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Rights Group Rebukes Turkish PM on Abortion Stance

Posted May 31st, 2012 at 1:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch has rebuked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for suggesting Turkey should greatly restrict abortion. The international rights group on Thursday expressed concern about Mr. Erdogan’s recent statement that he views abortion as murder and that his government is preparing legislation to severely limit women’s access to abortion. Gauri van Gulik, global […]

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Turkey Preparing Law to Reduce Abortions

Posted May 29th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey says its government is preparing draft legislation to reduce the number of abortions, days after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan compared the practice to “murder.” Officials said Tuesday the measure will be enacted into law. Mr. Erdogan attacked abortion last week in comments during the opening ceremony of a hospital in Istanbul. He said […]

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Car Bombing in Turkey Kills Policeman, Nearly 20 Civilians

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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Suspected suicide attackers have set off a car bomb near a police station in central Turkey, killing one policeman and wounding nearly 20 civilians. Turkey’s interior minister, Idris Naim Sahin, says two suspects sped through a checkpoint Friday and detonated the bomb outside a police station in the town of Pinarbasi in Kayseri province. Sahin […]

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Car Bombing in Turkey Kills 2 Policemen

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Suspected suicide attackers have set off a car bomb near a police station in central Turkey, killing two policemen and wounding 16 civilians. Turkey’s interior minister, Idris Naim Sahin, says two suspects sped through a police checkpoint Friday and detonated the bomb outside a police station in the town of Pinarbasi in Kayseri province. Sahin […]

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Car Bombing Kills Police Officer in Turkey, Nearly Two Dozen Others Injured

Posted May 25th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish media say a suspected suicide car bomber set off explosives outside a Turkish police station Friday, killing one police officer and wounding 20 other people. The reports say the bomber tried to ram the police station with the vehicle when the explosion occurred in the town of Pinarbasi in the central province of Kayseri. […]

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Turkey Sentences Former Kurdish Politician

Posted May 24th, 2012 at 11:05 am (UTC-5)
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A Turkish court has sentenced a prominent Kurdish lawmaker to 10 years in prison on charges of spreading rebel propaganda. The court in the mainly Kurdish province of Diyarbakir Thursday convicted Leyla Zana for a series of speeches in support of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. She was originally convicted of the charges in […]

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Turkey Protests Israeli Flyover of North Cyprus

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 2:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey is demanding that Israel explain an alleged incursion by an Israeli aircraft into northern Cypriot airspace. In a statement Thursday, the Turkish military said the Israeli plane violated the airspace five times on Monday. The statement did not identify the type of aircraft. Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said it has contacted Israel’s mission in Ankara […]

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Turkey, EU Launch Bid to Revive Stalled Membership Talks

Posted May 17th, 2012 at 12:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkey and the European Union have officially launched a bid to revive accession talks following years of stagnation. EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said Thursday the new “positive agenda” should bring fresh dynamics and new momentum to their relations. He spoke in the Turkish capital, Ankara, where he traveled to announce the start of those […]

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Turkish Security Forces Detain 28 Rebels, Kill 5

Posted May 8th, 2012 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish police say they have detained 28 people in simultaneous raids across six provinces in connection with probes into an outlawed Kurdish rebel group. The National Police Department said Tuesday police conducted raids against Kurdistan Communities Union in Sanliurfa, Diyarbakir, Istanbul, Eskisehir, Mus and Ankara. The detainees include Fatma Izol, head of the Sanliurfa branch […]

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Turkey, China Sign Nuclear Deals

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 11:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has overseen the signing of two nuclear agreements with China during a trip to the Asian nation. The deals were part of a host of agreements made following closed-door talks between Mr. Erdogan and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Monday. Chinese officials say the two also talked about international issues, […]

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