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Aug 30, 2013

Besiktas out of Europe after CAS upholds ban

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish club Besiktas have been excluded from the Europa League this season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a UEFA-imposed one-year ban from European competition for match-fixing, CAS said on Friday.

The decision comes two days after CAS dismissed an similar appeal by rival Istanbul club Fenerbahce for a two-year UEFA ban over a separate match-fixing case, which along with a rash of doping cases has tarnished the image of Turkish sport.

Aug 30, 2013

Soccer-Besiktas out of Europe after CAS upholds ban

ISTANBUL, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Turkish club Besiktas have been excluded from the Europa League this season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a UEFA-imposed one-year ban from European competition for match-fixing, CAS said on Friday.

The decision comes two days after CAS dismissed an similar appeal by rival Istanbul club Fenerbahce for a two-year UEFA ban over a seperate match-fixing case, which along with a rash of doping cases has tarnished the image of Turkish sport.

Aug 28, 2013

Fenerbahce out of Europe after CAS upholds ban

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish side Fenerbahce will be unable to compete in the Europa League this season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a UEFA-imposed two-year ban from European competition over a match-fixing scandal on Wednesday.

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote on whether Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics due on September 7, the timing of the announcement delivers another body blow to the tarnished image of Turkish sport.

Aug 28, 2013

Soccer-Fenerbahce out of Europe after CAS upholds ban

ISTANBUL, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Turkish side Fenerbahce will be unable to compete in the Europa League this season after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld a UEFA-imposed two-year ban from European competition over a match-fixing scandal on Wednesday.

With the International Olympic Committee (IOC) vote on whether Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics due on Sept. 7, the timing of the announcement delivers another body blow to the tarnished image of Turkish sport.

Aug 19, 2013

Kurdish militants in war of words with Turkey over withdrawal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Kurdish militant group said on Monday it was keeping its side of the bargain in a peace process with Turkey to end a 29-year-old insurgency, rejecting Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s accusation it had failed to withdraw most of its fighters.

In the latest salvo in a war of words highlighting distrust between the two sides, the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said Ankara had failed to take steps beyond halting military action to end a conflict which has killed more than 40,000 people.

Aug 6, 2013

Turkey’s Ergenekon trial verdicts set to entrench divisions

ISTANBUL, Aug 6 (Reuters) – The conviction of more than 250
people on conspiracy charges may be seen by supporters of Prime
Minister Tayyip Erdogan as a triumph for Turkish democracy, but
for many the landmark rulings have exposed deep divisions over
the country’s political future.

A court on Monday jailed a former military chief for life
and imprisoned scores of other retired officers, journalists,
academics and opposition politicians for plotting to overthrow
Erdogan’s Islamist-rooted government.

Aug 4, 2013

Turkish court to announce verdicts in Ergenekon conspiracy case

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court will pass judgment on Monday on nearly 300 defendants accused of plotting to topple the government in a battleground case in the decade-long conflict between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey’s secularist establishment.

Security forces set up barricades around the courthouse in the Silivri jail complex, west of Istanbul, to tighten security after the defendants’ supporters vowed to hold a demonstration against the five-year trial that has exposed deep divisions in Turkish society.

Aug 3, 2013

Turkey appoints new military commanders as government asserts control

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey appointed new military commanders on Saturday in an overhaul of its top ranks that underlined the government’s control over armed forces which once dominated political life.

NATO’s second largest army is facing multiple challenges as conflict in neighboring Syria spills across the border and a peace process with Kurdish militants looks increasingly fragile.

Jul 19, 2013

Kurd militants give Turkey “final warning” on peace deal

ISTANBUL, July 19 (Reuters) – Kurdish militants issued what
they said was a “final warning” to Turkey on Friday to take
concrete steps to advance a peace process aimed at ending a
three-decade insurgency, or be responsible for it grinding to a
halt.

Jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan
and Ankara launched peace talks last October to halt a conflict
which has killed 40,000 people and blighted Turkey’s mainly
Kurdish southeast.

Jul 16, 2013

Kurdish peace process under threat as militants step up activity

ISTANBUL, July 16 (Reuters) – A surge in Kurdish militant
activity in southeast Turkey is fuelling fears that a peace
process with Ankara could unravel, complicating the government’s
task of enacting reforms without inflaming nationalist
sentiment.

Jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan
and Ankara launched peace talks last October with the goal of
ending a conflict which has killed 40,000 people in three
decades and stunted the mainly Kurdish southeast’s development.

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