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1 Jun 2019 | 12:55 AM

Concern deepens in Turkey over U.S. sanctions for Russia missile system

ANKARA (Reuters) - The looming threat of U.S. sanctions and a wider rupture with Western allies over Turkey's purchase of Russian air defences is raising concern in Ankara, two Turkish officials said, despite public insistence the deal will go ahead as planned.

30 May 2019 | 11:26 PM

Opinion polls show ousted Istanbul mayor leading ahead of re-run vote

ANKARA (Reuters) - Istanbul's ousted opposition mayor is leading President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party candidate by three percentage points ahead of next month's re-run mayoral election, according to an opinion poll conducted for the AKP campaign.

22 May 2019 | 3:53 PM

Turkey preparing for possible U.S. sanctions over S-400s - minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's defence minister said it was preparing for potential U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defence systems, even while he said there was some improvement in talks with the United States over buying F-35 fighter jets.

22 May 2019 | 2:16 PM

Turkey says it will not withdraw posts in Syria after government attacks

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will not evacuate its military observation post in northern Syria's Idlib, the last rebel stronghold in the region, after a suspected Syrian government attack this month, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said.

16 May 2019 | 10:49 PM

Turkey's election board under pressure to explain Istanbul vote annulment

ANKARA (Reuters) - Ten days after it annulled Turkey's most dramatic election upset in years, the country's electoral authority faces a barrage of questions from opposition parties who say there was no legal basis to cancel the vote.

5 May 2019 | 4:14 AM

Damascus presses Idlib attack, artillery hits Turkish position

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their Russian allies pounded the rebel-held northwest of Syria with air strikes on Saturday, sources in the area said, as artillery hit a Turkish military position there, underlining the risk of wider escalation.

1 May 2019 | 8:40 PM

Istanbul election results divide Erdogan and nationalist allies

ANKARA (Reuters) - A month after local elections which saw it lose control of Turkey's two largest cities, officials in President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party are questioning an alliance with nationalists which some blame for one of its biggest electoral setbacks.

22 Apr 2019 | 9:07 PM

Former Turkish PM Davutoglu sharply criticises Erdogan's AK Party

ANKARA (Reuters) - A former prime minister and close ally of President Tayyip Erdogan strongly criticised the ruling AK Party on Monday, blaming policy changes and an alliance with nationalists for its poor performance in Turkey's local elections last month.

19 Apr 2019 | 9:34 PM

Turkey arrests suspected spies for UAE, investigating Khashoggi link

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has arrested two suspects who confessed to spying on Arab nationals for the United Arab Emirates, and is investigating whether the arrival in Turkey of one of them was related to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official said on Friday.

19 Apr 2019 | 4:38 PM

Turkey pins hopes on Trump to avoid sanctions over Russia missile deal

ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Turkey's hopes of avoiding punishing U.S. sanctions over its purchase of a Russian air defence system appear increasingly pinned on intervention from Donald Trump, but the president has little leeway to counter Ankara's many critics in Washington.