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Nov 6, 2015

Turkish police detain 20 Islamic State suspects before G20 summit: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police detained 20 people suspected of links to Islamic State in its southwestern province of Antalya on Friday, a week before a seaside resort there hosts a G20 summit of world leaders, media reports said.

The arrests were part of a series of police operations against suspected Islamic State members across Turkey, a major conduit for militants crossing into neighbouring Syria.

Nov 5, 2015

Kurdish PKK militants end unilateral ceasefire in Turkey: agency

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants scrapped a month-old ceasefire in Turkey on Thursday, a day after President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to “liquidate” them, dashing hopes of any let-up in violence in the wake of a national election.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militant group said the ruling AK Party, which won back its parliamentary majority in Sunday’s election, had shown it was on a war footing with attacks launched this week.

Nov 3, 2015

Turkey targets supporters of Erdogan foe in police raids

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police detained dozens of people including senior police officers and bureaucrats allegedly linked to President Tayyip Erdogan’s foe Fethullah Gulen on Tuesday, widening a campaign against the exiled Muslim cleric after Sunday’s election.

The prosecutor’s office in the western city of Izmir said it ordered the arrest of 57 people believed to be members of the “Gulenist terror group”, on allegations they sought a purge of the army by engineering a 2012 espionage trial.

Nov 2, 2015

Turkish markets surge on return to single-party rule

ISTANBUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Turkish assets rallied on
Monday, with the lira on track for its biggest one-day gain in
seven years and stocks up 5 percent after an election that
returned the country to single-party rule, ending months of
investor uncertainty.

The AK Party, founded by President Tayyip Erdogan, took just
shy of 50 percent of Sunday’s national vote, giving it a clear
majority of around 316 seats in the 550-seat parliament and a
far higher margin of victory than even party insiders had
expected.

Nov 1, 2015

Divided Turkey votes in snap election, security, economy fears weigh

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks voted on Sunday under the shadow of deteriorating security and economic worries in a snap parliamentary election likely to profoundly affect the trajectory of the polarized country and that of President Tayyip Erdogan.

The vote is the second in five months, after the AK Party founded by Erdogan in June lost the single-party governing majority it has enjoyed since first coming to power in 2002.

Oct 28, 2015

Months of conflict sour Turkey’s election in Kurdish southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Five months ago thousands took to the streets in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast, dancing and setting off fireworks after a pro-Kurdish opposition party entered parliament for the first time. Now, the region is preparing for a repeat election in a more somber and bitter mood.

In the meantime, a two-year ceasefire between the state and the main Kurdish militant group has collapsed, unleashing an intensity of fighting unseen since the 1990s and killing hundreds of people. Each side blamed the other.

Oct 28, 2015

Insight – Months of conflict sour Turkey’s election in Kurdish southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Five months ago thousands took to the streets in Turkey’s largely Kurdish southeast, dancing and setting off fireworks after a pro-Kurdish opposition party entered parliament for the first time. Now, the region is preparing for a repeat election in a more sombre and bitter mood.

In the meantime, a two-year ceasefire between the state and the main Kurdish militant group has collapsed, unleashing an intensity of fighting unseen since the 1990s and killing hundreds of people. Each side blamed the other.

Oct 22, 2015

Turkish consumer confidence perks up, election key to outlook

ISTANBUL, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Turkey’s limp consumer
confidence picked up from a six-year low in October, data showed
on Thursday, but ratings agencies highlighted risks to economic
growth from a Nov. 1 election that may produce no outright
winner.

Opinion polls suggest the AK Party founded by President
Tayyip Erdogan, which has dominated politics for 13 years but
lost its parliament majority in June, will again fail to secure
enough votes to govern alone and have to form a coalition.

Oct 21, 2015

Turkish central bank keeps rates on hold as election looms

ISTANBUL, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank left
interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, shying away from a hike
ahead of a Nov. 1 election and waiting to take its cue from an
expected tightening by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Economists expect Turkey to raise rates at some point to
bolster the weak lira and fight high inflation. But the central
bank has signalled it wants to wait to see the impact of an
expected Fed move before adjusting its own policy.

Oct 20, 2015

Kurdish lawyer faces trial for saying PKK not terrorist group

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – A top Kurdish lawyer in conflict-riven southeast Turkey faces trial after saying the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), whose guerrillas are battling Turkish security forces, is not a terrorist group.

Police detained Tahir Elci, who heads the bar association of Diyarbakir province in southeast Turkey, during a pre-dawn raid on Tuesday on his office. An Istanbul court later ordered his release pending the trial, on condition that he not leave the country and that he report regularly to the authorities, his lawyer Mehmet Emin Aktar said.

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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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