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Turkey’s ethnic tension boils over in quake city

Crowds of Kurds pelted journalists and police with stones in the quake-hit city of Van as their anger at the Turkish media’s coverage of the disaster boiled over. The quake came only days after one of the deadliest attacks on the army in the three-decade-long Kurdish conflict and some journalists…

Turkey keeps up bombing of rebel bases in Iraq

Turkish jets kept up bombing raids on Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq overnight, as the rebels confirmed that some Turkish troops crossed into Iraq, officials and media reports said on Friday. Turkish war planes continued to take off from Diyarbakir, the regional capital of the mainly Kurdish southeast, to…

Clinton flies unannounced to Libya to bolster ties

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton flew in to Tripoli on Tuesday on a previously unannounced visit as Libya’s new rulers try to crush the last pockets of resistance by pro-Moamer Kadhafi fighters. The first US cabinet official to visit Libya since 2008, when Washington wanted to forge a new relationship with Kadhafi, Clinton…

Israel a nuclear threat to the Middle East: Turkish PM

Israel is a “threat” to its region because it owns nuclear weapons, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “I right now see Israel as a threat for its region, because it has the atomic bomb,” Erdogan said in a foreign policy speech during an official visit to…

Israel ends police cooperation with Turkey

JERUSALEM — Israel said on Monday it was withdrawing its police representative from Turkey and ending bilateral cooperation between their forces as the diplomatic crisis between the two former allies deepened. “Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch has ordered the transfer to Bucharest of the Israel Police representative in Ankara,” ministry…

Turkey wants strong ties with Arab Spring countries

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Monday begin an “Arab Spring” tour to Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in a bid to forge stronger ties as relations with Israel are sinking to new lows over a flotilla row. The visit to Egypt comes amid a state of high alert…

Israel calls Turkey’s threat to send warships ‘grave and serious’

A top Israeli minister on Friday described as “grave and serious” a threat by Ankara to send warships to escort any aid vessels trying to reach the Gaza Strip in defiance of Israel’s naval blockade. Israel and Turkey have been locked in a bitter dispute since May 2010 when Israeli…

Turkish PM freezes trade, military ties with Israel

ANKARA — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Tuesday a total freeze in trade and defense ties with Israel amid a dispute with the Jewish state. “We are totally suspending our trade, military, defense industry relations,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency.…

Turkey, Israel hold secret talks to repair ties

ANKARA (AFP) – Turkey and Israel held secret talks to seek a way out of a deep crisis in bilateral ties since a deadly raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, officials said Thursday. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Israeli Trade Minister Benjamin Ben Eliezer met Wednesday in Brussels, where Davutoglu…

Israeli raid ‘puts Obama stuck between a rock and a hard place’

WASHINGTON – The Obama team was caught Wednesday between a rock and a hard place as it tried to navigate between key allies Israel and Turkey following an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound Turkish ship, analysts said. U.S.-Turkish ties have already come under strain over Ankara’s diplomacy with Iran and…

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