Jailed Kurdish leader urges Turkey to revive peace talks
Jailed PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan has called on Turkey to resume failed peace talks. The spasm of violence since a ceasefire broke down last year has threatened to thrust Turkey into civil war.
Kurdish politicians declare hunger strike to protest Ocalan communication ban
Kurdish politicians announced they would begin a 50-person hunger strike if communications with jailed PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan continue to be denied. Diego Cupolo reports from Diyarbakir, Turkey.
Ankara Governor Governor Erkan Topaca said Saturday that two suicide car bombers blew themselves up in the outskirts of the capital city near a horse farm after being stopped by police and ordered to surrender. The unidentified pair – a man and woman – set off the car bombs they had prepared, the Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported, adding that the two suspects were the only casualties. The private channel CNN Turk reported that the pair were believed to have been in possession of plastic explosives and 200 kilograms of ammonium nitrate. Topaca says the assailants are suspected to have been linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party which has carried out a series of suicide car bombings over the past year. “The…xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx