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Lawyers in Turkey seek retrial for Kurdish rebel leader Ocalan

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Lawyers for Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, serving a life sentence in Turkey for treason, on Friday filed a request for his retrial, arguing recent legislative changes pave the way for new legal proceedings and a fairer trial. Ocalan, 64, is viewed by nationalist Turks as responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of people in a 29-year war between the army and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) before his capture and conviction in 1999.

Jailed Kurdish rebel leader says peace process still on track

ANKARA (Reuters) - Jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan said on Sunday that a peace process to end three decades of conflict was still continuing with all "seriousness", but that Ankara needed to take concrete steps before parliament opens in October. There has been a rise in violence in Turkey's southeast in recent weeks, and Ocalan's militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Friday issued what it said was a "final warning" to Turkey to take steps to advance the process.

Britain furious as Europe court rules life prison terms 'inhuman'

European judges ruled Tuesday that Britain had violated the rights of three notorious killers by sentencing them to "whole-life" prison terms, sparking fury in London. The decision put further strain on Britain's already-difficult relationship with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), with Justice Secretary Chris Grayling saying the authors of Europe's rights code would be "turning in their graves" at the ruling. Prime Minister David Cameron's office said he was also "very, very disappointed" at the decision.

Europe court rules Britain life terms 'inhuman, degrading'

Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled that whole-life prison terms imposed in Britain amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment, in a case brought by three of the country's most notorious murderers. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said the sentences against Jeremy Bamber, jailed for murdering five members of his family in 1985, serial killer Peter Moore and multiple-murderer Douglas Vinter should include the possibility of review.

Europe court rules Britain life terms 'inhuman, degrading'

Europe's rights court on Tuesday ruled that whole-life prison terms imposed in Britain amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment, in a case brought by three of the country's most notorious murderers. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said the sentences against Jeremy Bamber, jailed for murdering five members of his family in 1985, serial killer Peter Moore and multiple-murderer Douglas Vinter should include the possibility of review.

PKK militants attack Turkish military despite ceasefire

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Kurdish militants attacked two military outposts in southeastern Turkey, Turkish officials said on Thursday, breaking a three-month ceasefire, but they denied militant reports one soldier had been killed. The militants from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) attacked gendarmerie outposts in two separate districts of Diyarbakir province on Wednesday, drawing return fire from security forces, the provincial governor's office said.

Erdogan vows to complete Kurdish peace process amid tensions

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to continue the fragile peace process between the government and the country's Kurdish minority which looked threatened by a weekend of rallies sparked by the death of a young protester. "This problem didn't start yesterday and it will need a lot of work and patience," he said at a weekly meeting of his deputies from the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP).

Turkey faces pressure to advance Kurdish militant peace process

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's main pro-Kurdish party is pressing Ankara to advance a peace process with Kurdish militants before a parliament recess, drawing a government accusation on Friday that it was exploiting unrelated unrest to extract concessions. Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters began pulling out of Turkish territory to bases in northern Iraq last month under a deal between the state and the group's jailed leader Abdullah Ocalan to end a conflict which has killed 40,000.

Jailed Kurdish rebel chief backs Turkey protests

Jailed Kurdish rebel chief Abdullah Ocalan on Friday voiced his support for the anti-government protests in Turkey, despite his involvement in peace talks with the Turkish authorities. "To me the resistance movement makes a lot of sense and I salute it," Ocalan said in a message. His words were read out by an official from Turkey's main pro-Kurdish political party, the BNP following a visit to the Imrali island prison where the Kurdish rebel chief is serving a life sentence.

Kurdish rebels clash with Turkish army during withdrawal

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdish militants opened fire on Turkish troops in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq on Monday, slightly wounding one soldier, the military said, the first such incident since the rebels began withdrawing from Turkey under a peace process. There were two bursts of gunfire in Uludere in Sirnak province just after noon (0900 GMT) and a Turkish Cobra attack helicopter was subsequently dispatched to the area, the Turkish General Staff said in a statement.
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