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Jul 31, 2014

Kurdish oil exports stumble as U.S. buyer balks; more tankers in limbo

HOUSTON/ISTANBUL, July 31 (Reuters) – Efforts by Iraqi
Kurdistan to boost its finances through bulk oil sales suffered
a setback on Thursday as its main U.S. customer swore off more
purchases and Baghdad vowed to block delivery from oil-laden
vessels like one the Kurds were loading for export.

U.S.-based chemicals and refining company LyondellBasell
, in its first comments on the controversy, said that
after receiving previous shipments it was halting all purchases
of what it called disputed Iraqi crude.

Jul 30, 2014

Iraqi Kurdish pipeline stopped; tanker in limbo off Texas

ISTANBUL/LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan’s
attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another
obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry
sources said the autonomous region’s pipeline to the
Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not launched any
oil tankers from the Turkish port of Ceyhan in over a month as
Baghdad has moved to block the vessels from unloading at foreign
ports.

Jul 22, 2014

Fight against domestic violence stalls in patriarchal Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Beaten, burned and threatened by her husband, Hayat has repeatedly turned to the Turkish authorities for help. But she still lives with the man who tells her she belongs either to him, or in her grave.

She says she has reason to be afraid. Last year, 13 women in Turkey were murdered by their partners whilst nominally under state protection, according to official figures.

Jul 8, 2014

Terror and sympathy from Turkish hostages seized in Iraq

SANLIURFA Turkey (Reuters) – When truck driver Vehbi Demir was handcuffed by masked Islamists wielding machine guns and driven to an unknown destination, he little imagined he would end up sympathizing with the militants’ cause.

Demir was among 32 Turkish truck drivers seized by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul last month, as the Sunni insurgents seized territory in an offensive that threatens to break up the country.

Jun 30, 2014

Presidential race highlights Erdogan’s reshaping of Turkish politics

ISTANBUL/ANKARA, June 30 (Reuters) – A quick glance at the
emerging candidates for Turkey’s first direct presidential poll
illustrates the dramatic change wrought in the country by Tayyip
Erdogan’s 11-year premiership; an old secularist elite has
yielded the stage to two men of Islamist pedigree and a third
from a long-suppressed Kurdish minority.

“It is certainly novel, a new republic,” says Soli Ozel, a
professor in political science at Istanbul’s Kadir Has
University. “We really are in uncharted waters.”

Jun 16, 2014

Kurdish oil exports rise as Iraq faces off with insurgents

ANKARA, June 16 (Reuters) – As Iraq struggles to stop an
insurgency by Islamist militants, its autonomous region
Kurdistan is ramping up independent oil exports, with a third
tanker set to load a cargo of crude from its disputed pipeline.

The third tanker is scheduled to depart Turkey’s
Mediterranean port of Ceyhan on June 22 carrying oil pumped
through Kurdistan’s new pipeline, which by-passes Baghdad,
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Monday.

May 30, 2014

Turkey’s TPAO signs deal to buy Total’s stake in Azeri gas project Shah Deniz

ISTANBUL, May 30 (Reuters) – Turkey’s state oil company TPAO
signed a deal on Friday to acquire French energy company Total’s
10 percent stake in Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz gas
project, at a signing ceremony in Istanbul.

The agreement increases TPAO’s stake in the project to 19
percent from a previous 9 percent, while Total exits the
project. Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.

May 28, 2014

Turkish mine disaster highlights gaps in safety regulation

SOMA/ISTANBUL/LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) – Taner Yildirim was
never surprised when safety inspectors turned up at the Soma
mine in eastern Turkey, where 301 miners were killed this month
just weeks after inspectors gave it a clean bill of health. He
said he always had plenty of warning.

“They (management) tell us about a few weeks prior to the
inspection; so we get ready,” the miner, who wasn’t working on
the day of the disaster, told Reuters.

May 22, 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan loads 1st pipeline oil sale despite row with Baghdad

ANKARA/ISTANBUL, May 22 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan started
loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish
port on Thursday despite a dispute with Baghdad, which claims
sole authority over Iraqi oil and declares any independently
sold oil as ‘smuggled’.

The cargo of 1 million barrels of crude oil was being loaded
on a tanker in the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, Turkish Energy
Minister Taner Yildiz told Reuters on Thursday.

May 20, 2014

Turkish miners stay off work after disaster, eight suspects held

SOMA, Turkey (Reuters) – Several thousand workers stayed away on Tuesday from mines run by a company at the center of Turkey’s worst industrial disaster, with the main labor union demanding strict site inspections.

Three hundred and one miners died last week after a fire in a mine in Soma, a small town 480 km (300 miles) southwest of Istanbul, fuelling anger in a nation which has long had one of the world’s worst workplace safety records.