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Ankara: Capital of Turkey
Ankara, historically known as Ancyra and Angora, is the capital of Turkey. Located in the central part of Anatolia, the city has a population of 4.5 million in its urban centre and over 5.6 million in Ankara Province, making it Turkey's second-largest city after Istanbul.

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Turkish court sentences U.S. consulate employee [Video]

Turkish court sentences U.S. consulate employee

An Istanbul court on Tuesday sentenced a local U.S. consulate employee to jail for aiding the network Ankara accuses of attempting a 2016 coup, in a verdict that could further strain ties between..

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Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot poll [Video]

Ankara-backed nationalist ousts president in Turkish Cypriot poll

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Why Erdogan won't start a war with Greece over Mediterranean drilling [Video]

Why Erdogan won't start a war with Greece over Mediterranean drilling

Ankara is currently facing off against Greece over oil and gas drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean. View on euronews

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