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274 dead in Turkey coal mine fire

274 dead in Turkey coal mine fire

At least 274 workers were confirmed dead in Turkey's devastating mine explosion, officials said yesterday, making the accident the country's worst industrial catastrophe. Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said the raging fire was hampering rescue efforts, adding that "time is not working in our favour". Anger was growing across Turkey yesterday as hopes faded for scores...

Turkey mine blast death toll crosses 200

Turkey mine blast death toll crosses 200

An explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey has left at least 201 workers dead and scores injured, officials say. Energy Ministry Taner Yildiz said 787 people had been inside the mine at Soma in Manisa province when an electrical fault triggered the blast. Rescuers worked through the night to try to reach hundreds...

Mine disaster sparks protest in Turkey

Mine disaster sparks protest in Turkey

A violent protest erupted today in the Turkish city of Soma, where at least 238 coal miners have died after a mine explosion. Many in the crowd expressed anger at Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government. Rocks were being thrown and some people were shouting that Erdogan was a "Murderer!" and a "Thief!" The protesters...

Turkey mine blast 'traps hundreds'

At least one worker has been killed and up to 300 are believed to be trapped underground after an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey. Some 20 people have been rescued from the mine in the town of Soma, in Manisa province. The incidents occurred about 2km below the surface, trapping workers about 4km from the exit. One report said the fire broke out following an explosion which caused a lift to stop working. Initial reports said there were...

Non-traditional markets show great promise for garments

Garment exports to non-traditional markets are rising at a faster rate than to the traditional markets owing to the stimulus package and duty benefits by emerging markets for Bangladesh. In fiscal 2012-13, garment exports to non-traditional markets such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and so on rose 29 percent year-on-year to $2.98 billion, according to data from Export Promotion Bureau. In contrast, exports to traditional markets of the US, Canada and European...

Turkey officials lift ban on Twitter

Turkey officials lift ban on Twitter

The Turkish authorities have lifted a ban on Twitter following Wednesday's constitutional court ruling, officials and media reports say. The court had told the country's telecommunication authorities the two-week-old ban must be lifted as it was a breach of freedom of expression. It may take a couple of hours for full access to Twitter to...

YouTube blocked in Turkey

YouTube blocked in Turkey

Turkey has moved to block access to YouTube, a day after a court ordered the suspension of a ban on Twitter, which PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed. The telecoms authority (TIB) said it had taken an "administrative measure" against the site but another report suggests that talks are under way. Some users found access blocked...

Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter

Furious reaction, political split after Turkey bans Twitter

Turkey's ban on Twitter ahead of bitterly contested elections brought a furious reaction at home and abroad on Friday, with users of the social networking service denouncing the move as a "digital coup" and the president expressing his disapproval. A court blocked access to Twitter after Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's defiant vow, on the...

Turks seek to challenge Twitter ban

Turks seek to challenge Twitter ban

The shutdown, which people Turkey began to notice around midnight, occurred 10 days before local elections and came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Twitter at an election rally in the western town of Bursa on Thursday, saying that he did not care about international reaction if national security was...

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Turkey's Iran strategy

FOLLOWING Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's recent visit to the Gulf states, the Islamic Republic's charm offensive is set to continue with President Hassan Rohani's trip to Turkey early next month. Unlike the majority of Iran's Arab neighbours, Turkey unequivocally welcomed the interim nuclear deal concluded last month between Iran and the P5+1 (the United Nations Security Council's five permanent members and Germany). But Turkish policymakers are keenly aware that the agreement may upend the Middle East's fragile balance of power.

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