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Mar 24, 2011

Turkey queries motives in Libya, fears another Iraq

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey pressed on Thursday for NATO to have sole control over all military operations in Libya, voicing suspicion that some partners seeking to act outside NATO had their eyes on Libya’s mineral wealth.

Parliament in Ankara was due to vote on Thursday on whether to support the government’s decision to participate in a NATO naval operation to enforce an arms embargo.

Jan 22, 2011

Iran nuclear talks enter final day, little to show

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – World powers enter a second and final day of talks with Iran on Saturday, having made scant progress toward persuading the Islamic Republic to curb its nuclear program on the first day of the meeting in Istanbul.

There was some relief that Iran was ready to continue, as diplomats expressed concern that talks could have collapsed on the first day as both sides dug in around old positions.

Jan 21, 2011

Iran nuclear talks begin, expectations low

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Six world powers will try to persuade Iran to rein in its nuclear program at talks on Friday, with little expectation of a major breakthrough but hope they can at least agree on a process that will bring more talks.

Western countries believe Iran is working to develop a nuclear bomb. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful. Friday’s talks in Istanbul are a follow-up to talks last month in Geneva, which were the first held in more than a year.

Dec 24, 2010

Karzai warms to idea of talking to Taliban in Turkey

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – President Hamid Karzai said on Friday the Afghan government would welcome any offer by Turkey to facilitate talks with the Taliban that could help bring an end to the conflict in his homeland.

More than 700 foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year — nearly a third of the total in over nine years of war.

Dec 17, 2010

Turkish military pulls rank as officers go on trial

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s generals asserted their role as guardians of the secular Turkish state on Friday, a day after the trial began of nearly 200 officers accused of planning a coup seven years ago.

In a statement issued on the armed forces Website, the military’s top brass vented its anger over the use of the Kurdish language in parliament this week.

Dec 3, 2010

Turkey may mull steps against “hot money”-finmin

ISTANBUL, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Turkey should discuss
contingencies, including taxation, to curb portfolio inflows
fuelling runaway asset prices, but no evaluations had taken
place yet, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Friday.

Governments in Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and other
emerging markets have directly or indirectly intervened in
recent months to keep their currencies from strengthening.

Nov 9, 2010

Turkey weary of wait at Europe’s gates – PM Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) – Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused the EU on Tuesday of stalling Muslim Turkey’s membership bid by changing accession rules and said Turks were weary of “waiting at the gates” of Europe.

Erdogan spoke to Reuters on the same day the European Commission, executive arm of the European Union, chided Ankara for failing to revive key reforms in areas including as media freedom and human rights.

Nov 9, 2010

Turkish PM to air concern over Fed’s QE2 at G20 summit

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that he would voice concern during a Group of 20 summit in Korea over the U.S. Federal Reserve’s plans to print money as part of its monetary strategy.

Erdogan, in an interview with Reuters, also said that having weathered the international economic crisis with sustained growth, Turkey should be able to repay its remaining debt to the International Monetary Fund in 2012.

Oct 27, 2010

Analysis: Al Qaeda fishes for Turks seeking jihad

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turks have been bit part players in al Qaeda’s global jihad, but a recent security scare in Europe pointed to a small but growing number in Germany and Turkey who have joined militant ranks in Pakistan.

Muslims from many parts of the Islamic World went to Pakistan during the jihad to end the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. There may be nothing new about Turks taking that path, but recent obituaries on jihadi websites and tales of the exploits of Turkish jihadis have been eye-catching.

Oct 22, 2010

Turkish police arrest 5 al Qaeda suspects

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkish police have detained five men suspected of having ties to a group fighting with the al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, a senior security official in Izmir in western Turkey told Reuters on Friday.

The five, who were described as students, were taken to court after being arrested two days earlier in west and southwest Turkey.