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Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections


SILVAN, Turkey The outcome of Turkey's elections on Sunday could depend on a jailed presidential candidate's sway over voters more than 1,200 km (750 miles) away in the country's largely Kurdish southeast. | Video

Monday Morning Briefing

Good morning. While Mexicans jumping in jubilation after their World Cup victory set off earthquake detectors, a real quake unfolded in Osaka, Japan's second largest city, causing havoc and killing at least three people.

China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, 8:02am EDT

Turkey's jailed pro-Kurdish candidate in first TV appearance for 20 months

ANKARA The jailed presidential candidate for Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition made his first television appearance in over a year and a half on Sunday, giving a campaign speech ahead of next week's elections.

World, Jun 17 2018

Human Rights Watch: Turkey-backed forces seizing property in Syria's Afrin

BEIRUT Turkey-backed rebels in northwest Syria's Afrin have seized, looted and destroyed Kurdish civilians' property after taking control of the region in March, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

World, United Nations, Syria Jun 14 2018

Turkey will drain 'terror swamp' in Iraq's Qandil, Erdogan says

ISTANBUL Turkey will drain the "terror swamp" in northern Iraq's Qandil region, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, a day after the military said it hit more than a dozen Kurdish militant targets in air strikes.

World, Iraq Jun 11 2018

Turkish PM says troops 30 km inside Iraq, could move on Kurdish stronghold

KARS, Turkey Turkish forces are stationed 30 km inside northern Iraq and could advance further to target Kurdish PKK militants in their Qandil Mountains stronghold, Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said.

World, United Nations, Iraq Jun 08 2018

Turkey halts filling Tigris dam after Iraq complains of water shortages

ANKARA/BAGHDAD Turkey has temporarily stopped filling a huge dam on the Tigris River after complaints from neighboring Iraq, which is suffering water shortages, officials said on Thursday.

World, Iraq Jun 07 2018

Poll shows Turkey presidential vote going to second round

ANKARA Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey's presidential election and his ruling AK Party is forecast to lose its parliamentary majority in the June 24 vote, a survey by pollster Gezici showed on Thursday.

World, Jun 07 2018

Turkey suspends migrant readmission deal with Greece: Anadolu

ISTANBUL Turkey has suspended its migrant readmission deal with Greece, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying by state-run Anadolu agency, days after Greece released from prison four Turkish soldiers who fled there after a 2016 attempted coup.

World, Greece Jun 07 2018

Turkey taking closer aim at militants in northern Iraq: minister

ISTANBUL Turkey indicated on Wednesday it was poised to step up attacks on Kurdish militant camps in the mountains of northern Iraq, after the military said it had "neutralized" at least six fighters in air strikes.

World, Iraq, Jun 06 2018

Pompeo expects to return to North Korea 'before terribly long'

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he would likely travel back to North Korea "before too terribly long" to try to flesh out commitments made at a landmark summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week.