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Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

In Washington, a State Department spokesman reiterated the longstanding US policy that considers the PKK “to be a terrorist organisation.”

A child cries as Syrians arrive at the Bab al-Salam border crossing with Turkey, in Syria, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Thousands of Syrians have rushed toward the Turkish border, fleeing fierce Syrian government offensives and intense Russian airstrikes. Turkey has promised humanitarian help for the displaced civilians, including food and shelter, but it did not say whether it would let them cross into the country. (AP Photo/Bunyamin Aygun) TURKEY OUT

Reaching limits but will keep taking in refugees: Turkey

The governor for the Turkish border province of Kilis said Saturday that Turkey would provide aid to the displaced within Syria, but would only open the gates in the event of an “extraordinary crisis.”

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In this photo provided by Turkey's Islamic aid group of IHH, Syrians fleeing the conflicts in Azaz region, congregate at the Bab al-Salam border gate, Syria, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Turkish officials say thousands of Syrians have massed on the Syrian side of the border seeking refuge in Turkey. Officials at the government’s crisis management agency said Friday it was not clear when Turkey would open the border to allow the group in and start processing them. The refugees who fled bombing in Aleppo, were waiting at the Bab al-Salam crossing, opposite the Turkish province of Kilis.(IHH via AP)

Turkish border crossing closed as Syrians flee govt offensive

The United Nations said some 20,000 people have gathered at the Bab al-Salam crossing, hoping to reach Turkey, which already hosts more than two million refugees from the bloody conflict.

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Members of the Greek Red Cross and other volunteers help migrants and refugees to disembark from an inflatable boat after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Lesbos, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. More than 850,000 people, most fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan, entered Greece by sea in 2015, according to the UNHCR, and already in 2016, some 35,455 people have arrived despite plunging winter temperatures. (AP Photo/Mstyslav Chernov)

33 Greece-bound migrants drown off Turkish coast

The International Organization for Migration says 218 people have died this year while trying to cross by sea from Turkey to Greece.

Turkish police officers search for evidence as schoolchildren look on, at a school in the mainly-Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Suspected Kurdish militants hurled a hand-made explosive device at the school, injuring five students, officials said. Fighting between the PKK and the security forces reignited in July, shattering a two-year old peace process that had aimed to end the three-decade old conflict which has killed tens of thousands of people. (Depo Photos via AP) TURKEY OUT

Blast at Turkish school injures 5 students

Turkey’s security forces are fighting militants linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in Diyarbakir’s historic Sur district. Authorities are enforcing a 24-hour curfew in Sur as the security forces press ahead with large-scale operations to rout out the militants.

FILE - In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. Despite the atrocities that made it notorious, the Islamic State group depicts itself as bringing a reign of justice and equality for Muslims under its radical version of Shariah law. But Syrians who have escaped its rule say public disillusionment is growing with jihadi fighters who have become an elite class. (AP Photo, File)

Islamic State’s double standards sow growing disillusion

Syrians who have recently escaped the Islamic State group’s rule say public disillusionment is growing as IS has failed to live up to its promises to install a utopian “Islamic” rule of justice, equality and good governance.

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Five killed, 39 wounded in car bomb attack in southeast Turkey

Kurdish militants launched a car bomb attack on a police complex in southeast Turkey’s Diyarbakir province

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One person detained in connection with Istanbul suicide attack

On Wednesday, Turkish police also arrested 13 suspected IS militants, including three Russian nationals, a day after the bombing in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district.

Policemen install security barriers at the historic Sultanahmet district, which is popular with tourists, after an explosion in Istanbul, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. Turkish media reports say several people have been injured in the explosion. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

10 dead, 15 wounded in Istanbul tourist district explosion

Police sealed the area, barring people from approaching in case of a second explosion.

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Turkey slams Iranian reports linking Erdogan to execution

A Foreign Ministry statement released late Thursday says Turkey protested reports suggesting that the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was linked to Erdogan’s recent visit to Riyadh.

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Turkey warns Saudi-Iran tensions will hurt ‘powder keg’ region

“The region is already a powder keg,” Kurtulmus, who is also the government spokesman, said after a cabinet meeting, quoted by the Anatolia news agency.

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Iraq FM tells Turkey to pull out of north, threatens action

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari said Wednesday that Baghdad will continue to pursue peaceful means, but that if there is no other solution and if “fighting is imposed on us, we will consider it to protect our sovereignty.”

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Turkey’s Erdogan: “Clear provocation” from pro-Kurdish HDP leader

Erdogan’s broadside at HDP chief Selahattin Demirtas could further widen the gulf between the government and the Kurdish opposition.

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How to make Roasted Maple Turkey this New Year’s Eve

Move over Chicken Tikkas and Mutton Burras this New Year’s Eve. Try something different in the kitchen before the year ends.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, takes Vezir Cakras by hand while speaking on his mobile phone inside his car stationed over the Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015. Erdogan’s office says the Turkish president has talked Cakras out of jumping off a bridge to commit suicide. Television footage on Friday showed Erdogan’s motorcade stopping over Istanbul’s Bosporus Bridge where a man was apparently contemplating jumping off. An official from Erdogan’s office told the Associated Press that Vezir Cakras was depressed because of “family issues.” (Yasin Bulbul, Presidential Press Service Pool via AP Photo )

Turkish President Erdogan talks a man out of jumping off bridge

Erdogan promised to help, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations