Turkey

Turkey to Translate Koran into Kurdish

Turkey has some 12-14 million Kurds out of a total population of 70 million, but public use of the Kurdish language is still banned. Islam’s holy book the Koran is to be translated into Kurdish as part of Turkey’s efforts to boost the rights of Kurds and to meet European …

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We expect Turkish entrepreneurs to purchase land in Georgia, agriculture minister

Georgian Minister of Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli said Wednesday the most affordable agricultural land in the region is actually in Georgia. “One hectare (10,000 square metres) of agricultural land sells for 350-1000 USD in Georgia. We expect Turkish entrepreneurs to purchase land in Georgia,” Kvezereli said.

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Turkey Detains 5 After Bone Fragments Found

Police investigators found 20 bone fragments on Monday during a dig at a site near the town of town of Cizre. Turkish police detained five people on Tuesday after finding bone fragments detectives think may be the remains of victims of extrajudicial killings in the mainly Kurdish southeast, state-run Anatolian …

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Turk Police Detain 17 Protesters At Water Forum

Protesters accused the forum of being a platform for water privatisation, and shouted `water for life, not for profit`. Turkish police fired teargas to disperse a group of about 100 protesters gathered at the start of a global water forum in Istanbul on Monday and detained 17, state-run news agency …

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Greek, Turk Businesses Back Swift Cyprus Deal

Greek and Turkish Cypriots started peace talks in September 2008, the latest bid to end a conflict. Business leaders of Greece, Turkey and the two communities on Cyprus on Thursday urged leaders of the divided island to reach a peace deal this year. Greek and Turkish Cypriots started peace talks …

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Turkish Cities Sever Bulgarian Ties Over Armenia

Twelve Turkish municipalities have severed ties with their Bulgarian sister cities, because the latter have classified the deaths of hundred of thousands of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915 as genocide, Bulgarian National Radio said, citing Turkish-language newspaper Hürriyet.

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Call for EU to prioritise press freedom in membership talks with Turkey

International Press Institute (IPI) director David Dadge met European Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn and other EC officials on March 9 2009 to call on the EC to make press freedom a priority in EU membership talks with Turkey. In a media statement, the IPI said that the appeal was made …

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Greek ire at Obama trip to Turkey

The announcement by US secretary of state Hillary Clinton that president Barack Obama is to visit Turkey in the next month or so sparked indignation among Greek media and prompted the country’s main opposition party to attack prime minister Costas Karamanlis government’s foreign policy as “inept and irresolute”. On March …

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Istanbul Prosecutor Indicts 56 More In Coup Plot

The state-run Anatolian news agency said the Istanbul prosecutor had submitted a 1,900-page indictment. Fifty-six more people were indicted on Tuesday on charges of plotting to overthrow Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK Party government, and local media said two retired generals were among the suspects.

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