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Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogan's party appeals loss

Turkey recounts Istanbul votes after Erdogan's party appeals lossTurkish electoral authorities on Wednesday recounted votes in more than a dozen Istanbul districts after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP challenged results giving the opposition a narrow victory in a weekend election. The AKP won most votes nationwide in Sunday’s municipal ballot, but tallies also showed the party lost the capital Ankara and the country’s economic hub Istanbul in one of its worst setbacks in a decade and a half in power. AKP officials on Tuesday filed a challenge with electoral authorities saying they had found irregularities in ballots in both Ankara and Istanbul.



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U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from Russia

U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from RussiaU.S. officials told their Turkish counterparts they will not receive further shipments of F-35 related equipment needed to prepare for the arrival of the stealthy jet, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed the Reuters report that the equipment delivery had been stopped. “Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to forgo delivery of the S-400, deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability have been suspended,” Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement.



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U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from Russia

U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from RussiaU.S. officials told their Turkish counterparts they will not receive further shipments of F-35 related equipment needed to prepare for the arrival of the stealthy jet, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed the Reuters report that the equipment delivery had been stopped. “Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to forgo delivery of the S-400, deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability have been suspended,” Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement.



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US suspends F-35 program deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

US suspends F-35 program deliveries to Turkey over Russian armsThe United States said Monday it was halting all deliveries and joint work with Turkey on the F-35 fighter jet program after the NATO ally insisted on a major arms purchase from Russia. After months of warnings, the United States said that Turkey’s decision to buy Russia’s S-400 missile system was incompatible with remaining part of the emblematic US warplane program. “Until they forgo delivery of the S-400, the United States has suspended deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability,” Pentagon chief spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. said.



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U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from Russia

U.S. halts F-35 equipment to Turkey, protests its plans to buy from RussiaU.S. officials told their Turkish counterparts they will not receive further shipments of F-35 related equipment needed to prepare for the arrival of the stealthy jet, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Monday. The Pentagon confirmed the Reuters report that the equipment delivery had been stopped. “Pending an unequivocal Turkish decision to forgo delivery of the S-400, deliveries and activities associated with the stand-up of Turkey’s F-35 operational capability have been suspended,” Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Mike Andrews, a Defense Department spokesman, said in a statement.



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The Latest: Election observers urge Turkey to honor results

The Latest: Election observers urge Turkey to honor resultsISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's local elections (all times local):



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Putin to Iran, Turkey: We should not tolerate militants in Syria's Idlib

Putin to Iran, Turkey: We should not tolerate militants in Syria's IdlibSOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday told his Turkish and Iranian counterparts that the presence of what he called terrorist groups in Syria's Idlib region should not be tolerated. Putin was speaking at a summit he is hosting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the future of Syria with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Moscow has complained that Islamist militants who used to belong to the Nusra Front group are now in control of much of Idlib and wants military action to drive them out. …



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The Latest: Russia, Turkey, Iran: Idlib needs to stabilizing

The Latest: Russia, Turkey, Iran: Idlib needs to stabilizingBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local):



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China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet diedChina hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara’s claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an “absurd lie”. Turkey’s foreign ministry had released a statement on Saturday severely criticising China’s mass detentions of its Turkic-speaking Uighurs, and claiming that poet Abdurehim Heyit had died serving an eight-year Chinese prison sentence imposed as punishment over “one of his songs”. “China has made solemn representations toward Turkey.



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China condemns Turkey over claim of famed musician's death

China condemns Turkey over claim of famed musician's deathBEIJING (AP) — Beijing on Monday condemned Turkey over its claim that a celebrated musician from China's Turkic Muslim Uighur ethnic group has died in custody, releasing a brief video clip that it said proved he was alive and in good health.



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