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May 21, 2015

Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas

ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters.

The witness testimony contradicts Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

May 21, 2015

Exclusive: Turkish intelligence helped ship arms to Syrian Islamist rebel areas – court documents

ADANA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey’s state intelligence agency helped deliver arms to parts of Syria under Islamist rebel control during late 2013 and early 2014, according to a prosecutor and court testimony from gendarmerie officers seen by Reuters.

The witness testimony contradicts Turkey’s denials that it sent arms to Syrian rebels and, by extension, contributed to the rise of Islamic State, now a major concern for the NATO member.

May 1, 2015

Turkish police fire tear gas, water cannon at May Day protesters

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon at hundreds of stone-throwing May Day protesters on Friday, after they defied a ban and tried to march on Istanbul’s Taksim Square.

Europe’s biggest city was under a security lockdown as thousands of police manned barricades and closed streets to stop demonstrations at Taksim, a traditional rallying ground for leftists that saw weeks of unrest in 2013.

May 1, 2015

Istanbul goes into security lockdown to stop May Day rallies

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Istanbul went into a security lockdown on Friday as thousands of police manned barricades and closed streets to stop May Day rallies at Taksim Square, a symbolic point for protests.

Citing security concerns, authorities shut down much of the city’s public transport and dispatched riot police to block Taksim off from demonstrators. A traditional rallying ground for leftists, the central square saw weeks of unrest in 2013.

Apr 24, 2015

Total seeks sale of its fuel retailing business in Turkey – sources

ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) – Total aims to sell
its fuel distribution business in Turkey and has asked Societe
Generale to lead the process, sources said on Friday, as the
French oil producer looks to retreat from a highly competitive
and regulated market.

Turkey has some of the steepest fuel prices in Europe but
heavy taxes and other regulations leave little profit margin for
the 70 different retailers.

Apr 22, 2015

Turkey says Austrian accusation of Armenian genocide damages ties permanently

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey told Austria on Wednesday that an Austrian parliamentary declaration describing the 1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as ‘genocide’ would permanently damage the two countries’ relations.

“This declaration… has caused outrage for us,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We reject this biased attitude of the Austrian parliament, trying to lecture others on history, which has no room in today’s world.

Apr 22, 2015

Turkey faces delicate battle against Islamic State sympathizers at home

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Defne Bayrak’s husband was a suicide bomber who killed CIA operatives in a 2009 attack in Afghanistan. Now, she is among the hundreds of Turks using social media to show support for Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey, a Sunni Muslim nation with a secular constitution, is a member, albeit reluctantly, of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State. Most of its 77 million people are deeply opposed to the militant group’s savage tactics.

Apr 21, 2015

Interview: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says new leaders taking over

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is rising again under young new leaders despite the sentencing of former president Mohamed Mursi and the widespread jailing of its members, one of its senior figures said on Tuesday.

Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Twelve other senior Brotherhood members were sentenced alongside him.

Apr 21, 2015

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood says new leaders taking over

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is rising again under young new leaders despite the sentencing of former president Mohamed Mursi and the widespread jailing of its members, one of its senior figures said on Tuesday.

Mursi was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on Tuesday on charges arising from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Twelve other senior Brotherhood members were sentenced alongside him.

Apr 21, 2015

Pro-Kurdish party vows to be ‘nightmare’ for Turkey’s Erdogan

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) vowed on Tuesday to be President Tayyip Erdogan’s “nightmare” if it enters parliament after a June election by blocking his plans for an executive presidency.

Unveiling a leftist election manifesto which reaches beyond its Kurdish grassroots, the HDP also demanded greater rights for women and minorities in Turkey while reaffirming its support for ending a 30-year conflict between the state and Kurdish rebels.