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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.

Oct 4, 2012

Turks wary of greater military action against Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Many Turks on Thursday welcomed their army’s swift reprisal for deadly Syrian artillery fire into Turkey but their anger was tempered by fears of being dragged into full-blown intervention in a war that could blow back across their borders.

After shelling from Syria’s civil war killed five people in a Turkish border town on Wednesday, parliament authorized the government to take military action in Syria if there was a further spillover of violence.

Oct 2, 2012

Turkey exhumes ex-president as death investigated

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The remains of former President Turgut Ozal, who led Turkey out of military rule in the 1980s and drove far-reaching economic reform, were exhumed in Istanbul on Tuesday on the orders of prosecutors investigating suspicions of foul play in his death 19 years ago.

Amid tight security, mechanical diggers dug up his grave within a towering mausoleum in a cemetery on the European side of Turkey’s largest city, supervised by a prosecutor-led team including forensic experts.

Jul 27, 2012

Kurdish worries drag Turkey deeper into Syria war

LONDON/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – - Turkey may be some way from acting on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s threat to strike Kurdish separatists in Syria, but week by week it finds itself sucked ever further into its neighbor’s worsening war.

The shooting down of a Turkish reconnaissance jet last month was seen by many as a turning point, prompting Ankara to join Saudi Arabia at Qatar in semi-covert support for the Free Syrian Army fighting against President Bashar al-Assad.

Jul 24, 2012

Syrian Kurdish moves ring alarm bells in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Concerns are surfacing in Turkey about the growing influence in northern Syria of a Kurdish group linked to Kurdish separatists fighting Ankara, something Turkey fears may further complicate efforts to solve its intractable Kurdish problem.

Syria’s Kurdish areas have been largely spared the worst of the violence in the 16-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, and Syrian Kurds see a chance to attain the freedoms enjoyed by their ethnic kin in neighboring northern Iraq.

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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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