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Jul 5, 2014

Allawi warns risk of Iraq’s dismemberment unless Maliki goes

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former Iraqi prime minister Iyad Allawi called on incumbent Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday to give up his bid for a third term in power or risk the dismemberment of Iraq.

Maliki on Friday rejected a chorus of such calls since militants of a group now calling itself the Islamic State rampaged through swathes of Iraq and declared a mediaeval-style caliphate in land they control in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Jun 20, 2014

General jailed in Turkey’s ‘coup plot’ case says he was victim of conspiracy

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Turkish military officers convicted of plotting to overthrow the government were themselves victims of a conspiracy concocted with the knowledge of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, the chief suspect in the case said on Friday.

Speaking a day after his release from jail, retired General Cetin Dogan said the Sledgehammer case would not be over until those behind the conspiracy were imprisoned.

Jun 19, 2014

Hundreds of Turkish army officers freed from jail in ‘coup plot’ case

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of military officers convicted of plotting to topple Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan began emerging from jail on Thursday, a day after the country’s top court ruled their trial was flawed.

There were emotional scenes outside prisons in Ankara and Istanbul as the released soldiers were reunited with their families who greeted them with Turkish flags and flowers, some shedding tears of joy.

Jun 19, 2014

Hundreds of Turkish army officers convicted of coup plot seek release

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Hundreds of Turkish military officers convicted of plotting to topple Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan were petitioning for release on Thursday after the country’s top court ruled their trial was flawed.

The 2010-2012 “Sledgehammer” trial marked a high-point in Erdogan’s drive to tame an army that for decades had dominated politics. But in consigning a large number of senior serving as well as retired officers to jail, it also eroded NATO’s second biggest army amid tension on borders with Syria and Iraq.

Jun 2, 2014

Turkey, Kurds see peace talks progress despite southeast unrest

ISTANBUL, June 2 (Reuters) – Turkey’s peace talks with
Kurdish rebels are advancing despite recent unrest in the
southeast, representatives of both sides said, and could boost
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s hopes of becoming president.

Erdogan is widely expected to run in Turkey’s first direct
presidential election in August and support from its Kurdish
minority, which accounts for around a fifth of the population,
could be key to his chances of success.

May 14, 2014

Mine disaster casts spotlight on Turkey’s industry regulation

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Opposition politician Ozgur Ozel held a miner’s helmet aloft in parliament last month as he demanded an investigation into a spate of mining accidents in the western Turkish town of Soma.

His call was rejected by deputies from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party, whose overwhelming parliamentary majority enables them to block almost every opposition motion.

May 12, 2014

Turkish PM signals to intensify state purge ahead of expected presidential bid

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, expected to run for president in August, has signaled that he will intensify a purge of state institutions to curb the influence of an Islamic cleric he accuses of trying to topple him.

Erdogan used a speech on Sunday after a meeting of his ruling AK Party to make clear his battle with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen is far from over.

Apr 24, 2014

Turkey c.bank brushes off political pressure for rate cuts in view of high inflation

ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank kept
its main interest rates on hold on Thursday, brushing off
political pressure for cuts and saying it will keep monetary
policy tight until the inflation outlook improves significantly,
in comments that helped lift the lira.

The bank kept its overnight lending rate at 12 percent, its
one-week repo rate at 10 percent, and its overnight borrowing
rate at 8 percent, as predicted by all but one economist in a
Reuters poll.

Mar 30, 2014

Strong Turkish vote result seen emboldening scandal-hit Erdogan

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AKP party appeared on Sunday to be heading for a clear victory in local polls that have become a referendum on a prime minister facing corruption scandals and security leaks he blames on “traitors” embedded in state bodies.

With about half of votes counted, results cited on Turkish television put his Islamist-rooted AK Party ahead with 44-46 percent, the main opposition CHP on 23-28 percent. If that result were borne out, Erdogan might claim at least for now to have ridden out the biggest challenges to his 12-year rule.

Mar 23, 2014

Turkey shoots down Syrian plane it says violated air space

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish armed forces shot down a Syrian plane on Sunday that Ankara said had crossed into its air space in an area where Syrian rebels have been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for control of a border crossing.

“A Syrian plane violated our airspace,” Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told an election rally in northwest Turkey. “Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? Because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard.”

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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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