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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect trained in Afghanistan, official says | Fox News

Istanbul nightclub shooting suspect trained in Afghanistan, official says
Published January 17, 2017 FoxNews.com

The terror suspect accused in the shooting rampage at a nightclub in Istanbul early on New Year's Day trained in Afghanistan before traveling to Turkey and launching his attack, a Turkish official announced Tuesday, hours after police finally pulled the bloodied man from the home where he'd been hiding.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured - BBC News

Istanbul Reina nightclub attack suspect captured

Turkish police have arrested the main suspect in the New Year's Eve attack on an exclusive nightclub in Istanbul after a huge manhunt.

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Is Turkey still pursuing an Islamist foreign policy? - SEMİH İDİZ

Is Turkey still pursuing an Islamist foreign policy?

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) remain Islamist at heart. This is more apparent today in Turkey’s domestic rather than its foreign policy though. In its foreign policy, there is a clear shift toward pragmatism.

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Istanbul Nightclub Attack Involved Intelligence Organization: Turkey - NBC News

Istanbul Nightclub Attack Involved Intelligence Organization: Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — The mass shooting at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve was carried out professionally with the involvement of an intelligence organization, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday.

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Review: ‘The New Turkey and its Discontents’

Review: ‘The New Turkey and its Discontents’

by: Review by Siona Jenkins

In the heady days of 2012, when Egypt’s revolution had yet to turn sour, a member of the former royal family surprised me by saying that a Muslim Brotherhood government would be a good thing. “Look at Turkey,” he said, describing how the moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) had grown the economy and improved living standards without destroying secular culture. This, he said, was the new model for the region.

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These three charts will help you understand Turkey's recent terrorist attacks | 90.5 WESA

These three charts will help you understand Turkey's recent terrorist attacks
By Kuang Keng Kuek Ser

The attack inside an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day is the latest episode in a string of brutal terrorist attacks in Turkey, where terrorism has spiked since 2012. In 2016, 484 died in attacks, making it Turkey's deadliest year in this century for such violence, according to data compiled by media reports.

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Turkey's sweeping presidential reforms clear first parliament vote | EUROPE ONLINE

Turkey's sweeping presidential reforms clear first parliament vote
Europe

Istanbul (dpa) - The Turkish parliament on Sunday gave its first approval to 18 constitutional amendments that grant expansive powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The lawmakers must wait at least 48-hours before voting a second and final time on the legislation, which would change Turkey from a parliamentary system to a presidential one.

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Kyrgyzstan plane crash: Dozens die as Turkish cargo jet hits homes - BBC News

Kyrgyzstan plane crash: Dozens die as Turkish cargo jet hits homes

A Turkish cargo plane flying from Hong Kong has crashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan, killing all four crew and at least 33 people on the ground.

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The Economist explains: Will Cyprus be reunified? | The Economist

Will Cyprus be reunified?
Jan 15th 2017, 23:56 by T.N.

THE formal split of Cyprus dates to Turkey’s invasion of the island in 1974, which followed a Greece-inspired coup aimed at enosis (union with Greece). Since then Cyprus has been divided between the Greek-Cypriot republic in the south, a full member of the UN and the European Union; and the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, recognised only by Turkey. Periodic attempts to reunify Cyprus have floundered, most recently in 2004 when the so-called Annan plan was backed by Turkish-Cypriot voters but rejected by three-quarters of the Greek-Cypriot majority. But since 2015 the leaders of the two communities have stepped up efforts to produce a fresh agreement they can sell to their voters. UN-brokered talks in Geneva broke up last week without a deal, but hopes remain high that the two sides will resolve their outstanding disagreements in time to hold dual referendums in the summer. Will Cyprus be reunified?

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Turkey's last elections?

Turkey's last elections?

The parliament in Ankara is manoeuvring itself into checkmate as it prepares to grant the president unlimited power. Erdogan is thus going forward with his plan to rebuild the state – in a spine-chilling manner. Commentary by Bulent Mumay

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Istanbul nightclub attack said to involve intelligence organisation - Culture & Society - ArabianBusiness.com

Istanbul nightclub attack said to involve intelligence organisation

Seven Saudi citizens, three Lebanese and a Kuwaiti citizen were among the 39 killed in the attack.

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