Deadly clashes in Turkey's southeast

Five people have been killed in mainly Kurdish southeastern Turkey, in the latest episode of renewed tensions between the army and Kurdish rebels, officials say.

    The rebel PKK ended its unilateral ceasefire last year

    Two soldiers and two village guards were killed on Wednesday in a rural area in the province of Batman when the military vehicle they were travelling in drove over a mine planted by rebels from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), local security sources said.

    Village guards are armed Kurdish militia recruited by the government to support the army against the PKK.

    The security forces launched an operation to hunt down the attackers, the sources said.

    In the nearby province of Diyarbakir, a Kurdish fighter of Syrian nationality was shot dead when soldiers clashed with a group of PKK rebels near the town of Dicle, officials said.


    Tensions in the southeast have escalated since last year when the PKK ended a five-year unilateral ceasefire with the government.

    The group waged a bloody campaign for Kurdish self-rule in the region between 1984 and 1999. The conflict has claimed some 37,000 lives.

    The Turkish army warned earlier this month that an increasing number of PKK rebels were sneaking back into Turkey from neighbouring northern Iraq, where they had retreated after the 1999 truce.

    SOURCE: Agencies


     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    Ninety-nine years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    Afghan asylum seekers resort to sex work in Athens

    In the rundown Pedion Areos Park, older men walk slowly by young asylum seekers before agreeing on a price for sex.

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    Profile: Osama bin Laden

    The story of a most-wanted fugitive and billionaire.