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9 Killed in Clashes in Southeast Turkey

Posted October 20th, 2012 at 6:15 am (UTC-5)
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Officials in Turkey say Turkish security forces and Kurdish rebels have clashed in the country’s troubled southeast, killing nine people. Authorities said Saturday three Turkish troops and three Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK militants were killed in fighting in Hakkari province, near the border with Iraq. In a separate incident in Bitlis province northwest of […]

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Renowned Turkish Pianist on Trial for Insulting Islam

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 1:45 pm (UTC-5)
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A world-renowned Turkish pianist is on trial on charges of inciting religious hatred and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter in April. Forty-two year old Fazil Say appeared in an Istanbul courtroom Thursday to defend himself against the charges, which stemmed from several tweets making jokes about Muslims. If convicted, he faces up […]

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Renowned Pianist on Trial for Insulting Islam

Posted October 18th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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A world-renowned Turkish pianist is on trial on charges of inciting religious hatred and insulting Islam in comments he made on Twitter in April. Fazil Say appeared in an Istanbul courtroom Thursday to defend himself against the charges, which stemmed from several tweets making jokes about Muslims. If convicted, he faces up to 18 months […]

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NATO Ready to Defend Turkey, But No Action Planned

Posted October 9th, 2012 at 3:50 pm (UTC-5)
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NATO’s secretary general says the alliance is prepared to defend Turkey against attacks from Syria if necessary. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from Brussels. Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance is prepared to act, but he hopes it will not have to do so. “We have all plans in place to protect and defend […]

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Bomb in Eastern Turkey Kills 7

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 2:10 pm (UTC-5)
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A bomb blast Tuesday killed at least seven people in eastern Turkey. Security sources said the device went off at a point along a road in the city of Tunceli as a military vehicle was passing by. At least six soldiers and one civilian were killed. Another vehicle was also hit by the blast. Smoke […]

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Bomb in Eastern Turkey Kills 7 Soldiers

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 1:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least seven Turkish soldiers have been killed by a bomb in eastern Turkey. Security sources said the device went off at a point along a road in the city of Tunceli as the soldiers’ vehicle was passing by. Smoke from the blast could be seen over much of the city, as ambulances rushed to […]

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Blast in Eastern Turkey Kills 6

Posted September 25th, 2012 at 12:20 pm (UTC-5)
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At least six people are reported dead after an explosion in the eastern Turkish city of Tunceli. Reports say the explosion occurred Tuesday as a security vehicle was passing by. The vehicle was destroyed, and Turkish media reported that smoke from the blast could be seen over much of the city. Ambulances have been dispatched […]

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Sentences in Turkey’s “Sledgehammer’ Conspiracy trial

Posted September 21st, 2012 at 12:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has convicted 330 active and retired military officers of charges they planned to overthrow the government. The court issued the verdicts Friday, initially sentencing the coup leaders – former army commander Cetin Dogan, former air force chief Ibrahim Firtina and former navy chief Ozden Ornek – to life behind bars. It then […]

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Kurdish Rebels Kill 7 Turkish Soldiers

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Seven Turkish soldiers have been killed and more than 60 others wounded in an attack on a military convoy by suspected Kurdish rebels. Turkish security officials say the convoy was hit by a rocket in Bingol province in southeastern Turkey. Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, known as the PKK, are active in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority […]

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Kurdish Rebels Kill 7 Turkish Soldiers

Posted September 18th, 2012 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish security officials say suspected Kurdish rebels have attacked a military convoy, killing seven soldiers and wounding more than 60. Authorities say the convoy was traveling in Bingol province in southeastern Turkey when it was hit by a rocket Tuesday. Rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, are active in Turkey’s Kurdish-majority southeast. Fighting […]

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