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Kurdish rebels hijack Turkish ferry near where leader imprisoned

ISTANBUL — Kurdish rebels hijacked a ferry with 24 people aboard Friday in the sea of Marmara, where their leader Abdullah Ocalan is imprisoned on an island, Turkish Transport Minister Binali Yildirim said. Four or five hijackers claiming to be Kurdish rebels seized the ferry off northwestern Turkey late Friday,…

Up to 1,000 feared dead in Turkey quake

ANKARA — An earthquake of 7.3 magnitude rocked eastern Turkey on Sunday, with a seimological institute saying up to 1,000 people could lie dead under the rubble of dozens of collapsed buildings. Turkey’s strongest earthquake in years struck Van, a large eastern city populated mainly by Kurds. “Five hundred to…

Turkey arrests 32 alleged members of ‘Anonymous’

Turkish police have detained 32 suspected members of the online cyberactivism collective Anonymous, over possible links to attacks on a number of websites. The arrests were in response to a complaint from Turkey’s Directorate of Telecommunications, whose website was taken down last Thursday as part of a protest against what…

Turkish Airlines hijack attempt foiled by passengers: TV

A Turkish passenger on a Turkish Airlines flight from Oslo to Istanbul tried to hijack the plane before being overpowered by other passengers Wednesday, security sources said quoted by Turkish media. The would-be hijacker, named as Yasar Cuma, who comes from a Kurdish village in the southeastern region of Anatolia,…

Report: YouTube faces new ban in Turkey

Report: YouTube faces renewed ban in Turkey over former party leader’s sex video Turkey’s telecommunications authority will again block access to YouTube unless the video-sharing site removes a sex video of a former opposition party leader, the state-run news agency reported Tuesday. The threat of a new ban comes just…

US citizen killed on flotilla was reportedly shot four times in head

“One of the nine people killed in the Israeli raid on an aid flotilla Monday was a 19-year-old man with dual U.S.-Turkish citizenship, a U.S. State Department official said,” CBS News reports. The official identified the victim as Furkan Dogan, who was believed to have been residing in Turkey. The…

Report: All aid flotilla victims shot dead

The nine activists who died in an Israeli raid on aid ships bound for Gaza were shot dead, the Anatolia news agency reported today. Forensic experts in Istanbul found bullet marks on the bodies of all the victims and determined that one was shot at close range. The experts said…

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