extra extra newspaperJailed PKK chief Ocalan ‘to declare ceasefire on March 21’
Diyarbakir, Turkey (AFP) Feb 27, 2013 – The jailed leader of Kurdish rebels is set to call for a long-sought ceasefire on March 21, the day of the Kurdish new year, as part of a renewed push for peace with Ankara, officials said on Wednesday. “(The PKK) will declare at the very least a ceasefire by Newroz (March 21) and lay down arms by July-August, after which departure from the country will be discussed,” Deputy Prime Minister B … more

Israel ‘seeks to repair ties with Turkey’
Tel Aviv, Israel (UPI) Feb 27, 2013 – Israel is reported to have sent messages to the Turkish government in recent days saying it’s interested in restoring “a more positive dynamic” in badly strained relations with its onetime strategic ally. Upcoming visits to the region by U.S. President Barack Obama and his new secretary of state, John Kerry, could have a lot to do with it. The Americans are keen for strategic rea … more

US army forced to release WikiLeaks case documents
Fort Meade (AFP) Maryland (AFP) Feb 27, 2013 – The US Army published dozens of documents online Wednesday in the case of WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning, after media outlets and other groups had criticized a lack of transparency. The move came in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to the case against Manning, who stands accused of passing a trove of secret files to Julian Assange’s anti-secrecy Wiki … more