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Turkish police fire tear gas to disperse Ankara protesters

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse a crowd of several thousand demonstrators in Ankara's central Kizilay square on Wednesday in a protest triggered by the death of a teenager wounded in street clashes last summer. Tens of thousands of mourners, many chanting anti-government slogans, were meanwhile marching in central Istanbul at the funeral of the 15-year-old boy, Berkin Elvan, who died on Tuesday after spending nine months in a coma.


Swedish fashion giant H&M said Wednesday it would stop making clothing containing angora hair after an animal rights group released video showing fur being plucked from live rabbits on Chinese farms. "We are halting production" of angora products, said H&M spokeswoman Camilla Emilsson Falk. "We need to check to be sure if the producers are conforming to our standards," she said, although angora products already in H&M stores would not be withdrawn.

Turkey, Egypt recall envoys after Cairo violence

ANKARA/CAIRO (Reuters) - Turkey recalled its ambassador to Egypt for consultations, a foreign ministry official said on Thursday, following Ankara's condemnation of a bloody crackdown by Egyptian security forces on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi. Egypt reciprocated quickly, announcing that had recalled its ambassador to Ankara and giving the same justification in a brief statement reported by the state news agency.

Turkish president congratulates interim Egypt leader on anniversary

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Abdullah Gul has sent a message to Egypt's interim leader in a bid to maintain diplomatic ties despite Ankara's refusal to officially recognize his government, officials said on Wednesday. Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an "unacceptable coup" after Egypt's military ousted the elected president, Mohamed Mursi, from office earlier this month.

U.S., Turkish staff struck by debris in Ankara embassy blast

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Several U.S. and Turkish staff at the U.S. embassy in Ankara were struck by debris from a suicide bombing that killed one Turkish guard on Friday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

U.S. says will investigate embassy blast in Turkey

WASHINGTON, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it is working with Turkish officials to investigate a deadly explosion outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday. "We are working closely with the Turkish national police to make a full assessment of the damage and the casualties, and to begin an investigation," department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

US confirms 'terrorist' blast at Turkey embassy

The United States confirmed Friday that its embassy in Ankara had been hit by a "terrorist" bomb attack and said American officials were working with Turkish investigators. "We can confirm a terrorist blast at a check point on the perimeter of our embassy compound in Ankara, Turkey, at 1:13 p.m. local time," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

UPDATE 5-Suicide bomber kills guard at U.S. embassy in Turkey

* Bomber, Turkish guard killed in blast * Interior Minister blames leftist group * White House says motivation unclear * U.S., British missions call for vigilance (Adds White House, bomber's reported identity, details) By Jonathon Burch ANKARA, Feb 1 (Reuters) - A far-leftist suicide bomber killed a Turkish security guard at the U.S. embassy in Ankara on Friday, officials said, blowing open an entrance and sending debris flying through the air.

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URGENT ¥¥¥ One killed in blast outside US embassy in Ankara: media

One person was killed and several others were wounded on Friday in an explosion outside the US embassy in Ankara that damaged nearby buildings, the NTV news channel reported. Police cordoned off the street in the Cankaya neighbourhood where many other state institutions and embassies are also located. It was not immediately clear what caused the blast. fo-ck/yad
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