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UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

Trump: U.S. to impose sanctions on Turkey over detained pastor

The United States threatened NATO ally Turkey with sanctions Thursday over a detained American pastor held on terror and espionage charges.

As state of emergency ends, Turkey mulls new terror laws

As Turkey’s two-year state of emergency comes to an end, the government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws it says are needed to deal with continued security threats. The …

Erdogan inaugurates Turkey’s powerful executive presidency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in Monday under a new governing system that grants him sweeping executive powers, which critics say give him far too much control.

UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 1:45 p.m.

Turkey: Partial results show Erdogan leading in elections

Polls closed Sunday in Turkey’s high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections, which could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions.

Syrian Kurds to leave Manbij under delicate U.S.-Turkey deal

An American-backed Syrian Kurdish militia said Tuesday it will leave the strategic town of Manbij under a delicate U.S.-Turkey deal that could ease tensions between the NATO allies and force …

Turkey urges Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians

Turkey has called on Muslim nations to stand with Palestinians and to work to stop countries joining the United States in relocating their Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Reader photo: It’s turkey time around the Inland Northwest

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Turkish opposition parties form alliance before June 24 vote

Four opposition parties in Turkey announced a political alliance Saturday ahead of the country’s June 24 national election, aiming to mount a meaningful challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling …

Turkish opposition leader says Erdogan will lose at polls

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party predicted Saturday that voters who backed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the past would “side with democracy” instead of a “dictatorship” during the …

Turkish lawmakers approve early elections called by Erdogan

Turkey’s parliament has approved holding the country’s presidential and parliamentary elections a year-and-half early, a change President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said is needed because of uncertainties over Syria.

U.S. pastor faces terror charges in fraught trial in Turkey

An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara.

Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country’s plan to purchase Russia’s long-range missile defense system is a “done deal,” brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies.

Turkish leader slams Kosovo’s PM over secret deportations

Turkey’s president slammed Kosovo’s prime minister on Saturday for criticizing the secret deportations of six Turkish men who Turkey claims were supporters of an alleged coup plotter.

Turkish army and allies in ‘total control’ of Syria’s Afrin

The Turkish army and Syrian opposition fighters it backs have “total control” of the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, according to the country’s official news agency on Saturday, …

UPDATED: Sat., March 24, 2018, 1:18 p.m.

Turkey’s president calls anti-war students ‘terrorists’

Turkey’s president on Saturday criticized anti-war students at a top university, calling them “terrorists” and promising to oust them from their studies.

EU criticizes Turkey’s offensive in Syrian town of Afrin

The European Union’s top diplomat criticized Turkey on Monday over its military offensive in a northern Syrian town, calling on Ankara to ensure that fighting eases in the conflict-torn country.

UPDATED: Sun., March 18, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

Turkey forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two …

UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta

Syrian troops captured a major rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus Saturday and took large parts of another, squeezing insurgents and forcing thousands to flee to regions controlled by …

Dead man walking: Court rejects Romanian’s claim he’s alive

Constantin Reliu learned in January that he was dead.

UPDATED: Tue., March 13, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Turkish forces surround Kurdish town in northern Syria

Turkey said Tuesday its troops and allied Syrian fighters have encircled the Kurdish-held town of Afrin in northern Syria, putting hundreds of thousands of civilians under siege and marking a …

Turkey’s parliament debates changes to electoral laws

Turkey’s parliament on Monday began debating a set of changes to the country’s electoral laws which critics say are unconstitutional, designed to help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidate power and …

UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Plane flying from UAE to Turkey crashes in Iran, killing 11

A Turkish private jet flying from the United Arab Emirates to Istanbul with at least 11 people on board crashed Sunday night in a mountainous region of Iran during a …

Turkey detains 4 IS suspects in probe of U.S. embassy threat

Turkish police detained four Islamic State suspects as part of an investigation into a possible attack on the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the country’s state-run news agency reported on Monday.

UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 10:58 a.m.

Turkey tightens its grip on Syrian Kurdish enclave

Turkey’s prime minister said Saturday that Turkish troops have captured a strategic village in the Kurdish-held enclave in northwestern Syria, tightening its grip on Kurdish militia in the sixth week …

Czechs release Syrian Kurdish politician, angering Turkey

A Czech court ruled on Tuesday that the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party detained by authorities in Prague will be released from detention despite Turkey’s request for his …

Turkey formally requests Syrian Kurdish leader’s extradition

Turkey has submitted documents to the Czech authorities formally requesting the extradition of the former leader of a Syrian Kurdish party, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday.

UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

Turkey warns it may hit Syrian troops in Kurdish enclave

Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 3:31 p.m.

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria’s state-run …

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Tillerson tries to soothe badly strained relations with Turkey

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for more than three hours Thursday in what both sides predicted would be two days of difficult talks …

Turkish shelling near hospital in northern Syria kills 1

Shells hit the center of a Syrian Kurdish enclave on Tuesday where Turkey is carrying out an offensive, landing near the area’s only hospital and killing one person, the hospital …