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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.

Apr 12, 2015

Five Kurdish militants killed in clash in eastern Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Five Kurdish insurgents were killed in a clash with Turkish forces in the eastern Agri province on Saturday, the military said, after it sent in extra troops and armed helicopters against the militants.

Turkey called in the back-up force, including reconnaissance planes, after insurgents from the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) opened fire and wounded four soldiers in Agri’s Diyadin district near the Iranian border, the military said on its website.

Apr 11, 2015

Turkey says sends more troops, aerial support to fight Kurdish militants

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey sent extra troops, reconnaissance planes and armed helicopters into its eastern Agri province on Saturday after four soldiers were wounded in a clash with Kurdish insurgents, the military said.

The fighting was centered in Agri’s Diyadin district near the Iranian border, the military said on its website. The government said the PKK rebels were trying to destabilize the country before a parliamentary election in June.

Apr 9, 2015

Turkey’s Erdogan says Egypt should free Mursi before it can restore ties

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Egypt should free ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from jail and lift death sentences against his supporters before Ankara could consider an improvement in relations with Cairo.

Ties between the two former allies have been strained since then Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled elected President Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.

Apr 7, 2015

Turkish academics to fight Twitter and Facebook ban in court

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Two Turkish academics on Tuesday appealed a court order that allowed authorities to block access to Twitter and YouTube for several hours this week, a crackdown they say reflects Ankara’s growing authoritarianism.

Turkey has taken a tough stance on social media under President Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling AK Party he founded. It temporarily banned both sites last year in a bid to prevent the circulation of leaked recordings during a corruption scandal.