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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.

Nov 29, 2014

Pope Francis prays in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Pope Francis prayed silently alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque on Saturday, in a gesture of inter-religious harmony in a country bordering the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Francis took off his shoes as he entered the huge mosque, before bowing his head in prayer for several minutes, facing Mecca and standing next to Istanbul’s Grand Mufti Rahmi Yaran, in what a Vatican spokesman described as a joint “moment of silent adoration” of God.

Oct 16, 2014

With Syria at war, can Turkey and Ocalan still bring Kurds peace?

ISTANBUL/SURUC Turkey (Reuters) – As southeast Turkey’s Kurds rioted last week in fury at Ankara’s refusal to rescue the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani from advancing Islamists, it was to Abdullah Ocalan that Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu turned for help.

Sitting in jail on the windswept island where he has spent the last 15 years, Ocalan wields more power as a peacemaker than he ever did as the guerrilla commander leading a Kurdish insurgency in which 40,000 people have died.

Oct 15, 2014

U.S.-led air strikes intensify as Syria conflict destabilizes Turkey

MURSITPINAR Turkey/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – American-led forces have sharply intensified air strikes in the past two days against Islamic State fighters threatening Kurds on Syria’s Turkish border after the jihadists’ advance began to destabilize Turkey.

The coalition had conducted 21 attacks on the militants near the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani over Monday and Tuesday and appeared to have slowed Islamic State advances there, the U.S. military said, but cautioned the situation remained fluid.

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