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100,000 Syrians Trapped as IS Advances near Turkish Border

At least 100,000 people were trapped Friday along Syria's border with Turkey after the Islamic State group swept through rebel territory in Aleppo province, rights groups and activists said.

The shock IS advance on two rebel-held towns came as the jihadist group is facing an offensive further east in its own heartland of Raqa province.

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Turkey Enraged by 'Unacceptable' U.S. Backing of Kurdish Militia

Turkey on Friday accused its NATO ally the United States of "unacceptable" behavior after U.S. commandos in Syria were pictured assisting a Kurdish militia that is branded a terror group by Ankara and even wearing their insignia.

The scathing accusations of "hypocrisy" and "double standards" leveled by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu came after an AFP photographer saw U.S. troops in Syria wearing insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

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Turkey Party Seeks Constitutional Change to Boost Erdogan

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is seeking a quick revision to the constitution that would allow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to renew his party political activity, sources said on Friday.

Erdogan, one of the founders of the Islamic-rooted AKP, had to cut his ties with the party and step down as its leader when he became president in August 2014 to obey constitutional rules that the president should be politically neutral.

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Merkel Says 'not Worried' about EU-Turkey Migrant Deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of migrants to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.

"I am not worried," Merkel told reporters. "Maybe some issues will require more time, but in principle we, for our part, will stick to the agreement."

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Incoming Turkey PM Unveils New Cabinet Lineup, EU Minister Switched

Turkey's incoming Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday unveiled his new cabinet line-up two days after being given a mandate by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with most key ministers keeping their jobs but the EU minister switched.

The new cabinet is packed with Erdogan loyalists following the resignation of outgoing premier Ahmet Davutoglu, but contained fewer radical changes than some had predicted.

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Merkel Says Told Erdogan of 'Deep Concern' over Lifting of MPs' Immunity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said she had told Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of her "deep concern" over a law lifting immunity for Turkish lawmakers that critics believe is aimed at evicting pro-Kurdish lawmakers from parliament.

"Of course, the lifting of the immunity of one quarter of the deputies is a source of deep concern. I expressed this to the Turkish president and we discussed these questions very openly," she said.

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Turkey Could Suspend EU Deals, Warns Erdogan Advisor

Turkey could make "radical decisions" and suspend all of its agreements with the European Union, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday.

"We do not expect anything from them (EU)," Yigit Bulut, who advises the president on the economy, told the state-run TRT Haber television.

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Leaders Seek to Defy Skeptics at Istanbul Humanitarian Summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the burden of handling the world's crises should be better shared, as leaders and aid groups sought to defy skeptics at an unprecedented aid summit in Istanbul.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon gathered over 60 heads of state and government with top NGOs at the summit, aiming to better keep conflicts from erupting and ensure legal retribution for those guilty of humanitarian crimes.

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Turkey's Incoming PM Working on New Cabinet

Turkey's incoming premier Binali Yildirim said Monday he was working on a new cabinet after being handed the task by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, without saying when the new lineup would be announced.

"It is not the first time a government is formed in Turkey. A list of the cabinet is being prepared," he told reporters in Ankara.

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Incoming Turkey PM Calls on EU to End 'Confusion' over Membership Bid

Turkey's incoming prime minister Binali Yildirim on Sunday told the European Union it was time to end the "confusion" about Ankara's long-standing membership bid as well as the landmark deal on migrants.

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