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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.

Apr 2, 2013

Kurdish peace process in Turkey faces impasse over militant withdrawal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s peace process with Kurdish militants faces a hurdle as the rebels demand legal protection to prevent any military attack on them during their planned withdrawal after decades of fighting, a call rejected by the government.

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) declared a ceasefire with Turkey last month in response to an order from its jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan after months of talks with Ankara to halt a conflict which has killed more than 40,000.

Mar 28, 2013

Turkish assets boosted by S&P rating upgrade

ISTANBUL, March 28 (Reuters) – The Turkish lira gained and
bond yields dipped on Thursday after Standard & Poor’s raised
Turkey’s credit rating to within a notch of investment grade.

S&P cited a rebalancing economy and progress in a peace
process with Kurdish militants, but the positive mood was
clouded by negative sentiment in Europe due to concerns about a
potential run on Cyprus’ banks.

Mar 27, 2013

Istanbul 2020 bid leaves “excellent impression”

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul’s presentation of its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games left an “excellent impression” the head of the evaluation commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey’s largest city, which is competing with Tokyo and Madrid for the 2020 Games, presented its candidacy to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission, headed by IOC vice president Craig Reedie, this week.

Mar 27, 2013

Olympics-Istanbul 2020 bid leaves “excellent impression”

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Istanbul’s presentation of its bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games left an “excellent impression” the head of the evaluation commission said on Wednesday.

Turkey’s largest city, which is competing with Tokyo and Madrid for the 2020 Games, presented its candidacy to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) commission, headed by IOC vice president Craig Reedie, this week.

Mar 22, 2013

Turkish PM says Kurdish peace moves open to sabotage

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Kurdish politicians on Friday of trying to sabotage talks to end a 28-year-old insurrection, lamenting the absence of Turkish flags during a mass rally to mark a ceasefire by Kurdish rebels.

Jailed rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan ordered his fighters to cease fire and withdraw from Turkey in a letter read to hundreds of thousands in the city of Diyarbakir in the mainly Kurdish southeast on Thursday. Kurdish red-yellow-green flags and banners displaying Ocalan’s face dominated the crowd.

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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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