Turkey indicts 357 in military spy case

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Turkish authorities say they have indicted 357 suspects allegedly involved in a spy ring that used sex workers to blackmail targeted military officers.

Turkey a player in region, official says

ANKARA, Turkey, March 11 (UPI) -- Next month's visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Turkey is proof that Turkey figures high in Obama's foreign policy, a Turkish official said.

Turkey considers Iran, U.S. role

ANKARA, Turkey, March 10 (UPI) -- Turkish officials may consider acting as a mediator between Washington and Iran ahead of a scheduled visit to Ankara by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Clinton: Obama to visit Turkey soon

ANKARA, Turkey, March 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday that President Barack Obama will visit Turkey within the month.

Turkey wants talks with U.S., Iraq on PKK

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Turkish officials Monday expressed interest in holding talks with U.S. and Iraqi officials on reining in militants with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Turkey, Egypt discuss peace

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Top officials from Egypt and Turkey have begun a series of strategic discussions aimed at fostering peace and stability in the Middle East.

Turkey enters Kirkuk fray

ANKARA, Turkey, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan Monday called on all parties to work together to resolve the ongoing dispute over the status of the Iraqi city Kirkuk.

Turkey concerned with city of Kirkuk

BAGHDAD, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The Turkish government has expressed concern regarding the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where ethnic Turks are locked in a territory dispute, an Iraqi official says.

Calls for U.N. Security Council reform

UNITED NATIONS, July 23 (UPI) -- Turkish officials are calling on the U.N. Security Council to enact reforms to better address threats to security around the world.

Turkey hosts U.S., Iranian officials

ANKARA, Turkey, July 18 (UPI) -- Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ali Babacan hosted U.S. and Iranian diplomats in Ankara Friday to discuss, among other things, developments in Iraq.

Turkey takes leading role in nuke talks

ANKARA, Turkey, July 17 (UPI) -- Turkey, a relatively new player in the game, has stepped up efforts to help resolve the international standoff over Iran's nuclear program, a top official says.

Kurds, Turks renew relations

BAGHDAD, May 2 (UPI) -- A delegation of high-ranking Turkish officials met with Iraqi and Kurdish politicians in Baghdad to strengthen bilateral and good neighborly relations.

Turkey may send troops to Afghanistan

ANKARA, Turkey, March 20 (UPI) -- Turkish leader Ali Babacan says he is considering sending combat troops to Afghanistan.

Analysis: Oil and Gas Pipeline Watch

China wants in IPI pipeline as India holds out over Pakistan dispute; Turkey offers India oil through BTC and Israel pipelines; EU wants more from Turkey on Nabucco; Medvedev issues pipeline ultimatum to Gazprom, Roneft
BEN LANDO, UPI Energy Editor

Turkey, India seek nuclear energy ties

NEW DELHI, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan, visiting New Delhi, voiced support Friday for energy cooperation between his country and India.
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Ali Babacan
Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks with media while he waits for Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan (not shown) before their meeting in Tehran, Iran on October 28, 2007. A picture of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hangs on the wall. . (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah).

Ali Babacan (Turkish pronunciation: ; born 4 April 1967 in Ankara, Turkey) is a Turkish politician. On August 29, 2007, he was named Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey in the new cabinet of re-elected Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Babacan succeeded Abdullah Gül, who became President. He was previously Minister of Economy in the 58th cabinet from the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which came to power in November 2002.

Babacan graduated from the TED Ankara College ranking first among the class of 1985. He attended the Middle East Technical University in Ankara and in 1989 was awarded a BSc in Industrial Engineering with the highest marks. He went to the U.S. on a Fulbright Scholarship to do postgraduate studies and in 1992 received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with majors in marketing, organizational behavior and international business.

Babacan worked then for two years as an associate at QRM, Inc. in Chicago, Illinois, a company doing financial consulting to the top executives of major banks in the United States. He returned to Turkey in 1994 and, served as chief advisor to the mayor of Ankara the same year. He was the chairman of his family owned textile company between 1994 and 2002.

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