• Yasar Kemal, Turkey's literary giant, dies aged 92

    Yasar Kemal, who was one of Turkey's most celebrated writers, a traditional storyteller with a social conscience and an outspoken champion of the Kurdish cause, died on Saturday at the age of 92, state media reported. Kemal died in an Istanbul hospital where he was being treated for pulmonary…

  • What structural reforms are required by different countries?

    The IMF prepared a report titled "Global Prospects and Policy Challenges." In the report, the institution highlighted some structural reforms required in countries.

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  • US-led strikes on IS after group seizes 220 Christians

    The US-led coalition has carried out air strikes against the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, where the jihadists have launched a new offensive and kidnapped 220 Assyrian Christians. The raids on Thursday struck areas around the town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province, the Syrian Observatory…

  • U.S. begins vetting Syrian rebels for military training: Pentagon

    By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has begun vetting a group of Syrian rebels eligible for training and assistance in the fight against Islamic State militants, a step that paves the way for training to begin in weeks, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby,…

  • Turkey police detain suspect claiming to have bomb outside U.S. consulate

    Turkish police detained a suspect outside the U.S. consulate in Istanbul who claimed to have a bomb, the consulate said on Friday. The consulate said it had taken measures to protect its staff and visitor "An individual claiming to have a bomb parked a vehicle in front of the U.S. Consulate General…

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  • Celebrated Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal dead at 91

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey's greatest writers who celebrated the lives of the downtrodden and whose works were translated into 40 languages, died on Saturday. An ethnic Kurd, he was born Kemal Sadik Gokceli in a village in southeastern Turkey, only weeks…

  • Turkey's Erdogan says high interest rate 'lobby' guilty of treason

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said anyone opposing interest rates cuts was guilty of treason, piling more political pressure on the central bank. Governor Erdem Basci on Friday dismissed rumors that Erdogan's criticisms of the central bank for not cutting rates swiftly enough would…

  • EU, others: Catch plans for Bluefin tuna threaten recovery

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union, Japan and other nations hunting for the eastern Atlantic Bluefin tuna are fearful that Turkey's unilateral decision to exceed catch limits agreed last year is threatening the stock recovery and the organization regulating its conservation.

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  • Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress

    By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to take a "historic" decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement on Saturday, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels. Turkey's…

  • Assyrians in San Jose hold prayer vigil for embattled countrymen in Syria

    As their embattled fellow Assyrians in Syria are being held hostage and seeing their villages taken over by Islamic State fighters, local expats in San Jose gathered Friday night for a prayer vigil to ...

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  • Turkish author Yasar Kemal dies

    One of Turkey's best-known writers, Yasar Kemal, 92, has died in an Istanbul hospital following respiratory and organ failure. Mr Kemal - an ethnic Kurd born in south-eastern Turkey - won international fame for his first novel, Memed, My Hawk, published in 1955. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet…

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  • Bolstering technology Turkey's priority in defence deal -official

    Turkey's top priority when procuring its first long-range missile defence system is to bolster its own technological ability, a defence official said on Friday. Turkey has chosen a Chinese company as the preferred bidder for the $3.4 billion project but is also pressing ahead with talks with U.S.…

  • Libya's PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group

    By Ahmed Tolba and Ayman al-Warfalli CAIRO/BENGHAZI (Reuters) - Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so "the Libyan people kill each other". Two…

  • Training of Syrian rebels in Turkey in 4-6 weeks: US

    The US military said Friday the training of moderate Syrian rebels will likely begin within four to six weeks in Turkey after the two NATO allies clinched an agreement last week. Potential recruits still needed to be vetted for the training sessions, which will take place in Saudi Arabia and Qatar,…

  • Kurdish forces 'capture strategic IS Syria bastion'

    Kurdish fighters seized a strategic Islamic State stronghold in Syria Friday in a move that could impede jihadist movements near the border with Iraq, where they also control large swathes of territory. Meanwhile, the United States and Turkey are to begin training and equipping moderate Syrian…

  • Jailed Kurdish Leader Asks Fighters To End Armed Struggle In Turkey

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on his fighters to lay down arms as part of a peace process to end a 30-year insurgency, Turkey's main Kurdish party said Saturday.Ocalan is asking his Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, to hold an extraordinary…

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  • Jailed Kurdish leader in Turkey urges PKK to lay down arms

    The jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Saturday urged the separatists to take a "historic" decision to lay down arms, a key step in efforts to end Turkey's long-running Kurdish insurgency. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomed the call as "very, very important" but cautioned…

  • Kurdish leader seeks Turkey peace

    The jailed leader of Turkey's main Kurdish rebel group has urged followers to end a 30-year armed struggle. In a statement read out on TV by a Kurdish MP, Abdullah Ocalan said he was seeking a "historical decision" to reach "a democratic solution". More than 40,000 people, mostly Kurds, have died…

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