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Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers
Ankara - 

Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029.

Bomb kills 11 at Syria-Jordan border camp: monitor

Bomb kills 11 at Syria-Jordan border camp: monitor
Beirut - 

A car bomb blast killed at least 11 people at a camp for displaced Syrians by the border with Jordan on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Iraq announces 'liberation' of east Mosul
Bartalla - 

Iraqi forces have retaken control of east Mosul from the Islamic State group, commanders said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.

Britain's biggest council seeks 'post-Brexit' Qatari cash

Britain's biggest council seeks 'post-Brexit' Qatari cash
Doha - 

Britain's largest local authority concluded a landmark "post-Brexit" trade visit to Qatar on Tuesday in a bid to secure up to $6.5 billion in investment.

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect 'confesses'

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect 'confesses'
Istanbul - 

A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of slaughtering 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve confessed to the massacre on Tuesday, hours after his capture in a police raid.

Iran president says 'no sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal

Iran president says 'no sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal

Tehran - 

President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday there was no chance of Iran renegotiating the nuclear deal with world powers if US President-elect Donald Trump demands it.

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

Beirut - 

Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict.

Turkish police catch Istanbul nightclub attacker in city

Turkish police catch Istanbul nightclub attacker in city

Istanbul - 

Turkish police captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year's night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt.

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