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Aug 26, 2014

Turkey struggles as “lone gatekeeper” against Islamic State recruitment

ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, Aug 26 (Reuters) – As Islamic State
insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is
struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the
militant group, having not so long ago allowed free access to
those who would join its neighbour’s civil war.

Thousands of foreign fighters from countries including
Turkey, Britain, parts of Europe and the United States are
believed to have joined the Islamist militants in their
self-proclaimed caliphate, carved out of eastern Syria and
western Iraq, according to diplomats and Turkish officials.

Aug 19, 2014

Former Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam loyalists, criticises U.S. action

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, ex-vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said on Monday, warning that U.S. air strikes would do nothing to end the violence.

The Iraqi army has been trying to push back Sunni Muslim insurgents from Islamic State and other groups opposed to the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad since they launched a lightning advance two months ago.

Aug 19, 2014

Corrected – Former Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam loyalists, criticises U.S. action

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – (Corrects to make clear Hashemi no longer in office after 2012 sentencing)

Former dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, ex-vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said on Monday, warning that U.S. air strikes would do nothing to end the violence.

Aug 18, 2014

Fugitive Iraqi VP urges role for Saddam loyalists, criticizes U.S. action

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Former dictator Saddam Hussein’s Baath party must play a role if a political solution is to be found in Iraq, fugitive vice president Tarek al-Hashemi said on Monday, warning that U.S. air strikes would do nothing to end the violence.

The Iraqi army has been trying to push back Sunni Muslim insurgents from Islamic State and other groups opposed to the Shi’ite-led government in Baghdad since they launched a lightning advance two months ago. [ID:nL5N0QO27M]

Aug 12, 2014

Turkey’s Erdogan seeks strong, but pliant successor as PM

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish president-elect Tayyip Erdogan began the process of picking his successor as prime minister on Monday, a figure he hopes will triumph in next year’s general election and secure his goal of forging a powerful presidency.

Erdogan’s victory in the country’s first direct ballot for the head of state on Sunday marks a turning point for Turkey, taking the European Union candidate nation and NATO member a step closer to the presidential system he has long coveted.

Aug 11, 2014

Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish govt

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ruling party begins deliberations on the shape of the next government on Monday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation’s first direct presidential election.

Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s vote takes him a step closer to the executive presidency he has long coveted for Turkey. But it is an outcome which his opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule. [ID:nL6N0QG04I]

Aug 11, 2014

Erdogan’s presidential win starts race for new Turkish government

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s ruling party began deliberations on the shape of the next government on Monday after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history by winning the nation’s first direct presidential election.

Erdogan’s victory in Sunday’s vote takes him a step closer to the executive presidency he has long coveted for Turkey. But it is an outcome which his opponents fear will herald an increasingly authoritarian rule.

Aug 10, 2014

Erdogan wins Turkey’s first presidential election

ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history as Turkey’s first directly elected president on Sunday, sweeping more than half the vote in a result his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian state.

Supporters honking car horns and waving flags took to the streets in the capital Ankara after Turkish television stations said Erdogan, the prime minister for more than a decade, had won 51.8 percent of the vote, 13 points more than his closest rival and avoiding the need for a second round runoff.

Aug 8, 2014

Erdogan poised to win Turkey’s first popular presidential vote

ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan is set to secure his place in history as Turkey’s first popularly-elected president on Sunday, but his tightening grip on power has polarized the nation, worried Western allies and raised fears of creeping authoritarianism.

Erdogan’s core supporters, religious conservatives, see his likely rise to the presidency as the crowning achievement of his drive to reshape Turkey. In a decade as prime minister, he has broken the hold of a secular elite that had dominated since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the modern republic on the ruins of an Ottoman theocracy in 1923.

Aug 6, 2014

Interview – Turkey seeks air corridor to evacuate wounded Palestinians

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is seeking Israeli and Egyptian agreement for an air corridor to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza and evacuate possibly thousands of injured Palestinians for treatment, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

In an interview with Reuters, Davutoglu also said Turkey was stepping up aid to an estimated 1.5 million people displaced in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region after a rapid advance by Islamic State militants brought the violence closer to its borders.

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