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Jan 19, 2012

Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

ANKARA, Jan 19 (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister
warned Arab neighbours on Thursday not to put themselves in a
“dangerous position” by allying themselves too closely with
Washington in the escalating row over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for
a third of the world’s seaborne oil trade, if pending Western
moves to ban Iranian crude exports cripple its lifeblood energy
sector, fanning fears of a descent into wider Middle East war.

Dec 30, 2011

Turkey’s PM pledges full probe into deadly raid

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday promised a full investigation into airstrikes on the Iraqi border that killed 35 villagers whom the military had mistaken for Kurdish militants – an attack that has infuriated minority Kurds in Turkey and Iraq.

The strikes sparked clashes on Friday in Turkey’s restive mainly Kurdish southeast and in the autonomous Kurdish northern Iraq region.

Dec 30, 2011

Turkish rights groups want U.N. probe into deadly raid

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish rights groups called on Friday for a U.N.-sponsored investigation after Turkish warplanes killed 35 villagers in an airstrike targeting Kurdish rebels on the Iraqi border that the government has called an operational mistake.

The incident, which is under government investigation, has raised tensions with minority Kurds in Turkey, sparking clashes between stone-throwing protesters and police in cities in the restive mainly pro-Kurdish southeast and areas in Istanbul.

Dec 22, 2011

France passes genocide bill, angry Turkey cuts ties

PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) – France sparked a diplomatic row with Turkey on Thursday by taking steps to criminalize the denial of genocide, including the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, prompting Ankara to cancel all economic, political and military meetings.

Lawmakers in France’s National Assembly – the lower house of parliament – voted overwhelmingly in favour of a draft law outlawing genocide denial, which will be debated next year in the Senate.

Dec 22, 2011

Turkey blasts French genocide bill as racism, cuts ties

PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) – France sparked a major diplomatic row with Turkey on Thursday by taking steps to criminalize the denial of genocide, including the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, prompting Ankara to cancel all economic, political and military meetings.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the draft law put forward by members of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s ruling party was “politics based on racism, discrimination, xenophobia.”

Dec 16, 2011

Turkey says Syria to lose $100 mln in transport revenue

ANKARA, Dec 16 (Reuters) – Turkey said on Friday that
Syria would lose more than $100 million a year in transport
revenues as Ankara finds alternative routes to export goods to
the Middle East and Gulf.

Turkey is still trading with its neighbour but has sought
new trade routes to the Middle East since relations with
Damascus worsened.

Dec 11, 2011

Syrian defectors regroup in Turkey, plot Assad’s end

ANTAKYA, Turkey (Reuters) – Ayham Kurdi refused to open fire on unarmed protesters and is now an enemy of the Syrian state.

A captain in President Bashar al-Assad’s army, Kurdi, 30, a soft-spoken man with a trimmed black moustache, deserted his post in June and fled to neighboring Turkey with his family.

Dec 9, 2011

Gunfire spreads fear at Turkey-Syria border

GUVECCI, Turkey (Reuters) – Tracks used for decades to smuggle animals and petrol across the border between Turkey and Syria are becoming more hazardous by the day and people making the crossing now face mortal danger.

And it’s not just those on foot who are at risk. Lorry drivers who have returned from Syria talk of dead bodies by the roadside and burned-out military vehicles.

Nov 15, 2011

Turkey must overhaul media freedom laws – envoy

ANKARA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – European Union candidate
Turkey needs to change its attitude to media freedom and laws
under which more than 50 Turkish journalists languish in Turkish
jails, the head of the Council of Europe human rights body said
on Tuesday.

“We clearly have a situation that needs to be solved so that
Turkey moves forward,” secretary general Thorbjorn Jagland told
a group of foreign journalists in Ankara during a visit.

Oct 30, 2011

Play helps children heal from Turkish quake trauma

ERCIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Eleven-year-old Rumeysa Kalkan’s world was shattered on a sunny Sunday afternoon at 1.41 p.m.

That day, on October 23, a powerful earthquake killed nearly 600 people in eastern Turkey, devastating towns and villages and leaving tens of thousands homeless.