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'Extra mile' Israeli apology for Turkey

JERUSALEM, March 28 (UPI) -- Even if Jerusalem's apology doesn't lead to better relations with Turkey, "everyone" will know Israel exerted extra effort, says a senior government official.

Turkey balks on oil pipeline with Eni

ANKARA, Turkey, March 28 (UPI) -- Turkey may end its relationship with Italian energy company Eni because of its work with the Cypriot government, the energy minister said.
Israel-Turkey thaw: Strategic prospects

Israel-Turkey thaw: Strategic prospects

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 26 (UPI) -- The rapprochement between Israel and Turkey is expected to have a significant strategic effect on the turbulent region.
Turkish PM to check on blockade pledge

Turkish PM to check on blockade pledge

ANKARA, Turkey, March 26 (UPI) -- Turkey's prime minister said Tuesday he will visit the Palestinian territories to see if Israel carries out what he says was a pledge to lift its Gaza blockade.

Turkey on defense despite PKK truce

ANKARA, Turkey, March 26 (UPI) -- Turkey's armed forces will honor their legislative duty to protect against threats from Kurdish separatists, the country's military said.

Turkey: Israel must implement promises

ANKARA, Turkey, March 25 (UPI) -- Diplomatic ties with Israel will not be fully normalized until Israel fulfills what it promised in an apology last week, Turkey's prime minister says.

PKK wants mutual assurances of peace

ANKARA, Turkey, March 25 (UPI) -- A cease-fire from Kurdish rebels in Turkey will endure only if both parties to the conflict respect the agreement, a militant leader said.
The Issue: Baby steps to achieve a Middle East peace

The Issue: Baby steps to achieve a Middle East peace

Baby steps. As U.S. President Barack Obama has conceded, the chance for a grand plan when it comes to the federal budget appears to be dead. And last week, he indicated a comprehensive plan for peace in the Middle East appears to be a distant hope as well.
MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International
Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

Obama back in D.C. after Middle East trip

WASHINGTON, March 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Washington Saturday evening, hours after wrapping up a visit to Jordan with a quick tour of the ancient city of Petra.

Erdogan plans visit to Gaza

ANKARA, Turkey, March 23 (UPI) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Saturday that he plans to visit Gaza next month.

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Obama arrives in Jordan after Israel visit

Obama arrives in Jordan after Israel visit

JERUSALEM, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Jordan Friday after a visit to Israel that included with a stop Friday at the Holocaust Memorial at Yad Vashem.
Netanyahu apologizes for 2010 deaths

Netanyahu apologizes for 2010 deaths

JERUSALEM, March 22 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu apologized Friday to Turkey for the 2010 deaths of nine Turkish nationals on a Gaza relief flotilla.
PKK truce may bring Turkey closer to EU

PKK truce may bring Turkey closer to EU

BRUSSELS, March 21 (UPI) -- The European community sees peace with the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party as building confidence, the European Parliament said Thursday.
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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks on as he listens to Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki (not shown) after arriving at Mehrabad International Airport in Tehran on Decemeber 2, 2006. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (IPA: ; born 26 February 1954) is a Turkish politician who has been the Prime Minister of Turkey since 2003. He is also the chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), which holds a majority of the seats in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. Erdoğan previously served as Mayor of Istanbul from 1994 to 1998. He graduated in 1981 from Marmara University's Faculty of Economics and Commercial Sciences. Erdoğan was also a semi-professional footballer from 1969 to 1982.

Erdoğan was elected Mayor of Istanbul in the local elections of 27 March 1994. He was banned from office and sentenced to a prison term for reciting text (""The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers....") from a poem during a public address in the province of Siirt on 12 December 1997. The poem was allegedly quoted from a book published by a state enterprise and one that had been recommended to teachers by the Ministry of Education, but the lines recited do not appear in the original poem. After six months in prison, Erdoğan established the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) on August 14, 2001. From its first year, the AK Party became the largest publicly-supported political movement in Turkey. In the general election of 2002 the AK Party won nearly two-thirds of the seats in parliament, forming the first single-party government for 19 years.

As prime minister, Erdoğan implemented numerous reforms. 45 years after Turkey signed an Association Agreement with the EU, the negotiations for Turkey's accession to the EU started during Erdoğan's tenure. Parallel to this, inflation, which had for decades adversely affected the country's economy, was brought under control and the Turkish Lira regained its former prestige through the elimination of six zeros.

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