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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.

Jul 13, 2013

France sink Uruguay in shootout to win Under-20 World Cup

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – France defeated Uruguay 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win their first Under-20s World Cup title on Saturday after a fiercely-contested final ended 0-0 after extra-time.

Dimitri Foulquier scored the decisive fourth spot kick in front of a sparse crowd, beating Uruguay keeper Guillermo de Amores to seal victory for France who beat Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ghana on the way to the final.

Jul 13, 2013

Soccer-France sink Uruguay in shootout to win Under-20 World Cup

ISTANBUL, July 13 (Reuters) – France defeated Uruguay 4-1 in a penalty shootout to win their first Under-20s World Cup title on Saturday after a fiercely-contested final ended 0-0 after extra-time.

Dimitri Foulquier scored the decisive fourth spot kick in front of a sparse crowd, beating Uruguay keeper Guillermo de Amores to seal victory for France who beat Turkey, Uzbekistan and Ghana on the way to the final.

Jul 10, 2013

Kurdish rebels promote hawk as peace process falters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Kurdish rebels have named a veteran senior militant as co-head of their political wing, replacing a relative moderate and clouding the future of a peace process with the Turkish state that has been disrupted by renewed violence.

The umbrella political group of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) publicly reaffirmed on Wednesday a commitment to ending the conflict, which has killed 40,000 people in 29 years.

Jul 8, 2013

Turkish police fired water cannon to prevent park protest

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police fired teargas and water cannon on Monday at protesters who tried to defy a closure order and enter an Istanbul park at the centre of protests against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Gezi Park was only open for a few hours after Istanbul’s governor allowed people back in, following often violent protests last month against plans to redevelop the area, when riot police ordered it shut ahead of a planned rally.

Jul 8, 2013

Turkey reopens Istanbul park at heart of protests

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey reopened an Istanbul park at the heart of last month’s demonstrations against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and protest leaders called a rally there for Monday evening in defiance of the city governor.

Istanbul Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu announced the reopening three weeks after riot police expelled protesters from Gezi Park following a fortnight of frequently violent protests against plans to redevelop the area.

Jun 28, 2013

Kurdish party to press Turkish government with protest marches

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish party called on Friday for marches in three major cities this weekend to launch a summer of protests aimed at raising pressure on the government to carry out reforms under a peace process with Kurdish militants.

Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants began withdrawing from Turkish territory to bases in northern Iraq last month as part of a deal between the state and the group’s jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a conflict which has killed 40,000.

Jun 27, 2013

U.N. climate chief welcomes Obama plan, wants U.S. energy czar

ISTANBUL, June 27 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new
pledges on curbing carbon emissions drew a cautious welcome from
the U.N. climate change chief on Thursday, but she said no
country was doing enough and proposed the White House appoint an
energy czar to coordinate reforms.

Obama revived his stalled climate change agenda on Tuesday,
promising new rules to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power
plants and moves to support renewable energy.

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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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