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Turkey, Switzerland Deport Syria-bound French Citizens

Turkish authorities have detained and then deported a French national who arrived in the country seeking to join jihadists in Syria, an official said Friday.

The man, identified only as B.T., had landed Thursday night at Sabiha Gokcen airport in Istanbul on a flight from Milan, the Turkish official, who asked not to be named, told AFP.

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Davutoglu Says Suspect in Bombing of Pro-Kurdish Party Tied to Far Left

Twin bomb attacks on the offices of Turkey's pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) were carried out by a militant linked to an ultra-leftist group, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Thursday.

Davutoglu said a suspect had been identified as having links to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C) although no one has been arrested over the attacks on Monday on HDP's regional headquarters in the southern cities of Adana and Mersin. 

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Top Turkish Newspaper Fined for Insulting Erdogan

An Ankara court on Thursday fined one of Turkey's top newspapers for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a column, as tensions between government and media grow ahead of June 7 elections.

The court deemed that the August 25, 2014 column by one of the star commentators on the Hurriyet daily, Mehmet Yilmaz, was an "attack on the personal rights" of Erdogan.

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Report: Ibrahim in Turkey this Week after Positive Developments on Hostages

General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim is expected to visit Istanbul this week to meet with Qatar's envoy who is mediating the release of Lebanese servicemen taken captive by jihadists, al-Mustaqbal newspaper reported on Thursday.

His trip would come after encouraging signs emerged following the meeting of the crisis cell on the fate of the soldiers and policemen who were taken hostage by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front fighters from the northeastern border town of Arsal in August last year.

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Top Advisor Has 'Two Guns, 100s of Bullets' to Defend Erdogan

A senior advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he would personally defend the head of state with his own weapons and ammunition, as political tensions intensify ahead of June 7 elections.

"I have two licensed guns and hundreds of bullets which I've had for years because of my rights," Yigit Bulut, chief economic advisor to Erdogan, told a live show broadcast on state-run TRT Haber late Tuesday.

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Turkey Opposition Accuses Government of Sending Arms to Syria

Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu on Wednesday accused the government of delivering arms to Islamist rebels in Syria, pledging to seal the border to such traffic if he came to power.

Turkey has been under fire for allegedly shipping arms to insurgents fighting to bring down the regime of President Bashar al-Assad -- charges vehemently denied by Ankara.

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European Nations Synchronize Laws on Islamist 'Foreign Fighters'

Ministers from 47 European nations agreed for the first time Tuesday to harmonize their laws to stop so-called foreign fighters travelling to Iraq and Syria to join jihadist groups.

The agreement by the Council of Europe, a pan-European rights group which includes the EU but also takes in countries such as Russia and Turkey, will make cross-border tracking and prosecutions easier.

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Twin Blasts Rock Offices of Turkey's Kurdish Party

Twin bomb attacks on Monday hit the regional headquarters of Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party in two cities, injuring more than half a dozen people and escalating tensions ahead of June 7 legislative elections.

Six people were injured in the blast at the office of the People's Democratic Party (HDP) in the southern city of Adana caused by a suspect parcel, three of them seriously, a party official told AFP.

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Turkey Arrests 7 Soldiers in 'Syria Arms Consignment' Case

A Turkish court on Sunday remanded in custody seven serving soldiers accused over the interception last year of an alleged consignment of arms bound for Syria, state media said.

Following police raids in previous days, a total of 10 soldiers appeared before the Istanbul criminal court, the Anatolia news agency reported.

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Egypt Restricts Women Traveling to Turkey

Egypt has imposed restrictions on female citizens traveling to Turkey, police said Sunday, months after introducing similar measures for men to stop them joining the Islamic State jihadist group.

Women aged 18 to 40 are now required to obtain security clearance before going to Turkey, a senior police officer told AFP, without specifying why.

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