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New Turkish cabinet includes opposition, but little policy change seen | Reuters

Aug 29, 2015

New Turkish cabinet includes opposition, but little policy change seen | Reuters

ANKARA Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu appointed nationalist and pro-Kurdish opposition politicians to an interim power-sharing cabinet on Friday, but left his finance and economy ministers unchanged in a team dominated by ruling party loyalists. Davutoglu was forced to form the temporary cabinet after his AK Party failed to find a junior coalition partner following the loss of its parliamentary majority in a June election which ended more than a decade of single-party rule. The uncertainty has unnerved investors in Turkey's $870 billion economy and comes as it battles Kurdish militants at home and Islamic State fighters on its borders, helping send the lira currency to a series of record lows. #Middle East #Europe #Turkey #Latin America #opinion
Warring sides in Syria agree to extend local ceasefires| Reuters

Aug 28, 2015

Warring sides in Syria agree to extend local ceasefires| Reuters

BEIRUT Warring sides in Syria have ageed to extend a ceasefire in a rebel-held town near the border with Lebanon and two Shi'ite villages in the northwest, and to evacuate wounded, sources close to talks said. The truce is the second in a month in those areas between the Syrian army and its Lebanese Hezbollah allies on one side, and insurgents on the other. It came into force at 6 a.m #India #Syria #Islam #Europe #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis
Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border| Reuters

Aug 27, 2015

Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border| Reuters

BEIRUT Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the United States are planning to open a new front against the group in coordination with insurgents on the ground. The ultra-radical IS and a monitoring agency said the group had seized several villages as it stepped up an offensive in northern Aleppo province, in a blow to rebels who are likely partners for Ankara and Washington in any ground campaign. Intense attacks began overnight and on Thursday morning IS fighters had mostly encircled the rebel-held town of Marea, some 20 km (12 miles) from the Turkish border, a rebel leader fighting against the group in the area said #Business #United States #Europe #markets #United Kingdom #Turkey #crisis
Turkish PM begins work on new cabinet, Kurds see friction| Reuters

Aug 26, 2015

Turkish PM begins work on new cabinet, Kurds see friction| Reuters

ANKARA Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday called on reluctant opposition parties to join an interim government ahead of new elections, but two refused and the third, a pro-Kurdish party, said it doubted he was serious. Davutoglu was earlier appointed by President Tayyip Erdogan to form a temporary power-sharing cabinet and lead Turkey into an election on Nov #Politics #India #Middle East #Europe #Argentina #Turkey
Death boats, cuts, tear gas mark path for migrants to Europe| Reuters

Aug 26, 2015

Death boats, cuts, tear gas mark path for migrants to Europe| Reuters

ROSZKE, Hungary Hassan, a 30-year old IT engineer from Syria, was still shaken from having been forced by smugglers to drive an overloaded boat full of fellow migrants to Greece from Turkey. Standing in a queue for a bus inside Hungary, he had his young nephew on his back, the boy's head bandaged after being cut by razor wire as he and his family tried to cross into the visa-free part of the European Union from Serbia. #Business #Syria #Technology #Greece #Turkey
Eight soldiers killed in southeast Turkey bomb attack - military| Reuters

Aug 20, 2015

Eight soldiers killed in southeast Turkey bomb attack - military| Reuters

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Eight Turkish soldiers were killed in a bomb attack on their vehicle by Kurdish militants in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, the military said, intensifying conflict after the breakdown of a two-year ceasefire last month. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants planted explosives on a highway in the province of Siirt and detonated them around 1110 GMT, the general staff said in a statement, as security forces clashed with the PKK across the mainly Kurdish southeast #Business #Islam #markets #Argentina #Turkey #Foreign policy
Islamic experts urge more Muslim action on climate change | Reuters

Aug 18, 2015

Islamic experts urge more Muslim action on climate change | Reuters

ISTANBUL A group of Islamic experts urged the world's 1.6 billion Muslims on Tuesday to do more to fight global warming, in a new example of religious efforts to galvanise action before a U.N. climate summit in Paris in December #India #Middle East #Europe #United Kingdom #Turkey #Christianity
Turkey faces fractious interim rule as PM gives up on forming new govt| Reuters

Aug 18, 2015

Turkey faces fractious interim rule as PM gives up on forming new govt| Reuters

ANKARA Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will formally give up trying to form the next government on Tuesday after weeks of coalition talks failed, raising the prospect of a fractious interim administration leading the country to a new election. Davutoglu had been trying to find a junior coalition partner since the AK Party lost its parliamentary majority in an election in June, leaving it unable to govern alone for the first time since it came to power in 2002. AKP spokesman Besir Atalay said Davutoglu would hand the mandate back to President Tayyip Erdogan at a meeting later on Tuesday, and that the party would hold a congress on Sept. #Politics #Business #United States #Argentina #Turkey #opinion
Three Turkish soldiers, one police killed in Kurdish militant attacks| Reuters

Aug 16, 2015

Three Turkish soldiers, one police killed in Kurdish militant attacks| Reuters

ISTANBUL Three Turkish soldiers and a police officer were killed in separate incidents on Saturday, security sources said, as violence roils the country's mainly Kurdish southeast in recent weeks following the end of a two-year ceasefire. #Business #India #Middle East #Argentina #United Kingdom #Turkey #opinion
Turkish nationalists reject minority government in blow to Erdogan| Reuters

Aug 15, 2015

Turkish nationalists reject minority government in blow to Erdogan| Reuters

ANKARA Turkey's nationalist opposition made clear on Friday it would not roll over and back a minority government, making President Tayyip Erdogan's aim of taking the country to a snap election with the ruling party in control look increasingly difficult. Talks on forming a grand coalition between the AK Party and the main opposition CHP broke down on Thursday, making an autumn election almost inevitable and leaving the ruling party having to turn to the nationalist MHP for support. The uncertainty comes as the NATO member faces a confluence of national security threats, battling Islamic State insurgents on its borders and Kurdish militants at home. #Politics #Technology #Europe #Argentina #United Kingdom #Turkey