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Oct 18, 2012

Tweeting pianist Say denies Turkish religious insult charge

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish concert pianist Fazil Say’s exuberance has won him fans around the world, but it has also helped land him in court as a cause célèbre for those alarmed by Turkey’s creeping Islamic conservatism.

On trial for insulting religion in citing a thousand-year-old poem on his Twitter account, the 42-year-old performer and composer told a first brief hearing in Istanbul on Thursday that he denied the charge, which can carry an 18-month sentence.

Oct 13, 2012

Turkey cites Srebrenica in appeal for action on Syria

ISTANBUL, Oct 13 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip
Erdogan rebuked the U.N. Security Council for inaction over
Syria on Saturday, saying the world body was repeating mistakes
that led to massacres in Bosnia in the 1990s.

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used air strikes and
artillery to bombard insurgents on several fronts in Syria, as
the 19-month-old conflict risks dragging in regional powers.

Oct 13, 2012

Turkey condemns U.N. inertia as Syrian conflict deepens

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan rebuked the U.N. Security Council for inaction over Syria on Saturday as war intensified across the country, saying the world body of superpowers was repeating mistakes that led to massacres in Bosnia in the 1990s.

President Bashar al-Assad’s forces used air strikes and artillery to bombard insurgents on several fronts in the 19-month-old conflict, which risks dragging in regional powers with no sign of a diplomatic breakthrough.

Oct 12, 2012

For Erdogan quarrel with Assad is one thing, Putin another

ISTANBUL/MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Reuters) – Standing up to Bashar
al-Assad is one thing. Picking a fight with Vladimir Putin would
be something else entirely.

By forcing down an airliner flying from Moscow, and publicly
accusing Russia of ferrying military equipment to Damascus,
Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has taken what may prove
to be the biggest gamble yet in his Syria policy.

Oct 12, 2012

Turkey says Syrian plane carried Russian munitions

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday a Syrian passenger plane forced to land in Ankara was carrying Russian-made munitions destined for Syria’s armed forces, ratcheting up tension with his country’s war-torn neighbor.

Damascus said the plane had been carrying legitimate cargo and described Turkey’s actions as an act of “air piracy”, while Moscow accused Ankara of endangering the lives of Russian passengers when it intercepted the jet late on Wednesday.

Oct 11, 2012

Russia says Turkey endangered lives by grounding plane

ISTANBUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Moscow accused Ankara of
endangering Russian lives on Thursday after Turkey forced a
Syrian passenger plane to land and seized what it suspected was
military equipment being ferried from Russia to Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad.

Damascus said the interception of the Syrian Air plane was
an act of piracy, further heightening tensions between the
neighbours after Turkey’s chief of staff warned his troops would
respond with greater force if shells from Syria continued to hit
Turkish territory.

Oct 11, 2012

Russia-Turkey put lives at risk over plane grounding

ISTANBUL, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Moscow accused Ankara of
endangering Russian lives on Thursday after Turkey forced a
Syrian passenger plane to land and seized what it suspected was
military equipment being ferried from Russia to Syrian President
Bashar al-Assad.

Damascus said the interception of the Syrian Air plane was
an act of piracy, further heightening tensions between the
neighbours after Turkey’s chief of staff warned his troops would
respond with greater force if shells from Syria continued to hit
Turkish territory.

Oct 11, 2012

Turkey probes suspected military cargo of Syrian plane

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey scrambled fighter planes to force a Syrian passenger jet to land and seized what it suspected was military equipment being ferried from Russia to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces.

The interception of the Syrian Air plane came hours after Turkey’s chief of staff warned that his troops would respond with greater force if shells from Syria continued to hit Turkish territory.

Oct 11, 2012

Turkey briefly detains Syrian plane as tension heightens

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey scrambled fighters and briefly detained a Syrian passenger plane on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border.

Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A-320, carrying around 30 passengers, into the airport in Ankara hours after Turkey’s chief of staff said his troops would respond with greater force if bombardments from Syria kept hitting Turkish territory, Turkish state-run television said.

Oct 10, 2012

Turkey forces Syrian plane down as tension heightens

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey scrambled fighters to force a Syrian passenger plane to land on Wednesday, suspecting it of carrying military equipment from Moscow, while Turkey’s military chief warned of a more forceful response if shelling continued to spill over the border.

Military jets escorted the Damascus-bound Airbus A-320, carrying around 30 passengers, into the airport in Ankara hours after Turkey’s chief of staff said his troops would respond with greater force if bombardments from Syria kept hitting Turkish territory, Turkish state-run television said.

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