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Mar 1, 2013

Kerry to chide Turkish PM over Zionism comments

ANKARA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will upbraid Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for his description of Zionism as a crime against humanity, comments which could overshadow his first trip to a Muslim nation since taking office.

Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.

Mar 1, 2013

Zionism row risks overshadowing Kerry visit to Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) – A row over Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s description of Zionism as a crime against humanity risked overshadowing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Turkey on Friday, his first to a Muslim nation since taking office.

Kerry is meeting Turkish leaders in talks meant to focus on Syria’s civil war and bilateral interests from energy security to counter-terrorism.

Feb 7, 2013

Turkish officer resignations fuel fears over army morale

ANKARA (Reuters) – Scores of Turkish air force officers have quit since the start of the year, according to opposition lawmakers and media reports, a further sign of weak morale after a top naval commander quit over the jailing of hundreds of his colleagues.

Turkey has detained several hundred serving and retired officers in recent years under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, including as many as a fifth of its top military chiefs, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.

Feb 5, 2013

Turkey urged to speed up reforms of anti-terrorism law

ANKARA, Feb 5 (Reuters) – Turkey must speed up its reforms
of legislation such as the sweeping anti-terrorism laws under
which dozens of journalists have been jailed, the head of the
Council of Europe said on Tuesday.

Since coming to power in 2002, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
has earned praise for reforms aimed at bringing the EU candidate
nation closer to European Union norms and for liberalising an
economy that has seen unprecedented prosperity.

Feb 2, 2013

Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

ANKARA (Reuters) – A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.

The attacker detonated explosives strapped to his body after entering an embassy gatehouse. The blast could be heard a mile away. A lower leg and other human remains lay on the street.

Feb 1, 2013

Blast at U.S. embassy in Turkey kills at least one

ANKARA (Reuters) – An explosion at a side entrance to the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara killed at least one person and wounded several others on Friday and Turkish state media cited witnesses as saying was the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

A Reuters witness saw one wounded person being lifted into an ambulance as police cordoned off the area following the explosion, which sent smoke and debris flying into the street.

Jan 31, 2013

Turkey readies incentives to halt falling birth rate

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey plans to offer incentives including free fertility treatment to try to reverse a slowing birth rate after official figures showed the median age of its population has crept above 30 for the first time.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan wants Turkey, a nation of more than 75 million people, to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2023 when the Turkish Republic turns 100 years old.

Jan 30, 2013

Turkish commander confirms resignation in protest over jailings

ANKARA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Turkey’s number-two naval
commander said he had resigned in protest over the “shameful”
jailing of hundreds of colleagues on coup plot charges, fearing
he would be the next victim.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government has detained
several hundred serving and retired officers over the past few
years, including as much as one fifth of Turkey’s top military
chiefs, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.

Jan 28, 2013

Jailings may have spurred Turkish commander to quit

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s number-two naval commander retired on Monday in what some took as proof of deepening frustration in the military high command over the jailing of hundreds of their colleagues.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s administration has detained several hundred serving and retired officers over the past few years, including one fifth of Turkey’s military generals, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.

Jan 26, 2013

Turkish PM criticises pre-trial detentions of military officers

ANKARA, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan has criticised the lengthy pre-trial detention of
hundreds of military officers, suggesting it was sapping army
morale just as Ankara vows to keep up pressure on Kurdish
militants.

During his 10 years in power, Erdogan, whose party has
moderate Islamist roots, has brought to heel the once
all-powerful armed forces, which see themselves as guardians of
secularism and regularly intervened in politics and carried out
coups in previous decades.