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Nov 7, 2013

Kurds protest against wall along Turkey’s border with Syria

NUSAYBIN, Turkey (Reuters) – Thousands of Kurds protested on Thursday against Turkish plans to build a wall along the Syrian border, calling it a move to stop Kurdish communities strengthening cross-frontier ties as Syria splinters from civil war.

The rally underscored the sectarian strains spilling over from Syria’s war, which grew out of a 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and has fragmented into a patchwork of antagonistic ethnic and sectarian pockets that risk destabilizing neighboring Middle Eastern countries.

Oct 16, 2013

Turkey says it fires on Islamist militant positions in Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s army said on Wednesday it had fired on al Qaeda-linked militants in northern Syria after a stray mortar bomb hit Turkish territory, highlighting the growing threat from radical groups over its southern border.

Fighters from the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have seized territory in parts of Syria near the Turkish border in recent weeks, leaving the already fragile frontier even more vulnerable.

Oct 14, 2013

Kurdish militant leader demands meaningful Turkey negotiations

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on Monday for the Turkish government to launch meaningful negotiations with him to end a 29-year conflict or his hope in a fragile peace process would turn to disillusionment.

Ocalan, imprisoned on an island south of Istanbul, began talks with state officials a year ago with the aim of halting an insurgency which has killed more than 40,000 people and stunted development in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.

Sep 3, 2013

Olympics-Istanbul clings to bid hopes as blows rain down

ISTANBUL, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Along the picturesque Bosphorus Straits dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul is undergoing a transformation which should fill Turkey with confidence in its bid to become the first Muslim country to stage the Olympics in 2020.

Overlooking the waterway, mechanical diggers are tearing down Besiktas’ Inonu Stadium to make way for a state-of-the-art facility earmarked to stage rugby in 2020, and to the north construction of the city’s third suspension bridge is underway.

Aug 31, 2013

Istanbul clings to bid hopes as blows rain down

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Along the picturesque Bosphorus Straits dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul is undergoing a transformation which should fill Turkey with confidence in its bid to become the first Muslim country to stage the Olympics in 2020.

Overlooking the waterway, mechanical diggers are tearing down Besiktas’ Inonu Stadium to make way for a state-of-the-art facility earmarked to stage rugby in 2020, and to the north construction of the city’s third suspension bridge is underway.

Aug 31, 2013

Olympics-Istanbul clings to bid hopes as blows rain down

ISTANBUL, Aug 31 (Reuters) – Along the picturesque Bosphorus Straits dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul is undergoing a transformation which should fill Turkey with confidence in its bid to become the first Muslim country to stage the Olympics in 2020.

Overlooking the waterway, mechanical diggers are tearing down Besiktas’ Inonu Stadium to make way for a state-of-the-art facility earmarked to stage rugby in 2020, and to the north construction of the city’s third suspension bridge is underway.

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.

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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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