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Nov 6, 2015

Turkish aid agency encourages refugees to stay in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is encouraging displaced civilians to remain in Syria and is supporting aid camps there but it does not intend to shut its borders to those fleeing the civil war, the head of Turkey’s disaster management agency said on Friday.

Turkey is under pressure from the European Union, which it aspires to join, to keep refugees on its soil and help stem the biggest migration crisis Europe has faced since World War Two. It has offered financial aid and accelerated membership talks.

Oct 29, 2015

Turkey ruling party hopes crackdown on Kurds will win back support in heartland

KAYSERI, Turkey (Reuters) – Like other conservative voters in Turkey’s pious, Anatolian heartland, 55-year-old Yasin deserted the ruling AK Party in June parliamentary elections, fearing it had gone soft on Kurdish militants after years of peace talks.

Now, he says, he has been wooed back by a renewed crackdown on insurgents of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and plans to once again vote for the AKP in the Nov. 1 election re-run.

Oct 23, 2015

Turkey says new wave of Syrian refugees will head for Europe

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is preparing for tens of thousands more refugees from Syria as government forces and Russian warplanes pound opposition-held areas, and officials said many would try illegally to get to Europe.

Syrian government troops and their allies, backed by Russian jets, launched an offensive against rebels battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad south of Aleppo, still home to two million people, a week ago.

Oct 18, 2015

In school on Syria border, Turkey’s challenges as EU gatekeeper are clear

SURUC, Turkey (Reuters) – So remote are their hopes of returning to Syria that even some of the teachers in the schools for refugees in Turkey quit to go to Europe.

“Two teachers left from our school, but from another school five teachers went,” said Ahmet Shahine, a 35-year old with graying hair who teaches Arabic at a refugee school set up within a primary school in the border town of Suruc.

Oct 2, 2015

No school for 400,000 Syrian refugee children in Turkey – official

ANKARA (Reuters) – Out of 640,000 Syrian children in Turkey, 400,000 are not at school, a Turkish official told Reuters on Friday, warning that those who miss out are likely to be exploited by “gangs and criminals”.

Educating the children among more than 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey – most of whom live outside purpose-built camps – is seen as a critical part of the humanitarian response to the four-and-a-half-year-old conflict.

Sep 30, 2015

Western-backed Syrian rebel group says hit by Russian air strikes

ANKARA (Reuters) – Russian air strikes in northwest Syria which Moscow said targeted Islamic State fighters hit a rebel group supported by Western opponents of President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, wounding eight, the group’s commander said.

He said the fighters were hit in the countryside of Hama province, where the group has a headquarters.

Sep 29, 2015

Cola trumps politics in Japan’s $110 mln bet on Turkish consumer

ANKARA, Sept 29 (Reuters) – When Japanese drinks firm Dydo
Drinco said last week it would spend $110 million to
acquire three Turkish beverage makers, it marked a rare bit of
positive news for an economy that lately seems to have few
foreign admirers.

Once a darling of overseas investors, Turkey’s star has
fallen dramatically this year as political uncertainty and the
collapse of a ceasefire with Kurdish militants have helped send
the lira currency and economic confidence to record lows.

Sep 15, 2015

Turkish security forces stop migrants bound for Greek border

EDIRNE/ISTANBUL, Turkey, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Turkish
security forces stopped hundreds of people, mainly Syrians, from
travelling towards western Turkey’s border with Greece on
Tuesday in a bid to reach Europe, potentially opening up a new
front in the escalating migrant crisis.

Turkey’s gendarmerie briefly threw up barricades near the
border city of Edirne, around 17 km (10 miles) by road from the
Greek border, as hundreds of people there thronged the main
highway, and others took to surrounding hills in a bid to reach
the frontier.

Sep 10, 2015

Turkish economy grows more than forecasts but political uncertainty threatens momentum

ISTANBUL, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Turkey’s economy grew a
greater-than-expected 3.8 percent in the second quarter, data
showed on Thursday, a rare positive surprise for a government
grappling with expectations of a second-half slowdown in growth.

However, the data was not enough to dislodge the lira
currency from near a record low, underscoring investors’ chronic
concern about political uncertainty ahead of a Nov.1 election
and as fighting continues between Kurdish militants and security

Sep 1, 2015

Turkey’s G20 presidency becomes casualty of political turmoil

ANKARA, Sept 1 (Reuters) – When Turkey took over the helm of
the G20 this year, it hoped to promote an image of an emerging
economic power forging a strategy to tackle sluggish global
growth and giving low-income nations a stronger voice.

But as G20 finance ministers and central bankers meet in
Ankara this week, such aspirations seem unlikely to be realised.
Political upheaval at home and conflict on its borders have
diverted its attention and left Turkey looking anything but a
model emerging market.