Cheney's Turkish trip may enrich relations

ISTANBUL, Turkey, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's scheduled visit to Turkey this week is intended to burnish relations between the two countries.

Cypriots pave way for unity talks

ANKARA, Turkey, March 21 (UPI) -- Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders agreed Friday to take steps together to begin negotiations for a Cyprus reunification.

Cyprus leader warns against U.N. plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 14 (UPI) -- The leader of the Greek population in Cyprus said Friday that reunification talks would be further stalled if Turkish Cypriots moved ahead with a U.N. plan.

Greek, Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet

NICOSIA, Cyprus, March 12 (UPI) -- After decades of disputes over sovereignty, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders have agreed to hold direct talks under U.N. auspices.

Talks between Cypriot leaders inconclusive

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Talks between Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos and Mehmet Ali Talat, a leader in Turkish Cyprus, produced no agreement on a reunification plan.

Peace talks resume in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- President Tassos Papadopoulos of Cyprus and Turkish-Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat have agreed to resume their peace talks.

Pope's guards stop man from boarding jeep

VATICAN CITY, June 6 (UPI) -- The bodyguards of Pope Benedict XVI stopped a man Wednesday who attempted to board the religious leader's jeep as it moved through Vatican City.

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Talks to start in unification of Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus, July 11 (UPI) -- The leaders of Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus have agreed to new talks that could lead to reunification.

2 Cypriot leaders meet on U.N. compound

NICOSIA, Cyprus, July 3 (UPI) -- The leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities met in Nicosia at a U.N. compound Monday to discuss the fate of 2,000 people missing since the 1960s.

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Report: Pope attack suspect was at scene

ROME, March 2 (UPI) -- A report issued by an Italian parliament commission claims a Bulgarian suspected in the 1981 shooting of Pope John Paul II was at the scene when it occurred. The report asserted photographs would show Sergei Antonov, who was later acquitted of involvement

Re-jailed Agca's family on hunger strike

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The Turkish family of Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot Pope John Paul II, began a hunger strike Thursday to protest Agca being returned to an Istanbul jail. Agca, 48, was freed Jan. 12 after serving nearly 25 years in jail, but a week later, a court ruled he sho

Pope's gunman arrested in Turkey

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Turkey's highest appeals court ordered the re-arrest of Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, eight days after he was freed. The court, acting on an appeal by the Justice minister, ruled Agca should not have been released

Pope's would-be assassin freed -- for now

ISTANBUL, Turkey, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- Pope John Paul II's would-be assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, was released from a Turkish prison Thursday but was told he may be returned to jail.
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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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