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Mar 11, 2014

Death of Turkish boy hurt in protests rekindles unrest across country

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer.

Police unleashed water cannon and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators, another pre-election headache for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he battles a corruption scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power.

Mar 7, 2014

Turkey’s former army chief freed from prison

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former army chief Ilker Basbug was released from a life sentence following a court decision on Friday, adding to uncertainty over the fate of court cases trying coup plots against Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The decision to release the former general came after Thursday’s constitutional court ruling that Basbug’s incarceration for his alleged role in the ‘Ergenekon’ conspiracy to overthrow the government violated his rights, as the court trying him had failed to publish a detailed verdict on the case.

Mar 7, 2014

Turkey local election holds key to Kurdish peace talks

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, March 7 (Reuters) – The face of jailed
Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan briefly beamed down from
billboards in southeast Turkey until police tore down the
posters, a mark of official unease over his enduring influence
among Kurds as local elections loom.

Ocalan’s supporters see the vote as a make-or-break moment
for stalled peace talks aimed at ending 30 years of conflict
between Ocalan’s separatist fighters and the Turkish state.

Mar 7, 2014

Erdogan says Turkey may ban Facebook, YouTube over wiretaps

ISTANBUL, March 7 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
has threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in Turkey in
an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio
recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other
malpractices in his inner circle.

In the latest recording, released on YouTube late Thursday,
Erdogan is purportedly heard berating a newspaper owner over the
telephone about an article and suggesting the journalists be
sacked, in comments that will further stoke concerns over media
freedom and Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership.

Mar 5, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan says calls with world leaders may have been bugged

ISTANBUL, March 5 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan, embroiled in a scandal over leaked voice recordings,
said on Wednesday his sensitive conversations with other world
leaders may have been tapped as part of a campaign by his
political enemies to discredit him.

Erdogan is locked in a power struggle with U.S.-based
Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally he says is behind
a stream of “fabricated” recordings aired on the Internet and
purportedly revealing corruption in his inner circle.

Feb 27, 2014

Gala’s Mancini rates Chelsea narrow favorites to progress

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Roberto Mancini rates Chelsea narrow favorites to reach the Champions League quarter-finals despite Galatasaray finishing the better side in the first-leg 1-1 draw.

The Turkish side’s manager was relieved his open tactics in the first 25 minutes on Wednesday did not result in more than the one goal his team conceded.

Feb 27, 2014

Soccer-Gala’s Mancini rates Chelsea narrow favourites to progess

ISTANBUL, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Roberto Mancini rates Chelsea narrow favourites to reach the Champions League quarter-finals despite Galatasaray finishing the better side in the first-leg 1-1 draw.

The Turkish side’s manager was relieved his open tactics in the first 25 minutes on Wednesday did not result in more than the one goal his team conceded.

Feb 24, 2014

Tesco in talks on future of Turkish business

ISTANBUL/LONDON Feb 24 (Reuters) – Tesco, the
world’s No. 3 retailer by sales, is in talks with several
companies over a possible restructuring of its struggling
business in Turkey.

The British retailer has been in Turkey since 2003 but has
suffered poor trading from its 191 stores recently, with
underlying sales at Tesco Kipa falling 10.7 percent in
its second quarter to the end of August.

Feb 10, 2014

Turkish Internet bill heaps pressure on President Gul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul faced growing pressure on Monday from the country’s opposition and bar association to veto a bill tightening control of the Internet, a move that would set him at odds with long-time ally Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan has defended the new powers, which were passed by parliament last week and enable the authorities to block web pages within hours, as vital for defending privacy, dismissing criticism that they will undermine freedom of speech.

Jan 28, 2014

Turkish central bank makes massive rate hike to stem lira fall

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank hiked all of its main interest rates in dramatic fashion at an emergency policy meeting, ignoring opposition from Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as it battles to defend a crumbling lira.

The bank raised its overnight lending rate to 12 percent from 7.75 percent, its one-week repo rate to 10 percent from 4.5, and its overnight borrowing rate to 8 percent from 3.5, much sharper moves than economists had forecast.

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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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