Reporters on the Job
• Free Coal, Anyone? The battle between Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party is being fought on many levels, says reporter Yigal Schleifer (see story).Skip to next paragraph
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"One of the things the AKP is doing is delivering free coal to help people heat their homes this winter," says Yigal. "During my meeting with a local head of the AKP, he boasted about how many tons of free coal the AKP had recently delivered. The free coal deliveries have actually become something of a political issue in Turkey, with some press reports claiming that the AKP is helping increase air pollution by giving out coal. One paper even showed photographs of smog-choked areas where it claimed the AKP had delivered its coal."
– Matthew Clark
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Paris – Three people go on trial in Paris for the 2002 bomb attack on a Tunisian synagogue that killed 21. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, also a suspected 9/11 mastermind, will be tried in absentia.