Kurdish footballer barred from playing in Turkey

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Turkey, which is waging a military offensive against Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria's northwestern region of Afrin, has repeatedly said it will also drive the YPG militia from the mainly Arab town of Manbij, east of Afrin.

Turkey has reportedly detained hundreds of people who voiced their disagreement with its ongoing military operation against Kurdish forces in Afrin, northern Syria.

They added that the crew was "slightly injured".

According to Erdogan, Turkish-led forces have killed nearly 400 Kurdish militiamen since the start of Operation Olive Branch on January 20.

The operation is being carried out under the framework of Turkey's rights based on worldwide law, U.N. Security Council resolutions, its self-defense rights under the U.N. charter, and respect for Syria's territorial integrity, it said.

Turkey's Catholic Church, whose seven dioceses and apostolic vicariates have around 53,000 members, according to the Vatican, has not commented on the military campaign.

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Ankara views the YPG as a "terrorist" offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), but the militia has been working closely with the United States to recapture swathes of territory in Syria from the Islamic State extremist group.

The Syrian government and a war monitor said on Sunday that Turkish shelling of the Kurdish-held Afrin region of Syria had seriously damaged an ancient temple. Two people were hospitalized after the attack and one, 17-year-old Fatma Avlar, died from her wounds, the agency said.

The attacks inside Turkey have so far killed four people, including Ms Avlar.

"Your determined attitude in strictly rejecting any association of terrorism with religion is being reflected on to world opinion", the Istanbul-based Bartholomew I told President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an open letter. Two of the victims were Syrian refugees.

Macron says in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that Turkey must co-ordinate with allies, and that its operation must be limited to fighting terror.

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