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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.

Aug 13, 2015

Turkish lira at record low, stocks slide after coalition talks ends

ISTANBUL, Aug 13 (Reuters) – The Turkish lira hit a record
low and stocks tumbled 3 percent on Thursday after coalition
talks between the ruling AK Party and the main opposition ended
negatively, setting the stage for a snap election.

“It’s not clear when elections will be. But the idea is that
it probably will act as yet another catalyst that impedes
investment,” said Manik Narain, a strategist at UBS in London.

Aug 7, 2015

Turkey will not give Syrian refugees right to work: labor minister

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Syrian refugees will not be granted special work permits, the labor minister said on Friday, explaining that such a program would be unfair to Turks seeking work.

Hosting close to two million refugees from Syria at a cost of more than $5 billion, Turkey has been praised internationally for its humanitarian response to the four-year conflict on its border. But with the vast majority of those fleeing war eking out a living outside well equipped refugee camps, the aid effort becomes more complicated.

Jul 25, 2015

Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants.

Hours after the initial attacks, fighter jets were launched in a second round against Islamic State, while others targeted militants camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to local media.

Jul 25, 2015

Turkey stages first air strikes on Islamic State in Syria

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants.

Hours after the initial attacks, fighter jets were launched in a second round against Islamic State, while others targeted militants camps of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to local media.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkey stages first airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria, rounds up Kurds

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, with President Tayyip Erdogan promising more decisive action against both the jihadists and Kurdish militants at home.

The air strikes, which followed a phone conversation between Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, were accompanied by a series of police raids across Turkey to detain hundreds of suspected militants, including from Kurdish groups.

Jul 24, 2015

Turkish warplanes pound Islamic State in Syria as Ankara steps up to front-line

ANKARA/ELBEYLI, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish warplanes pounded Islamic State targets in Syria and police detained hundreds of suspected militants across Turkey on Friday, a sign that Ankara may have shed its hesitancy in taking a front-line role against jihadist fighters.

Turkey has long been a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, emphasizing the need to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and saying Syrian Kurdish forces also pose a grave security threat.

Jul 22, 2015

Kurd militants say kill two Turkish police to avenge Islamic State bombing

ANKARA (Reuters) – Kurdish militants claimed responsibility for the assassination on Wednesday of two Turkish police officers in what they said was retaliation for a suspected Islamic State suicide bombing which killed 32 mostly young students.

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) said in a statement on one of its websites that the two police officers were killed at around 6 a.m. in the south-eastern town of Ceylanpinar for “collaboration with the Daesh (Islamic State) gangs”.

Jul 22, 2015

Suspected Turkish suicide bomber had travelled to Syria – officials

ANKARA, July 22 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber who killed at
least 32 people, mostly young students, in southeastern Turkey
is thought to have travelled to Syria last year with the help of
a group linked to Islamic State, a senior Turkish official said
on Wednesday.

There was “strong evidence” to suggest the bombing in the
border town of Suruc on Monday was carried out by a 20-year old
man born in the southeastern province of Adiyaman and of Kurdish
origin, the official told Reuters.

Jul 8, 2015

New Uber boat service seeks to bypass Istanbul’s choking traffic

ISTANBUL, July 8 (Reuters) – With the towering bridges that
span the Bosphorus choked by traffic, a new boat service from
Uber aims to capitalise on Istanbul’s infamous road
congestion.

In partnership with local sea transport company Navette the
Uber Boat venture is unlikely to net a significant chunk of the
company’s Turkey revenue, but it is further evidence of the
strategy underpinning its offerings – making it easier to
transport anything, in any way, by first booking a pickup
through a mobile app.