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Mar 12, 2014

Collapse of coup trial unnerves Turks as Erdogan switches tack

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the jailing of army officers, academics and journalists on coup plot charges last year as a key moment in his drive to tame Turkey’s army. Now as the case unravels, his camp suggests some should never have been put behind bars.

The slow collapse of the “Ergenekon” case has exposed the judiciary – central to efforts to anchor democracy in Turkey – as a system in disarray, caught in a new power struggle between Erdogan and an Islamist cleric. That raises questions for foreign investors and the EU, which Ankara seeks to join.

Mar 10, 2014

Turkish ‘coup’ convicts freed amid political turmoil

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey ordered the release of 19 men convicted of plotting a coup, days after an ex-military chief was freed in a case now entwined in a power struggle between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and a U.S.-based Muslim cleric.

The 19 people, including prominent journalists, lawyers, retired military officers, a convicted gang leader and the killer of a top court judge, were among hundreds convicted in the “Ergenekon” case, which lay at the heart of Erdogan’s drive to break the political power of Turkey’s military.

Mar 10, 2014

Turkish coup trial convicts freed amid political turmoil

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey ordered the release of five men convicted of plotting a coup, days after an ex-military chief was freed in a case that has come to highlight a power struggle between Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and a U.S.-based Islamic cleric.

The five – a journalist, two lawyers, a retired colonel and a convicted gang leader – were among hundreds convicted in the “Ergenekon” case, which played a central role in Erdogan’s drive to break the political power of Turkey’s military.

Feb 14, 2014

Childhood epic, religious drama vie for Berlin film prize

BERLIN, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Films ranging from a
coming-of-age docudrama using the same actors over a 12-year
span, a feature about radical Catholics and an unflinching look
at Northern Ireland’s troubles stand out as possible winners at
the annual Berlin film festival.

Twenty titles will compete for the Golden Bear award on
Saturday night at the 2014 Berlinale although some critics have
called the lineup a letdown despite the screening of more than
400 films from around the globe.

Feb 13, 2014

Linklater’s family saga, 12-years to make, captivates Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. director Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” which portrays an American family over a 12-year-period as the two children mature into young adults has emerged as a leading contender for the top award at this year’s Berlin film festival.

The movie, shot at regular intervals from 2002 as the actors steadily aged, is a tender meditation on the passage of time, the messiness of human relationships and modern American life.

Feb 11, 2014

Afghan war movie probes German historical angst, self-image

BERLIN (Reuters) – Frustration with a lack of open discussion in Germany over its involvement in Afghanistan and over Berlin’s treatment of Afghans helping its troops there spurred the making of the film “Inbetween Worlds” by director Feo Aladag.

The movie’s premiere on Tuesday at the Berlin International Film Festival coincided with signs that Germany – long wary of overseas military entanglements due to its Nazi past – is becoming keener to play a more active global role in keeping with its wealth and size.

Feb 10, 2014

Pussy Riot members say Russia is blocking drive to help prisoners

BERLIN (Reuters) – Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on Monday of obstructing their campaign to improve conditions in Russia’s jails, and called for international monitoring.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were themselves freed from jail in December under an amnesty, also said they might consider stepping up their political activism by running for election to the Moscow city government.

Feb 9, 2014

Racy von Trier film, film on radical Catholics, paired in Berlin

BERLIN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Danish director Lars von Trier
premiered a “director’s cut” of “Nymphomaniac” at the Berlin
film festival on Sunday, but stayed away from the media on a day
that also saw the premiere of a film about strict Catholicism’s
impact on a teenage girl.

Von Trier’s film starring young actress Stacy Martin and a
long list of actors as her sexual partners, drew long queues to
cinemas, even though it is being shown out of competition for
the festival’s top prize to be awarded next Saturday.

Feb 9, 2014

Film on radical Catholics, racy von Trier film, paired in Berlin

BERLIN, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Films at the extremes of the
cinema agenda, one a German-made look at an adolescent girl’s
tortured life in a strict Catholic family, the other director
Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac”, highlighted day four of the
Berlin film festival on Sunday.

Von Trier’s film starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and an
extended list of movie world notables as her sexual partners,
drew long queues to cinemas, even though it is being shown out
of competition.

Feb 7, 2014

Gritty tales from mean streets to New Mexico kick off Berlin film race

BERLIN, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Two powerful films, one looking at
the plight of boys abandoned in Berlin, the other about an
ex-convict haunted by his violent past, kicked off the
competition for best picture at the 64th Berlin International
Film Festival on Friday.

A third competition film, the Northern Ireland-conflict
themed “’71″ capped the day with a harrowing look at a British
soldier’s plight when he is left behind in a rebellious Catholic
nationalist neighbourhood after his patrol gets ambushed in a
riot in Belfast.

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