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Jun 16, 2014

Fugitive VP says Iraq violence part of a Sunni Arab revolt

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The violence in Iraq is part of a broader Sunni Arab revolt that could lead to a holy war in the country, And is not just a rampage by Islamist militants from an al Qaeda splinter group, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi told Reuters on Monday.

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have routed Baghdad’s army and seized the north of the country in the past week, threatening to dismember Iraq and unleash all-out sectarian war. “What happened in my country … is desperate people revolted. Simple as that. Arab Sunni communities over 11 years faced discrimination, injustice, corruption,” Hashemi said, rejecting the suggestion that militants from ISIL, also known as ISIS, alone were responsible.

Jun 13, 2014

Insurgents’ Iraq advance poses security, economic risk for Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The advance of Sunni militants in Iraq leaves Turkey facing a widening Islamist insurgency in two of its southern neighbors, endangering domestic security, threatening important trade routes and forcing it again to rethink Middle Eastern policies.

Militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) overran the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, 110 km (68 miles) from the Turkish border, earlier this week and have since thrust southwards towards Baghdad, seat of the Shi’ite Muslim-led central government.

Jun 4, 2014

Erdogan to grow more powerful as president, Turkey more polarized

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – On the first anniversary of nationwide protests that shook Prime Minster Tayyip Erdogan’s rule, barely a thousand anti-government demonstrators marched in Istanbul on Saturday.

Outnumbered by riot police, they were soon sent scurrying into side streets by tear gas and water cannon.

May 18, 2014

Erdogan fracas amid Turkey’s mourning betrays growing polarisation

ISTANBUL, May 18 (Reuters) – Flanked by half a dozen body
guards, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan turns towards a
crowd baying for his resignation in a mining town still shocked
and grieving after the country’s worst industrial disaster.

Stern-faced and wagging his finger, he remonstrates with
several men before leaning towards them over a police barricade
and delivering a warning.

May 18, 2014

Erdogan fracas as Turkey mourns betrays growing polarisation

ISTANBUL, May 18 (Reuters) – Flanked by half a dozen body
guards, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan turns towards a
crowd baying for his resignation in a mining town still shocked
and grieving after the country’s worst industrial disaster.

Stern-faced and wagging his finger, he remonstrates with
several men before leaning towards them over a police barricade
and delivering a warning.

Apr 18, 2014

Turkey’s Desa seeks partner in drive to be global luxury brand

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) – Turkish luxury leather goods
maker Desa, which supplies brands including Prada
and Mulberry, is seeking a strategic partner
to help take its own label global, its chief executive said in
an interview.

The Istanbul-based firm, which started 42 years ago making
handbags for the domestic market, began supplying leather to top
global fashion houses in the 1990s. It has also been quietly
shifting its own brand into the higher-margin premium segment.

Apr 15, 2014

Turkish central bank meeting eyed for signs of political meddling

ISTANBUL, April 15 (Reuters) – An annual meeting of Turkey’s
central bank on Thursday will be closely watched for signs that
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s government, strongly opposed to
high interest rates, is trying to boost its influence over
monetary policy.

Economists say the normally innocuous general assembly, at
which executives and technocrats are elected and reshuffled, has
taken on greater significance this year after Erdogan called two
weeks ago for an emergency interest rate cut to boost the
economy.

Apr 4, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan calls for rate cut, says no early election

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for an emergency interest rate cut, ruled out early elections and spoke against the lifting of a Twitter ban on Friday, signalling no let-up in his domineering style ahead of an expected August presidential bid.

Returning to the public eye after several days of rest following his AK Party’s strong showing in local polls last Sunday, Erdogan said markets had rallied on the back of the election results and lower interest rates would encourage investors to pump more money into Turkey.

Mar 31, 2014

Erdogan targets enemies after poll triumph

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan looked a step closer to a presidential bid and to gaining the upper hand in a bitter power struggle on Monday, casting strong local election results as a mandate to hunt down enemies within the state “in their lair”.

His AK Party swept the electoral map in Sunday’s polls, retaining control of the two biggest cities Istanbul and Ankara and increasing its share of the national vote as his pugnacious leadership style, beloved by a loyal, conservative voter base, trumped a stream of corruption allegations and security leaks.

Mar 27, 2014

Turkey calls Syria security leak ‘villainous,’ blocks YouTube

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan on Thursday denounced as “villainous” the leaking of a
recording of top security officials discussing possible military
action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

Turkish authorities ordered the shutdown of the site.

Erdogan’s foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the
posting a “declaration of war,” an apparent reference to an
escalating power struggle between Erdogan and rivals.

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