Turkey

Kerry to meet Turkish PM about anti-Zionist statement

By Anna Sheinman, March 1, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry is to raise concerns directly with the Turkish Prime Minister for saying that Zionism is a “crime against humanity” on par with antisemitism and fascism, Reuters has reported.

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Schwarzenegger wants Turkish Hitler poster terminated

By Jennifer Lipman, January 22, 2013

Arnold Schwarzenegger has labelled an exhibit in a Turkish shopping centre that links his name with that of Adolf Hitler "repugnant".

The actor and former governor of California expressed outrage after being alerted to the poster at the Sapphire Mall in Istanbul, Turkey, which asks shoppers "Who would you like to meet?".

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Fresh fears over Syrian chemical weapons

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 6, 2012

Reports that the Syrian regime may be about to deploy chemical weapons have raised concerns in the region that the civil war in the country may be entering an even bloodier stage.

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Israel and Turkey in new talks of reconciliation

By Nathan Jeffay, November 29, 2012

Israel and Turkey have conducted talks in a bid to fix their fraught relationship, it was confirmed this week.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu confirmed on Sunday that the countries recently held reconciliation talks. Israeli envoy Joseph Ciechanover met Turkish Foreign Ministry Director Feridun Sinirlioğlu in Geneva.

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After ritual and a reprimand, the end is Turkish delight

By Maureen Lipman, October 29, 2012

In my peripatetic life, I've often spent the Jewish holidays on the road. I've had apples and honey in a drab dressing room at the Alhambra (Bradford, not Spain) and broken the fast on cheese and crackers in Malvern.

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Flotilla group linked to Syria gun-running

By Orlando Radice, September 14, 2012

There is evidence to suggest that IHH, the Islamic charity that helped organise the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, has been involved in gun-running to Syria on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Free Syrian Army commanders have told The Times that a boat containing weapons that docked in Syria this week was registered to members of the IHH, which has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Baywatch beauty injured in search for Noah's Ark

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Former Baywatch star Donna D’Errico sustained severe injuries after a nasty fall on Mt Ararat this week while searching for Noah’s Ark.

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How UK became mediator between Israel and Turkey

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

Britain has joined a US initiative to mediate between Israel and Turkey in an effort to repair relations between the two countries.

Restoring complete diplomatic ties and a strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey — which only a few years ago were strategic allies — has long been an objective for the Americans.

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Report: Britain mediating between Israel and Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

More than two years after relationship between Israel and Turkey soured in the wake of the clashes over the Gaza flotilla, the British government is attempting to rebuild ties between them.

According to Haaretz, which spoke to an Israeli official, British envoys have been acting as go-between for Israel and Turkey for several weeks, delivering messages from the leaders of both.

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Israeli Everest climber honoured for rescuing Turk

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

An Israeli who saved a Turkish climber's life when he was moments from the Everest summit is to be awarded Israel's Presidential Medal of Honour.

Nadav Ben Yehuda was on his way to becoming the youngest Israeli mountaineer to scale the mountain, when he saw that a fellow climber was in distress.

He abandoned his ascent to rescue the man – despite being just 300 yards from the summit.

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