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Jun 28, 2013

Kurdish party to press Turkish government with protest marches

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party called on Friday for marches in three major cities this weekend to launch a summer of protests aimed at raising pressure on the government to carry out reforms under a peace process with Kurdish militants.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants began withdrawing from Turkish territory to bases in northern Iraq last month as part of a deal between the state and the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a conflict which has killed 40,000.

Jun 27, 2013

U.N. climate chief welcomes Obama plan, wants U.S. energy czar

ISTANBUL, June 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new
pledges on curbing carbon emissions drew a cautious welcome from
the U.N. climate change chief on Thursday, but she said no
country was doing enough and proposed the White House appoint an
energy czar to coordinate reforms.

Obama revived his stalled climate change agenda on Tuesday,
promising new rules to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power
plants and moves to support renewable energy.

Jun 24, 2013

Erdogan defends riot police tactics in Turkey protests

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan piled ridicule on activists behind weeks of protests against his government during a rally on Sunday and defended riot police who fired water cannon at crowds in Istanbul a day earlier.

Looking out of over a sea of Turkish flags waved by his AK Party faithful in the eastern city of Erzurum, Erdogan praised his supporters and the general public for opposing what he called a plot against his country.

Jun 23, 2013

Turkish police break up protest, PM lambasts opponents

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police fired water cannon to disperse thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Istanbul on Saturday, as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan castigated those behind protests he said had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies.

The latest unrest in Taksim Square punctured six days of relative calm in Turkey’s biggest city, although it was a long way from matching the ferocity of previous clashes there and in other cities that began more than three weeks ago.

Jun 22, 2013

PM says protests serve Turkey’s enemies, crowd gathers in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told thousands of supporters in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Saturday that weeks of often violent protests against his government had played into the hands of Turkey’s enemies.

As he finished speaking, around 10,000 protesters had gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square, many of them to attend a planned laying down of carnations in memory of the four people who had been killed in the unrest.

Jun 21, 2013

Turkey faces pressure to advance Kurdish militant peace process

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party is pressing Ankara to advance a peace process with Kurdish militants before a parliament recess, drawing a government accusation on Friday that it was exploiting unrelated unrest to extract concessions.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters began pulling out of Turkish territory to bases in northern Iraq last month under a deal between the state and the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a conflict which has killed 40,000.

Jun 19, 2013

Dozens held in Turkey, silent protester goes viral

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – A lone, silent vigil by a man in Istanbul inspired copycat protests on Tuesday, as police detained dozens of people across Turkey in an operation linked to three weeks of often violent demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Overnight in Ankara, riot police used teargas and water cannon to disperse hundreds of people who had gathered in and around the government quarter of Kizilay.

Jun 18, 2013

‘Standing man’ inspires silent protests in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Performance artist Erdem Gunduz became the new symbol of anti-government protests in Turkey on Tuesday after his eight-hour vigil in Taksim Square earned him the nickname “the Standing Man”.

Images of Gunduz standing quietly in the large, open square, the cradle of three weeks of often violent unrest, have struck a chord with sympathizers more used to witnessing stone-throwing youths battling police tear gas and water cannon.

Jun 18, 2013

Turkey could deploy army to quell protests

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s deputy prime minister said on Monday the armed forces could be called up if needed to help quell popular protests that have swept Turkish cities in the last two weeks, the first time the possibility of a military role has been raised.

Bulent Arinc made the remarks in Ankara, where 1,000 striking trade union workers faced off briefly against police backed by several water cannon, before police retreated and the crowd left.

Jun 17, 2013

Striking workers face off with police in Turkish capital

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish riot police backed by water cannon faced off with around 1,000 trade union workers in the capital Ankara on Monday, after a weekend of some of the worst clashes since anti-government protests erupted late last month.

Police officers used megaphones to order workers to stop their march towards Ankara’s central Kizilay district.

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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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