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Dec 12, 2012

Turkey deepens probe of suspected “deep state” deaths

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish prosecutors are investigating the 1990s deaths of public figures including former President Turget Ozal, a newspaper said on Wednesday, acting on long-held suspicions they may have been killed by a covert establishment network.

State prosecutors in the eastern city of Malatya have widened their probe into the 1994 death of a colonel, recorded as committing suicide but suspected to have been murdered, and have requested state dossiers on the deaths of Ozal and three other public figures, the Haberturk newspaper said.

Dec 11, 2012

Turkey’s Ergenekon conspiracy trial approaches endgame

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s decade-old battle with secularist opponents in Turkey is approaching a decisive moment as nearly 300 people charged with attempting the violent overthrow of his government prepare their final defenses.

In a courthouse within a huge prison complex near Istanbul, a state prosecutor will sum up his case this week against the defendants accused of membership of “Ergenekon”, an alleged underground network of nationalist coup plotters.

Dec 10, 2012

Turkish growth slows, deeper rate cuts seen

ISTANBUL, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Turkish economic growth slowed
more sharply than expected in the third quarter as domestic
demand remained stubbornly weak, data showed on Monday, raising
pressure for a deeper cut in interest rates.

Growth slowed to 1.6 percent year-on-year in the third
quarter, below a Reuters poll forecast of 2.6 percent, according
to the Turkish Statistics Institute. This came despite strong
exports and looser monetary policy.

Dec 6, 2012

Motor racing: Minister dismisses Turkey GP funding hopes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s sports minister has poured cold water on race organizers’ hopes that the government would provide funds to secure the return of the Turkish Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar next season.

The sport’s governing body announced on Wednesday that an unidentified European race had been penciled in for July 21, subject to the agreement of national bodies, to bring the calendar up to 20 races.

Dec 6, 2012

Minister dismisses Turkey GP funding hopes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s sports minister has poured cold water on race organisers’ hopes that the government would provide funds to secure the return of the Turkish Grand Prix to the Formula One calendar next season.

The sport’s governing body announced on Wednesday that an unidentified European race had been pencilled in for July 21, subject to the agreement of national bodies, to bring the calendar up to 20 races.

Dec 6, 2012

Iraq’s Maliki offers olive branch to Turkey – paper

ISTANBUL, Dec 6 (Reuters) – Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri
al-Maliki said he wanted to improve strained ties with
neighbouring Turkey, but warned Ankara in a newspaper interview
not to interfere in Iraq’s internal affairs.

In the latest sign of worsening relations between Iraq and
Turkey, the central government in Baghdad on Tuesday denied
permission to land for a plane carrying Turkey’s energy minister
to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Nov 28, 2012

Turkey lifts headscarf ban in religious schools

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey has lifted a ban on female students wearing headscarves in schools providing religious education, in a move drawing criticism from secularists who see it as fresh evidence of the government pushing an Islamic agenda.

Education has been one of the main battlegrounds between religious conservatives, who form the bedrock of support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party, and secular opponents who accuse him of imposing Islamic values by stealth.

Nov 20, 2012

Galatasaray boost hopes with win over United

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Galatasaray earned a 1-0 victory in a hard-fought battle with a young Manchester United side on Tuesday, snatching the win through a Burak Yilmaz header in their Group H Champions League game.

The victory boosted Galatasaray’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage, putting them in second place in the group, behind United who had already qualified after four wins in their first four matches.

Nov 20, 2012

Soccer-Galatasaray boost hopes with win over United

ISTANBUL, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Galatasaray earned a 1-0 victory in a hard-fought battle with a young Manchester United side on Tuesday, snatching the win through a Burak Yilmaz header in their Group H Champions League game.

The victory boosted Galatasaray’s hopes of reaching the knockout stage, putting them in second place in the group, behind United who had already qualified after four wins in their first four matches.

Nov 18, 2012

Kurd militants end hunger strike in Turkey, deal seen

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – Hundreds of Kurdish militants ended a hunger strike in jails across Turkey on Sunday in response to an appeal from their leader, fuelling hopes a deal had been struck that could revive talks to end a decades-old conflict.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his supporters to end their protest after holding a series of discussions with Turkish MIT intelligence agency officials, according to one media report.

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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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