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Nov 5, 2012

Fitch upgrades Turkey to investment grade

ISTANBUL, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Fitch Ratings upgraded Turkey to
investment grade on Monday, a move long coveted by Ankara,
citing underlying strengths and an easing in near-term risks for
the economy.

The credit ratings agency highlighted a moderate and
declining government debt burden, a sound banking system,
favourable medium-term growth prospects and a relatively wealthy
and diverse economy.

Nov 5, 2012

Turkish Airlines shares jump on Lufthansa talk

ISTANBUL, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Turkish Airlines is
to cooperate more closely with Lufthansa, its chairman
was quoted as saying on Monday, helping push shares in Turkey’s
flag carrier five percent higher.

This follows comments by Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan at the weekend that the two companies were to deepen
existing ties. Erdogan said on Saturday he had agreed to a
proposal by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to establish “joint
management” of the two carriers.

Nov 2, 2012

Turkey’s Erdogan sees tough path to constitutional reform

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in published remarks on Friday he was losing hope of building cross-party support for reforms that could see him installed in a newly empowered presidency but was determined to push the plans forward.

Erdogan has dominated Turkish politics since his Islamist-rooted AK Party swept to power in 2001, trouncing the opposition in three elections, delivering unprecedented economic growth and bringing a staunchly secular military to heel.

Nov 1, 2012

Risk of death close for Turkish hunger strike – doctors

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militants on hunger strike in Turkey may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey’s main medical association warned on Thursday, saying the prime minister’s dismissal of the protest as a “show” risked hardening their resolve.

The hunger strike entered its 51st day on Thursday, with some 700 prisoners refusing food in dozens of prisons across Turkey, demanding the government grant greater Kurdish minority rights and better conditions for their jailed leader.

Nov 1, 2012

Risk of death nearing in Turkish hunger strike, doctors say

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militants on hunger strike in Turkey may start to die within the next 10 days, Turkey’s main medical association warned on Thursday, saying the prime minister’s dismissal of the protest as a “show” risked hardening their resolve.

The hunger strike entered its 51st day on Thursday, with some 700 prisoners refusing food in dozens of prisons across Turkey, demanding the government address grant greater Kurdish minority rights and better conditions for their jailed leader.

Oct 31, 2012

Turkey’s Gul and Erdogan bicker over “double-headed” government

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s President dismissed suggestions by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that he had exceeded his authority over the handling of a banned protest march, highlighting increasingly open differences between the two.

Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and overseen unprecedented economic growth, is widely expected to stand for a newly-created powerful executive presidency at elections in 2014. Recent polls, however, present Abdullah Gul as the more popular figure, though he has not expressed any intention to run for the new post.

Oct 31, 2012

Turkey’s Gul and Erdogan bicker over “double-headed” govt

ISTANBUL, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Turkey’s President dismissed
suggestions by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that he had
exceeded his authority over the handling of a banned protest
march, highlighting increasingly open differences between the
two.

Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for a decade and
overseen unprecedented economic growth, is widely expected to
stand for a newly-created powerful executive presidency at
elections in 2014. Recent polls, however, present Abdullah Gul
as the more popular figure, though he has not expressed any
intention to run for the new post.

Oct 22, 2012

Watchdog condemns Turkey’s crackdown on press freedom

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government has waged one of the world’s biggest crackdowns on press freedom in recent years, jailing more journalists than Iran, China or Eritrea, a leading media watchdog said on Monday.

The damning report from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) added to a chorus of criticism from the European Union and rights groups of the EU-candidate country’s mass detention of reporters, most of whom are kept in detention while their cases are dealt with.

Oct 7, 2012

Turkey fires artillery into Syria after shelling

ISTANBUL, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Turkish forces fired across the
frontier into Syria on Sunday after a shell launched from Syria
landed in Turkey’s border town of Akcakale, underlining Ankara’s
warning that it will respond with force to any violence spilling
over into its territory.

It was the fifth consecutive day of Turkish retaliation
against incoming bombardment from northern Syria, where
President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have been battling rebels who
control swathes of land close to the Turkish frontier.

Oct 6, 2012

Turkey strikes back at Syria after Erdogan warning

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey returned fire after a mortar bomb shot from Syria landed in a field in southern Turkey on Saturday, the day after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan warned Damascus Turkey would not shy away from war if provoked.

It was the fourth day of Turkish strikes in retaliation for mortar bombs and shelling by Syrian forces that killed five Turkish civilians further east on Wednesday.

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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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