THE STANS
extra extra newspaperKurd rebels free Turkish prisoners amid peace push
Cizre, Turkey (AFP) March 13, 2013 – Kurdish rebels on Wednesday freed eight Turkish prisoners in response to a new peace push by Ankara to end a 29-year-old insurgency in southeast Turkey. Speaking during an official visit to Sweden, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said it was “joyful” news that the eight were finally returning home from captivity in northern Iraq. “If violence, weapons are abandoned, we can easily move on … more

CYBER WARS
Secret tape of US private in WikiLeaks case released
Washington (AFP) March 12, 2013 – A group pressing for more open government Tuesday flouted a military ban and released a secret recording of testimony by US Army private Bradley Manning, accused of leaking a mass of classified files. It marks the first time since Manning was arrested in May 2010 that the world has heard his voice as he awaits trial for giving material on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, as well as diplomatic … more