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Another massive earthquake rocks Turkey
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The epicentre of the second quake, which a Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority official said it was "not an aftershock" and "independent", was in Elbistan district of Kahramanmaras province, around 150 km north of Gaziantep, which was the epicentre of the morning quake.
Massive earthquake kills over 600 people in Turkey, Syria
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Turkish Vice-President Fuat Oktay said the death toll had now risen to 284, while 2,323 people were reportedly injured, Xinhua news agency reported. He also said that more than 1,700 buildings were damaged and at least 78 successive earthquakes were recorded following the initial temblor with a maximum magnitude of 6.6. In Syria, more than 380 people lost their lives and nearly 1,000 others were injured.
7.8-magnitude quake kills over 125 in Turkey, Syria
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The US Geological Survey said the tremor occurred at 4.17 a.m. at a depth of 17.9 km near the Turkish city of Gaziantep, reports the BBC reported. Addressing reporters, Turkey's Interior Minister Suleymon Soylu said the 10 cities of Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Osmaniye, Adiyaman, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Adana, Diyarbakir and Kilis were affected.
Turkey may evaluate NATO applications of Finland, Sweden separately: FM
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"If NATO and these countries take such a decision, we, as Turkey, think that we may evaluate the applications separately. But first of all, NATO and these countries have to decide," Cavusoglu added at a joint press conference with his Portuguese counterpart Joao Gomes Cravinho on Monday.
Turkey on high alert against possible terror attacks on Western targets
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"Evaluations were made against all possible provocations, and our security measures were maximised after the sinister actions against our holy book the Quran, in Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark," the Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
Turkey may respond 'differently' to Finland's NATO bid: President
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Turkey submitted a list of 120 "terrorists" to Sweden for extradition, the Turkish President said, adding that the Nordic country must extradite these people in order to join the NATO. It is the first time that Erdogan indicated that Ankara could evaluate ratifying Sweden and Finland's NATO membership with a different approach, according to the report.
Turkey condemns burning of Quran in Denmark
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"We condemn in the strongest terms that the hate crime committed in Sweden against our holy book Quran is allowed to be committed again in Copenhagen, Denmark today," the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "The fact that this despicable act, which was carried out in Denmark after Sweden and the Netherlands, was not prevented despite all our warnings.
Turkey postpones trilateral meeting with Sweden, Finland after Quran burning
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The decision came a day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Sweden not to expect Turkey's support on its NATO bid after Rasmus Paludan, the head of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, burned a copy of the Quran on Saturday outside the Turkish Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
Turkey's president hints May 14 for elections
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Addressing his party members at the parliament on Wednesday, Erdogan cited the polls on May 14, 1950 when Democrat Party beat Republican People's Party, which had been in power for 27 years. "Our people will answer (the opposition) on the same day 73 years later," the Turkish President said.
Sweden's refusal to probe Erdogan's puppet incident 'absurd': Turkish FM
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"The decision by the (Swedish) prosecutor's office not to probe the incident is extremely absurd, and we all know what the rule of law means," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a press conference with his visiting Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in the capital Ankara on Tuesday. The incident was a "racist, hateful, hate crime act" and therefore is also against universal values and is a crime according to international law, the Turkish Foreign Minister added.
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