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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 13, 2013.
By United Press International

End near for trial of 275 terror suspects

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 19 (UPI) -- The existence of the Ergenekon criminal network has been proven, a prosecutor has told a panel of Turkish judges in his final opinion in the case.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 13, 2012.
By United Press International

Turkish politico suggests Kurdish solution

ANKARA, Turkey, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A high-level Turkish political leader has suggested steps to resolve the country's ongoing dilemma with its independence-seeking Kurdish population.

Turkey coup trial delayed by reading

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkish prosecutors could spend up to 280 hours in court reading aloud a 2,455-page indictment against 86 defendants accused of plotting a coup, observers say.

Kurds protest leader's claimed abuse

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Kurds in southeastern Turkey continued protests Wednesday against alleged mistreatment of imprisoned Kurdistan Workers Party leader Abdullah Ocalan.

Greek, Turkish leaders meet in Nicosia

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders met in the divided capital of Nicosia to discuss the island's 34-year political division.

Turkish official concerned about talks

ANKARA, Turkey, July 31 (UPI) -- A Turkish military official says he is concerned about talks to reunify the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Northern Cyprus head expects new country

NICOSIA, Cyprus, June 6 (UPI) -- Mehmet Ali Talat, president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, says he is optimistic about a new unified Cypriot state.

Shooter of pope wants to adopt homeland

ISTANBUL, Turkey, May 23 (UPI) -- Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish terrorist who shot Polish-born Pope John Paul II in 1981, wants to be a Polish citizen, his lawyer has announced.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 13, 2008.
By United Press International

Cyprus reunification talks set

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 19 (UPI) -- Talks regarding the reunification of the island of Cyprus will take place at the end of June, Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat said Saturday.

Significant crossing opens in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 3 (UPI) -- A politically significant crossing in Nicosia opened Thursday allowing Greek and Turkish Cypriots to travel in the world's only divided capital.

U.N. clears Ledra crossing for opening

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 27 (UPI) -- Officials completed an ordnance sweep in preparation for the opening of the Ledra Street crossing point in Nicosia, Cyprus.
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Mehmet Ali Ağca (Turkish pronunciation: ; born January 9, 1958) is a Turkish assassin who murdered left-wing journalist Abdi İpekçi on February 1, 1979 and later shot and wounded Pope John Paul II on May 13, 1981, after escaping from a Turkish prison. After serving 19 years of imprisonment in Italy, he was deported to Turkey, where he served a ten-year sentence. He was released on January 18, 2010. Ağca has described himself as a mercenary with no political orientation, although he is known to have been a member of the Turkish ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves organization.

Ağca was born in the Hekimhan district, Malatya Province in Turkey. As a youth, he became a petty criminal and a member of street gangs in his home town. He became a smuggler between Turkey and Bulgaria.

He claims to have received two months of training in weaponry and terrorist tactics in Syria as a member of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine paid for by the Communist Bulgarian government, although this has been questioned.

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