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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.

Jun 20, 2014

General jailed in Turkey’s ‘coup plot’ case says he was victim of conspiracy

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Turkish military officers convicted of plotting to overthrow the government were themselves victims of a conspiracy concocted with the knowledge of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the chief suspect in the case said on Friday.

Speaking a day after his release from jail, retired General Cetin Dogan said the Sledgehammer case would not be over until those behind the conspiracy were imprisoned.

Jun 19, 2014

Hundreds of Turkish army officers freed from jail in ‘coup plot’ case

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of military officers convicted of plotting to topple Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began emerging from jail on Thursday, a day after the country’s top court ruled their trial was flawed.

There were emotional scenes outside prisons in Ankara and Istanbul as the released soldiers were reunited with their families who greeted them with Turkish flags and flowers, some shedding tears of joy.

Jun 19, 2014

Hundreds of Turkish army officers convicted of coup plot seek release

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Turkish military officers convicted of plotting to topple Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan were petitioning for release on Thursday after the country’s top court ruled their trial was flawed.

The 2010-2012 “Sledgehammer” trial marked a high-point in Erdogan’s drive to tame an army that for decades had dominated politics. But in consigning a large number of senior serving as well as retired officers to jail, it also eroded NATO’s second biggest army amid tension on borders with Syria and Iraq.

Jun 2, 2014

Turkey, Kurds see peace talks progress despite southeast unrest

ISTANBUL, June 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s peace talks with
Kurdish rebels are advancing despite recent unrest in the
southeast, representatives of both sides said, and could boost
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of becoming president.

Erdogan is widely expected to run in Turkey’s first direct
presidential election in August and support from its Kurdish
minority, which accounts for around a fifth of the population,
could be key to his chances of success.

May 14, 2014

Mine disaster casts spotlight on Turkey’s industry regulation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Opposition politician Ozgur Ozel held a miner’s helmet aloft in parliament last month as he demanded an investigation into a spate of mining accidents in the western Turkish town of Soma.

His call was rejected by deputies from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, whose overwhelming parliamentary majority enables them to block almost every opposition motion.

    • About Daren

      "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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