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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.

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.

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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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