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Mar 2, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan to talk to central bank governor, warns of ‘treason’

ISTANBUL, March 2 (Reuters) – Defending high interest rates
is tantamount to treason, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan
warned at the weekend, and said the governor of the central bank
and deputy prime minister in charge of the economy needed to
“shape up”.

Deepening a standoff which has rattled investor nerves,
Erdogan was quoted on Monday as saying he would hold talks with
Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci, under fire for failing to cut
rates as sharply as Erdogan wants.

Feb 24, 2015

Turkey cuts rates as inflation eases, political pressure rises

ISTANBUL, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank trimmed
its key interest rate by 25 basis points on Tuesday, taking
action in the face of falling inflation and prompting a
government with one eye on a June parliamentary election to call
for steeper cuts.

The bank said it would keep monetary policy cautious until
evidence was clear of a significant drop in the outlook for
inflation, which is falling steadily but remains above the
bank’s target level.

Feb 18, 2015

Turkish parliament becomes battleground for Kurdish peace process

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, Feb 18 (Reuters) – A warning from Kurdish
militants that negotiations with Turkey could be on the verge of
collapse has turned parliament into the key battleground in a
peace process meant to end a three-decade insurgency.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) warned from their base in
northern Iraq’s Qandil mountains on Tuesday that Turkey must
take concrete steps to advance the process, piling on the
pressure ahead of a general election in June.

Feb 17, 2015

Kurdish militants demand progress from Turkey or say peace talks may end

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish militants demanded concrete steps from Turkey to advance a fragile peace process on Tuesday, accusing the ruling AK Party of stalling and warning that the negotiations could break down.

Hopes have been running high in recent weeks that jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan would call an end to an armed struggle which has killed 40,000 people over three decades and stunted development in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.

Jan 20, 2015

Turks, Kurds push for peace breakthrough despite new surge in violence

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – A spate of killings, a looming general election and war next door in Syria are complicating efforts to end the 30-year Kurdish insurgency in Turkey just as a breakthrough in peace talks looks close.

Jailed militant leader Abdullah Ocalan may call an end to his Kurdistan Workers Party’s (PKK) armed struggle in Turkey by March, some close to the process say. But some also say unrest in the mainly Kurdish southeast suggests the PKK is flexing its muscles as it looks to stamp its authority in the region.

Dec 15, 2014

Turkish police raid media close to cleric rival Gulen, detain 24

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Sunday and detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan calls a terrorist network conspiring to topple him.

The raids on Zaman daily and Samanyolu television marked an escalation of Erdogan’s battle with ex-ally Fetullah Gulen, with whom he has been in open conflict since a graft investigation targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 14, 2014
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Turkish police raid media close to Muslim cleric Gulen, detain 24

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(A Zaman media group journalist holds a banner as he stands outside the headquarters of Zaman daily newspaper in Istanbul December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer)

Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U.S.-based Muslim cleric on Sunday and detained 24 people including top executives and ex-police chiefs in operations against what President Tayyip Erdogan calls a terrorist network conspiring to topple him.

Dec 14, 2014

Turkish police raid media outlets close to Gulen, detain 23 people

ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media
outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on
Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against
what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to
topple him.

The raids on Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television marked
an escalation of Erdogan’s battle against his former ally Gulen,
with whom he has been in open conflict since a corruption probe
targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 14, 2014

Turkish police raid media outlets close to Gulen, detain 23 people

ISTANBUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Turkish police raided media
outlets close to U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on
Sunday and detained 23 people nationwide in operations against
what President Tayyip Erdogan says is a network conspiring to
topple him.

The raids on Zaman newspaper and Samanyolu television marked
an escalation of Erdogan’s battle against his former ally Gulen,
with whom he has been in open conflict since a corruption probe
targeting Erdogan’s inner circle emerged a year ago.

Dec 12, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan signals fresh moves against Gulen supporters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan signaled a fresh campaign against supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen on Friday, vowing to pursue them “in their lairs”.

The pledge came a year after the emergence of corruption investigations targeting Erdogan’s inner circle which he said was a plot to topple him orchestrated by a “parallel structure” of supporters of Gulen. The cleric, a former ally of Erdogan, denies the charge.

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