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Apr 18, 2012

Turkish c.bank holds fire, warns of tighter policy

ISTANBUL, April 18 (Reuters) – Turkey’s central bank kept
interest rates and banks’ reserve requirements on hold on
Wednesday but warned it may have to tighten market interest
rates more frequently to head off risks to inflation from higher
oil prices.

The bank for the first time this year refrained from
tinkering with a complicated policy mix aimed at taming
inflation while avoiding a collapse in growth.

Mar 31, 2012
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Turkey passes a school reform law that secular critics view as Islamist

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(Members of parliament from the ruling AK Party (AKP) and Republican People's Party (CHP) scuffle during a debate on the school reform act at the parliament in Ankara March 30, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer)

Turkey’s ruling party pushed through a school reform act on Friday that provoked brawls among parliamentarians and mass protests by secular Turks and teachers, who said the law was pushing an Islamic agenda and would lower education standards. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sent shudders through the secular opposition earlier this year when he said his goal was to raise a “religious youth.” Earlier this month, his AK Party sprang the surprise proposal to overhaul the education system.

Mar 30, 2012

Turkey passes school reform law critics view as Islamic

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s ruling party pushed through a school reform act on Friday that provoked brawls among parliamentarians and mass protests by secular Turks and teachers, who said the law was pushing an Islamic agenda and would lower education standards.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan sent shudders through the secular opposition earlier this year when he said his goal was to raise a “religious youth.” Earlier this month, his AK Party sprang the surprise proposal to overhaul the education system.

Mar 27, 2012

Syrian opposition struggles to overcome disunity

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A well-known Syrian dissident walked out of reconciliation talks in Istanbul on Tuesday aimed at demonstrating that Syrian opposition groups can provide an effective alternative to President Bashar al-Assad.

The opposition groups were invited by Turkey and Qatar, which holds the rotating chair of the Arab League, to the talks to try to form a common front in the one-year uprising against Assad.

Mar 27, 2012

Syrian opposition seeks to show alternative to Assad

ISTANBUL, March 27 (Reuters) – Syria’s fractious opposition
groups begin reconciliation talks in Istanbul on Tuesday aimed
at demonstrating they can provide an effective alternative to
President Bashar al-Assad.

The opposition forces have been invited by Turkey and Qatar,
which holds the rotating chair of the Arab League, to talks in
Istanbul to try to form a common front while their homeland
suffers under Assad’s brutal repression of a year-old uprising.

Mar 20, 2012

Feature – Turkish school reforms raise debate on Islamism

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Osman, the 16-year-old son of an Istanbul central heating engineer, reckons he is at the ideal school – one where a quarter of the 40 hours he spends a week in class is dedicated to becoming a better Muslim.

He is a credit to Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s goal of raising a more pious generation through school reform proposals to be debated in parliament next week. But the secular opposition is up in arms, even to the point of fisticuffs.

Mar 8, 2012

Turkey sees more Syrians flee after Baba Amr

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Syrian refugees have crossed to Turkey in growing numbers in recent days, frightened by a government assault to drive rebels from the Baba Amr neighbourhood of Homs, officials said.

During the past year Turkey has turned against former friend President Bashar al-Assad over his brutal crackdown, and fears of massacres in Syrian towns and cities that are centres of opposition to his rule.

Mar 1, 2012

Turkey:Russia, Iran must yield to Syria peace efforts

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on Thursday Russia and Iran would soon realise they had little choice but to join international diplomatic efforts for the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

He acknowledged, however, the divisions in the Syrian opposition and its lack of preparedness to take power, saying it must create a structure that embraces all segments of society.

Feb 17, 2012

NATO to stay out of Syria even if U.N. mandate emerges

ANKARA (Reuters) – NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the Western alliance had no intention of intervening in Syria even in the event of a U.N. mandate to protect civilians, and urged Middle East countries to find a way to end the spiraling violence.

Rasmussen told Reuters Friday he also rejected the possibility of providing logistical support for proposed “humanitarian corridors” to ferry relief to towns and cities bearing the brunt of President Bashar al-Assad’s crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

Feb 8, 2012

Turkey urges aid for Homs, Syria conference

ANKARA (Reuters) – The international community must send a strong message of support to Syrians under artillery attack from government forces, particularly the opposition bastion of Homs, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Reuters.

Turkey was ready to host an international conference to support the Syrian people, and to send a message to President Bashar al-Assad to halt an 11-month crackdown on his opponents.