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Turkish Kurds detained in Greece over extremism

Greece has placed in pre-trial detention four Turkish Kurds charged with belonging to a far-left extremist organisation in Turkey, a judicial official said on Friday. The four men, aged 24 to 53, are believed to belong to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left armed group that has carried out attacks in Turkey, the source said. They were arrested this week after police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three handguns, two grenades and over six kilogrammes (13 pounds) of gelatin dynamite at their Athens apartment.

Turkish Kurds arrested in Greece over arms cache

Police in Greece on Monday arrested four Turkish men of Kurdish origin after finding arms and explosives in their Athens flat, a police source said. The four men are believed to belong to the Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C), a far-left armed group that has carried out attacks in Turkey, the source said. Police found a Kalashnikov assault rifle, two submachine guns, three handguns, two grenades and over six kilogrammes (13 pounds) of gelatin dynamite at the apartment, the source said.

Seven detained as Turkish forces raid Kurdish town

Turkish security forces on Sunday raided a Kurdish town where the army launched a botched air strike in 2011 that killed dozens of people including children, local media reported. Seven people were detained in the dawn raid on houses in Uludere near the Iraqi border in southeastern Turkey, Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. It said the action was believed to be related to a protest last week over the clearing of military officers accused of perpetrating the 2011 attack and against the building of a military road in the area.

2 killed in clashes in southeast Turkey

2 killed in clashes in southeast Turkey ANKARA, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- At least two demonstrators were killed in clashes with police in Turkey's southeastern province of Hakkari on Friday, local Dogan News Agency reported. A group affiliated to the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) held a demonstration against the demolition of some PKK members' graves in the Yuksekova district of Hakkari, the report said.

Turkey's Armenian community on alert after attacks

Turkish Armenians are on edge after weekend attacks against members of the community during Orthodox Easter raised fears about their security. An unidentified assailant fired seven blank rounds outside an Armenian church in Istanbul's Kumkapi neighbourhood on Sunday, causing panic among people celebrating Easter there, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. A young Armenian was also beaten the same day by a gang outside a church in the nearby neighbourhood of Samatya, Archbishop Aram Atesyan of the Armenian Orthodox patriarchate, was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

A century on, Turkey's Muslim Armenians come out of hiding

They dropped their language and religion to survive after the 1915 genocide, but close to 100 years on Turkey's "hidden Armenians" want to take pride in their identity. Some genocide survivors adopted Islam and blended in with the Kurds in eastern Turkey's Dersim mountains to avoid further persecution. Several generations down the road, the town of Tunceli hosted a landmark ceremony Wednesday for Genocide Remembrance Day, something which has only ever happened in Istanbul and the large city of Diyarbakir.

A century on, Turkey's Muslim Armenians come out of hiding

They dropped their language and religion to survive after the 1915 genocide, but close to 100 years on Turkey's "hidden Armenians" want to take pride in their identity. Some genocide survivors adopted Islam and blended in with the Kurds in eastern Turkey's Dersim mountains to avoid further persecution. Several generations down the road, the town of Tunceli hosted a landmark ceremony Wednesday for Genocide Remembrance Day, something which has only ever happened in Istanbul and the large city of Diyarbakir.

Turkish nationalists have hard days ahead

It has been proven that being a nationalist in a country in transition from a modernist national period to a post-national one is a hard burden to shoulder. This has been experienced in the Balkans as their post-war reconstruction practices repelled any nationalistic discourse and broke down all the core building blocks of the very existence of the nation in the region.

A pool of wise men!

The government has established a committee of wise men that will work as a trust-building mechanism between the Kurdish and Turkish communities in the country before and during the implementation of the roadmap leading to the disarmament of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the satisfaction of certain (and yet unclear) demands of the PKK leadership in return.

Freedom of expression in Turkey 'under attack': Amnesty

Amnesty International criticised Wednesday European Union hopeful Turkey's dismal record on freedom of expression and called for legislative reforms to bring "abuses to an end." "Freedom of expression is under attack in Turkey," the London-based group said. "Hundreds of abusive criminal prosecutions are brought every year against political activists, human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and others," it added. "These prosecutions represent one of the most deeply entrenched human rights problems in Turkey today."
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