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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Turkey, US discuss Syria buffer zone as Manbij attack kills American troops

Turkey, US discuss Syria buffer zone as Manbij attack kills American troops

Jasper Mortimer January 16, 2019

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Russia's foreign minister calls for Syrian control of areas after US withdrawal; IS suicide bomber kills 16 in Manbij; more worries expressed about election fairness in Turkey.

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Lira on a Tear as Central Bank Plays It Safe Before March Vote - Bloomberg

Lira on a Tear as Central Bank Plays It Safe Before March Vote
By Cagan Koc
and Constantine Courcoulas
January 16, 2019, 6:01 AM EST Updated on January 16, 2019, 9:38 AM EST

Turkish lira traders have plenty of risks to navigate over the next few months but the prospect of a central bank misstep before elections in March may no longer be one of them.

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Museum Selfie Day marked in Turkey - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Museum Selfie Day marked in Turkey
Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-16 22:41:14|Editor: yan

ISTANBUL, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Wednesday marked "Museum Selfie Day" by allowing photo taking in more than 300 museums and ancient sites across the country for the first time.

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Turkish opposition cries foul as 165-year-old registered to vote in March elections | Ahval

Turkish opposition cries foul as 165-year-old registered to vote in March elections

Over 6,000 people in Turkey over the age of 100 are listed as voters ahead of March local elections, including one 148-year-old, one aged 149, and another aged 165, according to the main opposition party, which has presented a report listing what it called a series of irregularities to the electoral supervisory body, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported .

The secularist main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) applied to the Supreme Election Board (YSK) to extend the period of voter registration due to reports of irregularities across the country. The board declined the request and voter registration for the local elections will be completed on Thursday.

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Venezuela, Turkey using gold to evade U.S. sanctions | Miami Herald

Venezuela, Turkey using gold to evade U.S. sanctions

By Imdat Oner

January 15, 2019 07:05 PM,

Almost three years ago, Reza Zarrab, an Iranian-Turkish gold trader, was arrested at Miami International Airport by FBI agents. Zarrab was accused of executing “gas-for-gold” transactions with Iran, which helped Tehran circumvent U.S. sanctions intended to halt its nuclear program. He pleaded guilty and decided to cooperate with the U.S.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Erdogan wants to revive cannabis production, and Turkish Islamists love it | Middle East Eye

Erdogan wants to revive cannabis production, and Turkish Islamists love it
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President hopes reviving the industry will signal high times ahead for Turkey's economy and environment

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AKP voters increasingly unhappy with Turkish economy | Ahval

AKP voters increasingly unhappy with Turkish economy

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has stayed in power for 17 years by creating one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, but the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is now facing its toughest test yet: economic trouble.

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Kurds in Turkey unite to take aim at Ankara in elections

Kurds in Turkey unite to take aim at Ankara in elections

Fehim Tastekin January 15, 2019

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Saying they have taken enough abuse, Kurds in Turkey have formed an alliance to strengthen their standing in upcoming elections.

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Ankara's east-Euphrates vision more dream than plan

Ankara's east-Euphrates vision more dream than plan

Kadri Gursel January 15, 2019

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As the US withdrawal raises the specter of a power vacuum in Syrian territory east of the Euphrates River, Ankara is too anxious about Damascus filling the void to come up with rational solutions.

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U.S. Allies in Syria Claim 'There Is No Withdrawal' and It's 'Merely a Media Decision' As Donald Trump Talks to Turkey

U.S. Allies in Syria Claim 'There Is No Withdrawal' and It's 'Merely a Media Decision' As Donald Trump Talks to Turkey
By Tom O'Connor On 1/14/19 at 1:38 PM

A representative for the Pentagon's top partner in Syria has denied reports that the United States has begun pulling troops out of the war-torn country as part of President Donald Trump's withdrawal decision.

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