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Japan, Turkey foreign ministers eye working for free trade talks

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida agreed Sunday with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu to begin at an early date preparatory talks for a bilateral free trade agreement, according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry. Kishida asked for Turkey to ease and eventually abolish the radiation testing that has been carried out on Japanese food products since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant crisis, and Davutoglu replied that the two countries should continue negotiations on the issue, the ministry said.

Erdogan takes battle with enemies beyond Turkish frontiers

By Ralph Boulton and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's battle to root out the "terrorists" he says are embedded in the Turkish state is extending beyond its frontiers to Africa and Asia, further complicating foreign policy already hit by tensions with the Arab world and Western allies.

Erdogan takes battle with enemies beyond Turkish frontiers

By Ralph Boulton and Orhan Coskun ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's battle to root out the "terrorists" he says are embedded in the Turkish state is extending beyond its frontiers to Africa and Asia, further complicating foreign policy already hit by tensions with the Arab world and Western allies.

Turkey labels YouTube leak a pre-election 'plot'

Turkey's embattled government vowed action Friday over the bugging of a security meeting on Syria which was leaked on YouTube, labelling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections. The leak comes amid a fierce standoff between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Erdogan has blamed for the eaves-dropping. As prosecutors launched a probe into the case, President Abdullah Gul warned "we will do whatever necessary" to find the culprits behind the "act of espionage targeting state security".

Turkey labels YouTube leak a pre-election 'plot'

Turkey's embattled government vowed action on Friday over the bugging of a security meeting on Syria which was leaked on YouTube, labelling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections. The leak comes amid a fierce standoff between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Erdogan has blamed for the eaves-dropping.

Turkey labels YouTube leak a pre-election 'plot'

Turkey's embattled government vowed action on Friday over the bugging of a security meeting on Syria which was leaked on YouTube, labelling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections. The leak comes amid a fierce standoff between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his ally-turned-foe, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers Erdogan has blamed for the eaves-dropping.

Turkey labels YouTube leak a pre-election 'plot'

Turkey vowed action Friday against the source of a bugged recording of a security meeting on Syria leaked on YouTube, labelling it a conspiratorial "plot" ahead of key local elections. "Such a cyber attack in a meeting in which military and security options are being discussed is no different than a military attack," charged Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, as prosecutors launched a probe into the eaves-dropping.

Turkey says Syria security leak 'villainous' as YouTube blocked

By Nick Tattersall ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube. Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

Turkish foreign minister calls Syria security leak a declaration of war

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday the posting on YouTube of a recording of top officials discussing possible military operations in Syria constituted a declaration of war against Turkey. Davutoglu, one of the officials involved in the conversation, did not name the target of his accusation. But Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, facing key local polls on Sunday,

Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked

Turkey banned YouTube on Thursday after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting debating possible military action in Syria. The recording purports to be of senior Turkish government, military and spy officials discussing plans to stage an armed clash in Syria or a missile attack that would serve as a pretext for a military response.
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