Turkey

Turkish opposition leader says talks would secure Kurdish ceasefire

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THE HAGUE - The joint leader of Turkey's opposition People's Democracy Party (HDP) said on Saturday he expected the militant Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) to lay down its arms if Turkey resumed negotiations with the armed group.

Turkish opposition leader says talks would secure Kurdish ceasefire 29 Aug 2015

THE HAGUE, Aug 29 - The joint leader of Turkey's opposition People's Democracy Party (HDP) said on Saturday he expected the militant Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) to lay down its arms if Turkey resumed negotiations with the armed group.

Turkish central bank hikes reserve ratio for short-term FX borrowing 29 Aug 2015

ISTANBUL, Aug 29 - Turkey's central bank on Saturday raised the reserve ratio on lenders' short-term hard currency borrowings to encourage the banks to borrow longer-term and bring more stability to a domestic currency market that has been subject to big swings.

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Key names out in Turkish interim govt, but AK Party still dominates 28 Aug 2015

ANKARA - An interim power-sharing government to be announced in Turkey on Friday will see the departure of high-profile figures including Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, senior officials said, but there is little likelihood of any major policy shifts.

Vodafone Turkey plans to pay 4G price from group resources 28 Aug 2015

ISTANBUL, Aug 28 - Vodafone Turkey plans to pay the 778 million euro ($877 million)purchase price of five new 4G mobile phone frequencies with cash from its parent company this year, its local chief executive said on Friday.

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Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain 28 Aug 2015

AMSTERDAM - Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said on Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey next month.

Soccer-Robben replaces Van Persie as Netherlands captain 28 Aug 2015

AMSTERDAM, Aug 28 - Arjen Robben will replace Robin van Persie as the Netherlands captain, new coach Danny Blind said on Friday after naming the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey next month.

Emboldened by $5.2 billion Brazil deal, HSBC drags feet in Turkey - sources 28 Aug 2015

ISTANBUL - HSBC is dragging its feet on the sale of its Turkish business to ING Group , two sources familiar with the matter said, as the bank is no longer in a hurry to exit Turkey after securing a hefty $5.2 billion for its Brazilian unit.

Seven killed in Turkey in clashes with militants 27 Aug 2015

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey - Seven people, including at least four civilians, were killed on Thursday in clashes between Turkey's armed forces and militants in the mainly Kurdish southeast, security sources and the army said.

Islamic State takes new ground near Turkish border 27 Aug 2015

BEIRUT - Islamic State has seized new territory from Syrian rebels in northern Syria, advancing in an area where Turkey and the United States are planning to open a new front against the group in coordination with insurgents on the ground.

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Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians - residents

SANAA - An air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said.