Turkey jails editor for 21 years

Sofia Echo 12 February 2010

A Turkish court has sentenced the editor of a Kurdish newspaper to 21 years in prison for printing what it called Kurdish rebel propaganda. The stiff sentence is part of an ongoing crackdown on legal


European Court Rules Against Turkey's Religion ID

Assyrian International News Agency 8 February 2010
By Damaris Kremida and Will Morris

ISTANBUL -- A European court on Tuesday ordered Turkey to remove the religious affiliation section from citizens' identification cards, calling the practice a violation of human rights.


Cyprus FM - 'Turkey will have to think seriously about its EU course'

Famagusta Gazette 8 February 2010

Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou has said that Turkey will have to start thinking seriously about its EU accession course, since by the end of this year, this course will not be able to move forward


Turkey honors Dink’s murderers

Turkey keeps on honoring the assassinators. For instance, Ogun Samast – killer of Agos daily chief editor Hrant Dink got married being in jail. According to Turkish Ihlassondakika website, Samast


Armenia missed a chance to unmask Turkey

PanARMENIAN.Net 5 February 2010

The process of normalization of Armenian-Turkish relations will fail if continues as it is, according to Hovhannes Igityan, member of Armenian National Movement board, former chairman of the


Turkey: Girl buried alive in honour killing

Montreal Gazette 4 February 2010

ANKARA - A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honour killing just because she reportedly befriended boys, the Anatolia news agency reported


Turkey: Fistfight in Parliament Over "Prophet" Comment

ANSAmed 4 February 2010

ANKARA - A war of words centering on the Turkish prime minister's wife turned into a full-fledged fistfight between the deputies of the ruling and opposition parties in Parliament on Tuesday.


Turkey's chief EU negotiator says Turkey must not take EU report seriously

Today.Az 4 February 2010

Turkey should not take a recent report prepared by the European Parliament seriously, Turkish state minister and chief negotiator for European Union talks said Wednesday. Egemen Bagis, hosted a


Turkish Kurd, 15, jailed for eight years over 'terror' crimes at protest rally  4 February 2010

DIYARBAKIR, Kurdish Southeastern region of Turkey, — A 15-year-old Turkish girl who was arrested at a demonstration in support of a banned Kurdish group has been jailed for nearly eight years


German police arrest alleged Turkish hijacker

eTaiwan News 3 February 2010

German police say they have arrested a Turkish man who hijacked a plane from Albania to Turkey in 2006. Federal police spokesman Matthias Menge told The Associated Press that the 31-year-old man


Turkey still has long way to go for EU entry

Global Times 3 February 2010

Turkish authorities, who are proud of the Ottoman Empire, are getting frustrated and impatient in their hard and long bid to join the European Union (EU). Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip


Almost Four Decades On, IPI Calls for Justice for Slain Turkish Editor Abdi Ipekci

IPI: International Press Institute 2 February 2010
By Barbara Trionfi

Abdi Ipekci, editor-in-chief of the Turkish daily Milliyet, IPI Executive Board member (1964), former IPI Vice Chairman (1971) and IPI World Press Freedom Hero, who was shot dead in his car on 1


Turkey's new pro-Kurdish party faces investigation

Hurriyet Daily News 2 February 2010

The chief public prosecutor’s office in Ankara has started an investigation into the First Extraordinary General Congress of the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party, or BDP. The BDP was formed in


Turkey strengthens trade ties with Palestine

Hurriyet Daily News 2 February 2010

Representatives of Palestinian businesses visited Istanbul yesterday in order to strengthen bilateral trade with Turkey. Kamel Hassouneh from the Palestinian-Turkish Business Council underscores the


Turkey's PM slams EU, France, Israel

News.Az 1 February 2010

Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not mince his words on the EU, Armenia, French President Sarkozy and Israeli PM Netanyahu in an interview with Euronews. The prime minister spoke to Euronews to mark the


Turkey can't be silent about Israel's crimes in Gaza

Press TV, Iran 1 February 2010

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Israel's conduct in Gaza, saying Ankara cannot be silent when innocent civilians are killed, phosphorus bombs are used, infrastructure is


Moderate Turkish Islamists hit the big time

RIA Novosti 27 January 2010
By Dmitry Babich

On Monday the presidents of three influential Muslim states, Turkey, Afghanistan and Pakistan, gathered for a summit in Istanbul. This top-level meeting is another testimony to Turkey's ambition to


Turkish poll: Support for Erdogan down

Ynetnews 27 January 2010
By Ariel Danieli

Is Turkey's harsh stance towards Israel a sign of political distress? The Turkish ruling party headed by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is dropping in the polls and according to a recent one



Ansamed 27 January 2010

Mevlut Cavusoglu was elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe today. He is the first Turkish member to take the position since Turkey became a member of the


Turkey General Denies Plot to Overthrow Government

The head of Turkey's armed forces has responded angrily to a newspaper report accusing the military of plotting to overthrow the government. Gen Ilker Basbug delivered a televised address in which

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