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Jun 6, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan set to return to nation rattled by protest

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish police clashed with demonstrators overnight ahead of the return of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to a nation rattled by a week of protest against his leadership.

Erdogan returns from a visit to North Africa to face demands he apologize over a fierce police crackdown and sack those who ordered it, following six days of protests that have left two dead and more than 4,000 injured in a dozen cities.

Jun 5, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan set to return to nation beset by protest

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan returns on Thursday to a nation racked by protests against his leadership, in what could prove a pivotal moment in Turkey’s worst political unrest for decades.

Erdogan returns from a visit to North Africa to face demands that he apologise over a fierce police crackdown and sack those who ordered it, following a week of protests that have left two dead and more than 4,000 injured in a dozen cities.

Jun 3, 2013

Turkish PM Erdogan sees himself leading ‘Turkish Spring’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – If there is a “Turkish Spring” to rival the pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Middle East, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan believes that he, and not protesters in Istanbul, is leading it.

Erdogan has used his blustering, assertive style and a common touch that courts the conservative Islamic heartland to dominate Turkish politics like no leader since Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founded the modern secular republic in 1923.

Jun 1, 2013

Turkish PM calls for immediate end to protests as clashes flare

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called for an immediate end on Saturday to the fiercest anti-government demonstrations for years, as protesters clashed with riot police in Istanbul for a second day.

Erdogan vowed to push ahead with the redevelopment of the city’s central Taksim Square, a plan which triggered the demonstrations, and said the issue was being used as an excuse to stoke tensions.

May 17, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan says U.N. must decide on any Syria no-fly zone

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday it would be up to the U.N. Security Council to decide whether to establish a no-fly zone inside Syria and said he backed the involvement of Russia and China in planned peace talks.

Speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington a day after discussing Syria with President Barack Obama, Erdogan said a no-fly zone could be discussed at a planned international conference on Syria backed by Washington and Moscow.

May 17, 2013

Turkey seeks seat at U.S.-EU trade table

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey is pushing for involvement in a proposed free trade pact between the United States and Europe which it fears could leave it sidelined and hamper its ambitions to become a top 10 economy over the next decade.

Trade was high on the agenda in a meeting on Thursday between U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader is worried a deal could hurt his nation’s commerce with Europe and the United States.

May 16, 2013

Turkey seeks seat at U.S.-EU trade table, fears marginalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey is pushing for involvement in a proposed free trade pact between the United States and Europe which it fears could leave it sidelined and hamper its ambitions to become a top 10 economy over the next decade.

Trade was high on the agenda in a meeting on Thursday between U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader is worried a deal could hurt his nation’s commerce with Europe and the United States.

May 16, 2013

Obama: U.S. preserves diplomatic, military options on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he reserved the right to resort to both diplomatic and military options to pressure Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but insisted that U.S. action alone would not be enough to resolve the Syrian crisis.

Taking a cautious line at a joint news conference with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, Obama voiced hope that the United States and Russia would succeed in arranging an international peace conference on Syria, despite signs of growing obstacles.

May 14, 2013

Turkey’s Erdogan to push Obama on Syria after bombings

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey’s prime minister will push President Barack Obama for more assertive action on Syria during a visit to Washington this week, days after car bombs tore through a Turkish border town in the deadliest spillover of violence yet.

The bombings in Reyhanli, which killed 50 people on Saturday, and activists’ reports of a massacre of Sunni Muslims in a Syrian coastal town have incensed Tayyip Erdogan, already critical of the slow international response to the conflict.

May 10, 2013

Ukraine optimistic on getting $15 billion IMF loan

ISTANBUL, May 10 (Reuters) – Ukraine is optimistic that it
will sign a $15 billion loan deal with the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) in the near future after positive talks,
Finance Minister Yuri Kolobov told Reuters on Friday.

“The (view) of both sides is that the negotiations are very
fruitful and that in the nearest future both sides are
interested in signing this agreement,” Kolobov said on the
sidelines of a European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
conference in Istanbul.

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