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Turkish authorities drove 200 Christians from a village in south-east Turkey, Reuter reports from Ankara.

Residents said state-paid village guards detained and tortured seven Christian shepherds, using molten plastic to brand one of their victims with a cross. They said 32 Syriac Christian families, the entire 200-strong population of Hassana village, in Mardin province, were forced to leave their homes. The authorities thought they were Armenian sympathisers of Kurdish PKK guerrillas.