ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Aside from a carefully worded statement urging unity, President Tayyip Erdogan was unusually quiet after Turkey’s worst ever bomb attack.
Modern Turkey’s most divisive leader has in the past had no hesitation in dominating the air waves at times of crisis, rallying his fervent supporters and lambasting his opponents in equal measure in defense of the state.
ANKARA/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain moved closer to military action in Syria as a senior minister on Saturday said Europe’s migration crisis had to be tackled at its source and a newspaper said a parliamentary vote on bombing Islamic State militants in Syria could take place next month.
Finance minister George Osborne said Britain and Europe had to find a way to tackle the conflict in Syria as well as provide asylum to those genuinely fleeing persecution.
ANKARA, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Financial leaders from the
world’s 20 biggest economies agreed on Saturday to step up
reform efforts to boost disappointingly slow growth, saying
reliance on ultra-low interest rates would not be enough to
accelerate economic expansion.
But they also said they were confident growth would pick up
and, as a result, interest rates in “some advanced economies” –
code for the United States — would have to rise.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Finance chiefs from the world’s leading economies broadly agree on the need to undertake structural reforms to boost productivity against a backdrop of loose monetary policy, Britain’s finance minister George Osborne said on Saturday.
Monetary policy has been a key focus at a meeting of finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 in the Turkish capital Ankara this week, but several policy makers have also called for accelerated structural reforms.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Europe and Britain must offer asylum to those genuinely fleeing persecution but also need to boost aid, defeat smuggling gangs, and tackle the conflict in Syria to stem a migrant crisis, Britain’s finance minister told Reuters on Saturday.
“It’s absolutely clear we need a comprehensive plan across Europe,” Osborne told Reuters on the sidelines of a meeting of G20 finance chiefs in Turkey.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey and the United States will soon launch “comprehensive” air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria bordering Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday.
Detailed talks between Washington and Ankara on the plans were completed on Sunday, and regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, as well as Britain and France may also take part, Cavusoglu said in an interview.
ISTANBUL/DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) – Gunmen opened fire on Turkish police outside an Istanbul palace and eight soldiers were killed in a bomb attack in the southeast on Wednesday, heightening a sense of crisis as the country’s political leaders struggle to form a new government.
The Istanbul governor’s office said two members of a “terrorist group” armed with hand grenades and an automatic rifle were caught after attacking the Dolmabahce palace, popular with tourists and home to the prime minister’s Istanbul offices.
ANKARA (Reuters) – As efforts to form a new government flounder and Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants, President Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to turn Turkey’s deepest uncertainty in more than a decade to his advantage.
Declaring the end of single-party rule a betrayal by “terrorists” and “so-called intellectuals”, he has cast Turkey as confronted by a new domestic enemy which, by implication, only a leader as strong as he can defeat.
ANKARA, Aug 17 (Reuters) – As efforts to form a new
government flounder and Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants,
President Tayyip Erdogan is hoping to turn Turkey’s deepest
uncertainty in more than a decade to his advantage.
Declaring the end of single-party rule a betrayal by
“terrorists” and “so-called intellectuals”, he has cast Turkey
as confronted by a new domestic enemy which, by implication,
only a leader as strong as he can defeat.
KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) – Packets of cigarettes and tea gathering dust in his one-room store, Mustafa Karatas doubts a joint U.S.-Turkish plan to flush Islamic State militants from the Syrian border will make much difference to his business any time soon.
This main commercial street in Karkamis, a Turkish town of 10,500 people, sits directly opposite the border post. Shut for more than a year, the military sealed the crossing with a breeze block wall a few months ago. Behind it, just inside Syria, the black flag of Islamic State flaps in the breeze.