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Turkey welcomes U.S. pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Turkey welcomes U.S. pledge to take weapons from Kurds after Islamic State defeat

Published 23/06/2017

Turkey regards as a "positive step" a U.S. pledge to take back weapons supplied to the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria after the defeat of Islamic State and said its implementation was essential, Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday.

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Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Published 23/06/2017

It was from this medieval mosque that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled ''caliphate'' spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. Al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself ''caliph,'' or ruler of all Muslims, from the pulpit of the mosque on July... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

Published 23/06/2017

A mosque is seen alone a coastline in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

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Turkey has no plans to reassess military base in Qatar: minister

Turkey has no plans to reassess military base in Qatar: minister

Published 23/06/2017

Turkey's defense minister said on Friday his country had no plans to review its military base in Qatar and that any demand for its closure would represent interference in Ankara's relations with the Gulf state.

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Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Published 23/06/2017

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Damascus June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in western Syria, the Syrian deputy foreign minister has said, ahead of international talks on the zones scheduled for early July in Kazakhstan.

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Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis: trade minister

Turkish exports to Qatar triple during Gulf crisis: trade minister

Published 23/06/2017

Buildings are seen on a coast line in Doha, Qatar, June 15, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Turkish exports to Qatar have tripled from their normal levels to $32.5 million since four Arab countries began boycotting the Gulf state on June 5, Turkey's Customs and Trade Minister Bulent Tufenkci said late on Thursday.

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Koepka takes road less traveled to U.S. Open triumph

Koepka takes road less traveled to U.S. Open triumph

Published 19/06/2017

Jun 18, 2017- Hartford, WI, USA- Brooks Koepka reacts on the 18th hole during the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills. Mandatory Credit: Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY NETWORK

Brooks Koepka took an unorthodox path to reaching the goal of all professional golfers on Sunday but the 27-year-old Floridian said he would not change a thing after claiming his first major title.

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`Staggering` civilian deaths from U.S.-led air strikes in Raqqa Syria: U.N.

`Staggering` civilian deaths from U.S.-led air strikes in Raqqa Syria: U.N.

Published 14/06/2017

FILE PHOTO'' Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters stand amid smoke in Raqqa's western neighbourhood of Jazra, Syria June 11, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

United Nations war crimes investigators said on Wednesday that intensified coalition air strikes supporting an assault by U.S.-backed forces on Islamic State's stronghold of Raqqa in Syria were causing a "staggering loss of civilian life".

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Turkey seeks detention of 189 lawyers in post-coup probe: media

Turkey seeks detention of 189 lawyers in post-coup probe: media

Published 14/06/2017

Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 189 lawyers as part of an investigation into followers of a Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating last July's attempted coup, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

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Qatar can defend economy and currency, finance minister tells CNBC

Qatar can defend economy and currency, finance minister tells CNBC

Published 12/06/2017

Qatar's Finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi speaks during a briefing on the financial outlook for Qatar, in Doha, Qatar, February 7, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon

Qatar can easily defend its economy and currency against sanctions by other Arab states, Qatari finance minister Ali Sherif al-Emadi told CNBC television in an interview broadcast on Monday.

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