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Turkey, China Sign Nuclear Deals

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 8:15 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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Nuclear Deal Tops Agenda as Turkish PM Visits China

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 7:35 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in China, where he will meet with top officials to forge closer economic and political ties. In Turkey’s first prime ministerial visit to China in 27 years, Mr. Erdogan received a red-carpet welcome with anthems and an honor guard in Beijing. He was to meet Monday with President […]

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Nuclear Deal Tops Agenda as Turkish PM Visits China

Posted April 9th, 2012 at 2:55 am (UTC-5)
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in China, where he will meet with top officials to forge closer economic and political ties. In Turkey’s first prime ministerial visit to China in 27 years, Mr. Erdogan meets in Beijing Monday with President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Xi Jinping. Turkey’s Minister of […]

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Elderly Turkish Coup Leaders Face Trial

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey’s landmark trial of retired generals Kenan Evren and Thasin Sahinkaya opened Wednesday, more than three decades after they led a coup that brought torture, executions and disappearances. The 94-year-Evren and the 87-year-old Sahinkaya are both in poor health and did not attend. They are charged with crimes against the state and could face life […]

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Elderly Turkish Coup Leaders Face Trial

Posted April 4th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Retired Turkish generals Kenan Evren and Thasin Sahinkaya are on trial, more than three decades after leading a coup that led to years of torture, executions and disappearances. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse in Ankara Wednesday, demanding justice and for more of the coup leaders to be brought to justice. The 94-year-Evren and […]

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Turkey Passes Bill Extending Access to Islamic Education

Posted March 30th, 2012 at 2:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Turkish lawmakers have approved a controversial education bill that allows middle school students to attend religious courses. The legislation passed Friday with 295 votes in favor and 91 against. The reform extends compulsory education from the current eight years to 12. It also reverses a 1997 law backed by the military, which closed Islamic middle […]

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Former Turkish Army Chief Storms Out of Terrorism Trial

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 12:55 pm (UTC-5)
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A former Turkish military chief on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government walked out of court on Tuesday, saying the charges against him are frivolous. Former army chief Ilker Basbug stormed out of the hearing after prosecutors played tapes of phone conversations between two other suspects in the alleged plot against Prime Minister […]

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Former Turkish Army Chief Storms Out of Terrorism Trial

Posted March 27th, 2012 at 11:30 am (UTC-5)
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A former Turkish military chief on trial for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government walked out of court on Tuesday, saying the charges against him are frivolous. Former army chief Ilker Basbug stormed out of the hearing after prosecutors played tapes of phone conversations between two other suspects in the alleged plot against Prime Minister […]

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Turkey Closes Its Embassy in Syria

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 5:45 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has closed its embassy in Syria because of what Turkish officials say is a worsening security situation. Turkey warned its citizens in Syria last week that it planned to suspend services at the embassy in Damascus and urged them to return home. Turkey has become increasingly vocal in urging an end to the bloodshed […]

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Turkey Closes Its Embassy in Syria

Posted March 26th, 2012 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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Turkey has closed its embassy in Syria because of what Turkish officials say is the worsening security situation. Turkey warned its citizens in Syria last week that it planned to suspend services at the embassy in Damascus and urged them to return home. Turkey has become increasingly vocal in urging an end to the bloodshed […]

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