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Jan 10, 2013

Three Kurdish activists shot dead in Paris as Turkey seeks peace

PARIS/ISTANBUL, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Three female Kurdish
activists including a founding member of the PKK rebel group
were shot dead in Paris overnight in execution-style killings
condemned by Turkish politicians trying to broker a peace deal.

Dozens of riot police formed a cordon around the Information
Centre of Kurdistan, an institute in central Paris with close
links to the PKK where the bodies were found soon after midnight
on Thursday. According to one Kurdish agency, workers broke in
after seeing blood stains at the door.

Jan 8, 2013

Turkey, Ocalan map out steps to end Kurdish conflict

ISTANBUL, Jan 8 (Reuters) – The Turkish government and the
jailed leader of a Kurdish insurgency have agreed on the
framework for a plan to end a war that has killed 40,000 people
since 1984, envisaging rebel disarmament in exchange for
increased minority rights, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

The Radikal daily said senior intelligence officials had
held meetings with Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) chief Abdullah
Ocalan in his island jail near Istanbul, yielding a four-stage
plan to halt the conflict.

Dec 31, 2012

Turkey accuses EU of bigotry, says its reforms are ignored

ISTANBUL, Dec 31 (Reuters) – Turkey accused the European
Union of bias and bigoted attitudes towards the EU candidate
country on Monday and blamed it for undermining the Turkish
public’s trust in the bloc.

Turkey criticised the European Commission’s latest report on
its progress towards EU membership as it presented for the first
time its own report highlighting its reforms over the last year.

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.

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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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