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Ali Mohammadian noticed his pupil was being bullied, and shaved his head to show his support

Military renews attacks on Kurds

Turkish warplanes and artillery pounded Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq for a second night, hours after the rebels mounted attacks on security forces in south-eastern Turkey.

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Investors pulled the plug on Aggreko last night over fears its market leader status could be in jeopardy, leaving the temporary power supplier at the foot of the top-tier index.

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A certain mystique surrounds tough American businessman Todd Kozel, but a $100m divorce battle has laid bare many of the affairs of his complex oil business. Mark Leftly reports

Album: Maria Tarantouri...Sings Taner Akyol (Enja)

Composer Akyol's family hails from Dersim, where Turks murdered Kurds in 1934.

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Popular Kurdish singer shot in head

The popular folk singer Ibrahim Tatlises was shot in the head outside a TV studio, leaving him in a critical condition.

One killed and forty seven hurt in Iraq protests

One person has been killed and 47 others injured during overnight protests in the northern Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah, police and hospital officials said.

Market Report: Aggreko gains as bulls eye 'powerful potential'

Aggreko shot up to pole position as the blue chips shrugged off the weakness in the UK economy to stage a comeback last night.

Found vast acres of gas? Don't tell the markets

Some people are never satisfied, or so managers of Heritage Oil might feel after announcing a $2.7bn (£1.7bn) gas find yesterday – only to watch the firm's stock plummet nearly 30 per cent.

Condemned student granted a reprieve

A Kurdish student activist who was due to be executed yesterday for "waging war against God" was granted a last-minute stay of execution, his lawyer was quoted as saying.

Robert Fisk: Why can't a Palestinian woman tell her own story?

Ypres and Palestine, the Jewish Holocaust and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Market Report: Laird's rise takes traders and brokers by surprise

It may have prompted nothing more than a lukewarm reaction from brokers, yet an acquisition deal by Laird resulted in the electronics company touching its highest share price for a year during a session in which major risers were few and far between.

'Honour killing' pair jailed for life

Two cousins who became the first suspects ever extradited to Britain from Iraq were jailed for life today for the "honour killing" of a 20-year-old woman.

PKK denies suicide bombing

The outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) yesterday denied responsibility for a suicide bomb attack in Istanbul that wounded 32 people. The group said it was extending a ceasefire until Turkey's general elections in 2011.

PKK suspected over Istanbul suicide bomb as ceasefire runs out

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up next to a police vehicle in Istanbul's busy Taksim Square yesterday, injuring at least 32 people, 15 of them police officers.

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