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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.

Nov 18, 2012

Hunger strike in Turkish jails ends after Kurd militant’s call

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – Hundreds of Kurdish militants ended a hunger strike in jails across Turkey on Sunday after 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 talks with Turkish MIT intelligence agency officials, according to one media report.

Nov 17, 2012

Militant chief Ocalan wants end to Turkey hunger strike

ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called for an end to a hunger strike by hundreds of his supporters in prisons across Turkey on Saturday, raising hopes of a push to end a decades-old conflict.

The hunger strike by at least 1,700 people to demand an end to Ocalan’s isolation is in its 67th day and doctors have said prisoners could soon die. The protest has posed a growing challenge to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and risked fuelling tension in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

Nov 17, 2012

Jailed Kurd militant leader could help end hunger strike, lawyers say

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – When lawyers for Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan ask to visit him in an island prison south of Istanbul, they are usually told the boat that would ferry them there has broken down.

They have not seen him for more than 15 months, and have not been able to ask Ocalan what he thinks about the hunger strike by hundreds of his supporters in jails across Turkey. But they believe the PKK leader could play a role in ending the protest.

Nov 12, 2012

Erdogan moots restoring death penalty in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey should consider bringing back the death penalty, a decade after Ankara abolished capital punishment as part of reforms aimed at European Union membership.

Political commentators accused Erdogan of populism ahead of the 2014 presidential election in which he is widely expected to run.

Nov 8, 2012

Turkish generals angered by Kurd militant testimony

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Retired Turkish military commanders have expressed fury that a former top Kurdish rebel has been allowed to testify against them in a coup trial, citing it as proof the proceedings were meant only to intimidate and undermine the armed forces.

Semdin Sakik, known as “Fingerless Zeki” when number two in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), this week waived his anonymity at the ‘Ergenekon’ conspiracy trial at which hundreds, including military men, academics, businessmen and journalists, are accused of plotting to oust the Islamist-rooted government.

Nov 8, 2012

Turkish generals angered as Kurd militant testifies against them

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Retired Turkish military commanders expressed fury that a former top Kurdish rebel was allowed to testify against them in a coup trial, citing it as proof the proceedings were meant only to intimidate and undermine the armed forces.

Semdin Sakik, known as “Fingerless Zeki” when number two in the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), waived his anonymity this week at the ‘Ergenekon’ conspiracy trial at which hundreds, including military, academics, businessmen and journalists, are accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamist-rooted government.

Nov 6, 2012

Turkey to allow Kurdish language to be used in court

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants appear to have achieved their aim of being able to speak in their own language in court after the Turkish government said it would soon submit a bill to parliament on the subject.

Courts’ refusal to allow defendants who speak Turkish to use Kurdish in their defense has been a source of controversy in ongoing court cases against hundreds of defendants accused of links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group and resolving the issue has been one of several key Kurdish demands.

Nov 6, 2012

Turkey to allow Kurdish in court as hunger strike enters day 56

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish government has said it will soon submit to parliament a reform allowing defendants to use languages other than Turkish in court, a key demand of jailed Kurdish militants whose hunger strike entered its 56th day on Tuesday.

The refusal of courts to allow defendants who speak Turkish to use Kurdish in their defense has been a source of controversy in ongoing court cases against hundreds of defendants accused of links to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group.

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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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