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Turkey sends more tanks into Syria after IS-held town capture KARKAMIS: Turkey on Saturday sent six more tanks into Syria as pro-Ankara forces pressed on with de-mining work in a town captured from Islamic State (IS) militants this week, an AFP correspondent said.The Turkish military on Wednesday launched an operation codenamed "Euphrates Shield" inside Syria to oust IS from the border region and also counter advances by a Kurdish militia detested by Ankara.An AFP photographer in the village of Karkamis on the Turkish side of the border watched six Turkish tanks roll over the frontier into Syria on Saturday.The Hurriyet daily had reported earlier that the Turkish armed forces had 50 tanks and 380 personnel on the ground in Syria after three days of operations.Turkish troops are supporting an even larger force of hundreds of Syrian rebels.The photographer said that sporadic explosions were audible on the Turkish side of the border as the rebels carried out de-mining work in the ...

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US, Russia move closer to new Syria ceasefire after talks GENEVA: Washington and Moscow made key steps towards agreeing a new ceasefire in Syria, but a final deal has not been reached, US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart said after talks Friday. Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the comments after the marathon talks at a luxury hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva. "Today I can say that we achieved clarity on the path forward" for a revamped ...

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France's top court suspends burkini ban PARIS: France's highest administrative court on Friday suspended a controversial ban on the burkini by a French Riviera town after it was challenged by rights groups. In a judgement expected to set a precedent, the State Council ruled that local authorities could only restrict individual liberties if wearing the Islamic swimsuit was a "proven risk" to public order. The judges said there was no such risk in the case before the court concerning Villeneuve-Loubet, one ...

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Turkey clearing borders of militants to prevent more migrants: PM ISTANBUL: Turkey aims to clear its borders of Islamic State and other militant groups to prevent a new flow of migrants and will continue operations until the nation's security is guaranteed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday.Yildirim also told a news conference that the outlawed Kurdish militant group PKK was behind Friday's bombing of a police headquarters in Turkey's southeast, the latest in a string of attacks that the authorities have blamed on the ...

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Italy's Renzi promises to rebuild earthquake ravaged communities ROME: Italy will rebuild communities devastated by this week's earthquake and will relaunch efforts to protect the country's buildings and infrastructure from natural disasters, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday. At least 250 people died after an earthquake struck the mountainous heart of Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, devastating a string of towns, villages and hamlets. "We cannot forget that we have a moral commitment towards the men and women of these ...

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EU to map future minus Britain at upcoming summit: Merkel PRAGUE: EU leaders will tackle security and migration policy as well as economic growth at a key September summit in Slovakia to plot the bloc's future without Britain, Angela Merkel said Thursday."The Bratislava summit will accent ways that we can improve economic power, create more job for young people and now to boost internal and border security," Germany's chancellor said at a joint press conference with Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka in Prague. The informal ...

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EU to help make online films, TV shows more available across borders BRUSSELS: The European Commission wants to make it easier for broadcasters like the BBC and Germany's ZDF to make shows available online across the 28-nation EU under a planned copyright reform that is expected to meet fierce opposition from the media industry. Under the EU executive's plans outlined in a draft document seen by Reuters, broadcasters would be able to show content on their online platforms across the European Union after securing the rights in ...