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Erdogan Welcomes Controversial Move to Re-Run Istanbul Vote

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday welcomed an order to re-run the recent Istanbul election, a move the opposition has branded an attack on democracy.

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Berlin Brands Istanbul Vote Re-Run 'Incomprehensible'

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday criticised plans to re-run Istanbul's mayoral election as "not transparent and incomprehensible to us".

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Opposition to Discuss Roadmap after Istanbul Vote Re-Run Order

The Turkish opposition candidate stripped off his mayoral post after a controversial order to re-run the Istanbul vote was holding talks with his party leader on Tuesday to discuss strategy.

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U.S. Urges Turkey against Drilling off Cyprus

US officials pressed Turkey on Sunday against going forward with plans to start exploratory drilling for oil and gas off Cyprus, labeled as illegal by the European Union.

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Turkish Police Block Armenian 'Genocide' Rally in Istanbul

Turkish police on Wednesday blocked protesters trying to hold a commemoration in Istanbul of the 1915 massacres and forced deportation of Armenians.

Troops from the Ottoman Empire -- which preceded modern-day Turkey -- were responsible for mass killing of Armenians, but Turkey has always denied that the incident amounted to genocide.

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Turkey Police Arrest Ruling Party Member, Five Others after Attack on Opposition Chief

Turkish police on Monday arrested six people, including a member of the ruling AKP party, after an attack on opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, local media and party officials said.

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Turkey Says Understands NATO Concerns over Russian Missile Deal

Turkey is "taking into account" NATO concerns over its Russian missile deal, the country's foreign minister said on Friday, in more conciliatory remarks over a purchase stoking tensions between Washington and Ankara.

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Turkey Freezes Assets of Senior Yemeni Huthi Militias

Turkey has frozen assets of three senior Yemeni Huthi militia leaders in line with UN Security Council sanctions against the rebels, the state's official gazette said on Thursday.

The UN imposed sanctions in 2014 on the Huthi leadership and then Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh, who was forced out in 2012 and blacklisted for obstructing peace by later backing the Shiite militia after it seized power in Sanaa.

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Turkey Eyes U.S. Sanctions Waivers on Iran Oil, Russia Arms

Turkey "expects" the Trump administration to grant it waivers from U.S. sanctions related to its purchases of Iranian oil and Russian air defenses, a top aide to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Presidential spokesman and senior adviser Ibrahim Kalin told a news conference he couldn't be certain that the waivers would be granted. But, he said Turkey had made a strong case that should be heeded.

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Turkish Defense Minister Makes Unannounced Visit to Pentagon

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held unannounced talks with acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan Tuesday amid tensions over Ankara's plans to buy a Russian missile defense system and its threat to attack Kurdish fighters in Syria.

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