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U.S. arrest awakens ghosts of Turkey’s Iran-gold scandal that implicated Erdogan

Reza Zarrab, a dual citizen of Turkey and his native Iran, arrives at a police station in Istanbul in December 2013.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Charles Recknagel, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Night-time police raids in Istanbul. Reports of shoe boxes stuffed with $4.5 million in cash hidden in the home of a Turkish state bank head, plus a money-counting […]

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Both U.S., Russia strengthening engagement with Kurdish forces in Syria

A new deployment of 250 U.S. troops to Syria will consist mainly of Army Green Berets.

Special to WorldTribune.com A deployment of largely Army Green Berets will join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Obama administration officials confirmed on April 24. The Green Berets are among a group of 250 […]

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Dutch journalist who criticized Turkey’s Erdogan, can’t leave country; Embassy email orders reports on insults

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey is continuing its all-out assault on anyone who insults its thin-skinned president. In the latest incident, a Dutch journalist who referred to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a “dictator” was detained while on holiday in […]

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EU’s Tusk: Turkey’s Erdogan needs thicker skin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan needs to chill out and grow a thicker skin when it comes to criticism against him, the European Union’s Donald Tusk said. “The line between criticism, insult and defamation is very thin […]

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Turkish firms eye consortium to transport Israeli gas to Europe

Israeli gas drilling platform in the Tamar field.  /Delek/Avner

Special to WorldTribune.com A group of Turkish firms plan to form a consortium that will ultimately deliver Israeli natural gas throughout Europe. The 15 Turkish companies hope to help transport up to eight billion cubic meters (BCM) of Israeli gas […]

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500 on overcrowded boat from Libya said lost at sea

Mowlid Isman, 28, from Somalia, left, speaks as Muaz Mahmud, 25, from Ethiopia looks on during a press conference organized by non-governmental organizations in Athens, Thursday, April 21, 2016. The two men say they are... (AP Photo/Theodora Tongas

Special to WorldTribune.com Two men who survived when an overcrowded boat sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy described the tragic events that led to the deaths of as many as 500 people. Muaz Mahmud Aymo, a 25-year-old Ethiopian, […]

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New flood of refugees to Turkey after ISIL attacks on 10 camps

Reports say Turkish troops opened fire on Syrian refugees who attempted to cross into Turkey.

Special to WorldTribune.com More than 5,000 refugees have fled to the Turkish border after Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists on April 14 attacked 10 camps for internally displaced people in Syria. Reports from the scene of the […]

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‘Increased threats’: U.S. issues terror warning for travel to Turkey, Tunisia

Terrorist attacks in Turkey (13.01.2016)

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. State Department has in the past week warned U.S. citizens against travel to Turkey and Tunisia amid rising terrorist threats. On March 29, the State Department warned of “increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey […]

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Germany, EU dismiss complaints by Turkey’s Erdogan about satire that mocked him

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not like to be ridiculed and has gone to great lengths, including pursuing criminal charges, to ensure no Turkish citizen publicly criticizes him. Now, the Turkish leader is steamed at a […]

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U.S. orders dependents out of southern Turkey

U.S. Air Force planes at Incirlik air base.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States has ordered dependents of U.S. personnel to leave southern Turkey due to what officials termed threats from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and other elements. The orders cover the Adana consulate, U.S. […]

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