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Six killed in clashes during municipal elections in Turkey

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Six people were killed on Sunday in clashes between groups backing rival candidates in Turkey's municipal elections, which turned into a referendum on the rule of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Security officials said four people were killed in a gun fight between two families in the village of Yuvacik in the eastern province of Sanliurfa, which borders Syria. Such clashes have occurred at previous local elections.

Tensions running high on Turkey-Syria border

Tensions are running high on the Turkey-Syria border following the shooting down of a Syrian warplane by Turkish forces at the weekend, the Turkish army said Tuesday. The military reported a dozen incidents involving its aircraft and Syrian anti-aircraft defences on Monday alone. "During one mission... five F-16 jets were followed by anti-air missiles... deployed by Syria, which were locked on our aircraft for 10 minutes, 53 seconds," it said in a statement. Local media also reported that Turkey has deployed specialist elite units on the border.

Turkey PM accuses opposition of 'terrorising' streets

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused his opponents, including politicians, media and businesspeople of trying to stir up chaos ahead of key local elections later this month. "They are trying to get results by provoking and terrorising the streets," Erdogan said, a day after clashes erupted in Turkey as tens of thousands took to streets to mourn a 15-year-old boy who died from injuries suffered in anti-government protests last year. fo/cc

Turkey rights group sounds alarm over child brides

A women's rights group sounded the alarm on Wednesday about the prevalence of child brides in mostly Kurdish areas of eastern Turkey, saying hundreds of marriages involved girls under 15. The report by the Women's Centre (KAMER) was published just days after the apparent suicide of a 14-year-old mother of two hit the headlines in Turkey, highlighting the plight of young brides. A survey by the group found that 2,200 of 60,000 women and girls were married between the ages of 13 and 15 over the last decade, while 4,700 were 16 or 17.

EU says events in Turkey 'cause of concern'

The EU executive on Wednesday expressed concern about developments in Turkey where the government is embroiled in a massive graft scandal that has triggered a purge of the police. Asked to respond to events in Turkey, a spokesman for the European Commission said "recent developments" in the country were "a cause of concern". ccr/ec

Japan, Turkey to speed up work for nuclear reactor exports

The Japanese and Turkish prime ministers agreed Tuesday to accelerate work necessary for Japan to export nuclear reactors to Turkey, while saying the two countries will launch free trade talks within the year. The agreements came as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a summit in Tokyo, their third in nine months, in which they also discussed ways to promote bilateral security cooperation, with an eye to contributing to ending the civil war in Syria.

Japan, Turkey aim to accelerate civil nuclear cooperation

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tokyo on Tuesday, apparently discussing possible Japanese nuclear reactor exports to Turkey and bilateral security cooperation. The two countries agreed in May on the provision of Japanese civil nuclear technology to Turkey. Abe and Erdogan are expected to confirm the acceleration of domestic procedures for securing parliamentary approval for the accord, which will pave the way for Japanese manufacturers to build nuclear infrastructure in Turkey.

Mexico and Turkey sign 12 cooperation agreements

Ankara, Dec 17 (EFE).- The presidents of Mexico and Turkey signed 12 cooperation agreements Tuesday to strengthen economic, scientific and diplomatic relations at an official ceremony commemorating the 85th anniversary of the two nations establishing diplomatic ties. Turkish President Abdullah Gul received his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Peña Nieto, at the Cankaya Palace in Ankara after a state visit to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, revered as the founder of the Republic of Turkey.

Turkey posts better than expected growth in Q3

Turkey posts better than expected growth in Q3 ANKARA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Turkey posted a better than expected growth of 4.4 percent in the third quarter of 2013, official figures showed on Tuesday. Gross domestic product rose 4.4 percent in July-September, faster than the expected rate of 4.2 percent, said the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat). The overall growth for the first nine months was 4 percent, TurkStat said.

Four killed in Turkey coal mine accidents

Four mineworkers were killed in accidents at two underground coal mines in Turkey on Friday, an industry official said. In the deadliest incident, three men were killed in a methane gas blast at a privately-owned mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, an official from the Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK) told AFP. An initial police investigation found that the mine was operating illegally, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website.
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