Kurdish rebel leader in Turkey calls for disarmament congress


ISTANBUL - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan called on his followers to take a "historic" decision to lay down their arms, according to a statement on Saturday, a crucial step in Turkey's drive to end a 30-year insurgency by Kurdish rebels.

Libyan PM says Turkey supplying weapons to rival Tripoli group

CAIRO/BENGHAZI - Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said his government would stop dealing with Turkey because it was sending weapons to a rival group in Tripoli so that "the Libyan people kill each other".

World, Libya 27 Feb 2015

Bolstering technology Turkey's priority in defense deal: official

ISTANBUL - Turkey's top priority when procuring its first long-range missile defense system is to bolster its own technological ability, a defense official said on Friday.

World, Russia, 27 Feb 2015

Turkey goes back to other missile system bidders as China drags feet: officials

ANKARA - Turkey is pressing ahead with talks with U.S. and European firms over its first long-range missile defense system, as the preferred Chinese bidder has yet to meet all requirements for the multi-billion dollar project, two officials said on Thursday.

World, Russia, 26 Feb 2015

UK police believe missing schoolgirls have crossed into Syria

LONDON - British police said on Tuesday they believed that three London schoolgirls who travelled to Turkey and are thought to be trying to join militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State, have now crossed into Syria.

World, 24 Feb 2015

Turkey says official Libyan government targeting its companies there

ANKARA - Turkey accused Libya on Tuesday of targeting its companies there after the internationally recognised government said it would cancel contracts of Turkish businesses operating in the troubled north African state.

World, United Nations, Libya 24 Feb 2015

Syria says must be part of fight against antiquities theft

DAMASCUS - The world will have to cooperate with Syria to halt the trade in looted antiquities that helps fund jihadist groups, Syria's culture minister said, putting the onus on Turkey to stop the smuggling across their shared frontier.

World, United Nations, Syria 23 Feb 2015

Turkey criticizes Britain over missing schoolgirls

ISTANBUL - Turkey criticized Britain on Monday for taking too long to inform it about three London schoolgirls who traveled to Turkey last week possibly en route to join Islamist militants in Syria.

World, Tech, Syria, 23 Feb 2015

In soldiers' rescue, Turkey plays off warring sides in Syria

ISTANBUL - By extracting dozens of its soldiers surrounded by Islamist fighters in Syria, Turkey has warded off a potential crisis and shown its ability to maneuver between rival warring parties, including Islamic State.

World, Syria 23 Feb 2015

HSBC 'problem' spots Brazil, Mexico, U.S. and Turkey have 1-2 years to prove worth: CEO

LONDON - HSBC has given its four problem businesses in Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and the United States as little as one year to prove their worth before "more extreme" turnaround solutions are proposed, its CEO said on Monday.

Brazil, Mexico, 23 Feb 2015

Russian opposition mourns murdered leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW - Thousands of stunned Russians laid flowers and lit candles on Saturday on the bridge where opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead near the Kremlin, a murder that showed the risks of speaking out against President Vladimir Putin. | Video