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Turkey clamps down on Syria border

Turkey clamps down on Syria border

Turkey has begun to close some of its border crossings with Syria after at least 70,000 Kurdish refugees entered the country since Friday. This follows clashes on Sunday between Turkish security forces and protesting Kurds. The closures may stop Kurdish fighters entering Syria to fight IS. Most refugees are from the town of Kobane, where...

300 Kurds cross from Turkey to Syria to fight jihadists

At least 300 Kurdish fighters crossed from Turkey into Syria overnight to battle jihadists from the Islamic State group trying to seize a strategic border town, a monitor said yesterday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Kurds had joined the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in their fight against the IS group as it seeks to capture the town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane to the Kurds. The fighting around the strategic town has prompted a mass...

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

Syria refugee flood to Turkey hits 100,000

The number of refugees seeking shelter in Turkey from the Islamic State group's advance across northeastern Syria has hit 100,000, Turkey said Sunday as clashes broke out on the border between Turkish security guards and Kurds. The head of Turkey's AFAD disaster management agency, Fuat Oktay, said the figure relates to Syrians escaping the...

Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Turkish hostages held by IS in Iraq released

Some 49 Turkish hostages seized by Islamic State (IS) in the north Iraqi city of Mosul in June are now back in Turkey, PM Ahmet Davutoglu says. The hostages included diplomats and their families as well as soldiers. They were seized from Turkey's consulate after IS militants seized Mosul in a rapid advance in June. Turkey...

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

Growing inequality challenges sustainable Asia-Pacific growth

The growing disparity in incomes and access to social opportunities in Asia-Pacific developing countries, including Bangladesh, not only threatens social stability but is also a key constraint to the region’s economic dynamism, according to Survey 2014. Latest data from about 40 countries in the region show that the poorest 20 percent of the population...

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...

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