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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.

Aug 6, 2014

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.

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.

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