Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

Updated 12 July 2018
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Turkey frees three French held over alleged PKK links: source

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Diyarbakir, Turkey, 12, 2018 (AFP) -Turkish authorities on Thursday released three French nationals after they were briefly detained in the Kurdish-majority southeast over alleged ties to outlawed Kurdish militants, a judicial source told AFP.
Security forces had earlier detained 16 suspects in an operation launched in the Beytussebap district of Sirnak province bordering Iraq to capture supporters of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its urban wing the KCK, the source said.
There were no further details on the identity of the freed foreign citizens, with the official Anadolu news agency reporting that one of them was a woman.
The authorities are still battling the over three-decade insurgency of the PKK which initially took up arms for a separate state but now demands a degree of autonomy.
The clashes between Turkish security forces and PKK members have resumed after a fragile ceasefire collapsed in 2015.
The PKK is designated as a terror group by Turkey and its Western allies including the United States and the European Union.
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6 killed, 5 wounded in corruption protests across Haiti

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6 killed, 5 wounded in corruption protests across Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Six people were killed and at least five others were wounded Sunday during demonstrations across Haiti protesting allegations of embezzlement from a Venezuelan program that provided the country with subsidized oil, police said.
President Jovenel Moise called for dialogue with opposition groups that are seeking his resignation for failing to investigate corruption.
Thousands of Haitians marched Sunday to the National Palace in the capital, calling for a probe into the spending of $3.8 billion Haiti received as part of the regional Petrocaribe program.
Clashes with police erupted after protesters blocked streets and set fire to tires.
A Haitian Senate investigation has alleged embezzlement by at least 14 former officials in former President Michel Martelly’s administration, but no one has been charged. There were reports of clashes in smaller protests across the country.
Four people were wounded in clashes in San Marcos, northeast of the capital, and dozens were arrested, police said.
Police said they deployed more than 3,000 officers in the capital, the city of Cap-Haitien and smaller cities and towns.
Starting in 2005, Venezuela offered discounted crude with extremely lenient repayment terms to countries around Central American and the Caribbean.