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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s lira briefly slipped on Friday after U.S. lawmakers included mandatory Turkish sanctions in a defence spending bill that moves Washington a step closer to punishing its NATO ally for buying Russian S-400 missile defences last year. U.S. President Donald Trump, who is set to step down next month, has said he will veto the bill over separate provisions. Sanctions could harm a Turkish economy already struggling with a coronavirus-induced slowdown, double-digit inflation and badly depleted foreign reserves. The defence bill includes sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which are designed in part to deter cooperation with Russia. “If Trump chooses from among the lighter sanctions I think given the global risk appetite we still can see a benign performance in the lira,” said one Turkish trader.
Persons: Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Trump, Tayyip Erdogan, , Chris Van Hollen, Erdogan Organizations: NATO, House, BIDEN, Democratic, The U.S, Republicans, Democrats, Trump, Republican, Democratic U.S Locations: ISTANBUL, Washington, Russia, Turkey, Ankara, Turkish, The
Qatar foreign minister flags movement on resolving Gulf row
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
DUBAI (Reuters) - Qatar’s foreign minister said on Friday there has been movement on resolving a bitter diplomatic dispute among the Gulf countries but he could not predict whether a breakthrough was imminent or would fully resolve the matter. FILE PHOTO: Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani is seen during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, September 12, 2020. Washington says it wants a united Gulf front against Iran. “Right now there are some movements that we hope will put an end to this crisis,” Sheikh Mohammed, told the “Mediterranean Dialogues” online conference, speaking by videolink. Asked if a resolution would be bilateral or include all the Gulf states, Sheikh Mohammed said it should be “holistic” and based on mutual respect.
Persons: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Jared Kushner, ” Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Mohammed Organizations: Reuters, Foreign, Taliban, REUTERS, United Arab, Qatar, Iran, Qatar’s, White, Doha, Al, Muslim Locations: DUBAI, Thani, Doha, Qatar, States, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Washington, Italian, Al Jazeera, Turkish, Iran
Kuwait, Qatar flag movement on resolving Gulf row
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani is seen during talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents in Doha, Qatar, September 12, 2020. Washington says it wants a united Gulf front against Iran. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani in a Twitter post welcomed the Kuwaiti statement as “an imperative step” towards resolving the rift. Qatar, which hosts the region’s largest U.S. military base, denies the charges and says the boycott aims to undermine its sovereignty. Asked if a resolution would be bilateral or include all the Gulf states, the Qatari minister said it should be “holistic” and based on mutual respect.
Persons: Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al, Jared Kushner Organizations: Reuters, Qatar, Qatari, Foreign, Taliban, REUTERS, United Arab, Iran, Kuwait TV, White House, Qatar’s, Doha, Al, Muslim Locations: DUBAI, Saudi Arabia, Thani, Doha, Qatar, United States, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Washington, Gulf, Kuwaiti, Sabah, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al, Al Jazeera, Turkish, Iran
DUBAI/ROME (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Friday a resolution to a bitter dispute with Qatar seemed “within reach” after Kuwait announced progress towards ending a row that Washington says hampers a united Gulf front against Iran. Slideshow ( 2 images )The United States and Kuwait have worked to end the dispute, during which Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have imposed a diplomatic, trade and travel embargo on Qatar since mid-2017. Qatar hosts the region’s largest U.S. military base, Bahrain is home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Saudi Arabia and the UAE host U.S. troops. A Gulf source familiar with the matter told Reuters it was significant that all parties had agreed to move forward with discussions. In a Twitter post, Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, welcomed the Kuwaiti statement as “an imperative step” towards resolving the rift.
Persons: hampers, , Donald, Trump, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Jared Kushner, Mike Pompeo, Sheikh Ahmad Nasser al, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Organizations: Washington, Iran, United Arab, Saudi Foreign, White House, Navy’s, UAE, U.S, Reuters, Rome, Doha, Al, Muslim, Qatar Locations: DUBAI, ROME, Saudi, Qatar, , Kuwait, United States, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Rome, videolink, finalising, Doha, Washington, Sabah, Gulf, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al, Thani, Al Jazeera, Turkish, Iran
Analysis: Is a post-COVID currency war coming?
  + stars: | 2020-12-04 | by ( Marc Jones | Elizabeth Howcroft | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
In Sweden, whose crown is this year’s best-performing currency, the central bank unexpectedly increased its money-printing programme last week. (Graphic for Emerging market currency rebound: )ROOM TO BOOMIt is not only the expectation that COVID-19 vaccines will normalise trade, travel and commodity prices driving the trend. (Graphic for MSCI EM FX index 2012 and 2020: )IIF chief economist Robin Brooks doubts even that kind of move would trigger a full-blown currency war. Nevertheless, he thinks the euro and the yen will be shoved higher, requiring the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan to respond. “Our concern is the speed of the adjustment,” Thailand’s central bank governor, Sethaput Suthiwart-Narueput, said last week.
Persons: Bernadett Szabo, , , Manik Narain, splurged, Joe Biden’s, Pramol Dhawan, Narain, Brazil’s Guido Mantega, Morgan Stanley, Robin Brooks, ” Brooks, Sethaput Organizations: ., Swiss, REUTERS, Institute of International Finance, UBS, FX, Citi, Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and Bank of Japan Locations: Budapest, Western, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Brazilian, Turkish Lira, South, Russian, China, U.S, India
BRUSSELS/PARIS/ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used his final NATO meeting this week to sharply criticise Turkey, saying its purchase of a Russian weapons system was “a gift” to Moscow, according to five diplomats and officials. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media prior to meeting with Kuwait's Foreign Minister in Washington, D.C., U.S., November 24, 2020. The meeting tone was described as “measured” but “more confrontational” than is usually the case at NATO. “We had to purchase (a weapons system) from Russia because we could not from our allies,” he added. Turkish sources with knowledge of the meeting said that Pompeo made “unjust accusations” and that were was no united front against Turkey.
Persons: Mike Pompeo, Saul Loeb, Pompeo, Pompeo’s, Donald Trump’s, Mevlut Cavusoglu, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Turkey’s Cavusoglu, , Jens Stoltenberg, Emmanuel Macron, Stoltenberg Organizations: NATO, Kuwait's, Washington , D.C, REUTERS, Turkish, U.S . Defense Department, U.S, Union Locations: BRUSSELS, PARIS, ANKARA, Turkey, Russian, Moscow, Washington ,, Greece, Cyprus, U.S, Syria, Libya, Nagorno, Karabakh, France, Luxembourg, United States, Russia
Turkish soldier killed in clash in northwest Syria: ministry
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish soldier was killed in northwest Syria on Thursday in a clash with Kurdish militia fighters in the Afrin region, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said, adding that six militants were “neutralised” in the fighting. Turkey’s military and its Syrian rebel allies seized control of Afrin, a mainly Kurdish region, from the Kurdish YPG militia in March 2018 in one of a series of Turkish incursions into northern Syria. The ministry said the YPG had infiltrated the area and Turkish forces had opened fire in the direction of the attack, “neutralising” six of the militants as they retreated. Operations were continuing in the area, with Turkish forces supported by drones, the statement said. The governor’s office in Turkey’s Hatay province, bordering Afrin, said the killed soldier was a sergeant and that the attack was staged overnight in the Gazaviye base area in Afrin.
Persons: “ neutralising Organizations: Kurdish, Turkey’s Defence Ministry, Kurdistan Workers Party, Operations, Turkish Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkish, Syria, Afrin, Kurdish, Turkey, Turkey’s Hatay
Azerbaijan says 2,783 troops killed over Nagorno-Karabakh
  + stars: | 2020-12-03 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
The hostilities ended Nov. 10 with a Russia-brokered peace deal that saw Azerbaijan reclaim the territories that Armenian forces had controlled for more than a quarter-century. Azerbaijan had not released information on its military casualties until Thursday when the Defense Ministry said 2,783 troops were killed and more than 100 are still missing. Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. Azerbaijan completed reclaiming those territories on Tuesday when it took over the Lachin region located between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. Earlier this week, Russian and Turkish military officials signed documents to set up a joint monitoring center to ensure the fulfillment of the peace deal.
Persons: Ilham Aliyev, Aliyev, Nikol Pashinyan Organizations: Defense Ministry, Armenia's Health Ministry, Turkish Locations: Shusha, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nagorno, Karabakh, Russia, Moscow, Turkey, Yerevan
Six people were charged in an elaborate “birth tourism” scheme that helped Turkish women secure U.S. citizenship for their children and cost American taxpayers upward of $2 million, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Aksakal, Kaplan and Cakiroglu were charged with conspiring to commit visa fraud, health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Marte and Rodriguez were charged with conspiring to commit health care fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. The suspects submitted at least 99 Medicaid claims for different women, according to court papers. In all, the defendants facilitated the births of approximately 119 children, who now hold U.S. citizenship, prosecutors said.
Persons: Sarah Kaplan, Ibrahim Aksakal, brazenly, ” Seth DuCharme, – Aksakal, Kaplan, Enes Burak, Fiordalisa Marte, Edgar Rodriguez –, Aksakal, Cakiroglu, Marte, Rodriguez, Organizations: Attorney's, of, Eastern, U.S Locations: Turkish, Long, , New York, America, New York, illicitly, Long Island, N.Y, Eastern, of New York, U.S, American, York, Turkey, USA
FILE PHOTO: Russian peacekeepers drive an armoured personnel carrier near Arutyunagomer, in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, November 14, 2020. REUTERS/Stringer/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Construction work has started on a joint Turkish-Russian centre to monitor a ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said on Wednesday. Turkey has no peacekeepers in the region but said it had finalised an agreement with Russia on setting up the joint centre to monitor the ceasefire. Turkey backs Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh, and has criticised the co-chairs of the OSCE’s so-called Minsk Group for not resolving the long-running conflict in decades of mediation. The Minsk Group is led by the United States, France and Russia.
Persons: Stringer, Hulusi Akar, ” Akar Organizations: REUTERS, Turkish Defence, Minsk Group Locations: Arutyunagomer, Nagorno, Karabakh, ANKARA, Turkish, Russian, Azerbaijan, , Armenia, Russia, Turkey, Minsk, United States, France
Two women missing as migrant boat sinks off Greek island of Lesbos
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
ATHENS (Reuters) - Two women were missing after a dinghy carrying dozens of people sank off the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, a Greek coastguard official said, as more migrants fleeing conflict and poverty attempt to enter Europe. Sea crossings on overcrowded boats are often hazardous and last month, the Greek coastguard found the body of a migrant near a half-sunken vessel on the Aegean island of Rhodes. And in September at least three people drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Crete. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said the EU-Turkey deal was being violated and human lives were being put at risk. Turkey’s coastguard said it had intercepted a vessel carrying migrants in the area on Tuesday and had taken 31 people into custody.
Persons: Notis Mitarachi, Mitarachi Organizations: Greek coastguard, Reuters, European Union, Turkey’s coastguard Locations: ATHENS, Lesbos, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Ankara, Rhodes, Crete, EU, Turkish
One dead after migrant boat sinks off Greek island of Lesbos
  + stars: | 2020-12-02 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
ATHENS (Reuters) - One woman drowned when a dinghy carrying dozens of people sank off the island of Lesbos on Wednesday, Greek coastguard officials said, as more migrants fleeing conflict and poverty attempt to enter Europe. Sea crossings on overcrowded boats are often hazardous and last month, the Greek coastguard found the body of a migrant near a half-sunken vessel on the Aegean island of Rhodes. And in September at least three people drowned when a boat carrying migrants sank off the island of Crete. Greek Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said the EU-Turkey deal was being violated and human lives were being put at risk. Turkey’s coastguard said it had intercepted a vessel carrying migrants in the area on Tuesday and had taken 31 people into custody.
Persons: Notis Mitarachi, Mitarachi Organizations: Greek coastguard, European Union, Turkey’s coastguard Locations: ATHENS, Lesbos, Europe, Greece, Turkey, Ankara, Rhodes, Crete, EU, Turkish
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey ordered the detention of 82 military personnel in an operation targeting supporters of the Muslim preacher who Ankara says was behind a failed coup in 2016, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Operations targeting the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen have continued under a four-year-long crackdown since the attempted coup in July 2016. The detentions were ordered by the chief prosecutor in the western coastal province of Izmir, Anadolu said, adding that it also took steps to sack 848 military personnel, including high ranking officers, over links to the network. Since the coup attempt, about 80,000 people have been held pending trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 people had been expelled from the Turkish military alone.
Persons: Fethullah Gulen, Gulen, Tayyip Erdogan Organizations: Anadolu, Turkish Locations: ISTANBUL, Turkey, Ankara, U.S, Izmir, Anadolu
Turkish exploration vessel back in port ahead of EU summit
  + stars: | 2020-11-30 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish seismic research vessel Oruc Reis sails in the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey, October 3, 2018. REUTERS/Yoruk IsikANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s seismic exploration vessel Oruc Reis returned to port on Monday from disputed Mediterranean waters, less than two weeks before a European Union summit where the bloc will evaluate possible sanctions against Ankara. Tensions flared in August when Ankara sent Oruc Reis to map out energy drilling prospects in waters also claimed by Greece. Turkey withdrew Oruc Reis from contested waters ahead of a previous EU summit in October to “allow for diplomacy”, but later sent it back after what it called unsatisfactory outcomes from the summit. Refinitiv ship tracking data confirmed Oruc Reis was back in port in Antalya on Monday morning.
Persons: Oruc Reis, Yoruk Isik, Hayreddin Pasa, Tayyip Erdogan’s Organizations: REUTERS, Ankara, NATO, EU Locations: Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey, Yoruk, Yoruk Isik ANKARA, Greece, Ankara, Antalya, Turkey’s, Cyprus, Athens, Northern Cyprus, France, Paris
Saudi Arabia has suspended Turkish meat imports - Turkish union
  + stars: | 2020-11-27 | by ( Ceyda Caglayan | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia formally suspended imports of meat, eggs and other products from Turkey earlier this month, the Turkish exporters’ union said, after a months-long informal boycott of Turkish goods over political tensions between the two regional rivals. REUTERS/Umit BektasTurkish exporters have reported increasing obstacles to trade in Saudi Arabia, as businessmen in the Gulf Arab state have led calls for bans on Turkish imports and as ties between the two countries deteriorated. Ankara says it has been told by Riyadh that there is no formal boycott, but the exporters’ union said it had been informed by Turkey’s trade ministry that imports of some Turkish goods had been suspended earlier this month. Turkey’s Exporters Assembly says exports to Saudi Arabia fell 16% in the first 10 months of this year to $2.23 billion. “Even though there was no official ban, we were unable to send many products to Saudi Arabia anyway, including chicken products,” said Sait Koca, general manager of a poultry company.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi King Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey’s, Ruhsar Pekcan, ” Pekcan, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman, Joe Biden, Erdogan, , Sait Koca, Weeks Organizations: REUTERS, , Reuters, Turkey’s Trade, World Trade Organisation, Saudi Locations: ISTANBUL, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Saudi, Ankara, Gulf, Istanbul, Riyadh, Sabah, U.S
France, EU lawmakers push for sanctions on Turkey next month
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Robin Emmott | John Irish | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. “Confrontation or collaboration, it’s up to them.”The Turkish Foreign Ministry has criticised the EU for discussing sanctions, saying such debate was not helpful. “However, Turkey is a key partner in many areas, so there’s no consensus in the Council (of EU governments). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the boarding was an act of “piracy” and summoned EU, German and Italian envoys to protest, which Berlin said was unjustified. “I think now there’s a common understanding that there will be sanctions,” said a senior EU diplomat.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Vladimir Putin, Pavel Golovkin, Paris, Erdogan’s, , Jean, Yves Le Drian, Erdogan, bode, Berlin, “ Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu Organizations: European Union, EU, Turkish Cypriot, Turkish Foreign Ministry, NATO, Reuters, Turkish Locations: BRUSSELS, PARIS, France, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Moscow, Russia, Turkish, “ Turkey, Austria, EU, Nagorno, Karabakh, Paris, Ankara, Syria, Libya, Germany
Turkish court issues life sentences in 2016 coup trial: Anadolu
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court handed down dozens of life sentences on Thursday for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots, accused of carrying out a 2016 coup attempt from an air base near the capital Ankara, Anadolu news agency reported. The state-owned Anadolu and other media said 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences while four civilians were each given 79 life sentences. Former air force commander Akin Ozturk and others at the Akinci air base near Ankara were accused of directing the coup and bombing government buildings, including parliament, and attempting to kill President Tayyip Erdogan. The trial was the most high profile of dozens of court cases targeting thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt, which Ankara blamed on supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. A total of 475 people were on trial, 365 of them in custody.
Persons: Akin Ozturk, Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan Organizations: Anadolu Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, Anadolu, U.S
Turkish court issues life sentences in trial of 2016 coup leaders
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Ece Toksabay | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court handed down dozens of life sentences on Thursday for some of the nearly 500 defendants, including army commanders and pilots, accused of leading a 2016 coup attempt from an air base near the capital Ankara. The trial was the highest profile of dozens of court cases targeting thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt, which Ankara blamed on supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen. Four ringleaders, dubbed “civilian imams” over ties to Gulen’s network, were given 79 aggravated life sentences for charges of attempting to assassinate the president, murder, and seeking to overthrow the constitutional order, state-owned Anadolu news agency said. F-16 warplane pilots were also among those given aggravated life sentences - the severest punishment in Turkish courts - meaning there is no possibility of parole. Courts have handed down more than 2,500 life sentences.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Fethullah Gulen, Akin Ozturk, Erdogan, Turkey’s, Hulusi Akar, Gulen, Ankara’s, Suleyman Soylu Organizations: Former, Anadolu, NATO, European Union, Gulen Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, U.S, Turkey, Gulen
Turkish court sentences 2016 coup leaders to life in jail
  + stars: | 2020-11-26 | by ( Ece Toksabay | Daren Butler | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish court sentenced leaders of a 2016 attempted coup to life in jail on Thursday, convicting hundreds of army officers, pilots and civilians over a failed bid to topple President Tayip Erdogan directed from an air base near the capital Ankara. Based at the Akinci air base, the defendants were accused of directing the coup and bombing government buildings, including parliament, and attempting to kill Erdogan. F-16 pilots who carried out attacks were also among those given aggravated life sentences - the severest punishment in Turkish courts - meaning there is no possibility of parole. Most of the other defendants also received life sentences, while 19 were jailed for aiding the coup and 41 for terrorist group membership. Courts have handed down more than 2,500 life sentences.
Persons: Tayip Erdogan, Erdogan’s, Fethullah Gulen, Erdogan, , Omer Celik, Anadolu, Turkey’s, Hulusi Akar, Gulen, Ankara’s, Suleyman Soylu Organizations: Erdogan’s AK, Twitter, Anadolu, NATO, European Union, Gulen Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, U.S, Turkey, Gulen
“Men’s violence against women is also a pandemic – one that pre-dates the virus and will outlive it. Last year, 243 million women and girls experienced sexual or physical violence from their partner. This year, reports of increased domestic violence, cyberbullying, child marriages, sexual harassment and sexual violence have flooded in, she added. In the Turkish city of Istanbul, several hundred people gathered to protest against domestic violence against women. “We have witnessed an increase in domestic violence during confinement measures,” said protester Serena Freddi.
Persons: , , Phumzile, Serena Freddi, Eduardo Cabrita, Chancellor Angela Merkel Organizations: United Nations, Social Research Institute, , OMA Locations: ISTANBUL, ROME, Turkish, Istanbul, Italy, Italian, ” Spain, Portugal, Germany
Erdogan slams jailed Kurdish leader, vows reforms with nationalist ally
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Ece Toksabay | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a jailed Kurdish leader has “blood on his hands”, scotching any hopes that a reform plan could lead to wider liberties for the opposition and dissidents. Slideshow ( 2 images )Erdogan promised a slate of judicial and economic reforms two weeks ago, leading to expectations of the possible release of politicians, including Kurdish ones, and human rights advocates from jail. “There is no Kurdish issue in this country,” Erdogan said. The MHP takes a hardline view regarding the Kurdish movement so it would be against any reforms seen as sympathetic to the HDP. Erdogan also defended the removal of dozens of elected HDP mayors from duty in the country’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, , Erdogan, Bulent Arinc, Selahattin Demirtas, ” Erdogan, Demirtas, Arinc Organizations: Erdogan’s AK, Kurdish Peoples ’ Democratic Party, Nationalist Movement Party, Kurdish Locations: ANKARA, Turkish, Kurdish
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday a jailed Kurdish leader has “blood on his hands”, scotching some hopes that a reform plan could lead to wider liberties for the opposition and dissidents. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling AKP during a meeting at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 25, 2020. Erdogan said the AKP would carry out the reforms together with its Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) coalition partner - staunch opponents of the Kurdish political movement. HDP lawmaker Meral Danis Bestas, a senior figure in the party, dismissed the reform pledges as politicking. It has generally been accused of links to Kurdish militants fighting an insurgency in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, , REUTERS Erdogan, Bulent Arinc, Selahattin Demirtas, Erdogan, Demirtas, ” Erdogan, Arinc, Kobani, Meral Danis, HDP Organizations: Presidential Press, REUTERS, Erdogan’s AK Party, Kurdish Peoples ’ Democratic Party, Nationalist Movement Party, Reuters, Demirtas, Wednesday Locations: ANKARA, Ankara, Turkey, Turkish, Kurdish, Turkey’s, Erdogan
Erdogan to Putin: Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire efforts could include others
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin speaks with Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during a video conference call, dedicated to the conflict in Syria, in Moscow, Russia July 1, 2020. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERSANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he discussed in a phone call with Russia’s Vladimir Putin the possibility of expanding efforts to maintain the Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire to include other regional countries. The ceasefire signed on Nov. 10 halted military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but populated by ethnic Armenians, after the worst fighting in the region since the 1990s. Turkey and Russia agreed to set up a joint centre in the region to monitor the ceasefire and Turkish parliament passed a troop deployment bill to send military observers.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Hassan Rouhani, Alexei Druzhinin, Russia’s Vladimir Putin Organizations: Sputnik, REUTERS ANKARA Locations: Syria, Moscow, Russia, Kremlin, Karabakh, Nagorno, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Turkish
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a news conference following talks in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday he and Russian President Vladimir Putin had discussed the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey has no peacekeepers there but has signed an agreement with Russia to set up a joint centre to monitor the ceasefire. The Minsk Group includes France, Russia and the United States. Erdogan said “discomfort” voiced over the agreement by some co-chairs of the Minsk Group “has no worth whatsoever.”
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Tayyip Erdogan, Pavel Golovkin, Mr Putin, ” Erdogan, Erdogan, Organizations: Reuters, Minsk Group, Organization for Security, Minsk Group “ Locations: Turkish, Moscow, Russia, ANKARA, Nagorno, Karabakh, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Minsk, France, United States
Swiss police identify assailant in knife attack as jihadist
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss police have identified a Swiss woman who knifed a victim in the neck and grabbed another by the throat in a Lugano department store on Tuesday as a known jihadist. Federal prosecutors have called the incident in the Italian-speaking southern canton of Ticino a suspected terrorist attack and taken charge of the investigation. “The assailant is know to Fedpol from police investigations in 2017 with a jihadist background,” the Federal Office of Police tweeted. Swiss media cited witnesses as saying she called out that she belonged to jihadist group Islamic State during the attack. Two men arrested in the town of Winterthur near Zurich this month over possible links to a jihadist shooting attack in Vienna that killed four people on Nov. 2 visited the attacker in July.
Organizations: Swiss, Federal Office of Police, Islamic State, Winterthur ”, Islamic, Federal, Turkish Locations: ZURICH, Swiss, Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland, France, Germany, Paris, Nice, Vienna, Winterthur, Zurich, Islamic State, Portuguese, Morges
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