Pope's attacker may be in danger

ROME, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The man who attempted to kill Pope John Paul II is to be released from a Turkish prison Thursday, but his life may be in danger, an Italian judge has warned.

Turkey reports third bird flu death

VAN, Turkey, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Turkey has reported its third bird flu death, an 11-year-old girl whose brother and sister died of the illness days ago.

Turkey says boy died of bird flu

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Turkish health officials are reporting the first known human death from bird flu outside of China and Southeast Asia.

Turkey teen's death not due to bird flu

ANKARA, Turkey, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- A 14-year-old Turkish boy who died during the holiday weekend was not a victim of bird flu as initially feared, the country's health ministry says. The hospital where the boy was on life support before he died said he had pneumonia and not the dreaded avi

Greek Cypriots oppose flight to north

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Greek-Cypriot government is trying to prevent U.S. congressional officials from reaching the island through an airport on its northern, Turkish side.

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Today is Friday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2005 with 232 to follow.
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Turkish Cypriots elect new president

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 17 (UPI) -- The Turkish community in Cyprus elected a new president on Sunday.

U.S. welcomes Cyprus elections

WASHINGTON, April 17 (UPI) -- The United States congratulated a Turkish Cypriot leader Sunday on winning the presidential election in the Turkish enclave of Cyprus.

Turkish Cypriot leader stands down

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 15 (UPI) -- The long-time leader of Cyprus' Turkish community has withdrawn from Sunday's balloting on the ethnically fractured Mediterranean island.

Some 1 million pay respects to pope

VATICAN CITY, April 5 (UPI) -- Officials in Rome said some 1 million people, some waiting 10 hours in line, have taken part in the first full day of public grieving over the pope.

U.S. hosts Turkish Cypriot official

WASHINGTON, March 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department confirmed Tuesday it recently hosted a representative of a Turkish Cypriot leader expected to be elected his nation's president.

Pope to publish his last testament

ROME, Vatican City, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Pope John Paul II will publish what he calls his last testament in time for Easter in which he describes firsthand the 1981 attempt on his life.

Turkish-Cypriot government quits

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Turkish Cyprus' government resigned Wednesday after its fragile coalition failed to agree on Cabinet posts and the budget.

Turkish Cypriot government resigns

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The Turkish Cypriot minority government resigned Wednesday, leaving only a handful of leaders to either forge a new one, or call elections, the BBC reported.

U.S. sees Talat as Turkish-Cyprus head

WASHINGTON, May 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department Wednesday announced a change in its position on the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community.
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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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