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Turkish Prosecutors Investigate Kurdish Claim of Autonomy

Posted July 15th, 2011 at 9:40 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish prosecutors have begun investigating a proclamation of “democratic autonomy” by a Kurdish organization in southeastern Turkey. The statement was issued in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir Thursday by the Democratic Society Congress — an umbrella group of pro-Kurdish politicians and activists. Prosecutors are reportedly considering filing charges against some of its leaders. The proclamation […]

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13 Turkish Soldiers Killed, 7 Wounded In Clash With Kurdish Militants

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials now say Kurdish militants killed 13 soldiers and wounded seven others in clashes in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province. At least five rebels also died in the fighting. Government authorities say the operation is ongoing with more troops sent to the region to hunt for rebels in Diyarbakir Province. The Associated Press says Thursday’s […]

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12 Turkish Soldiers Killed In Clash With Kurdish Militants

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 12:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish officials say Kurdish militants killed a dozen soldiers and wounded six others in clashes in the southeastern Diyarbakir Province. Authorities in Diyarbakir say Thursday’s attack was the largest on Turkish troops in more than a year. The outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party has been fighting for an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey since 1984. That […]

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Turkish Court Refuses to Release 6 Kurdish Politicians Elected to Parliament

Posted June 26th, 2011 at 12:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has ruled that six Kurdish politicians who won seats in a parliamentary election this month must remain in prison to face terrorism charges. The six politicians were elected as independents backed by the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party in the June 12 vote. Turkish authorities accuse them of having links to the […]

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Kurdish Lawmakers Boycott Parliament

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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Kurdish lawmakers on Thursday decided to boycott Turkey’s parliament to protest a decision to strip a newly-elected Kurdish politician of his seat. Turkey’s new parliament is due to convene on Tuesday, June 28. The Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party won 36 seats in the 550-seat chamber in last week’s election. Turkey’s electoral board took away […]

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Rights Group: Iraqi Authorities Unjustly Detaining Reformers

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 12:40 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S.-based rights group Human Rights Watch says Iraq’s central government and northern Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish administration have been unjustly detaining protesters calling for reforms. In a report released Thursday, the group says authorities in Baghdad and Iraqi Kurdistan are keeping their citizens from demonstrating peacefully. It says Iraq needs to make sure that security forces […]

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Turkish PM Pledges More Investment for Kurds, Unrest Continues

Posted June 1st, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s prime minister has announced new projects for the country’s biggest Kurdish city, in what is viewed as an attempt to gain Kurdish support ahead of the June 12 parliamentary elections. Speaking in Istanbul Wednesday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans for boosting economic and social development in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. The […]

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