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Turkish official blames Jews and foreigners

ANKARA, Turkey, July 2 (UPI) -- Foreign powers and the Jewish diaspora were the cause of unrest in the recent Gezi Park anti-government demonstrations, Turkey's deputy prime minister said.

Ceremony held for Turkish crash victims

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Turkish leaders came together Sunday at a ceremony for 17 soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in southeastern Turkey, officials said.
Syria to keep military 6 miles from Turkey

Syria to keep military 6 miles from Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Syria Friday ordered its military to keep aircraft at least 6.2 miles away from the Turkish border and to avoid artillery fire near the border.

Turkey not at war with Syria, Ankara says

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A decision by Turkish lawmakers to permit a military response to mortar fire from Syrian forces is an act of deterrence not war, a leader said.

Turkey quake victims clash with police

EDREMIT, Turkey, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Riot police firing tear gas dispersed a crowd angry at official relief efforts after the second earthquake in eastern Turkey in three weeks, observers said.

217 dead after 7.2 quake in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Turkey's government said it was mobilizing help for areas pummeled by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake a top official said killed at least 217 people Sunday.

Cyprus begins drilling despite controversy

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The Greek Cypriot government says it's going ahead with exploratory offshore oil drilling despite objections from Turkey, which calls the move provocative.

Blast rips downtown Ankara

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- An explosion in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday killed at least three people and injured 15 others, Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said.

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Turkish factory blast kills at least 4

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- At least four people were killed and 27 were injured in an explosion at a machinery factory Thursday in Ankara, Turkey, Interior Minister Besir Atalay said.

Odierno holds meetings on PKK in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Top Turkish government authorities met with U.S. Gen. Ray Odierno Wednesday to discuss the ongoing effort to counter the rebel Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

Ankara lauds Kurdish efforts

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Nobody who favors peace in Turkey should oppose the government's efforts to resolve longstanding issues with the Kurdish minority, the interior minister said.

Turkey works on PKK issue with Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Turkish Interior Minister Besir Atalay met behind closed doors Monday with leaders in Iraqi Kurdistan to discuss looming issues with Kurdish separatists.

Ankara at odds with U.N. over Kurds

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Ankara will not abide by international law when considering the return of Kurds from refugee camps in northern Iran, interior officials said.

Turkey set to consider PKK initiatives

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Turkish lawmakers are set to consider a series of measures that includes rehabilitation for Kurdish separatists and various cultural considerations.
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Beşir Atalay (pronounced ; born 1947 in Keskin, Kırıkkale Province) is a Turkish politician who is the current Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He was Minister of the Interior from 28 August 2007 to 14 July 2011.

He graduated from the Faculty of Law at Ankara University and worked as a lecturer at Erzurum Atatürk University. He then worked at the State Planning Organization (DPT), Marmara University, and UNESCO's Turkish National Commission. Atalay was the founding rector of Kırıkkale University until he was removed from office by the Board of Higher Education (YÖK).

He became a minister of state in Erdoğan's first cabinet following former President Ahmet Necdet Sezer's veto of a proposal to appoint Atalay minister of education. Then in August 2007 he was promoted to interior minister, one of the few cabinet changes following the re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that summer, and also following Sezer's retirement from the presidency.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Besir Atalay."
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