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Thousands Attend Funeral for Slain Kurdish Activists

Posted January 17th, 2013 at 7:55 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Kurds have gathered in Diyarbakir, southeast Turkey, for the funeral of three Kurdish activists killed last week in France. The mourners filled the streets and chanted slogans of solidarity as they marched alongside vehicles carrying the women’s coffins, which were flown to Turkey from France on Wednesday. The three women, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan […]

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Bodies of Slain Kurdish Activists Sent to Turkey

Posted January 16th, 2013 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The bodies of three Kurdish activists killed last week in France have been flown to Turkey for burial. The bodies of the slain women were expected to arrive Wednesday in the mainly-Kurdish southeast province of Diyarbakir with a ceremony to be held Thursday. The three women, Sakine Cansiz, Fidan Dogan and Leyla Soylemez, were found […]

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Kurdish Militants Killed in Southeast Turkey

Posted January 8th, 2013 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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Twelve Kurdish militants and a Turkish soldier were killed in fighting along the country’s southeast border. Military officials say the rebels opened fire from northern Iraq and attacked a military post near the border late Monday night. Turkish soldiers returned fire on the militants killing 12. The attack comes as government officials hold talks with […]

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U.S. to Send Patriot Missile Batteries to Turkey

Posted December 14th, 2012 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. is sending two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey as part of a broader effort to help the country defend itself against possible rocket strikes from Syria. News organizations, on Friday, said Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had signed orders to send the missiles and 400 military personnel to Turkey for an operation that is […]

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Russia, Turkey Fail to Agree on Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 2:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Russia and Turkey have again failed to come to an agreement on how to help end the Syrian conflict, an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. Russian President Vladimir Putin has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad throughout the crisis, blocking Western-sponsored resolutions at the United Nations condemning the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Turkish Prime […]

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Putin in Turkey for Bilateral Talks on Trade, Syria

Posted December 3rd, 2012 at 11:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss a range of issues, including the countries’ burgeoning trade relationship and differences over the Syrian conflict. Mr. Putin arrived in Istanbul Monday for a one-day visit, his first foreign trip in two months. The Russian leader was originally due to […]

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Russia Opposes NATO Patriots on Turkey’s Syria Border

Posted November 22nd, 2012 at 10:50 am (UTC-5)
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Russia has warned against NATO’s possible deployment of Patriot missiles near Turkey’s border with Syria. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Thursday that Turkey’s request for deployment to the Western military alliance “would not foster stability in the region.” NATO ambassadors met Wednesday to consider Turkey’s request, which followed weeks of talks between Ankara and […]

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NATO Considers Turkish Missile Request for Syria Border

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 9:30 am (UTC-5)
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NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance would consider a request from Turkey to deploy Patriot anti-missile batteries along its border with Syria. Rasmussen said Monday the North Atlantic Treaty Organization had received no formal request from member-state Turkey so far but added that if one was made, “we will consider that as a […]

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Turkish Helicopter Crash Kills 17 Soldiers

Posted November 10th, 2012 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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Local officials in southeastern Turkey say a military helicopter has crashed, killing 17 soldiers. Provincial governor Ahmet Aydin said the Sikorsky helicopter crashed Saturday in the district of Pervari in Siirt province. He said the aircrafh went down in a mountainous region in bad weather. No one survived the crash. Aydin said an investigation has […]

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Turkish Police, Protesters Clash at Banned Rally

Posted October 29th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of pro-secular protesters at a banned rally Monday in the capital, Ankara. Police were responding to protesters trying to break through security barricades. After the clashes, police allowed the protesters to continue marching. Officials had initially denied permission for the Republic Day rally, but […]

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