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Today is Thursday, May 13, the 134th day of 2004 with 232 to follow.
By United Press International

U.S.: No change in Cyprus policy

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- The United States said Thursday it does not recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus yet desires to end its isolation.

Northern Cyprus leader: U.S. understands

WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- Turkish Cypriots wait for a response from the international community to their "yes" vote in the failed unification referendum, their leader said Thursday. Mehmet Ali Talat told United Press International that U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell seemed o

C. Powell to meet Turkish Cypriot leader

WASHINGTON, April 30 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell will meet a Turkish Cypriot leader in New York next week, the U.S. State Department announced Friday.

U.N. Cyprus adviser says good-byes

UNITED NATIONS, April 26 (UPI) -- The U.N. official overseeing reunification efforts on Cyprus said his goodbyes Monday after the effort to join Greeks and Turks on the divided island failed.

Greek Cypriot leader sas no to U.N. plan

NICOSIA, Cyprus, April 7 (UPI) -- Greek Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos Wednesday asked his compatriots to oppose the United Nation's plan for reunifying the island.

Talks on Cyprus isle move to mainland

UNITED NATIONS, March 22 (UPI) -- Nearly month-long talks to end the division of Cyprus Monday wrapped up on the Mediterranean island and were to move to conclusion in Switzerland.

Cyprus elections end in tie

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Sunday's elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ended in a tie between nationalists and parties ready for concessions to reunite the island.

Commentary: Everybody's pope

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- For the last quarter of a century, this non-Catholic has had a pope. When John Paul II is gone, I may be even more of an orphan than the Christians in the Roman
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Editor

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2003 with 232 to follow.
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

It was on this date in 1981 that Pope John Paul II was shot twice at close range while riding in an open automobile through St.Peter's Square in Rome. An escaped Turkish terrorist, Mehmet Ali Agca, was arrested immediately following the shooting and later
By United Press International

A Blast from the Past

The weekly UPI Blast from the Past package for May 12-18.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, May 13, the 133rd day of 2002 with 232 to follow.
By United Press International

Blast from the Past

It was on this date in 1981 that Pope John Paul II was shot twice at close range while riding in an open automobile through St.Peter's Square in Rome. An escaped Turkish terrorist, Mehmet Ali Agca, was arrested immediately following the shooting and later
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

A Blast from the Past

This is the UPI Blast from the Past advance package, May 13 through May 19.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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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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