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Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun election

Turkey: Key facts in Istanbul's rerun electionTurkey’s top election authority voided the first vote, which an opposition candidate narrowly won. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party challenged the March 31 vote, alleging irregularities. The election is taking place again because Turkey’s electoral board ordered a rerun after ruling in favor of the governing party, on the grounds that some officials overseeing the vote were not civil servants as required by law.



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U.S. cannot unilaterally remove Turkey from F-35 program: Turkish defense official

U.S. cannot unilaterally remove Turkey from F-35 program: Turkish defense officialThe United States cannot unilaterally remove Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program as the partnership agreement does not allow it, Turkey’s head of Defense Industries Directorate said on Friday. “No single country can say they don’t want you and then remove you from the program,” Ismail Demir told reporters. Ankara and Washington have been at loggerheads for months over Turkey’s planned purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense system.



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The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturally

The Latest: Turkey president says Morsi didn't die naturallyTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he doesn’t believe that Egypt’s former president Mohammed Morsi died of natural causes. Erdogan made the comments Tuesday at an Istanbul mosque, where hundreds held funeral prayers for Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president who was ousted by the military in 2013.



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Turkey detains 9 people over attack on main opposition leader

Turkey detains 9 people over attack on main opposition leaderTurkey has arrested nine people, including a member of the ruling AK Party, after the country’s main opposition leader was punched and his car was stoned at a soldier’s funeral at the weekend, the interior minister said on Monday. Kilicdaroglu was attacked on Sunday as he attended a funeral in a northern district of Ankara for a soldier killed in clashes with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants. The incident took place after his Republican People’s Party (CHP) defeated President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party in March 31 mayoral elections in the capital Ankara and Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, painful losses for the ruling party.



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Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'

Turkey says US move against Iran Guards creates 'instability'Turkey on Tuesday condemned the US move to designate Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards a “terrorist group”, saying the decision would create “instability” in the region. Washington’s move against the Revolutionary Guards was the first time that the United States has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group. “These kinds of decisions will pave the way for instability in our region,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara.



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Turkey says "irresponsible' Netanyahu cannot change West Bank status

Turkey says "irresponsible' Netanyahu cannot change West Bank statusTurkey on Sunday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “irresponsible” for saying he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins Tuesday’s election. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war, was Palestinian territory and Israel’s occupation violated international law.



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Turkey slams Netanyahu's 'irresponsible' remarks on settlements

Turkey slams Netanyahu's 'irresponsible' remarks on settlementsTurkey on Sunday condemned what it called Benjamin Netanyahu’s “irresponsible” remarks after the Israeli leader said he planned to annex settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins upcoming elections. “West Bank is Palestinian territory occupied by Israel in violation of int’l law,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter. Netanyahu’s comments on Saturday came just days before the closely fought polls on Tuesday and was widely seen as an appeal to rightwing voters, who do not believe in the feasibility of a peace agreement with the Palestinians.



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Turkey says 'irresponsible' Netanyahu cannot change West Bank status

Turkey says 'irresponsible' Netanyahu cannot change West Bank statusTurkey on Sunday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “irresponsible” for saying he would annex Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank if he wins Tuesday’s election. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the West Bank, which Israel seized in the 1967 Middle East war, was Palestinian territory and Israel’s occupation violated international law.



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How a Russian S-400 Could Shoot Down an F-35 (Thanks to Turkey)

How a Russian S-400 Could Shoot Down an F-35 (Thanks to Turkey)Russian and American technology don't mix.



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Turkey expands Istanbul vote recount after ruling party challenges losses

Turkey expands Istanbul vote recount after ruling party challenges lossesErdogan’s AK Party said it would also demand a wider check on votes across the capital Ankara – which initial results suggested it also narrowly lost in Sunday’s vote in a major blow to the establishment. On Wednesday, Turkey’s High Election Board had ordered a full recount in three of Istanbul’s 39 districts and a recount of just invalid ballots in 15 districts after an appeal from Erdogan’s AKP.



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