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Aug 11, 2014

Turkish activists say new flotilla to challenge Israeli blockade of Gaza

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish aid group said on Monday it would again send ships to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza, four years after Israeli commandos stormed its flotilla bound for the Palestinian territory and killed 10 Turks.

The plan looked set to throw a fresh obstacle in the way of efforts to rebuild shattered diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel, just as Ankara launches an “air corridor” carrying wounded Palestinians to Turkey and aid to Gaza.

Aug 10, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan takes initial lead in presidential race

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan was set to be Turkey’s next president after local media credited the veteran prime minister with more than half the vote with nearly all the ballots counted.

After an election on Sunday that his opponents say may create an increasingly authoritarian state, broadcasters said Erdogan had 52.3 percent of the vote, 13 points more than his closest rival. Such a result would rule out a runoff round and seal Erdogan’s place in history as Turkey’s first directly elected head of state, a role expected to enhance his power.

Aug 10, 2014

Erdogan sets course for ‘new Turkey’ as Turks vote for president

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan was poised to become his country’s first elected president as Turks go to the polls on Sunday, fulfilling his dream of what he calls a “new Turkey” and what his opponents say will be an increasingly authoritarian and polarized nation.

A victory for Erdogan would seal his place in history after more than a decade as prime minister in which Turkey has emerged as a regional economic power, riding on a wave of religiously conservative support to transform the secular republic founded by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in 1923.

Aug 7, 2014

Erdogan’s intensifies battle against Islamic critic ahead of presidential vote

ISTANBUL, Aug 7 (Reuters) – A battle between Turkish Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen
intensified on Thursday, with police arrests, a government move
against an Islamic lender and a reported purge of the domestic
intelligence agency.

Erdogan accused supporters of U.S.-based Gulen of a “vile
betrayal” of Turkey, as he campaigned for a presidential
election on Sunday which opinion polls forecast he will win.

Aug 5, 2014

More Turkish police held as PM Erdogan says purge just beginning

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Dozens of Turkish police officers were detained on Tuesday in a widening probe of wiretapping allegedly targeting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, and he said operations against his foes within the state apparatus were just beginning.

Police took 33 of their colleagues into custody on Tuesday in Istanbul, Ankara and across southeast Turkey, NTV said, days ahead of the country’s first presidential election which opinion polls forecast Erdogan will win.

Jul 25, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan trumpets high-speed rail link as election looms

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated a $4 billion high-speed train link between Istanbul and Ankara on Friday, the latest in a series of “mega projects” he hopes will help him win a presidential election in a few weeks time.

Turkey’s economic development – driven partly by major infrastructure projects – has been the foundation of Erdogan’s popularity despite deepening discontent among his opponents at what they see as growing authoritarianism.

Jul 24, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan says Israel should face trial over Gaza assault

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey would push for Israel to be tried at an international criminal court if it kept up its assault on Gaza and he accused the Jewish state of “spitting blood”.

Turkey, a member of the U.S.-led NATO military alliance, was once Israel’s closest regional ally but has become one of its most vitriolic critics, with Erdogan last weekend accusing it of “surpassing Hitler in barbarism” with its Gaza offensive.

Jul 22, 2014

Dozens of Turkish police detained for alleged spying on government

ISTANBUL, July 22 (Reuters) – Dozens of police including
high-ranking officers were detained in Turkey on Tuesday,
accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister
Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the chief prosecutor
said was a concocted probe of an alleged terrorist group.

The former Istanbul anti-terror police chief, himself among
those detained and led away in handcuffs, said the incident was
entirely political, coming just a few weeks ahead of a
presidential election in which Erdogan is standing.

Jul 16, 2014

Holidaying Turkish voters urged to take stand against Erdogan

BODRUM Turkey (Reuters) – As families splash in the sea and lounge in the sun, thoughts of politics and civic duty are a world away for most Turks holidaying on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts.

Only the most committed opponents of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan leave the beach to queue in a sweltering council building nearby to register to vote in next month’s presidential election to prevent what they see as the country’s slide towards authoritarianism.

Jul 5, 2014

Allawi warns risk of Iraq’s dismemberment unless Maliki goes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi called on incumbent Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday to give up his bid for a third term in power or risk the dismemberment of Iraq.

Maliki on Friday rejected a chorus of such calls since militants of a group now calling itself the Islamic State rampaged through swathes of Iraq and declared a mediaeval-style caliphate in land they control in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

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      "I am based in Istanbul where I cover a broad range of financial and general news. I joined Reuters in Ankara in 1996 and left Turkey to work in London in 2000. I returned to Istanbul in 2003."
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