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Greece accuses Sanchez of ignoring EU decisions after he agrees with Erdogan on closer defence ties, sale of aircraft carrier

Greece has expressed its intense consternation over the stance of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in seeking an upgrade of Turkey-Spain cooperation, particularly in the area of defence, at a time when the EU and the international community have condemned Ankara's provocations against EU member-states Greece and Cyprus and violations of international law in the Eastern Mediterranean.

CHP, İYİ Party call for early elections


Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu and İYİ (Good) Party chair Meral Akşener on Nov. 17 called for early elections.

"We are making a clear call: You [government] cannot run the country. Go to elections as soon as possible," Kılıçdaroğlu said in a joint press conference with the İYİ Party leader.

Israeli couple released from detention in Turkey

An Israeli couple has been released by Turkey after being detained on suspicion of espionage, according to a joint statement by Israel's prime minister and foreign minister on Nov. 17. 

Mordi and Natalie Oknin are on their way to Israel, according to the statement, which also expressed gratitude to the president and government of Turkey.

Moderate earthquake shakes Turkey’s northwest, no casualty reported

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake struck Turkey's northwestern province of Düzce, the country's disaster authority announced on Nov. 17.

The quake shook the central district of the province at 3:40 p.m. local time, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

It occurred at a depth of 18.02 kilometers below the surface, it added.

İYİ Party leader vows policies ‘to keep women alive’

İYİ (Good) Party leader Meral Akşener on Nov. 17 pledged to make necessary legislation in the fight against femicide and violence against women if her party comes to power.

Speaking at her party's parliamentary group meeting, Akşener recalled a recent femicide in which yet another woman was brutally murdered by a man while walking on a street in Istanbul.

Turkish, Ukrainian presidents discuss bilateral relations, regional issues

The Turkish and Ukrainian presidents discussed bilateral relations and regional issues on Nov. 16.

Recep Tayyip Edoğan and Volodymyr Zelensky spoke by phone and discussed ways to improve relations, according to a statement from Turkey's Directorate of Communications.

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CHP vows to break 'Turkey’s ill fate' through building social unity

Turkey has to reconcile in order to heal the wounds of the past and to create a stable future for the next generations, the main opposition leader has said, reiterating his call for making peace between the rival social and political groups in the country, including conservatives, Kurds and religious minorities.