Monday, October 20, 2014

BBC News - Islamic State: Why Turkey prefers Iraq's Kurds in fight against IS

Islamic State: Why Turkey prefers Iraq's Kurds in fight against IS

As Turkey announces that it will allow Peshmerga fighters to cross its border into Syria to help defend the town of Kobane from Islamic State militants, the BBC's Mark Lowen explains Ankara's relations with the various Kurdish factions and why it is backing Iraqi and not Turkish Kurds in the fight against IS.

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How to train a Syrian rebel: inside Turkey's training camps - Telegraph

How to train a Syrian rebel: inside Turkey's training camps

Under pressure to assist the Syrian rebels against Isil, Turkey has made a public pledge to train 'moderate' fighters. But what does this actually involve? Ruth Sherlock explains

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Controversial former prosecutor protested at Ankara Bar Association elections - POLITICS

Controversial former prosecutor protested at Ankara Bar Association elections

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency

Former State Security Court (DGM) prosecutor Nuh Mete Yüksel, who has a controversial record as a prosecutor, has faced strong protests as he bid to vote at the Bar Association election in Ankara.

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TV Guide - Exclusive Covert Affairs Video: Go Behind the Scenes in Istanbul - News - Woburn Advocate - Woburn, MA

Exclusive Covert Affairs Video: Go Behind the Scenes in Istanbul

The USA drama returns to Istanbul for the Season 5 midseason premiere as Annie (Piper Perabo) follows a lead on Belenko (Shawn Doyle). And she's even got reinforcements in — yup! — Eyal (Oded Fehr).

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Dutch museum exhibition to focus on eminent Turkish women

Dutch museum exhibition to focus on eminent Turkish women

Dutch journalist and author Henk Boom and his wife, Lotje de Lussanet, artist and curator at the TwentseWelle museum, are preparing to organize an exhibition titled “Kadınlar” (The Women) in the Netherlands featuring 10 famous women from Turkish history.

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Defense: Turkey to host NATO war games in Istanbul - General news - ANSAMed.it

Defense: Turkey to host NATO war games in Istanbul
Twelve countries will gather for four days of military drills

20 October, 11:41

(ANSAmed) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 20 - Turkey will host NATO drills between October 20 and 24 that will include participation from 12 other countries, the Turkish General Staff announced in a statement Sunday as reported by Anadolu Agency. The war games will take place in Istanbul and gather military personnel from Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, Moldova, Jordan, Ukraine, Mauritania, Algeria, and Pakistan. The drills aim to enhance the capacity of the countries to work together and cooperate, the statement said. Turkey is expected to participate in the games with 84 personnel. (ANSAmed).

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Firms fly for Turkish trade mission - Independent.ie

Firms fly for Turkish trade mission

Published 20/10/2014 | 06:31

Business minister Ged Nash is leading a trade mission to Turkey involving more than 30 Irish firms

More than 30 Irish companies are jetting off for a trade mission in Turkey, it has been announced.

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Crisis cost 5 million jobs in Europe as Turkey boosted employment - ECONOMICS

Crisis cost 5 million jobs in Europe as Turkey boosted employment

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Around 5 million Europeans lost their jobs between 2008 and 2014 due to the global crisis, figures show. Turkish employment, meanwhile, is on the rise

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Turkey Will Help Iraqi Kurds Join Fight Against ISIS in Syria | TIME

Turkey Will Help Iraqi Kurds Join Fight Against ISIS in Syria

Naina Bajekal @naina_bajekal

7:12 AM ET

A shift in Ankara

Turkey said Monday that it will help Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross its border to fight militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) who have besieged a city in Syria.

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Turkey lets Kurdish fighters cross into Kobane - POLITICS

Turkey lets Kurdish fighters cross into Kobane

Sevil Erkuş - ANKARA

Turkey has been providing assistance to forces from the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to cross into the Syrian border town of Kobane in order to fight against jihadists, Turkey’s foreign minister said Oct. 20 after weeks of demands that Ankara open a corridor to the besieged town.

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Longest poem of classical-era unearthed in western Turkey - ARCHAEOLOGY

Longest poem of classical-era unearthed in western Turkey

ANKARA - Cihan News Agency

Excavations around the Hecatomnus Mausoleum in the western province of Muğla’s Milas district have unearthed a written stela that dates back over two millennia.

The stela is an extraordinary finding that offers very important data to historians and philologists, according to academics.

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US military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobane - MIDEAST

US military says air-drops weapons for Kurdish fighters near Kobane

WASHINGTON

The U.S. military said it had air-dropped arms to Syrian rebels fighting Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants near Kobane on Oct. 19, in what appeared to be the Pentagon's first public acknowledgment it has delivered lethal aid to the rebels.

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Who will Turkey 'train and equip' in Syria? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Who will Turkey 'train and equip' in Syria?

Author Week in Review Posted October 19, 2014

US officials now devote a fair bit of energy to keeping up appearances that Turkey is a partner in the US coalition against the Islamic State (IS).

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Who will Turkey 'train and equip' in Syria? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Who will Turkey 'train and equip' in Syria?

Author Week in Review Posted October 19, 2014

US officials now devote a fair bit of energy to keeping up appearances that Turkey is a partner in the US coalition against the Islamic State (IS).

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Pickles and politics in Turkey

Pickles and politics in Turkey

Many foreigners don't know that one of the things that a Turkish kitchen can't do without is pickles. There are many different flavors of pickles served in a Turkish kitchen.

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Tourism blooming in eastern Turkey thanks to Kurdish peace bid: report - TOURISM

Tourism blooming in eastern Turkey thanks to Kurdish peace bid: report

ISTANBUL

The Kurdish peace process has helped boost the tourist flow to eastern and southeastern Turkish provinces that were roiled by violence in previous years, a report issued by Turkey’s top tourism organization has found, underlining the significance of peace amid tension on the country’s southern borders.

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Another İstanbul hospital quarantined due to Ebola suspicion

Another İstanbul hospital quarantined due to Ebola suspicion

Local authorities quarantined the emergency unit of another İstanbul hospital on Saturday after the arrival of a patient with Ebola-like symptoms.

Patients receiving treatment at the emergency unit of Haydarpaşa Numune Teaching and Research Hospital in the city's Kadıköy district were transferred to other hospitals after a patient who arrived at the hospital on Saturday evening was determined to have Ebola-like symptoms.

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Health tourism sector sets its eyes on elderly Europeans

Health tourism sector sets its eyes on elderly Europeans

October 19, 2014, Sunday/ 00:37:17/ FURKAN DEMİRDÖVEN / ISTANBUL

A recent informational panel session held by the Turkish Association of Travel Agents (TÜRSAB) in İstanbul has encouraged travel agents to focus on the elderly population of Europe, where there is growing interest in medical treatments in Turkey, with various government grants also being introduced via presentations to businesses by specialists from government agencies.

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Senior AKP deputy slams Erdoğan, his party over Kurdish policies: BBC - POLITICS

Senior AKP deputy slams Erdoğan, his party over Kurdish policies: BBC

ISTANBUL

A senior member of Parliament from Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has slammed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his party over Kurdish policies, BBC Turkish reported Oct. 18.

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Shoebox money not to be returned to Halkbank’s ex-manager - CRIME

Shoebox money not to be returned to Halkbank’s ex-manager

Toygun Atilla - ISTANBUL

The money found in shoeboxes at the home of Halkbank's ex-general manager during a police raid late last year will be sent to the Istanbul Governorate, a prosecutor has ruled.

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Turkey's 'Obsession' With Removing Assad Hurts Turkish Interests

Turkey's 'Obsession' With Removing Assad Hurts Turkish Interests

Posted 2014-10-19 05:32 GMT

Turkey's "obsession" with removing the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria -- as an unnamed US official has described -- rather than making the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) a priority, has nothing to do with Turkey's national interests but is about sectarian solidarity with Sunni groups and reviving the hope of taking up a leadership role in the region, according to analysts

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Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds | UTSanDiego.com

Turkey would oppose US arms transfers to Kurds
By Associated Press3:11 a.m.Oct. 19, 2014

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country would not agree to any U.S. arms transfers to Kurdish fighters battling Islamic militants in Syria.

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