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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.

Sep 19, 2012

Kurdish violence undermines Turkey’s stance on Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) – An explosion of separatist violence in Turkey’s Kurdish southeast is fuelling criticism of the government’s bellicose rhetoric on Syria and dampening what little public appetite there is for intervention in its crisis-torn neighbor.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has been one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s harshest critics, accusing him of creating a “terrorist state”, allowing the Syrian opposition to organize on Turkish soil, and pushing for a foreign-protected safe zone inside Syria.

Sep 16, 2012

Fugitive VP says Iraq letting Iran ferry arms to Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Iran is using Iraqi airspace to fly supplies to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces and thousands of Iraqi militia fighters have crossed into Syria to support his troops, Iraq’s fugitive vice president said on Sunday.

Tareq al-Hashemi, who fled Iraq in December and was sentenced to death a week ago by an Iraqi court, said the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was failing to stop ammunitions and armaments reaching Assad’s forces.

Jun 24, 2011

World Bank MD eyed for Nigerian cabinet role

LAGOS, June 24 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan is close to finalising his new cabinet, with World Bank
managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala being wooed for an
expanded role in charge of the economy, sources said on Friday.

Jonathan was sworn in for his first full term almost a month
ago and his ministerial choices are being closely watched by
Nigerians and foreign investors keen for a team capable of
driving much needed reforms in Africa’s most populous nation.

Jun 24, 2011

World Bank MD in frame for Nigerian cabinet role

LAGOS, June 24 (Reuters) – Nigerian President Goodluck
Jonathan is close to finalising his new cabinet, with World Bank
managing director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala being eyed for an expanded
role in overall charge of the economy, sources said on Friday.

Jonathan was sworn in for his first full term almost a month
ago and his ministerial choices are being closely watched by
Nigerians and foreign investors keen for a team capable of
driving badly-needed reforms in Africa’s most populous nation.

Jun 21, 2011

Analysis: Home-grown frustration behind Nigeria bombing

LAGOS (Reuters) – Bad governance and poverty fueled the rise of an Islamist sect which claimed the bombing of Nigeria’s police headquarters and politicians need to look closer to home before blaming foreign militants.

Boko Haram, a radical sect from the remote northeast, said it was behind the blast which tore through a car park outside the multi-storey building last Thursday, killing several people and narrowly missing the inspector general of police.

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