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May 5, 2013

Galatasaray seal 19th Turkish title

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Galatasaray clinched their 19th Turkish league title with a 4-2 win over Sivasspor on Sunday, crowning a successful season in which they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Fans of the club filled the streets of Istanbul, sounding car horns, setting off flares and waving flags in the club’s red-and-yellow colours as they sang in the city’s squares.

May 5, 2013

Soccer-Galatasaray seal 19th Turkish title

ISTANBUL, May 5 (Reuters) – Galatasaray clinched their 19th Turkish league title with a 4-2 win over Sivasspor on Sunday, crowning a successful season in which they reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Fans of the club filled the streets of Istanbul, sounding car horns, setting off flares and waving flags in the club’s red-and-yellow colours as they sang in the city’s squares.

Apr 26, 2013

Turkey warns opposition against sabotaging Kurdish peace moves

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish government welcomed a planned withdrawal by Kurdish militants as significant progress towards ending three decades of conflict on Friday, and it warned its nationalist opponents not to sabotage the peace process.

The main nationalist party, however, was quick to reiterate its opposition to any dealings with the militants.

Apr 17, 2013

Russian foreign minister tells West “don’t isolate Assad”

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – In an implicit warning to international supporters of Syrian opposition forces, Russia’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that efforts to isolate one side in the conflict would wreck the chances of a negotiated solution and help militant Islamists.

Sergei Lavrov said the Friends of Syria group, which is meeting in Istanbul this weekend, had so far had a negative influence on implementing a 2012 accord among world powers aimed at resolving the war through talks among all sides.

Apr 10, 2013

Terim’s fighting spirit takes Galatasaray close

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Galatasaray flirted briefly with the notion they could achieve the impossible and overturn a 4-0 deficit against Real Madrid on Tuesday, their comeback a tribute to the attacking spirit of the Turkish champions under coach Fatih Terim.

In a stunning 15-minute second half spell, goals from Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba had shattered the assurance of the nine-time champions and fired up the home side with the belief they could reach the semi-finals.

Apr 10, 2013

Soccer-Terim’s fighting spirit takes Galatasaray close

ISTANBUL, April 10 (Reuters) – Galatasaray flirted briefly with the notion they could achieve the impossible and overturn a 4-0 deficit against Real Madrid on Tuesday, their comeback a tribute to the attacking spirit of the Turkish champions under coach Fatih Terim.

In a stunning 15-minute second half spell, goals from Emmanuel Eboue, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba had shattered the assurance of the nine-time champions and fired up the home side with the belief they could reach the semi-finals.

Apr 9, 2013

Ronaldo’s Real double foils fighting Galatasaray

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid, aiming to become kings of Europe for the 10th time, foiled a dramatic fightback by Galatasaray on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Ronaldo, top scorer in the competition, took his goal tally for the season to 11 to make sure that Jose Mourinho’s side went through to the last four 5-3 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-2 in Istanbul.

Apr 9, 2013

Soccer-Ronaldo double foils fighting Galatasaray

ISTANBUL, April 9 (Reuters) – Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid, aiming to become kings of Europe for the 10th time, foiled a dramatic fightback by Galatasaray on Tuesday to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Ronaldo, top scorer in the competition, took his goal tally for the season to 11 to make sure that Jose Mourinho’s side went through to the last four 5-3 on aggregate despite losing the second leg 3-2 in Istanbul.

Apr 4, 2013

Kurdish party denies Ocalan asked PKK rebels to leave unarmed

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party denied on Thursday media reports that jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan had told his fighters to leave the country without their weapons under a peace plan.

A weapons-free withdrawal by Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as sought by the government, would be seen as a significant step towards ending a conflict which has dragged on for three decades and killed more than 40,000 people.

Apr 4, 2013

Kurdish rebel chief urges unarmed pullout – Turkish paper

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his fighters to leave Turkey without their weapons under a peace process to end a decades-old insurgency, the Yeni Safak daily reported on Thursday.

A weapons-free withdrawal by Ocalan’s Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), as sought by the government, would be a significant step towards ending a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people.

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