and security in Turkey before a wall goes up to keep them out.

World, Afghanistan, Apr 19 2018

Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

U.S. President Donald Trump voiced his support on Tuesday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group accused of orchestrating a failed 2016 military coup, in a case that has compounded strains in U.S.-Turkish relations.

Politics, Election 2016, World, U.S., Apr 17 2018

Turkey taking 'huge strides' away from European Union: top EU official

STRASBOURG Turkey is moving rapidly away from the path of European Union membership, the top EU official in charge of negotiations said on Tuesday, as Brussels delivered its harshest criticism yet of what it sees as Ankara's shift toward authoritarianism.

World, Apr 17 2018

Turkey's ruling party to discuss call for early election

ANKARA Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party will discuss the possibility of holding Turkey's presidential election in August, more than a year earlier than planned, the government spokesman said on Wednesday, following a suggestion from its nationalist allies.

World, Apr 17 2018

North Korea says will stop nuclear tests, scrap test site

SEOUL North Korea will immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests and scrap its nuclear test site and instead pursue economic growth and peace, the North's state media said on Saturday, ahead of planned summits with South Korea and the United States. | Video