CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports on what to expect from Recep Tayyip Erdogan's reign as President and whether he has the support of the West.» Read More
ISTANBUL, Aug 4- Cheers erupted from the packed stands when Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan scored his third goal in a celebrity soccer match to mark the opening of an Istanbul stadium. His orange jersey bore the number 12, a reminder of Erdogan's ambition to become the nation's 12th president in Turkey's first popular vote for its head of state, on Aug. 10.
The US should help the Iraqi Kurds oppose the Islamic State, which is overrunning Iraq, says former WH adviser David L. Phillips.
*Food and medicine exempt from U.S., EU sanctions on Iran. LONDON/ ANKARA, Aug 1- It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; instead the tanker spent months in the Gulf as banks held up payment for the cargo, fearing they would run foul of international sanctions.
HOUSTON/ ISTANBUL, July 31- Efforts by Iraqi Kurdistan to boost its finances through bulk oil sales suffered a setback on Thursday as its main U.S. customer swore off more purchases and Baghdad vowed to block delivery from oil-laden vessels like one the Kurds were loading for export.
ISTANBUL/ LONDON, July 30- Iraqi Kurdistan's attempts to export oil independently of Baghdad hit another obstacle on Wednesday, as a Turkish energy official and industry sources said the autonomous region's pipeline to the Mediterranean has been shut for the past week.
Sanctions are intended to tighten the screws on Russia by targeting broad sections of its economy and financial markets.
GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 29- Israel's military pounded targets in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country should prepare for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting. Gaza residents reported heavy Israeli bombing in Gaza City.
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ISTANBUL, July 22- A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Istanbul to Tel Aviv turned back on Tuesday as the company halted flights there for 24 hours due to security reasons, company spokesman Ali Genc told Reuters.
*Rate cut is in line with market consensus. ISTANBUL, July 17- Turkey's central bank trimmed its main interest rate for a third consecutive month on Thursday but resisted the deep cuts sought by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan weeks ahead of a presidential election.
The company, which provides firms with temporary workers and offers them IT outsourcing, management and engineering services, also operates in Germany, Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Iraq said ISIS seized a stash of uranium. These are scare tactics aimed at getting the U.S. to take action, says former WH adviser David L. Phillips.
*Kurds in Turkey seek greater autonomy, not independence. ISTANBUL, July 9- What has long been a dream for the Middle East's Kurds, an independent state, is within reach in Iraq, but Turkey's Kurds, wearied by a 30- year conflict with Ankara, see a brighter future at home, where negotiations could deliver the rights they have fought for.
ISIS has a legitimate grievance but the wrong tactics, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.
ISTANBUL/ ANKARA, July 7- Turkish officials say key economic ministers will stay in post if, as expected, prime minister Tayyip Erdogan becomes president next month, and they dismissed fears that policy would take a populist turn, jeopardising more than a decade of strong growth.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary general of NATO, says Turkey is concerned about the violence in Iraq spreading to its borders.
ISTANBUL, July 3- Yakup Saygili ranked among Turkey's top police commanders until he launched anti-graft raids that touched on Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's circle. Now he sits at home, victim of a purge he says has undermined specialist units' ability to tackle a growing terrorist threat spilling from the Middle East.
In a convoy that stretches hundreds of meters, the trucks travel east across northern Israel, bringing goods from Europe to customers in Jordan and beyond. The number of trucks crossing between Israel and Jordan has jumped some 300 percent since 2011, to 10,589 trucks a year, according to the Israel Airports Authority.
If the Obama administration wants Iran's cooperation on Iraq, it needs to know what Iran wants, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.
ANKARA, June 26- Turkey's government sent a bill to parliament on Thursday setting out a legal framework for peace talks with Kurdish militants, a step that may boost support for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan before an August presidential election.