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PKK Leader Says Ready for New Turkey Ceasefire

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is ready for a new ceasefire with the Turkish authorities despite almost three months of deadly violence, one of its leaders told AFP in an interview at its stronghold in northern Iraq.

The PKK, which since 1984 has waged an armed struggle for autonomy and greater rights for Kurds in Turkey, declared a ceasefire in March 2013.

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Erdogan's Son 'Moves to Italy', Denies Fleeing Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's son Bilal on Wednesday said he had temporarily moved to Italy to complete his doctoral studies but denied fleeing Turkey after being implicated in a corruption scandal.

Bilal was one of the main protagonists implicated in corruption allegations that exploded in December 2013 against the president's inner circle and were bitterly denied by Erdogan, then premier.

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Erdogan Irate as Putin Tears up Turkey's Syria Blueprint

The Russian air campaign in Syria has thrown an immense obstacle in the way of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's vision for the future of the country, enraging the Turkish leader and leaving Ankara increasingly sidelined.

Russia's air strikes are aimed at propping up the regime of President Bashar Assad, the very ruler who Turkey has for years insisted must be ousted if there is to be any solution to the Syrian crisis.

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Turkey PM Says 'only Two' Russia Strikes aimed at IS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu Wednesday said only two Russian air strikes in Syria had targeted Islamic State jihadists and warned that Ankara would not make any concessions about the security of its borders.

His comments came after Russian warplanes twice violated the airspace of key NATO member Turkey in the last days.

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NATO Head Says Russia's Turkey Air Violations 'not an Accident'

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that Russian violations of Turkish airspace were "not an accident" after Turkey complained of two incursions by Moscow's jets.

"For us, this does not look like an accident, it is a serious violation," Stoltenberg told reporters at NATO headquarters in Brussels ahead of a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers later this week.

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Turkey's Erdogan, EU's Tusk Say they Discussed Syria 'Safe Zone'

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU head Donald Tusk said Monday they had discussed Ankara's controversial plan for a safe zone cleared of Islamic State jihadist fighters in northern Syria.

"The European Union is ready to take up all issues with Turkey so we also discussed a possible buffer zone in Syria," Tusk said after meeting Erdogan for talks in Brussels dominated by the migrant crisis and the Syrian conflict.

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Turkey Warns Russia over Air Space Violations from Syria

Turkey warned Russia on Monday against violations of its airspace by warplanes straying over the border from Syria, as NATO called an emergency meeting over the "unacceptable" intrusion.

Ankara, a NATO member, protested to Moscow after its F-16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter plane that violated its air space near the Syrian border over the weekend, forcing it to turn back.

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Woman Killed on Busy Istanbul Street in 'Suicide Pact'

A Turkish woman was killed and her male partner badly wounded in an apparent double suicide bid on Istanbul's best known shopping street, reports said Saturday.

The woman, Zeren Buke Toku, and her partner, Nazif Tugrul Saglam, sat on a pavement on the bustling Istiklal Avenue, where several other young people were out late Saturday, some drinking and others making music, Dogan news agency reported.

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Erdogan Urges Putin to Change Mind over Syria Bombing

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to reconsider Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria, accusing the Russian military of turning a blind eye to the killing of dozens of civilians.

Speaking in an interview with Al-Jazeera Arabic, Erdogan expressed anger that whereas Moscow had informed Ankara it would be attacking Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, it had in fact targeted moderate Syrian rebels.

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Turkey Accuses Russia of Hitting Syria Rebels to Bolster Regime

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday accused Russia of targeting moderate Syrian rebels in its air strikes in Syria to prop up the regime of President Bashar Assad.

Speaking to Turkish reporters on his plane as he returned from the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Davutoglu rejected Moscow's insistence that its campaign of air strikes launched this week was aimed at Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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