U.S.-sanctioned Chinese firm wins Turkey missile defense system tender (Reuters) 

@10 months ago
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#China #Turkey #Russia #United States #missile defense 

Students sentenced to eight years for banner in Turkey (Hurriyet)  

"Two students who staged a protest in 2010 to demand free education were sentenced to eight years and five months in prison yesterday by a Turkish court.

The students, Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, unfurled a banner reading: “We want free education, we will get it,” during a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Roma citizens on March 14, 2010.

Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer have already spent one and a half year in jail under arrest. They were released in October 2011, after the previous prosecutor of the case, Kasım İlimoğlu, requested the students’ acquittal, arguing their act was constitutional and fell within the limits of the freedom of expression. 

However, Prosecutor Adem Özcan, who replaced İlimoğlu following his appointment to the case, demanded on March 9 that the students, Ferhat Tüzer, Berna Yılmaz and another suspect Utku Aykar, be sentenced on charges of membership of a terrorist organization. Ferhat Tüzer, a mechanical engineering student at Trakya University, Berna Yılmaz, an anthropology student at Ankara University and the other suspect Utku Aykar opened a banner demanding free education during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with the Roma community in March 2010. 

Tüzer and Yılmaz were subsequently arrested but later released after remaining behind bars for 18 months, while Aykar was tried without arrest.”

@2 years ago
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#turkey #freedom of speech #news 

Blast targets police in central Turkey (AJE) 

A suspected car bomb blast outside a police station in central Turkey has reportedly killed an officer and wounded 20 other people on Friday.

Local television network, NTV, and the private Dogan news agency said two assailants who also died tried to ram the vehicle into the police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the province of Kayseri, triggering a clash with police guards outside the building, setting off a bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the suspicion is likely to fall on the separtist PKK group.”

@2 years ago
)
#Turkey #bombing #PKK #news 

US, Turkey to build 600 Blackhawks (Hürriyet) 

"[The American Ambassador to Turkey] said that the U.S. supported Turkey’s ambitious 2023 target to become one of the world’s largest 10 economies…The envoy also said that Turkey and the U.S. should cooperate more in the fields of defense, technology, information and aerospace.”

@2 years ago
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#Turkey #US #defense #economy 

French court cancels ‘genocide’ denial bill (Hürriyet) 

”’We hope those who want to make politics over history will have a lesson from this verdict,’ Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters in a statement after the release of the verdict.”

@2 years ago with 1 note
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#turkey #france #armenia #genocide #democracy #free speech 

Syrian military says it downed Turkish fighter jet (BBC) 

"A spokesman said the plane, an F-4 Phantom, was dealt with ‘according to the laws that govern such situations’, the state news agency Sana said.

The Turkish prime minister said his country would ‘take the necessary steps’ once all the facts were known.

The Turkish and Syrian navies are meanwhile engaged in a joint search for the two missing crew members.”

@2 years ago with 2 notes
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#Syria #Turkey #airforce #navy 

Somalia discusses its future at landmark Istanbul meet (Hurriyet) 

"The Istanbul Conference on Somalia, under the theme ‘Preparing Somalia’s Future: Goals for 2015,’ opens today with the participation of heads of state and representatives from more than 50 countries, and international organizations in cooperation with the United Nations. The conference will end on June 1.

The Istanbul conference is organized on the eve of rising opportunities of ending political, security, humanitarian instabilities and disputes that have continued for 21 years in Somalia.” 


@2 years ago
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#Somalia #Turkey #istanbul #diplomacy #News 

Turkey shows interest in reviving EU bid (Telegraph) 

Now that Socialist Francois Hollande has replaced Mr Sarkozy as France’s president, Turkey hopes he will be more sympathetic to the candidacy of a country that has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is becoming a regional diplomatic player.

On Thursday, Turkey and the EU are to open talks aimed at bringing Turkey’s membership bid back on track, and the Turkish government announced this week that its Parliament will soon vote on a series of draft laws designed to help advance its bid.”

@2 years ago with 1 note
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#Turkey #European Union #EU #Francois Hollande #news 

Turkey to write first fully civilian constitution (BBC) 

The aim is to draft a simpler and more democratic charter to replace the existing constitution, which was drawn up under military rule 30 years ago.”

@2 years ago
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#turkey #constitution #democracy 

Chinese leader visits Turkey, Syria to top agenda (Hurriyet) 

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was in Turkey on Tuesday, where he was sure to hear from Turkish leaders about their growing concerns over the raging violence in neighboring Syria.


Turkey’s government says the world cannot remain silent in the face of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on dissent.

Xi, who is expected to become president of the world’s most populous nation next year, will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss bilateral and regional affairs. Turkey has repeatedly condemned what it calls atrocities in Syria and urged Assad to step down.”

@2 years ago
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#Turkey #China #Syria #diplomacy #Xi Jinping #Recep Erdogan 
U.S.-sanctioned Chinese firm wins Turkey missile defense system tender (Reuters)→
10 months ago
#China #Turkey #Russia #United States #missile defense 
Syrian military says it downed Turkish fighter jet (BBC)→

"A spokesman said the plane, an F-4 Phantom, was dealt with ‘according to the laws that govern such situations’, the state news agency Sana said.

The Turkish prime minister said his country would ‘take the necessary steps’ once all the facts were known.

The Turkish and Syrian navies are meanwhile engaged in a joint search for the two missing crew members.”

2 years ago
#Syria #Turkey #airforce #navy 
Students sentenced to eight years for banner in Turkey (Hurriyet) →

"Two students who staged a protest in 2010 to demand free education were sentenced to eight years and five months in prison yesterday by a Turkish court.

The students, Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer, unfurled a banner reading: “We want free education, we will get it,” during a meeting between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Roma citizens on March 14, 2010.

Berna Yılmaz and Ferhat Tüzer have already spent one and a half year in jail under arrest. They were released in October 2011, after the previous prosecutor of the case, Kasım İlimoğlu, requested the students’ acquittal, arguing their act was constitutional and fell within the limits of the freedom of expression. 

However, Prosecutor Adem Özcan, who replaced İlimoğlu following his appointment to the case, demanded on March 9 that the students, Ferhat Tüzer, Berna Yılmaz and another suspect Utku Aykar, be sentenced on charges of membership of a terrorist organization. Ferhat Tüzer, a mechanical engineering student at Trakya University, Berna Yılmaz, an anthropology student at Ankara University and the other suspect Utku Aykar opened a banner demanding free education during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with the Roma community in March 2010. 

Tüzer and Yılmaz were subsequently arrested but later released after remaining behind bars for 18 months, while Aykar was tried without arrest.”

2 years ago
#turkey #freedom of speech #news 
Somalia discusses its future at landmark Istanbul meet (Hurriyet)→

"The Istanbul Conference on Somalia, under the theme ‘Preparing Somalia’s Future: Goals for 2015,’ opens today with the participation of heads of state and representatives from more than 50 countries, and international organizations in cooperation with the United Nations. The conference will end on June 1.

The Istanbul conference is organized on the eve of rising opportunities of ending political, security, humanitarian instabilities and disputes that have continued for 21 years in Somalia.” 


2 years ago
#Somalia #Turkey #istanbul #diplomacy #News 
Blast targets police in central Turkey (AJE)→

A suspected car bomb blast outside a police station in central Turkey has reportedly killed an officer and wounded 20 other people on Friday.

Local television network, NTV, and the private Dogan news agency said two assailants who also died tried to ram the vehicle into the police station in the town of Pinarbasi, in the province of Kayseri, triggering a clash with police guards outside the building, setting off a bomb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the suspicion is likely to fall on the separtist PKK group.”

2 years ago
#Turkey #bombing #PKK #news 
Turkey shows interest in reviving EU bid (Telegraph)→

Now that Socialist Francois Hollande has replaced Mr Sarkozy as France’s president, Turkey hopes he will be more sympathetic to the candidacy of a country that has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is becoming a regional diplomatic player.

On Thursday, Turkey and the EU are to open talks aimed at bringing Turkey’s membership bid back on track, and the Turkish government announced this week that its Parliament will soon vote on a series of draft laws designed to help advance its bid.”

2 years ago
#Turkey #European Union #EU #Francois Hollande #news 
US, Turkey to build 600 Blackhawks (Hürriyet)→

"[The American Ambassador to Turkey] said that the U.S. supported Turkey’s ambitious 2023 target to become one of the world’s largest 10 economies…The envoy also said that Turkey and the U.S. should cooperate more in the fields of defense, technology, information and aerospace.”

2 years ago
#Turkey #US #defense #economy 
Turkey to write first fully civilian constitution (BBC)→

The aim is to draft a simpler and more democratic charter to replace the existing constitution, which was drawn up under military rule 30 years ago.”

2 years ago
#turkey #constitution #democracy 
French court cancels ‘genocide’ denial bill (Hürriyet)→

”’We hope those who want to make politics over history will have a lesson from this verdict,’ Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told reporters in a statement after the release of the verdict.”

2 years ago
#turkey #france #armenia #genocide #democracy #free speech 
Chinese leader visits Turkey, Syria to top agenda (Hurriyet)→

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping was in Turkey on Tuesday, where he was sure to hear from Turkish leaders about their growing concerns over the raging violence in neighboring Syria.


Turkey’s government says the world cannot remain silent in the face of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on dissent.

Xi, who is expected to become president of the world’s most populous nation next year, will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss bilateral and regional affairs. Turkey has repeatedly condemned what it calls atrocities in Syria and urged Assad to step down.”

2 years ago
#Turkey #China #Syria #diplomacy #Xi Jinping #Recep Erdogan