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10 Turkish soldiers killed in Kurdish rebel attack

DIYARBAKIR — Ten Turkish soldiers were killed and more than 70 wounded Tuesday in a rocket assault on their convoy in Turkey’s southeast, according to local security sources.

The convoy was on the highway in the southeastern province of Bingol when it was hit by Kurdish rebel rockets, sparking a fire that wounded 58 soldiers aboard an army bus. Dozens of wounded soldiers were being treated at nearby hospitals and the death toll may rise, according to the sources.

The Turkish army retaliated with an immediate operation backed by air power in the larger Bingol area to capture the members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party who staged the attack, the Anatolia news agency reported.


Syria ‘contact group’ OKs talks in New York

CAIRO — Foreign ministers of the regional “contact group” on Syria agreed in Cairo to hold more talks in New York this month, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported Tuesday.

The top diplomats of Egypt, Turkey and Iran met in Cairo on Monday to discuss conflict-stricken Syria, but Saudi Arabia, which is part of the group, was notably absent.

The ministers agreed to “hold their next meeting in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly later this month,” MENA reported.

“It is too early to say we have come up with any specifics,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr said afterward. “We exchanged views to reach a plan as soon as possible to end the bloodshed in Syria.”

The gathering of the “contact group” — an initiative of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi — follows preparatory talks a week ago in Cairo among lower-ranking officials from the countries’ foreign ministries.

The Egyptian leader, who is seeking an active role in resolving the crisis in Syria, also met separately with the foreign ministers of Iran and France on Tuesday, the presidency said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports