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Jan 25, 2013

Turkey scrambles to avoid international financial blacklist

ANKARA, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Turkey is scrambling to push
through a long-awaited anti-terrorism financing law before a
deadline next month to avoid being expelled from an
international watchdog and placed on its blacklist alongside
Iran and North Korea.

Turkey is already on a “grey list” of countries drawn up by
the 36-member Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a
money-laundering watchdog, for not implementing the legislation
required by its members despite pressing Ankara for years.

Jan 21, 2013

NATO Patriot missiles arrive in Turkey to counter Syria risks

ISKENDERUN, Turkey, Jan 21 (Reuters) – The first of six NATO
Patriot missile batteries intended to protect Turkey from a
potential Syrian attack arrived by ship from Germany on Monday,
drawing a small but noisy protest from nationalist and leftist
demonstrators.

Dozens of camouflaged German military vehicles carrying the
batteries disembarked at the Mediterranean port of Iskenderun.
About 150 Turkish Communist Party supporters fired pink smoke
grenades and burned an American flag at a port entrance.

Jan 16, 2013

Turkey to pursue Kurd rebels till they lay down arms: PM

ANKARA/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday military operations against Kurdish rebels would continue until they laid down their arms, as Turkish media reported warplanes had bombed militants in northern Iraq for a third day.

The prospect of an end to three decades of war between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has gained momentum in recent weeks after the government acknowledged it was talking to the insurgents’ jailed leader.

Jan 16, 2013

Turkey to pursue Kurdish rebels until they lay down weapons: PM

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday military operations against Kurdish rebels would continue until they laid down their arms, as Turkish media reported warplanes had bombed militants in northern Iraq for a third day.

The prospect of an end to three decades of war between the Turkish state and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has gained momentum in recent weeks since the government acknowledged it was talking to the insurgents’ jailed leader.

Jan 9, 2013

Kurds still want more autonomy though say peace effort is sincere

ANKARA, Jan 9 (Reuters) – Turkey’s pro-Kurdish opposition
party said on Wednesday a new push to find a political solution
to the long Kurdish conflict appeared to be serious but greater
autonomy for the Kurds was still a main demand.

The prospect of an end to three decades of war between the
Turkish army and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) surfaced in
recent weeks after the government acknowledged it was talking to
the insurgents’ jailed leader.

Dec 19, 2012

Turkey is “world’s biggest prison” for journalists – watchdog

ANKARA, Dec 19 (Reuters) – Turkey has more jailed reporters
than China, Eritrea, Iran or Syria, making it “the world’s
biggest prison for journalists”, a leading media watchdog said
on Wednesday.

The report by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) adds to a
growing chorus of criticism from Western governments and rights
groups of the EU candidate’s jailing of journalists, most of
whom are kept in pre-trial detention.

Dec 12, 2012

Afghanistan, Pakistan agree to investigate spy attack

ANKARA (Reuters) – Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed on Wednesday to jointly investigate an assassination attempt last week on Afghanistan’s spy chief that has heightened tension between the countries after Kabul said the raid was planned in Pakistan.

Leaders of both countries, accompanied by ministers and their army chiefs, met at a trilateral summit hosted by Turkey only days after the head of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency was wounded by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital.

Dec 11, 2012

At Turkey summit, Karzai to confront Pakistan over spy attack

ANKARA (Reuters) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai plans to confront Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari at a meeting in Turkey on Tuesday over the wounding of his intelligence director in a suicide bombing which he says was planned in Pakistan.

The bomber, who hid explosives inside his underwear and posed as a peace messenger, wounded spy chief Asadullah Khalid last Thursday in a brazen attack that set back a nascent, already fragile reconciliation process.

Dec 4, 2012

Iraq government stops Turkish minister landing in Kurdistan

ANKARA (Reuters) – A plane carrying Turkey’s energy minister to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan was denied permission to land on Tuesday by the central government in Baghdad, underlining its strained relations with Ankara and Iraq’s Kurdish region.

The minister’s private plane, which was en route from Istanbul to the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, was forced to land in the Turkish city of Kayseri, southeast of the capital Ankara.

Dec 4, 2012

Iraq govt stops Turkish minister landing in Kurdistan

ANKARA, Dec 4 (Reuters) – A plane carrying Turkey’s energy
minister to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan was denied
permission to land on Tuesday by the central government in
Baghdad, underlining its strained relations with Ankara and
Iraq’s Kurdish region.

The minister’s private plane, which was en route from
Istanbul to the northern Iraqi city of Arbil, was forced to land
in the Turkish ciy of Kayseri, southeast of the capital Ankara.